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When cake-loving third-grade teacher Mary Grace Falcone receives a proposition of marriage from her germ-phobic boyfriend Ralph Ichy, her comfortable life is thrown into a tailspin. Should she marry Ralph? The man dubbed "the CEO of Antiseptic Hands"? Reluctantly, and despite the differing opinions of her best friends Jayde and Annie, Mary Grace accepts. Her decision getsWhen cake-loving third-grade teacher Mary Grace Falcone receives a proposition of marriage from her germ-phobic boyfriend Ralph Ichy, her comfortable life is thrown into a tailspin. Should she marry Ralph? The man dubbed "the CEO of Antiseptic Hands"? Reluctantly, and despite the differing opinions of her best friends Jayde and Annie, Mary Grace accepts. Her decision gets her meddling mother off her back, but also lands her on a reality wedding show where handsome host, Nick Charmin, unexpectedly falls for her. Will Mary Grace choose hot Nick or faithful Ralph? Is the decision really hers to make? And, is a slice of cake actually the answer to all of life's problems?...

Title : Love, Reality Style
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ISBN : 9780994732163
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Number of Pages : 231 Pages
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Love, Reality Style Reviews

  • Laura Rash
    2018-10-01 11:57

    Great fun beach read for the summer! There's friendships, men, decisions, family & cake. Lots of cake! Highly entertaining!

  • DeB MaRtEnS
    2018-10-03 05:17

    3.5 starsRalph Ichy doesn't "take the cake" when it comes to being anyone's ideal love interest. Though he goes to the gym, he only uses a treadmill so has no physique to catch admiring eyes. At thirty two his hair is thinning with the beginning of a bald spot and he sweats prodigiously when hot or nervous. Ralph still lives with his aging mother even though he has a good job, and he is a germaphobe with a Purell habit which means he is constantly sanitizing his hands with the antibacterial sanitizer- neither of which have helped to make him a Chick Magnet. But he has managed to cross paths with the cute third grade teacher Mary Grace Falcone and woo her shyly and gradually, until he is confident to ask her to marry him. Mary Grace herself hasn't had a full or long dating history, even though she is a smart and very attractive woman. It seems that she will have to experience "Love, Reality Style" before she is truly prepared to consider accepting Ralph's proposal. The mother of Mary Grace is Angela, a character who is meddlesome, irritating and humorous at the same time; she is so determined to alter her daughter's single state that she cons the couple into appearing on a TV show that will pay all their wedding expenses, I DO. Meanwhile Annie and Jayde, longtime besties, are being called upon by Mary Grace to sort out her decisions as they deal with their own very unexpected life issues. Alternately, Mary Grace's own eccentricities of finding comfort in finding, baking and eating frosted cake has become not just quirk, but her personal recipe to calm her rattled nerves.McLaughlin has written a very endearing novel, whose central ideas portray genuine serious issues about giving and maintaining trust that individuals and couples face today. In a world where a stable marriage is not always assured, Love, Reality Style is a portrait of how these characters attempt to cope and find happiness in continually shifting conditions. This story is well written and has depth which surprised and pleased me. Fans of Mary Kay Andrews will enjoy the close sisterhood of friendship and journeys to self-discovery. Recommended women's fiction.Thank you to Blue Moon Publishing and NetGalley.

  • Elaine
    2018-10-07 09:09

    This is a quick and easy read romance involving lots of cake, three best friends and a mixed bag of male characters. I loved the relationship between the three ladies - everyone needs friends like these but not so many are lucky enough to have them. They were always there for each other, through everything - great sounding boards when one was in a dilemma, supportive in times of trouble and protective in times of need. The males in the story were a completely different matter - a germaphobic proposer, a charismatic, handsome, rich but dislikable television show host and a cheat! So this story starts out with awkward situations, interfering friends and mothers, lies and cheating before moving on to other possibilities, opportunities, romance and lots of cakes. The characters are well developed though not necessarily appealing. I disliked how Mary Grace couldn’t make her mind up about accepting Ralph’s proposal. Come on, she’s a teacher, used to having to make decisions and surely not someone to be bullied into them by her Mum or really needing to talk it all through to weigh up the pros and cons with her friends? She really irritated me, initially, because of this. However, as the story progressed I could relate to her more. To begin with Ralph also comes across as a somewhat damp squib but again, especially after his first talk with Jayde, he becomes more rounded and believable - a genuine, very caring individual with lots more to him than being ‘CEO of Antiseptic Hands’. In contrast, Nick Charmin initially seems like the perfect partner for Mary Grace - handsome, attractive, charismatic and so obviously attracted to her. He’s more domineering, used to having his own way and determined to win her for himself. So who will she choose? Well, you’ll just have to read it yourself to find out!Whether you’re a fan of reality television or not, this book is fun to escape into when you want something light and simple to read. However, it should, perhaps, also come with a warning - you’ll be in serious danger of needing some cake to eat with all the references, baking and eating that goes on throughout to story!Thanks to the author, publishers and NetGalley, too, for letting me read this in exchange for my honest review.

  • Renee
    2018-10-21 08:00

    Love Triangles, CakeThis was a fun read, light-hearted and entertaining. I was a little frustrated with the main character for not making up her mind about which man she wanted, but then found that I flip-flopped back and forth about which man I wanted her to choose more frequently than she did. I think we were both happy with her choice by the end. I loved the friendship between the three girls, I wish I had friends like them. I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Lady Heather
    2018-10-15 05:09

    Publication date: June 7, 2016"A copy of this book has been provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review"

  • Laurie • The Baking Bookworm
    2018-10-18 08:20

    My Rating: 2.5/5 starsDisclaimer: My sincere thanks to Blue Moon Publishing for providing me with a complimentary digital copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.My Review: Cake. Good female friends. An engagement. Reality TV. Did I mention cake? These are the ingredients for a light, easy-going romantic read but the central relationship in this book may surprise you. It isn't romantic; instead its the bond between three friends - Mary Grace, Annie and Jayde. These women have stood by each other through thick and thin and have a very odd addiction to cake when the going gets tough. Their camaraderie feels authentic and quite similar to what I have with some of my girlfriends. These three have different romantic relationships going on to varying degrees of success but it's their friendship that is the strongest bond in the book. Unfortunately, other than the girlfriend bonding, this book fell flat for me. I get that it's a light read but I still want to care about the characters and that never happened. Instead we have a main character in Mary Grace who was more than a little frustrating with her lack of ability to make decisions and stand up to her mother. The men, on the other hand, were quite a varied bunch -- from the odd yet sensitive Ralph with OCD to the cheater and finally the creepy TV host -- none of them were good husband/romantic material in my book. There was an inkling of a love triangle but that never took off and I can't honestly say I was rooting for either man. While these girlfriends and their male counterparts had a fair degree of development throughout the book the rest of the characters (of which there were few) fell into the one-dimensional category - namely Angela, Mary Grace's mother who was annoyingly over-the-top as the quintessential overbearing mother.For a book whose title and description feature a reality show theme the show itself was not a focus of the plot but cake lovers will enjoy the plentiful descriptions of the confection that are sprinkled liberally throughout the book. In the end, I enjoyed reading about strong bonds between girlfriends but even though I'm an avid baker this book just wasn't to my tastes. But, readers with a sweet tooth who enjoy a lighter, quick read may want to pick it up.

  • Laura
    2018-10-05 06:17

    ***ARC Provided via the Publisher and NetGalley***I enjoyed this, overall. However, I thought the beginning was a little more promising than the execution of the actual story. The idea of choosing between Ralph and Nick was fun, and amusing, but I was never able to see Ralph as someone that she would ever choose, as he came across as so scattered. I think this, for me, made it a little difficult to engage with Mary Grace, as Nick seemed the obvious choice to me, because Ralph would drive me insane.It's a quick read, the writing style is engaging and accessible. The characters were mostly believable, even if they were a bit annoying at times.

  • D.J.
    2018-10-05 07:06

    This book is a slow starter...it took a while to get into the story, but it was worth the wait. The main character and two of her friends learn from their mistakes and grow as individuals.

  • Meghan Rodriguez
    2018-10-21 12:04

    Note: I was given a copy of this book for free, in exchange for an honest review.This story was as delicious as the cakes constantly baked up by main character Mary Grace Falcone. And although this is not the type of book I would normally pick up, it was delightfully sweet and light...much like a sponge cake! My one word of caution: you will crave cake, nachos, and margaritas upon completion of Love, Reality Style!The book starts out with the rather awkward Ralph Ichy proposing to his girlfriend, Mary Grace. Rather than having the typical giddy reply of "yes!", Mary Grace asks for time to think about the proposal. She is unsure if she loves Ralph enough (and it seems she questions whether he is exciting enough for her), to tie her life to his. Yet, she also acknowledges to herself that she is getting old, and he is the only one who has asked...which is further reinforced by her mother's fear that her only child will die alone. This is not quite the romantic backstory that you would expect to find featured on a wedding reality show, but that is exactly where Mary Grace and Ralph end up. Hilarity and tragedy ensue as Mary Grace tries to juggle the shared attraction she feels towards the super hot host of the show, Nick Charmin, with her commitment to the always-reliable Ralph.One of the things I liked most about this book was the cast of characters, whom although very different, were each an essential ingredient to it's consume-ability. My personal favorite was Ralph, because he is a high school teacher like me...and I couldn't help but take offense to his nickname of the CEO of Antiseptic Hands, because honestly, what high school teacher doesn't have a passion for Purell and GermX?! Mary Grace on the other hand, was not quite a likeable...maybe because of her indecisiveness, and somewhat whiney disposition. However, since she is also a teacher, I gave her the benefit of the doubt! I also appreciated her unwavering support of her best friends (great side plots involving Mexican food and margaritas!), and did root for her to wind up happy in the end. As for Nick, the "villain" of the story, he was the perfect blend of smooth and despicable, as you might expect a man who always gets his way to be...one of the best villains I have read in a long time!So do Mary Grace and Ralph make it happily down the aisle, or does Mary Grace ride off into the sunset with Nick, leaving Ralph and his bottle of Purell behind? If you want to know the answer to that question, you'll have to order a copy of Love, Reality Style, and find out for yourself! This is the perfect beach read, and I think most readers will enjoy this light hearted tale of just desserts!

  • Carol
    2018-10-04 07:53

    Miss McLaughlin's book centers around an odd couple, Ralph and Mary Grace who have become engaged and were duped by Mary Grace's mother to enter a reality show to win a free wedding .Mary Grace has a brief interlude with the show's host and this causes repercussions in her relationship with her fiance.Mary Grace has a couple of friends that act as her sounding board and they are not all in favor of the engagement when informed..Ralph is an impoverished teacher with mother issues and personal hygiene practices that are questionable and almost crazed. Throughout the story Mary Grace is undecided and her actions, as well as the mention of infidelity in her friend's marriage,bring everything to a head ,causing Ralph to isolate himself to take a look at his life and make a decision on how to go forward.I initially and still am not sold on her getting engaged to Ralph because I am having a difficult time getting past his idiosyncrasies, and although the author tried to portray him as a nice guy, I thought some of his interactions with Mary Grace were unkind and abrasive.There were some lighter moments in the story, Mary Grace's mother in particular with her melodramatic performances on the telephone. Interspersing cake quotes at the beginning of each chapter provided laughs, as well as insight into the direction that chapter of the characters' lives was going.I didn't get the feel that the book was complete and Ralph's capitulation was too easy and neat.I also found the situation with her friend's marriage was unresolved and unsatisfying, the husband appearing to have gotten off with little or no admonition.All in all, this story did not truly reflect life situations, but provided an escape during the reading of it.This book was provided as a free read .

  • Nicole N. (A Myriad of Books)
    2018-10-12 07:57

    (I was given this in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Netgalley.com and Blue Moon Publishers.)So I wasn't sure I would like this book. I think that has to do with the fact that I don't like reality shows so I went into the book very unsure. But I'm glad to say that I was pleasantly surprised.When 30-somethings Mary Grace and Ralph become engaged, Mary Grace isn't sure she made the right decision. Her best friends, single Jayde and married with children Annie, are both giving her different opinions. But when Mary Grace's mother, Angela Falcone, calls her daughter asking to help a friend out, to appear on a wedding reality show called "I Do", Mary reluctantly agrees.When the couple arrives in Manhattan for the initial filming, Mary Grace is smitten with the show's host, Nick Charmin. But her infatuation with him isn't one-sided. Mary Grace finds herself thinking about him often, and then feeling guilty because she's engaged to Ralph. After a shocking discovery from Annie, now Mary Grace isn't sure marriage is right for her.This book is really cute. I don't read a lot of contemporary novels (YA is my go-to genre) so, like I said, I was hesitant to read this but I'm very glad I did. It was cheesy at time points but overall, a really good read. It teaches you that you have to listen to your heart, not your best friends, and that sometimes you have to make mistakes in order to see the goodness that's right in front of you.The writing is easy to read and overall, it's quite a quick read. It's a light-hearted story and I think it portrays what some women do feel when they're about to get married (minus the whole reality TV show bit, though, lol).

  • Kath
    2018-10-12 06:08

    Actually 3.5 stars.I mostly read crime fiction but every so often I do like something on the lighter side. I find sometimes it's good to have a change of pace as a bit of a palate cleanser. I do however require these "lighter" reads to have a bit about themselves and sadly, I found this one lacked that somewhat. I am not sure what it was missing exactly but I didn't get a feeling of satisfaction when I finished. Characterisation was on the whole good, I did find that some of the characters weren't as well drawn as others and I found them hard to connect with. One of which was Ralph who, as a main character, was a bit disappointing. In a romantic genre of book, I do need to be emotionally invested in the characters otherwise, what's the point? I was equally ambivalent to Nick so, tbh by the end, I pretty much didn't care who Mary Grace ended up with. I think my "in my head" ending of her and Annie riding into the sunset together may have actually won out!The story is OK. The best bits are when the three friends meet over drinks. I also really liked (and sadly understood) Mary Grace's relationship with her mother. That was probably the most realistic feeling thing about the whole book. The rest ranged from cheesy to silly and involved a lot of cake. On a plus point, it is a very quick and easy read that doesn't take much effort. It would definitely suit a poolside read or at a time when you just want to escape from your own life for a couple of hours. I received a free ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.

  • Karen
    2018-10-15 12:22

    Love, Reality Style, written by Judith Natelli McLaughlin, is the first book that I have read by this author. I began reading it, not knowing what to expect, and must say that I was pleasantly surprised.Mary Grace Falcone has just been proposed to by her boyfriend Ralph. Ralph is far from exciting, has peculiar ways, and doesn't give her that spark she always wanted. However, against the advice of her friend, she reluctantly accepts his proposal. She ends up being a contestant on a reality wedding show, I Do, hosted by the hot and gorgeous Nick Charmin. Little does she know, but being on that show will change her life in more ways than one.The story that unfolds is a fun filled read with interesting characters that face every day problems. Mary is pulled in different directions, and doesn't know who to listen to or what to do. One friend says she should marry Ralph, the other doesn't want her to. In the end, all she needs to do is follow her own instincts and her own heart. The story has some funny moments, especially when it comes to Ralph. How it was even a question about Ralph is beyond me. He was kind of strange to me, and I just didn't feel any chemistry between them. Overall, I enjoyed this book, and would recommend it.I was given an advance digital copy of this book from Blue Moon Publishers/Blue Moon Voices and NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

  • Kourtney
    2018-09-23 12:15

    Engagement. Reality TV. Well-meaning friends. This had all the makings of a book I would adore, but for me it just fell flat.Mary Grace and Ralph are getting married! Mary Grace isn't so sure she wants to go through with it though, and her doubts are driving her friend, Jayde, to push her to say no, while her friend Annie thinks she should say yes. So when a chance to go on a reality TV show happens, and the celebrity hosts begins to flirt with her, Mary Grace's world forever changes. Sounds like a story I would read. I just felt that the characters were all one note - Jayde is the single and bitter one. Annie is the married know-it-all-about-relationships one. Angela is the meddling mom. Mary Grace was so mean about Ralph - why would you claim to love someone if you hate them that much? And Ralph? I think the author was going for a lovable loser character, but to me it just was annoying. I couldn't connect to anyone in this group. There's a character named Rhonda that Mary Grace and Ralph meet when they go to to the reality TV show for the first time - is it weird that I wanted to see more of her and less of the main cast? I did like that it was a fast read though...so there is that...I received this e-book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Pamela Scott
    2018-10-10 05:56

    I got this ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Love, Reality Style is very different from the books I usually read. I tend to like my fiction dark and slightly twisted. This book made a refreshing change. I really wasn’t sure what to expect but was pleasantly surprised. The book is really funny at times and very realistic. The course of real love never runs smoothly. I really didn’t like Ralph as a character. I thought he was weird (not in a good way) and couldn’t understand why Mary Grace agreed to his proposal in the first place. Out of pity? Because he loved her which is better than marrying someone who feels nothing for you? An elaborate joke? The characters are very real and completely sympathetic. Love, Reality Style offers a very realistic portrait of life, how people aren’t perfect and everyone makes mistakes. The characters were flawed and very human. I wouldn’t be first in line to read this type of book again but Love, Reality Style is perfect for someone who wants a light, frothy read that will make you smith and laugh. Love, Reality Style is perfect escapism.

  • Danielle Urban
    2018-09-23 04:20

    Love, Reality Style by Judith Natelli McLaughlin shows readers what real love in the real world is like. It's funny, sweet, frustrating...and once we realize who and how much we love that other person...it's a beautiful ending. However, Mary Grace Falcone has so much she's got inside her that her own worst enemy is herself. Fear of her love and future marriage not working out is keeping her from her own happiness with a great man who loves her. Sure he may not be hot like the other man chasing her but he's got his priorities straight. But a lot of trouble is in store for these two. Sure it's easy knowing what you want...but it's getting there that's difficult and a bit rocky for these interesting characters.Judith Natelli McLaughlin knows how to paint a stunning yet realistic portrait of love and marriage. She brilliantly takes readers on the roller coaster ride of a lifetime. After all, marriage and true love only happen once for most people. This tale was romantic and funny. Love, Reality Style is definitely one romantic comedy that readers everywhere will love. Overall, I highly recommend this title to readers worldwide.

  • Sharon Jarvis
    2018-10-23 10:04

    This is a light, easy to read story about three ladies, their friendship and their pursuit of happiness, that was very enjoyable. The obsession with cakes is amusing and adds an interesting dimension to the plot but I was most disappointed that the recipe for the Anytime Cake was not included! Each chapter started with a relevant cake quote and throughout the story there was lots of baking and eating of cakes! Thank you to Netgalley and publisher Blue Moon Publishers for an ebook copy to read and review.

  • Laura
    2018-10-23 04:19

    This is a great book written by Judith Natelli McLaughlin. This is a great book with a wonderful story and well developed characters. This book will keep you reading long into the night. If you are looking for a great book, then you need to read this book. This is the first book by this author that I have read, and I am looking forward to reading the next book by this great author.A Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.

  • Zee Monodee
    2018-10-03 10:22

    Cute story! I wasn't sure I would like this - I'm not a fan of love triangles, but this one won me over, though, My Goodness, Ralph! That man was such a basket case, and sadly, yes, seemed like such a loser when we meet him, and he keeps showing himself to be so wimpy and limp. Then, he ends up growing on you. Not exactly to the point where you're liking him, but you tolerate him, and then even pity him a little. Then there's Mary Grace, another basket case... Wow! Still, this made for a fun, light, and cute read. I enjoyed it.

  • Ruby
    2018-10-08 10:52

    I absolutely love books that paint a 'real' picture of how life and love work. We don't always get it right, and mostly never on the first time. I loved this story and am thrilled to have had a chance to read it. The writing was fabulous and funny with witty conversations. This is not my type of genre, but for those who just want to read something that makes you smile, cry, and laugh out loud, read this adorable, true to life story.

  • Char Dauterman
    2018-10-02 04:08

    I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. You can read my review on my blog at the link below:Once Upon A Book

  • Simera
    2018-10-19 06:19

    This is a quick and easy read. Mary needs to decide which guy and of course she doesn't until the end. Three best friends and lots of cake. I truly enjoyed this story and would recommend it.Copy from NetGalley for an honest review

  • Kris Faatz
    2018-10-05 08:11

    Love, Reality Styleis a great, fun read: creative, funny, absorbing, and with characters you want to cheer for. Chick-lit but with a twist. Recommended, especially if you love cake. :)

  • Megeen
    2018-10-02 05:02

    fun, light quick read

  • Nash Norden
    2018-09-29 12:15

    I'm such a sucker for books with a food theme. When I heard that the main character, Mary Grace love cake, I know that I need to read this book.I love the idea of the book, with Mary Grace's hesitation to accept her germ-phobic boyfriend, Ralph Ichy, proposal. I’m sure that many could relate to Mary Grace’s situation. She just wasn’t sure if Ralph was the right man for her. And then, there was her meddlesome friends and mom.I have to say that I wasn’t a big fan of Mary Grace. Especially after she accepted Ralph’s proposal and met Nick Charmin, the handsome TV host of the wedding show she joined. I thought that Mary Grace’s and Nick’s attraction towards each other came a bit forced and sudden. There are times when I thought that Mary Grace didn’t deserve Ralph. He’s a nice guy, despite being a germ-phobic. He lived with his mother, but only because he loved her, and she was in a situation.The supporting characters made the book much interesting. Mary Grace’s friends, Jayde, and Annie were two interesting characters. I love how they both have different personalities and advice to Mary Grace. But Mary Grace’s mom definitely irritated me with her attitude to her daughter. Love, Reality Style is a quick romance read. The book was written in several point-of-views, but, mainly focusing on Mary Grace’s. I wish that the author concentrates on Mary Grace’s alone. I didn’t like how I get to see a glimpse of Jayde and Annie’s life, but, I didn’t get to learn what happen to the rest of their stories.I received a copy of this book from the Netgalley & Blue Moon Publishers in exchange for my review.

  • Shanice Singh
    2018-10-14 09:19

    Mary Grace reluctantly agrees to wed her boyfriend, Ralph. Ralph, while a great boyfriend, is a character I cannot stand. He's pretty much a total loser. Mary Grace can do better. Her friends know it and so do I. I loved how despite my intense dislike for Ralph, I found myself liking him (as reluctantly as Mary Grace agreed to his proposal). Ralph isn't a bad guy. He's just a very weird one. And then we meet Nick. He's hot, he's rich, he's a TV superstar. What's not to love?Mary Grace is also attracted to him initially but she has already agreed to marry Ralph. Will she go through with her wedding?I love how real these characters were and I especially enjoyed Mary Grace's fascination with cake. This is a great read for anyone who loves chick-lit.I especially enjoyed the ending.

  • Jessica
    2018-10-17 06:22

    Going into this book I thought it was going to be a quick and easy read, but I found myself having trouble actually getting into it. Love, Reality Style has some really good reviews so it must be something that just isn't up my alley. The writing was good, I just couldn't connect to the characters.Even though I didn't love this book, I'd gladly read more from this author.*I received this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.*

  • Lisa Harker
    2018-10-08 05:19

    I felt that this book was very well written and that I knew the characters well by the end.However the story line was a bit predictive and the ending felt a bit rushed.I will still read another book from the author as her writing was very good.