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Bridesmaid Lotto (McMaster the Disaster #1)

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Book 1 in the USA Today Bestselling McMaster the Disaster series.

Josephine McMaster is pretty and smart, but very much a klutzy mess. Finally, at 26, she may have actually lost the dreaded ‘McMaster the Disaster’ nickname that has followed her around her whole life.

Josie’s quite content to be single, much to her mother’s disappointment. So when a bizarre contest is announ
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Kindle Edition, 230 pages
Published April 3rd 2011
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Dianne
Jan 10, 2013 Dianne rated it did not like it
I truly cannot understand how this book could have become a USA Today bestseller. There must be another version out there that I couldn't down-load, because the book I got was so riddled with typos, grammatical errors and just plain old lousy dialogue, that I can't imagine it going anywhere on any kind of list.

Not only did this book have the above problems, but the simple fact was the the protagonist Josie was plain old rotten - most of the time she was just horribly mean,witchy, cruel, childish
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Christina
Nov 02, 2012 Christina rated it it was ok
Eh. I skimmed a lot. It was like listening to one of those people that you feel like telling, "yeah, yeah, get to your point already.."
Jackie Jones
Jul 16, 2012 Jackie Jones rated it it was amazing
I wanted to read a lighthearted romantic comedy, and that's exactly what this is. If someone is looking for more here, they're not going to find it. This is a simple, cute, funny story about something that would probably never happen. You just have to read this with an imagination and try not to judge too much. I'm a proofreader, so all the mistakes bothered me quite a bit, but I was still able to enjoy the story. I wish there were a little more details. I can't recall very many descriptions abo ...more
Gina
Jul 14, 2012 Gina rated it did not like it
Poor editing, poor characterization, and a cliched story line made this a struggle to finish. The manipulative ending just deducted another star. Josie McMaster is one of those beautiful women who doesn't know she's beautiful but everyone around her tells her so, which means, we the readers must believe it. Despite her refusal to participate, she winds up winning a bridesmaid lottery where she'll become the bridesmaid for a wealthy society woman. As an added bonus, the groom's brother is movie s ...more
Sherri Hayes
Sep 18, 2012 Sherri Hayes rated it it was ok
This is NOT a romance. Sorry, but it's not. A romance means the story revolves around both the hero and the heroine. This story was all about the heroine with the 'hero' as more of a supporting character. The romance that was there was minor, and when the characters finally did have sex... I wasn't even sure it happened. One minute they were kissing, the next minute they are waking up on the couch. There wasn't even a 'fade to black' really, it was more of a 'cut' and on to the next morning. If ...more
Trish
Jun 22, 2013 Trish rated it did not like it
Whimsical and at times boring, the story is mainly pure dialog and tells of a girl who is entered into a competition to be a "bridesmaid" at a celebrity wedding by her overbearing mother where of course she meets the Brides soon to be brother-in-law, a Hollywood hunk whom she has had a crush on for quite some time.

There are no real descriptions of any of the characters or settings, and for some reason despite having only just over $300 in her bank account (apart from her holiday account, which w
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Cheri
Jul 17, 2013 Cheri rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle
GET A BETTER EDITOR!!!

I would have rated this much higher if there weren't so many typos and inconsistencies. Unlike some of the other harsh critics of this book, I liked the main character. Yes, there were a lot of clichés (the gay best friend that does hair and shopping like a pro, the clumsy heroine, the gorgeous nice guy. To be honest, I read books like this as an escape from the real world and I love those characters.

My biggest issue was the timeline. For example, there is an engagement par
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Deka
Jan 12, 2013 Deka rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2013
Every time I read a book like this I want on start writing books. The cliches... ugh. Why do so many American women cling to the same crappy, unrealistic love story?! The girl is dorky, clumsy, self-deprecating, hates wearing dresses, has one friend and an overbearing mother; she also happens to be beautiful and smart. The boy is a tall, rich, and handsome celebrity who overlooks every other girl. Not hard to predict where the story goes. I gave it two stars instead of one because aside from the ...more
Bonnie (Words at Home Blog)
Jun 26, 2011 Bonnie (Words at Home Blog) rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011
Bridesmaid Lotto was a really fun and lighthearted read. I loved Josie as a main character and she just felt so real to me. I loved that she was prone to accidents and embarrassing herself in public – who isn’t? – and her Disaster Diary provided some welcome comic relief. Josie really did not want to be a part of the Bridesmaid Lotto but eventually the glitz and glamour (and of course the chance to meet her long time movie star crush) wins out and she surrenders to the parties and the designer d ...more
Dora Okeyo
Sep 13, 2012 Dora Okeyo rated it liked it
I loved this book because of three reasons:
1. Josie (the main character)
2. The dialogues are fast paced and you don't get bored reading them-it's like listening to a lively conversation.
3. The story line: Yes, it is predictable especially when the other guy is depicted as Prince Charming and the lady just a normal girl who doesn't own a pair of great heels! But this one didn't have a happily ever after complete ring to it.

So, if you have friends and want to have a laugh-read Bridesmaid Lotto.
If
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Vicki
Oct 20, 2013 Vicki rated it it was ok
I hate it when I write a review on a book that I was so hoping would be cute and romantic and just a quick fun read. Well, it was quick. Although it took me "3 days" to read it, it just didn't hold my attention so I only read it a little each day. In fact, if I hadn't been reading it for a challenge I probably would have abandoned it.

The errors in the book were just far too many for me to overlook. It was extremely distracting! The "heroine" simply had no self-esteem and it felt like she was an
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Karina Nielsen
Sep 05, 2014 Karina Nielsen rated it it was amazing
In the book Bridesmade Lotto, Josie Mcaster is a young beautiful woman who like ever other
woman has a crush on the famous, young, and handsome, Jake Hall. His brother just happens to be getting married to Emma VanHorn, who is holding a bridesmade lottery for her wedding. During all of the wedding chaos her and Jake fall in love with each other. After a few twist and turns from the other bridesmades and Josie's friends, the wedding comes and all went smoothly, Jake and Josie were together all ni
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Hajira
Jan 02, 2014 Hajira added it
Can't give it any stars
Victoria
Jul 05, 2012 Victoria rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-reads
Just an FYI, this series only comes in an ebook version. Bridesmaid Lotto, the first in the McMaster the Disaster series is actually free from both Barnes & Noble and Amazon for the Nook and Kindle.


This book was good and bad for me. I really liked the lightheartedness of the story and how it felt like an easy beach read (which was good for camping on the beach this past week :) ) . This was such an easy story to get lost in that it only took a couple of days to get through. The plot itself w
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Paula  Phillips
Feb 17, 2015 Paula Phillips rated it really liked it
At 26 years old, Josephine aka Josie has her life finally on track, there is just one thing missing according to her mother - a boyfriend. Josie is content with her life and happy so why can't everyone else be. When a contest is announced that a Socialite is getting married and hoping to have ten lucky women as her bridesmaids , a bridesmaid lottery is opened and each girl gets their fifteen minutes of fame. Josie but can't help roll her eyes at this, who would be so desperate for fame and atten ...more
A. R.
Jul 10, 2013 A. R. rated it did not like it
Cliche, Cliche, Cliche....

I wanted to scream in agony by the time I finished this one.

The book is riddled with typo's, missing words, and dumb, dumb dialog. The cover says that Astor is a best selling author....gee...maybe I should try that trick on my next book. I don't know who thinks she's best selling...when you give your books away (and that's the only way I would have ever looked at this book)I guess you can say whatever you want.

Every character in this book is a cliche - from the bumbling
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Cheryl Koevoet
Downloaded a free version for Kindle

I'll start off by saying that I really liked the premise of this book and it is just the sort of escapism I love reading. I really, really wanted, really TRIED to like this book. However, I must agree with several other readers that there are a lot of cliché characters in this book and the dialogue left me wanting. Here are the good points and negative points in a nutshell:

Good things
- interesting premise
- one or two likable characters
- delightful escapism

Nega
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Kat Diane
Dec 15, 2012 Kat Diane rated it liked it
Hmm...

I don't know what to say.

First off...
What I liked is the concept. I love reading books that are about famous people. There is something about the spotlight, fashion and the glamour of it all.

The concept of this book which is a number of women entering a lotto to be the bridesmaid of a 'famous' person. Then obviously the main character snags the celebrity.

The parts I don't like. Hmm... Even though they are both cute and sweet, I felt like Jake didn't have much of a book 'screening' time. Th
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Johanna
Jul 22, 2012 Johanna rated it really liked it
Shelves: challenge2012
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Juliet
By almost the end of the book, I am sure I was going to give it 3 stars but the ending just totally ruined the whole book. I know this is a trilogy but it doesn't give such a lousy excuse for that open ending. It's not even an ending! I felt like I have wasted my time on this book. If I was holding a hardcopy of this book, I might have just threw it across the room or even burned it.

There are lots of typos & grammar mistakes throughout the whole book that left me wondering whether the author
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Barb
Oct 03, 2012 Barb rated it it was ok
Needed a quick, fun read between some really heavy reading and this was sitting on my kindle, as I had downloaded it for free. Fun plot although outrageous, quality characters, but the misspellings (ought, not aught...happens twice) and the many continuity issues really tripped it up for me. Let's see...date is at 8 p.m., they fly to Maine which takes an hour and there is still sunlight? A week after the July 21 wedding the local coffee shop is offering peppermint mochas and pumpkin lattes? The ...more
Lizzie
This is kind of book you read when you're waiting for the-next-big-thing book to come out.

If you can look past poor spelling & bad conversational grammar there's a somewhat cute story in there... somewhere. I felt there was a lot of unfinished business for some of the side characters but maybe that's taken care of in the other books... Because, yeah, there's more. Some of her friendships suffer through out but I found that to be similar to real-life, the author didn't sugar coat it. But I gu
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Deanna
Well this book certainly turned out to be what it advertised. For that I cannot fault it. I can fault it, however, for bad grammar and little character development. If you've been trained in the amazing art of grammar and punctuation like I have, this book is a blow to your soul to read. Hopefully the next two had a better copy editor. As for the story itself- the other reviews say it better. You get what you maybe paid for.

Oh. I lied. I do have one big question. Either I completely missed it o
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Lilee White
Apr 29, 2013 Lilee White rated it liked it
This actually quite hilarious, I loved Jose's embassing moments...absolutely priceless.
I was also totally rooting for her blosoming romance with easy-on-the-eyes celebrity Jake Hall, which totally panned out into an awesome relationship.

I also loved her crazy bestie Mattie, he seriously made my day with his over the top statements and attitude. I would totally hire him as a stylist, the boy knows his looks.

The villians in this story; Calla and Rebecca, really annoyed me at how low they'd stoop t
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Odette
Jul 01, 2012 Odette rated it liked it
Not ooey gooey romance at all!

More like trying for funny - light - romance. Very light. So light that there's hardly any interaction between the girl & the guy. Hard to cheer for them.

I felt like the story was more about Josie's relationship w/ her friends than building her relationship w/ Jake. So I'll give the credit/3 stars for that. I loved Mattie. Wish I had a Mattie in my life. Every girl needs a Mattie. :*)

Open ended so we'll read the next books in the series but I've decided to live
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Sarah
Jul 04, 2012 Sarah rated it it was amazing
I got the book because it was a free read. I took a gamble and loved the story. It felt like a mix of reality Tv and celebrity. I really enjoyed it. the characters were fun and especially Josie. Josie really seemed almost real to me especially the Disaster Diary. I can relate to some of those situations.
Sami C
Apr 27, 2014 Sami C rated it it was ok
Skimmed through the entire book and I don't feel like I missed any important detail. For chick lit, it's alright. The main character isn't overly lovable or hateable, so I gotta give her that. There wasn't much spark between her and Jake, though. Nothing special about the story, really.
Deedee
Mar 10, 2013 Deedee rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
Such a good read. Absolutely love Josie and Mattie( her gay best friend/ co worker). The story is amazing. Much funnier than I thought it would be. A really nice light funny read. Cudos to Ms.Astor for an amazingly thoughtout dreamy read


Happy Reading!!! :)
Sarah
Jul 07, 2012 Sarah rated it did not like it
What a waste of my time! This book was boring, predictable, and had awful grammar and editing. It was a free Kindle book, which is the only thing good about it. I finished it even though I didn't really want to. I kept telling myself it couldn't be as ad as I thought - but it was!
Elaine
Jul 12, 2015 Elaine rated it liked it
There have been mixed reviews but I enjoyed it. Josie reminded me of Bridget Jones some what.
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