Not My Type: A Single Girl's Guide to Doing It All Wrong
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Not My Type: A Single Girl's Guide to Doing It All Wrong

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Twenty-three-year-old Pepper Spicer is not living the dream. She ended her engagement at the last minute because her fiancé -- a musician and soon-to-be reality TV star -- wanted her to sacrifice her own career ambitions for his.

Now she's stuck at home sharing a room with her little sister, trying to pay off massive debt for a wedding that didn't happen, and spending Frida...more
Paperback, 257 pages
Published September 2011 by Covenant Communications
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I don't read a lot of "chick lit", but I've seen my share of romantic comedies, and "Not My Type" ranks up there with the best of them. The witty, laugh-out-loud dialogue combined with the hilarious life-insights and ingenious metaphors, put this this novel in the "Crazy, Stupid Love" category rather than the "Wedding Planner" class. The characters, while not always immediately loveable, are nonetheless immediately engaging. And I think that's one of the main themes of the novel: first impressio...more
When I know an author, I tend to think the characters are a lot like the author. That is why I think that Robinson Wells is a robot, that James Dashner kills things, and now I think that Melanie Jacobson is funny and self-aware--because her characters certainly are. I also think that she at some point either had a crappy job or dated a rock star.

No spoliers here, but Not My Type was a fun, clean romance written in an easy, engaging style. Loved the kissing scene--although I'm hereby putting in a...more
Susan Auten
I am lucky enough to be a beta reader for Melanie. I've read all four of her books (two are under contract but not in print, yet), and this is by far my favorite. And I like her others very much. Not My Type takes Melanie's writing to a new level--full of lovable but relatable characters, hot chemistry, and a really fun plot--you will not be able to put it down.

So go do yourself a favor and pre-order this baby. You won't regret it.
Katie Watkins
I have another favorite author!! I loved The List and this one was even better! I love the characters--they're so real--they have faults just like anyone else.

Pepper Spicer (and yes, all her siblings have spice names, which was very creative) is down on love--and on life. Working a dead end job, living at home and sharing a room with her 7 year old sister, a broken engagement and heart. Her dad challenges her to a task that could change her life around. And things happen that aren't exactly as p...more
When I saw Melanie had written another book I quickly downloaded it to my Kindle. I enjoyed her first book a lot and knew I would be in for a treat. I wasn’t disappointed. I thought this was a fun read, with quite a few laugh-out-loud moments. It took me a little while to warm up to Pepper. She didn’t really act 23 in my opinion, but she does grow throughout the story. Tanner is yummy, I really enjoyed his character. I thought Pepper and Tanner had great chemistry and my only complaint it that I...more
I started out actually despising the main character in this book. Her attitude and actions were disrespectful, childish, annoying, ....I could go on. I thought to myself...there is no way I'm going to like this book. How can I with disliking "Pepper" (the heroine) so much. Pretty soon I found myself being sucked into the story, loving the humor, and WANTING to know what was going to happen. Before I knew it I was LOVING it and couldn't put it down. I loved watching Pepper mature and grow and lea...more
Melanie Jacobson
Uh, so yeah. I'm saying it's awesome. This is my most favorite of the four I've written. AND IT'S ALMOST HERE. Hooray!
Gina Denny
Melanie Jacobson does it again. Another funny, sweet, LDS romance that you definitely do not need to be LDS to read and love.

This time, we leave behind the confident, charismatic characters of "The List" and are introduced to the shy, the awkward and the self-conscious. Which, frankly, I am sure most of us can relate with better, anyway. Broken engagements, emotional baggage, insecurities and flaws abound, but still leave us with lovable characters that you just want to cheer for. Or give a big...more
I have to admit that what drew me most to this book was Sarah Eden's comment printed on the back of it under the reviews. It was a cute modern lds fiction story and really had me thinking about gratitude and writing Thank You notes during this season of Thanksgiving. It is kind of snappy and has some great one liners in it.

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Twenty-three-year-old Pepper Spicer is not living the dream. She ended her engagement at the last minute because her fiancé—a musician and soon-to-...more
Jolene Perry
This felt a LITTLE slow in starting, but Pepper is SO lovable, that it wasn't slow, I just knew there was a romance in here somewhere and I wanted it RIGHT THEN!

A GREAT book. Some of the thank you notes had me laughing out loud, and the last one teared me up.

And the guy . . . yum . . .

The author did a GREAT job with him. He was flawed, more logical than feeling (or so it seemed) but was so, so good.

And I was really, really worried that the book would blow up in a predictable way (it is after al...more
LDS Fiction. Melanie Jacobson is fast becoming one of my favorite LDS authors. She is so much fun to read and creates characters that are flawed and loveable! Pepper is 23 and coming out of the depression that followed her 4-year failed relationship. Her parents give her an ultimatum: to write weekly thank you notes and look for a new job or they will "assume that living at home is holding you back because we're keeping you too comfortable."

Her first interview is a dismal failure; her only conso...more
Cute, fun read. I struggled in the beginning with the main character Pepper. Her attitude just put me off, but it was fun to watch her grow. By the end I had grown to admire her and her spunky humor. Tanner "the hero" of the story was great! There were some great lessons taught also...especially about gratitude!
This was my second MJ book, and I know I will be reading more of her books in the future. Her mix of humor, real characters, and just enough romantic tension make for a wonderful read! Her setting, in Salt Lake City, with an LDS single adult background, and in the midst of family life and life events, would be enjoyed by anyone with her witty descriptions and characterizations. Portraying the efforts of Pepper to get her life on the right track, out of her romantic woe is me funk after her broke...more
I loved this whole book. The characters were enjoyable and the book had a great storyline. I'm a sucker for fun books with strong and witty female characters. I also love good banter between love interests. This was a delightful book with great romance.
So cute! I loved this. This was my first book by this author but I am going to read more. I enjoyed the second half much more than the first and I loved how she changed and her perspective changed. I will read this again!
Another fun romantic comedy, an enjoyable quick read. My age is beginning to show though--I identified with the parents in this story much more than the main characters.
Pauline Hansen
This book is so smartly written. There are many facets to the main plot, plus sub plots, and Melanie handles them all expertly. This is my favorite of hers.
Fun book- couldn't put it down. I think this author would be a fabulous neighbor to have. I've read she has two more coming out, I can't wait to read them. :)
May 01, 2012 Annissa rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Anyone
I LOVED THIS BOOK! If I could give it more stars I would. The author is so witty and clever it makes for a fun read!
Another fun read! Pepper will keep you entertained throughout.
A fun and easy read! I LOVE the thank you letters!
Janna Hein
This was a really fun and entertaining read!
Nat Rowley
I really don't know why I had higher expectations with this book. I should have seen it coming. Typical LDS romance book. They are all so cliché and just plain boring. Don't get me wrong, I am a proud member of the LDS church but this genre seriously needs some work. I like that they're all clean romances. The problem is is that they're all the-freakin-SAME! Urg . . . Anywho, almost done with this rant. With the book itself, Pepper Spicer. Seriously?!? You named your main character Pepper Spicer...more
This is a romance/comedy, LDS based book (you don't have to be LDS to follow it, just a few things you might not catch). I'd recommend this to teen and up readers. The romance element fuels a lot of the humor, so it makes it palatable for those of us adverse to romance novels. We listened to it while driving many hours during vacation (that is, my wife put it in, thus I had no choice but to listen, yet it turned out not to be the horrible experience I'd expected).

The only time I listen to audio...more
The Sweet Bookshelf
I thought this book sounded so me. If you know me, then you know that I have quite the dating stories. My boss use to say I should write a column called No Sex in the City. I just knew this book was for me. I got into this book pretty fast. It felt very real. The dating stories were hilarious and I could relate. I'm sure we all have crazy dating stories!

Can I just say that I love her name, Pepper Spicer? It is so cool! I wish I had a cool name like that. I felt like Pepper was like me (when I w...more
Ranee Clark
Audience: Adult
Genre: LDS Romance, Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy
Length: 272 pages

Rating: ***** (LOVED it)

The Pros: The wit. The snark. The awesome voice. Considering I follow/stalk Melanie on Twitter, none of that surprised me. I LOVED Pepper as a character. Every character was so great, especially the love interests. Yes. Interests. The romantic arc was fabulous, but what I thought was awesome was that this story really revolved more around Pepper and her journey than it did about Peppe...more
Really not a five-star in terms of stellar writing but definitely a five-star in terms of my enjoyment and laughter. Pepper Spicer cancels her engagement when her long-time fiancee pushes off the wedding date--again--because of his chance to be on a reality TV music show. And now months later she is managing a sandwich shop, paying off her debts for the cancelled wedding, and wallowing in depression and snarkiness. Her parents (who I adore) try out tough love: either she looks for better employm...more
Very cute, entertaining, and funny. I loved the characters. Clean, great romance. Good for a teen. I look forward to more from this author. From the book: Twenty-three-year-old Pepper Spicer is not living the dream. She ended her engagement at the last minute because her fiance. Now she's stuck at home trying to pay off massive debt for a wedding that didn't happen, and spending Friday nights Facebook-stalking everyone who has a better life. Her therapist father urges her to choose her career dr...more
(Genre:LDS fiction/romance) Cute story of 23 year old Pepper Spicer, a young adult who finds herself living back at home with her parents while she attempts to do damage control on her damaged life. Pepper spent her college years dating/engaged to a musician and she put her owns dreams on the back burner to support him and his career goals and dreams. But after the 2 failed wedding attempt, Pepper is left with significant credit card debt, working a job she hates to make the payments, and sharin...more
I liked this one so much, that when I got to the last 3 or 4 chapters, I prolonged finishing the book. Pepper Spicer and Tanner Graham have become one of my favorite couples in romantic novels aimed at an LDS audience.

Right from the get go, M. Jacobson had me hooked. Page one. First two sentences: “A fistful of mayonnaise makes a decent projectile when you’re in a pinch. If I’d been thinking more clearly, I would have grabbed a handful of jalapenos instead, but my vision did this red, blurry -a...more
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“Here's an exclusive, Tanner Graham. I love you like crazy."
"My favorite kind of story," he said. "I already know how this one ends."
"Happily ever after.”
“No," he said, leaning back to take my face in his hands and dropping another soft kiss on my lips. "All I've wanted since you limped out of my life the first day I met you was to have you back in it. Does that scare you?"

I stood on tiptoe to return his kiss. "Not even a little bit. Thank you, Tanner Graham."

He smiled. "For what?"
"For being patient. I'll make it worth it."
"You've always been worth it," he said punctuating his opinion with another kiss...

Tanner smiled down at me, tightening his hold. "Thank you."
"For what?"
"for being you. I love you, Pepper.”
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