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3.41 of 5 stars 3.41  ·  rating details  ·  626 ratings  ·  53 reviews
Be careful what you wish for . . .

When L.A. accountant Allie Zenet's fiancé proposes she's thrilled, both with her fiancé and her brand-new sparkly diamond ring. As wedding plans progress, Allie still adores her ring, her fiancé less so. Is it just the stress of trying to plan a wedding with the mother-in-law-to-be from hell? Or is Allie about to make the biggest mistake o
Kindle Edition, 276 pages
Published November 3rd 2011 by Clark Street Books
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I don't usually write reviews but felt I had to explain my rating. The reason I liked this book was the story went in directions I didn't expect, which is sometimes hard to find in a book like this. I didn't find it engrossing or well-developed enough to give it a 4 star, but I liked that it was different than I expected it to be. Oddly enough it reminded me of The Bachelorette Party- set in L.A., a little gritty, honest, unpredictable, and with a heroine you could both laugh at and sympathize w ...more
Katherine P
This book got 3 stars because it was an entertaining lightweight read. I read it in basically 1 sitting without getting bored with it but other than that I'm pretty apathetic about it. Allie is likable even though she's almost painfully naive and the most indecisive character I've come across in awhile. Brad is a jerk and a total momma's boy. Sylvia is awful. Michael is to be honest kind of annoying. Jax is interesting and romantic. That's about all the character development there is with the ex ...more
Kim Weiss
Reading this book took me back to a simpler place and time: the early 2000's. Back then, there were many chick lit books about Jewish or Interfaith weddings: "Clearing the Aisles" by Karen Schwartz, "Jack with a Twist", various books by Sarah Mlynowski. . .

Today, such books are rare, but it's nice to know that the genre isn't completely dead. Allie is a Jewish girl marrying a WASP guy whose mother doesn't quite approve of her. The future mother-in-law, Sylvia, is an extremely controlling person
I am so glad that ended the way it did. The ending felt rushed though, but at the same time I am glad it ended that way.

This is the first book in awhile that I really felt very in touch with the main character, hell there was a point in my life the main character WAS me. That all being said I am glad that I have discovered Orsoff, I really enjoy every book she has written and I wish she would write some more, because I only have two books left that I have not read of hers.

Warning: The dude in t
Debra Nasca
A fun story

a witty story of a couple who get engaged with the mother in law from hell, this book is about the trials of a couple planning a wedding and the groom is a mama's boy and his fiance go thru hell dealing with working and trying to plan their wedding her mom is no help and it's like the poor bride really grows as a person and the end will have you laughing, does this wedding happen you'll have to read it to find out, it's a must read you won't regret it, their are some twist and turns y
The definition of the chick-lit genre is broad enough that you're never sure exactly what you're going to get and, unlike the romance genre, you're never sure how it is going to end. My preference is for stories that feel realistic and, even more important, characters who make me laugh. The basic story of Disengaged is so real as to be a cliché - doesn't every person get cold feet at some point during their engagement? But how the story plays out is anything but clichéd.

The main character, Alli
A little over a year ago, I read a wonderful book by this author called How I Learned to Love the Walrus, so when the author asked if I wanted to read her newest one, Disengaged, I immediately said yes. I fully realize it's not fair to compare the two books, but it's difficult not to. Both are chicklit with some funny parts and a little romance. But that's where the similarities kind of end. Again, it's not fair, but this book falls a little short of my expectations for this author. Walrus had a ...more
Nancy Goldberg
I loved this book. I liked the plot because a lot of unexpected things happened and I had to keep reading to see what would go on with Allie next. Allie and her co-workers, friends, and family were like people I know. I loved her best friend, Michael, abd thought it was cool that her best friend was a heterosexual guy (I've read a lot of chick lit books where there is always a stereo typical gay best friend and don't like the stereotype). He reminded me of some of my guy friends, and I enjoyed r ...more
As Allie's boyfriend of two years, Brad, proposes everything seems to be falling into place and going along as it should. So, why is she suddenly not so sure about Brad anymore. Weight is just falling off her, she is picking fights with Brad, and is just not comfortable in her skin at times. And she is only excited to do wedding planning sometimes, yet she is still finding herself turn into a bridezilla at times. Could be that he Future Mother in Law is all over the wedding details and not liste ...more
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This was a book that was filled with conflict, angst, and lies but also romance, friendships and a couple of unexpected happily ever afters. From page one, Allie didn’t seem happy or comfortable with her life but kept trying to do what she thought everyone else wanted to keep the peace. Then there would be a blowup, the problem would get swept under the rug and ultimately ignored in order to get life back o
Tim Roast
Disengaged is a good title for a story about getting engaged and the rocky journey that follows because of it.

It starts off with a proposal by Brad to Allie at a party held in honour of a soap star's Emmy Award (cue outrageous soap plot-lines that are so outlandish they could be real). Jax Montgomery applauds the pair believing they are actors new to the soap rehearsing their first scene but embarrassingly that is not the case. And thus the main characters are introduced.

The rest of the book fol
Lara Tambellini
I actually liked this book. There are times where you want to smack the main character upside the head and ask her what the hell is she thinking! Some of the characters were very annoying, but overall it was a pretty good book. I did however, feel as though that the ending was a little rushed.

Two years after a messy breakup and move to Los Angeles, entertainment accountant Allie Zenet has finally found happiness with her handsome fiancé, Brad, an ambitious studio exec. Brad offers stability, com
This is a light hearted bit of chic-lit and an enjoyable read. At the start of the book Allie's boyfriend Brad proposes and she finds her life is taken over by wedding plans. Being brought up by a hippy mother has shown her that what she wants from life is a safe and secure relationship which she feels she has found with Brad. This does make Allie come across as a very shallow person, she seems to only be with Brad because he has a good job, is reliable and they have great sex! Her mother and be ...more
Kelly Hamby
A rollercoaster ride of emotions!

All good books make the reader feel like they have known the characters forever. Beth Orsoff did exactly that in this book. I felt like Allie could have been me or at least a close relative. I laughed at Allie and felt all of her embarrassment too. The entire cast of characters seemed like normal people you would know in your life. one big difference between Allie and me, I would have dropped Brad like a bad habit!
Andrea Partee
This may be more like 4 1/2 stars. My first Beth Orsoff book, I took a chance on it and was delightfully entertained. While I thought it was easy to predict the end, it didn't matter. I enjoyed myself immensely and isn't that the point? It's wonderful to be entertained and forget the frustrations of life. And I didn't expect the little twist just before the disengaged part so kudos to Beth for that and I thank her. As a writer myself I appreciate her easy style and look forward to another Beth O ...more
Kerry Arruda
I got this book through Boobbub but I think it's also on Kindle Unlimited. It was funny, I laughed a lot. Toward the end I wasn't sure where the author was going. There were some unusual red herrings. Also, I didn't get into the chemistry of the distraction guy. I kinda felt as though the distraction guy was only a threat because her relationship wasn't very strong.
cute, witty, quick read. a slight departure from my beloved chic lit genre because of how the story was laid out and because there was a twist that I wasn't expecting. that rarely happens to me in chic lit. I giggled, WTF'd and OMG'd just enough to stay interested. not profound or worthy of a bulk email to friends telling them they have to read it, but it was cute.
Monica Rodan
This book just isn't for me. It's written too simply, and I feel like I could already guess how things would play out. I like to be held in some type of suspense or just feel challenged while reading, and this book was too simple for my taste.
Sandy Samuel
This is what I posted on Amazon:

The book wasn't bad. Just, well, like the others said, predictable. At least most of it. When Allie caught Brad, uh, well read it and see, I have to admit I was surprised by that. I shouldn't have been because it had actually been hinted at early on. That's why I'm rating it as high as I am. The one likable female (in my opinion) got very little mention.

On a different note, Ms. Orsoff, I have to ask; are you an ABC soaps fan? If you are, you'll know what clued me
I had trouble getting through this book... kept finding that I'd find some excuse not to be reading it. I think this is because I found the protagonist so unlikeable... shallow, self-obsessed, judgmental of the people around her, and altogether someone that I wouldn't care to spend time with in real life. The outcome described by the title takes its own sweet time arriving, and then it's a bit of a letdown (I'll admit, I was expecting her to walk in on Brad in flagrante delecto with Kristen Cumm ...more
Beth's blurb is a fantastic example of her writing style. It's easy going, realistic and very entertaining. I genuinely loved Allie and her best friends Claire and Michael. How do you know if it is true love or not, or if it is just a case of cold feet before the wedding?

Planning a wedding is very stressful, so it is easy to imagine the questions the bride may be having. I was very pleased that Allie did not turn into a `Bridezilla'; she very easily could have, given the circumstances she faced.
Simple read about a girl who gets engaged and then has great trouble planning her wedding. Surprise! She shouldn't be marrying this man so she becomes....wait for it....disengaged.
Kat Shipp
I would give this three and a half stars, but it's not an option. I wanted something light and fun...a chick flick, if you will. And it delivered well. It was fun, easy, fast reading, but also engaging and not too mushy. It was the perfect chick flick in book form. I'll read more of her books in the future.
Danica Lamphere
Interesting story though I wish the person had left her fiancee for other reasons than what she did, though that was unique...Overall an enjoyable job
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This was a delightful book. Thank you, Ellen .
Chrissie Hefner
Super cute book! Allie is 32 years old and is planning her wedding to Brad. You read about her struggles with balancing a career and wedding planning; dealing with a Mommy's boy for a fiancee and a controlling mother-in-law to be. Also, she may be falling for another man. This book was very well written and a very fun light read!
Missy Fleming
This was the first book I read by Beth Orsoff, first of many I might add, and I love finding authors who make me laugh. Setting up comedic elements in romance can be tough, but this one nailed it. It's a great story and I'll continue to follow this author.
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