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Gamble on Engagement

(McMaster the Disaster #2)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  3,567 ratings  ·  177 reviews
Book 2 in the McMaster the Disaster series, complete with all new Disaster Diary entries.

Josie McMaster is on the move to London for a top-secret stint as a ghostwriter for a high profile celebrity. It's her dream job; she's got a beautiful place to stay in the English countryside, full access to the celebrity, and three months to complete the best ghostwritten autobiogra
Kindle Edition, 175 pages
Published August 2nd 2011
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Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
In Book 2 of the series we finally get to see McMaster the Disaster earn her nick name. Although she has landed the hot guy, she has lost her job. Things begin to look dire until she finds a job as a ghostwriter. The best part is she finally gets to travel to Europe.

This is a cute book that sometimes makes you cringe for the heroine's sake, but hang in there. She should be heading to her Happily Ever After. (we hope)
The book is just okay. Something about this sequel was much less satisfying than the first one. The first one got off to a rocky start - *everyone* in Josie's life was hounding her about entering the lottery? - but picked up steam after Josie was already in it. This one, however, is mired in silliness the entire time, from the annoying seat mate to the completely expected ending. The problem is Josie, I think. Josie shone in the first book only in her interactions with Matt and Jake, and they ar ...more
This is a classic example of a second book in a series that is considerably worse than the first one. I sincerely enjoyed McMaster the Disaster, #1, and bought this book in hope to find that same enjoyment, unfortunately I was disappointed. This book was not as gripping or witty and I really regretted wasting money on it.
Jun 04, 2014 rated it it was ok
While I thought the first "McMaster the Disaster" book was a cute read, this book was a bit more plodding.. The first book was an easy read, and it was pretty fun, despite the fact that it was a predictable and a bit unrealistic. This book was pretty boring to me, and even more unbelievable.

First - how many times do people ACTUALLY spit whatever they're drinking out of their mouth?!? I felt like there must have been some weird bug going around that caused everyone to have chronic swallowing iss
Apr 03, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2012
I think the author made a mistake by making these into a series. It makes more sense to me to turn these into 1 book. It reads fast, but the story isn't really believable...
Quentin Feduchin
Aug 17, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: chick-lit
I really liked the first book in the series, so I read the second (Gamble on Engagement). It truly is a great disappointment for anybody at all familiar with England.
The first book, Bridesmaid Lotto, was written by an American about America. The second book is written by an American largely about England and it is so full of inaccuracies and ridiculous assumptions as to really ruin the book except for those Americans who know little about Great Britain. So lets examine it:
1) The ONLY princes in
Jul 04, 2012 rated it it was ok
I hate to say it but I was really disappointed in this book. The first one (which I got for free from Amazon) was entertaining and I like Josie's character. She was a little naive and, like most novels in this genre, she was completely unaware of how beautiful she was, etc. I was a little hesitant to buy this second book and I really could have skipped this one. Josie goes from unaware of her looks to completely self-absorbed and complimenting herself in everything she wears. She was down right ...more
Jan 16, 2014 rated it liked it
This was a cute & fun story. Kind of silly & cheesey at times, but it was a quick read so I didn't mind too much. I read the previous book in the series a while ago, which I liked a lot more. This was about a girl who went to England to ghost-write an autobiography for someone famous, and the adventures she had along the way. ...more
Gemma Miller
Nov 24, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: pink-soul
This book was a bit dumb, and not in a good way like the first one!
Brenda M.
Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Who can't relate to a bit of humanization?!
Poor Josie McMaster (the Disaster) has a never ending case of "if it can happen, it will happen to me".
She's found the Man of her dreams in actor Jake Hall, a dream job of Ghostwriting for a famous..... Prince (shhhhhh) in the wonderful English countryside, and yet mayhem seems to follow her everywhere.
You can't help but laugh at the multitude of issues that arise, and find yourself saying "that is so me"!
Great job, and there's more books in the series
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Pretty good sequel

Josie continues to entertain as she travels overseas to ghost-write an autobiography, but she foolishly wastes most of her allotted time. I wanted to strangle her for her stupidity! Lol. Usually second books in a series aren’t that good, but this one was a winner! It wasn’t at all what I had expected, but was charming in its own way. I was quite surprised by the seemingly quick change of heart one of the characters experiences at the end - that was the only part that felt a li
Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
McMaster the disaster strikes again. This story was so funny and sweet. Josie finally finds out her secret writing assignment, which she handles with her typical style, a full comedy of errors. Her relationship with Jake gets a bit rocky as the paparazzi drum up more fantastic stories about her and the subject of her book. But things resolve sweetly and there's a wedding in our future!
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ghostwriter - how hard can it be?

Wonderful. She's got through the wedding and now she's even had a few dates with the heartthrob but taking on the new job might not have been such a good idea. Okay she's a writer but she's never had anything to do with biographies and the media is still dogging her footsteps. Great escapism into a lighthearted chick lit that is both funny and entertaining.
Jul 22, 2017 rated it did not like it
I read this because I was hoping to see what would happen next in the love story between Josie and Jake and learn more about how she dealt with her domineering mother since the first book. As stated in my review of the Bridesmaid Lotto, the characters could have been developed better. Josie goes to England to ghostwrite an autobiography, did it ever get published? What about the book she started writing based on people she observed while she was on vacation? And interactions with the Prince left ...more
Dec 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Just as good as the first
Susan Kiley
Mar 10, 2018 rated it liked it
I had high hopes for book #2...didn't hit the mark for me.
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very good 2nd book in series. There wasn’t a lot of repeat from the first book. I enjoyed the humor and the author didn’t dwell on anything too long.
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
Sadly this book was nothing special. The story line never got exciting.
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: humor, romance, audio
Not romantic, slightly funny.
May 31, 2019 rated it it was ok
Still so superficial. Got lots of missed opportunities.
Jul 02, 2019 rated it did not like it
I was bored so I decided to listen to the audio book that was free... It was pretty bad. Worse than the first one. This girl is so entitled...
Kylie Oberlies
Jul 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
I am very much enjoying this series. This book wasn't as great to me as the first one but I did really like it.
Evagrace J.M
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Cathleen Adams
May 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Read the first book which enjoyed so thought would continue the series as of course had to see who she was tasked to writing and autobiography about. Nice quick and easy read.
Jun 24, 2020 rated it did not like it
I couldn't finish this.
Dec 04, 2016 rated it it was ok
Not as cute as the first one - won't read the final in the series.
May 04, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
Ok, I will just confess, I didn't like this book.

I found it too frustrating: there was all this sh*t happening all over the place, it was just too much running around with bad things happening, or boring things, or nothing happening.

I found it too fluffy: it read strangely, part summation, part 'real time' part retrospect. In a strange jumble. There was so much dead time! Pages and pages of 'radio silence' and then a whirl wind of summing up what happened during that time, instead of writing it
Diana Hockley
Dec 22, 2012 rated it it was ok
This time around, Josie goes to the UK to take on a ghostwriting job. I bought this book because I wanted to see if it was better than the first and I thought the author did have talent. I couldn't get into this one though I hung on to the end to see if it improved.

Unfortunately, although the premise could have been good and followed on from the first novel, Bridesmaid Lotto, there was nothing in it. Firstly, as the author would have known, three months is not enough to write and deliver an "aut
May 13, 2014 rated it liked it
This book gets 3 stars because overall, I liked the story. It's an easy, fun read. It doesn't get any other stars because Josie's character needed some development. Granted, the plot line followed Bridesmaid Lotton within a matter of months, but it almost seemed like our protagonist actually declined in development. I was mostly annoyed how she took a HUGE deal of a job oversees and didn't handle one bit of it professionally. She acted like all of it was going to just go swimmingly and she didn' ...more
Anita Powers
I listened to this as an audiobook and I loved the narration but the story was not my favorite, the first book was way better. I did not like how Josie would let two months go by and not put her foot down about not being able to get the information she needed to write the book. I thought it was strange how she went along with the prince even though she knows it bothered Jake, she just wasn't the girl from the first book anymore. Once again someone is not what they seem. I did not like how her an ...more
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