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Gamble on Engagement

(McMaster the Disaster #2)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  3,409 ratings  ·  169 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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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...
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.
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!
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
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
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.
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!
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Dec 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Just as good as the first
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
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.
Susan Kiley
Mar 10, 2018 rated it liked it
I had high hopes for book #2...didn't hit the mark for me.
Dec 04, 2016 rated it it was ok
Not as cute as the first one - won't read the final in the series.
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
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
Jul 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-reads
Just like Bridesmaid Lotto, I really enjoyed Gamble on Engagement, this one was also an easy read and really lighthearted. I think I actually liked it better than the first because it had more of a storyline and substance. I still feel like it only scratches the surface on things that could of been a lot more in depth. I feel like a lot of things were introduced but then weren't followed up on and then were suddenly resolved.

I thought the situation between Josie and Leo was interesting because
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
Jan 04, 2013 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to love this one as much as the first, but I didn't. I couldn't believe that Jake wasn't in it at all! The first book was them getting together, so I thought this one would be about their relationship. I even liked Josie in the first book, but by the end of this book, she really bugged. It was like reading a really self centered teenagers diary. No other loveable characters at all. The prince and his assistant could have been great, but they are just sometimes mentioned as being ...more
Jan 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this novel. While the reviews here say that it is less entertaining than the first one, I could honestly say I'm not disappointed with this one.

Josie was still as fun as ever. Reading her clumsy acts never gets old, for me anyway. I seemed to have forgotten to put it in my review on Bridesmaid Lotto that Jake really is not a very realistic character. I mean, he could be, but he would be like, I don't know, worth more than Ryan Gosling, which simply isn't possible because Ryan G
Robin B
Feb 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: nook-books
I must admit- I liked the first one much more. This one started out ok but seemed to stall to me. Sure- Josie got into some stuff but the whole thing was just lacking. Josie's interactions with Mattie, Jennifer and Jake are part of what made the first book fun. The same can't be said for most of Josie's interactions with supporting characters this time around. Josie kind of started to piss me off a bit in this book too. Her 'poor me' attitude and seeming disregard for Jake grated on me this time ...more
Nov 21, 2013 rated it liked it
Entertaining and quick, feel good story. There was a more detail to the writing, so I feel like I got more from this book, but what I didn't get was much by way of relationship detail for Jake and Josie, and that was kind of the point of continuing the series. The proposal was, dare I say, whack (hello 1990's)! I believe the author has a lot of potential, but needs a good editor and peer reviewers in her corner. Will definitely be reading the final installment for, hopefully, more detail on Jake ...more
Brianne Whitley
Jan 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book picks up right before Josie makes her big move to England! I love the relationship between Jake and Josie. After Josie's mishap with her Disaster Diary being outed, he's made it a point to tell Josie that he didn't care that it was released. Her move to England and person she is ghost writing for makes for a hilarious book. This is a great follow up to the first book and I cannot wait to read the next book in this series! Great book!
May 06, 2013 rated it liked it
Another wildly entertaining book from Rachel Astor in the McMaster the Disaster series. Josie McMaster travels to Europe to ghostwrite a biography for a Prince. She has no idea what she is doing but decides to wing it. She finds herself caught in the middle of so many compromising situations that it is hilarious. I really enjoyed the book even with the lack of action for the first several chapters.
Andrea Bennett
Aug 17, 2013 rated it did not like it
This book was not as interesting as the first one. Im not sure exactly with the author intentions were in this book. Book 1 was about a young lady entering a contest and meeting a movie star, in which she dated. This book did not relate to the courtship of Jake and Josie at all, they had one date that was only 3 pages in the entire book. This book focused more on the prince and Josie's diary entries. So not worth it, I dont think I will be picking up the third book of this series.
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