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Famously Engaged

3.07  ·  Rating details ·  136 ratings  ·  54 reviews
A chef and a rock star. They couldn’t be from more different worlds…

Rock star royalty’s favorite son, Jake Olsen, couldn’t help but interfere after listening to his future brother-in-law talk non-stop about his ex-wife, Beth Carlisle. Jake decides that the only way to get the groom’s mind off his ex-wife is to give her a fake fiancé.

Before Jake can convince Beth of his pla
ebook, 187 pages
Published July 8th 2013 by Entangled: Indulgence
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Geri Reads
May 03, 2013 rated it did not like it
DNF at about 32%

I have never DNF an ARC before but this book...

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Where do I even begin?

Jake, who is a famous rockstar by the way, has a sister, Skyla, who is getting married to Brad. Brad used to be married to Beth. They are divorced but they still hang out together, like a lot and Brad still calls her everyday, still has keys to the house, and talks about how wonderful Beth is. Yeah, and they still put smileys and says love (insert heart symbol here) always in their texts!!

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And Skyla the
A. Bookzilla.
Apr 28, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
TWO HEARTBREAKING STARS (imagine glittery stars .gif here) - because it breaks my heart to rate the book so low? *hinthint* ;)

I've struggled with this one for a couple of days. But I was determined to finish it.

It wasn't that it was bad, because it wasn't. I wish the author had the patience to develop the story over a few weeks (at least) rather than measly two days during which I'm supposed to believe they fell in love.

The characters are pretty inconsistent - both of them saying one thing, doin
Jul 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
So I really enjoyed this book, however, I found some of the relationships very "odd" in their workings. The story starts out with Skyla talking to Jake, who is her boss and also a rock star singer, and ohhh he's her half-brother and she doesn't know yet. Skyla is talking about her wedding and sent a picture of her maid of honor, Beth, to Jake. Beth is friends with Skyla and also Brad's (Skyla's soon-to-be-husband) ex-wife. Awkward much? Ohh and if that wasn't bad enough Brad and Beth talk like e ...more
Jul 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Misunderstandings, humor, sarcasm, and tenderness abound in Famously Engaged by Robyn Thomas.

Skyla's boss is the famous rock star Jake Olsen. Jake is unimpressed with the amount of time Skyla's soon-to-be-husband, Brad seems to be spending with his ex-wife, Beth ~ especially since Brad and Skyla are due to be married very soon. Why would Brad need to continue a relationship with Beth if: A) he was happy with Skyla; and B) unless he wasn't over Beth at all. Feeling that this isn't fair to Skyla,

Jake Olsen, famous rock star of the UK band Five Awesome Emperors, is on a mission. He suspects that Brad, the fiancé of his half-sister Skyla, is still hung up on his ex-wife, Beth. It doesn’t matter that Skyla and Beth are friends and that Beth has agreed to plan their wedding. Brad talks about her non-stop and has even agreed to move in with her temporarily to help her through a difficult time. Jake’s curiosity and protective instincts lead him to devise an eyebrow raising plan to insinuate h
Jillian Stein
Apr 24, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
3.5 Stars

My review can also be found here:

"This is the first work from Robyn Thomas that I have read and was honored to have received a copy of Famously Engaged from the publisher asking for an honest review. I am happy to say that it was a really enjoyable story!
Beth Carlisle is in one hell of an emotional rut after the recent death of her mother and is alone with her memories in her mother’s home and in desperate need of a hand to hold to help her throug
Stephanie Collins
Apr 29, 2013 rated it liked it
This was a cute book with a bit of a rush to the whole love thing but Jake and Beth as a couple do make sense even with the quick ILY.

Jake is worried about his half-sister who is marrying a man that appears to be hung up on his ex-wife so he decides to take matters in to his own hands. Of course being a rock-star what better way to get this handled but to create a fake fiancee. I mean sure he could just show up and try talking to her plus get to know her but hey why not? Let's create this fake s
Jul 18, 2013 rated it liked it
“Taking something that should be life-alteringly special and making it into a farce will be unforgivable. Please don’t do it.”

I am a rockstar kinda girl so I had high hopes with this book but for me in my rockstar world it just didn’t hit the mark. I will say this was more a light read and even though it wasn’t the rockstar feel I am use to, it still was able to hold my attention.

This book started and we meet Beth Carlisle who is dealing with the recent death of her mother and is alone with her
Alpha Possessive Heroes
Rock star Jake found out that his half sister's fiancee (Brad) spend all his free time with his ex wife (Beth). They are still close he's always in her house. Kayla is not worried in fact, Beth is one of her best friend and will be the maid of honor is their wedding. Jake on the other hand has his doubt and overhears Brad telling his sister that he's planning on moving in with his ex wife for awhile because she needs help to care for her sick mom. He's worried that Jake is still hang up with Bet ...more
Jul 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Okay so I looked at the reviews on Goodreads for this book before I started reading it and they are honestly a mixed bag. But I challenge you, if you enjoy a good rock star love story then this is just the book for you. I really enjoyed reading Famously Engaged and after reading it I realize that we all have different opinions of books we read. So now I'll talk about what worked for me.

Character Development:
This is a short book, so I knew going in it, it would not have the character development
Apr 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
A chef and a rock star. The rock stars sister is marrying the chef’s ex-husband. He thinks the chef and her ex are too close and he doesn’t want his sister hurt. He devises this outrageous plan to keep the ex away from the chef by claiming to be engaged to her. (ego much?) He pushes his way into her life just as she has buried her mother (leaving her vulnerable). What he doesn't expect is to fall in love. For her part she falls just as hard but will his lifestyle kill any chance for love to last ...more
Apr 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
In Famously Engaged by Robyn Thomas Rock Star Jake is estranged from his family and life for him centers around his music. He has no desire for a relationship and lives from city to city, concert to concert…the famous Bad Boy! His half sister Skyla (who as far as she knows is only an employee of Jake and his band) is getting married though, and all she and her fiancee Brad can talk about is Brad’s ex-wife Beth! According to Skyla and Brad, Beth is great and only ‘a best friend’. Jake has his dou ...more
Rosemary K
Jul 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
What a tangled web! When famous rock star, Jake Olsen, decides to protect his half sister, Skyla, from her fiancé's ex-wife. He meets Beth, a vulnerable woman recovering from the death of her mother, not a scheming temptress. What starts out as a good deed ends in a fake engagement. Now they are trapped together in her home. They are under siege by the paparazzi and his fans. The forced closeness brings them together physically and emotionally. Can their attraction grow in such circumstances? Wi ...more
Alex Sharrock
May 01, 2013 rated it it was ok
Reviewed for Book Chick City

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Overall, this has not been my favorite read. I felt it was rushed and a tad unrealistic. Maybe if there was more reasoning behind decisions I might have liked it more. However, I do think that the concept and premise of this novel were actually good, the consequences of fame, getting over previous marriages etc. I think if the author explored more of these aspects and made it longer than its 125 pages I would have enjoyed it more. I would re
Jul 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
I had a little trouble with the set up of this book in the beginning. But I got over it and really enjoyed the book.

This story is a mix of humor (which I love), emotions, and chemistry. The witty dialogue between characters is great. The characters' actions and thoughts are written very well. You know how they are feeling, and not because the narrative comes out and says they are hurt, angry, etc. There are some very sweet/caring moments that are expressed by the narrative. And there's heat. In
Jemi Fraser
This was a fun story! Jake and Beth are fun characters and I enjoyed watching them cope with the chaos around them. A fun, light-hearted read :)
Jeannie Zelos
May 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
The premise of this book sounded fun – I like a little light-hearted romance sometimes, something light and fluffy and relaxing to read, and this sounded right on the ball. However I found though the storyline was simple the execution of it wasn't. I wasn't entirely sure just why Jake was so interfering, the excuse that Skyla was his half sister didn't really make up for why he was so over the top in his actions – and why on earth Beth let him in when he turned up on her doorstep one evening, he ...more
Book Reading Gals
Aug 10, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
Title: Famously Engaged

Series: N/A

Author: Robyn Thomas

Genre: Romance

Blurb: A chef and a rock star. They couldn’t be from more different worlds…

Rock star royalty’s favorite son, Jake Olsen, couldn’t help but interfere after listening to his future brother-in-law talk non-stop about his ex-wife, Beth Carlisle. Jake decides that the only way to get the groom’s mind off his ex-wife is to give her a fake fiancé.

Before Jake can convince Beth of his plan, he's forced to move in with her to avoid the pa
Elle (Ligia)
Rating: 2.5 stars

Oh man, I don’t even know where to begin with this.

You will have to forgive my sarcasm, because that’s how I deal with ridiculous situations. Also, this “review” (it is actually more of a rant) might be slightly spoiler-ish.

So here’s the deal…

Jake Olsen is a rock star. He’s famous and everybody loves him. So far so good. He has a half-sister (who doesn’t know he’s her brother) who’s also his assistance and who’s also about to get married.

The problem? Her fiancé can’t stop talkin
Tara Allen
Jun 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
As always, the lovely women at Entangled Publishing provide me with some of the best ever reading material! I really love getting the opportunity to review books for Entangled, because they are, without fail, well written and entertaining.

Famously Engaged, by Robyn Thomas, is a fun read.

Super famous rock god, Jake Olsen is just looking out for his baby sister's best interests when he decides to very publically engage himself to Beth Carlisle. What could go wrong? Only lots, of course!

The Good:

Sheri (Tangled Up In Books)
Originally posted on my blog: Tangled Up In Books

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. It's always difficult writing these types of reviews but this book and I just did not get a long. At all. My first issue was that I found the story itself to not be believable, in any way. Not even in a fictitious book way. We have a "Rock God" (and that term was used often), Jake, whose half sister, but she doesn't know they're related she just thinks she works for him, Skyla is get
Kim Reads (Read Your Writes Book Reviews)
Reviewed for Read Your Writes Book Reviews

Famously Engaged is possibly a really good book. However, for me I couldn’t get past Jake’s arrogance in the beginning. From there, I started nitpicking other little things like the cover and the description of Jake. Jake has long blonde hair, the guy on the cover doesn’t. Okay, enough about my little issues.

Famously Engaged is the story of Jake Olsen trying to protect his younger half-sister and Beth Carlisle trying to sur
Jul 18, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: entangled
No one likes a spoiled rock star, and Jake’s horribly bratty behavior and “do you know who I am” attitude was wearing through the entire story. I appreciated his desire to protect his sister, and he did show a more human and vulnerable side as the story progressed, even with his pulling the rock star card.

Beth was different, divorced and truly no longer in love with her ex (who happens to be Jake’s sister’s fiancé) is more than a bit naïve. I understand the closeness and the ability to be frien
Melody  May (What I'm Reading)
Also posted on What I'm Reading

I don't know where to begin with Famously Engaged by Robyn Thomas. I really wanted to love this story, but I just couldn't. I tried to find the thing that would save the story for me, and still couldn't. I'm a huge a believer in finding something good in the story even I when don't love the story. Even that I had a hard time.

The premise of Famously Engaged made the story sound like a lot of fun. You have Beth Carlise who happens to be a chef, best friend and ex-wi
May 11, 2013 rated it did not like it
Maybe it's just me but...

I don't give a lot of single star reviews because I'm usually pretty sure going in that I'll probably like the story at least a little. FAMOUSLY ENGAGED sounded like a fun concept, who doesn't like chefs and rock stars as protagonists? Alas, the plot is so contrived and the relationship so forced and lacking in chemistry I almost didn't read beyond the first few chapters.

Beth is of the romance heroine type known as the too-stupid-to-live heroine. She, quite literally, ju
Apr 21, 2013 rated it liked it

I give Robyn Thomas’ Famously Engaged 3 stars. Rock god, Jake Olsen railroads his way into Beth Carlisle’s life by creating a fake engagement, announced to the world, in order to keep her ex-husband away. Why the interest in this adventure? The ex, Brad, is about to marry Jake’s sister and he thinks Brad is still hung up on Beth. He couldn’t let his sister get hurt. Little does Jake know, he has set himself on a path that could surely only lead to his heart’s (and Beth’s) destruction.
I really l
The Smutty Kitty
Jul 20, 2013 rated it liked it
As posted on The Smutty Kitty reviewed by KittyKelly

3 out of 5 Licks

This is one of those books that I didn't dislike but it didn't really grab me and suck me in either. Jake is a rock star that comes across mostly as a jaded jerk. We find out right away that Skyla is his secret sister and she has no clue. He hired her to help with the bands fan mail so he could keep an eye on and take care of her from afar. He takes the time to insane amounts of research on Beth, Skyla's soon to be husband's ex-
3,5 stars

I instantly liked Beth. She's funny, stubborn and outspoken. Jake has awesome dead-pan sense of humor but he's also a tad bossy and overbearing and expects people to comply with his every wish. Loved how Beth gave him a run for his money and doesn't take his crap and wouldn't fall at his feet in awe.

The marriage lottery spiel and newspaper article was a little farfetched and Beth's reaction to it was spot-on. Despite my trouble with the set-up I was soon intrigued by the sweet romance
Apr 26, 2013 rated it liked it
This book is the exact reason why publishers send out ARC’s. I was first sent this in April and my review was what I can only describe as a little on the harsh side. But the author and publisher have clearly taken mine and others comments on board and when I was re-sent it a last week, I have found a story that has improved dramatically and I actually enjoyed this time round. Gone was the fast paced writing resulting in confusion, with characters I struggled to warm to and in its place is a nice ...more
Fiona Marsden
Jul 28, 2013 rated it liked it
3 1/2 stars. I had a difficult time rating this book. For a start the whole premise of the cute meet strained my credulity even beyond what I (category romance tragic) could believe. The whole rockstar Jake organising a fake lottery so the heroine Beth would become his fiancee to separate her from her ex-husband who was about to marry his secret half-sister. Awkward.

This rather blighted the first few chapters and the ex, Brad, turned out to be annoyingly over present. It was hard to get into th
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Robyn lives with her husband and two sons on the outskirts of Melbourne, one of the most liveable cities in the world. Writing romance helps to balance the effects of living in an all-male household. She loves to cook, hates to clean up, and keeps very odd hours. She thinks that lattes are one of the most significant inventions ever—right up there with fire, the wheel and electricity. She collects ...more

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