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Miss Congeniality

(The Misses Trilogy #1)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  110 ratings  ·  52 reviews
Miss Congeniality doesn’t curse. Miss Congeniality doesn’t have tattoos. Miss Congeniality doesn’t drink shots. Miss Congeniality doesn’t ride motorcycles….Or does she?

When America’s sweetheart…
Brea Richards is America’s sweetheart. Dubbed Miss Congeniality by the media, Brea has spent years honing her current reputation. And being one of the leading stars of a prime time
Paperback, 266 pages
Published October 28th 2014 (first published September 15th 2014)
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Oct 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Review posted at: Swept Away By Romance

Story Rating ~ 4 Stars
Hero Rating ~ 5 Stars
Heroine Rating ~ 3.5 Stars
Romance Rating ~ 4 Stars
Heat Level ~ 3.75 Stars
Ending ~ 4 Stars
Overall Rating ~ 4 Stars

The books starts off with Brea as an 8 year old child living with her prostitute and drug addicted mother. Some of the things she went through as a child were horrific! This part of the book was very dark and heart wrenching. I thought the author did a fantastic job hooking me into this story.

Years later
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Brea has always wanted to become an actress in Hollywood. She had a really bad childhood, with a drug-addict mom and long line of horrible guys walking in an out of their house. She only survived because of her big brother Alex.

Now she has everything she's ever dreamed of. She's the star of one of Hollywoods top TV Shows - for the seventh season in a row.
But this season a new guy joins the cast as her character's love interest.
Tattooed Hollywood Bad Boy Lance....


They're immediately extremely a
Tiffany Readz
Aug 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
In Miss Congeniality, Marie Garner did an excellent job at portraying what the lives must be for Hollywood stars that finally hook up. Who knew how much crap they had to go through just to go on a date??

Brea Richards has moved far away from her past to become America's Sweetheart, a title she protects fiercely. Nobody knows about the past she carries around with her and that's just the way Brea likes it. Her two co-stars are her besties, her show is doing great and her image is squeaky clean. Th
Oct 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I just finished Miss Congeniality and I really liked it. It was a pleasant surpise since I have never read her and she had me smitten with her story. Brea is America’s Sweetheart, dubbed as Miss Congenitally because of her smart choices, sweet disposition. Only thing is that she is hiding a secret that she does not want the world to know. While growing up her mother’s a prostitute and was around a lot of drugs. She did get lucky with having Derek and Silvia (foster parents) so she was able to ge ...more
Sep 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Review for Miss Congeniality (The Misses Trilogy #1)

4 out of 4 stars

Brea Richards escaped to Los Angeles to get away from her prostitute, drug-addicted mother. She worked hard as an actress and dubbed Miss Congeniality, America’s sweetheart.

That is until Lance Holder, America’s bad boy, joins the cast of her tv show.

Sparks fly, and before they know it, they are together. Unfortunately, associating with the bad bay reflects upon Brea’s reputation.

Struggling to keep her past from ruining everythin
Aug 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-for-review
5 Crazy Ass Stars!!!!!

Wowza! That was hot! I want Lance! Marie Garner does a great job pulling you into the story. I had a hard time putting my kindle down. I'm excited to read more from this series.
DawnMarie  Carpintero
Oct 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
5 Amazing Stars

This book was given to me for my honest review.

When the holidays come around and the season to search for our perfect Christmas tree we look at all kinds of trees thinking in our mind what will make the perfect tree in our home stand out to passerby’s. But in searching for the perfect tree we don’t notice the flaws or the hardship it will be in putting together the perfect site. We look forward to the ending scene we have in our minds to make it the perfect sight.

Brea-actress, swe
Jan 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016, series

Why has this book sat on my Kindle for so long?! I am seriously kicking myself for not reading it sooner! Miss Congeniality by Marie Garner is a unique take on a Hollywood romance that shows the hard side of dating and life in the Hollywood spotlight.

Brea Richards has come so far from who she was growing up. She left her past behind her and has become Hollywood’s “Miss Congeniality” part of the trio of “Misses”. She’s the good girl who can do no wrong, and
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Nov 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
OMG! I freaking LOVED Miss Congeniality!!! I wish I could give it more than five stars because that number simply does not do this book justice. It’s an amazing read, and there wasn't much that I didn't love!

One of the things I loved the most about this book is Lance and Brea's relationship. They have that love/hate relationship which I love. They banter a lot, but it's like foreplay and it’s so hot and sexy.

Speaking of hot and sexy, I should tell you about Mr. Lance Holder, a.k.a. Hollywood's
Dec 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars - If you’re looking for a sweet story with just the right amount of angst and a steamy vibe, then Miss Congeniality should definitely be on your list! I quickly fell under Lance’s spell and was addicted to his sweet-talking, sexy, alpha ways. Brea is America’s sweetheart, a prominent actress on a hit TV series, but Marie Garner made sure this woman was so much more. I loved getting to know her and seeing her evolve alongside Lance. Marie is able to bring out a wide range of emotions in ...more
Mary Tatar
Nov 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Miss Congeniality was my ultimate dream fantasy. Run off to Hollywood, become rich and famous on a show very reminiscent of Sex In The City. Last, but not least meet an equally famed star and fall in love. Yes, that sounds about right. It looks like I wasn't the only one with big dreams. There is one sizable difference from my dream and this book. I could watch it all unfold into one wonderful story.

Miss Congeniality AKA Brea has been part of a highly successful television show called Maggie Be
Red Cheeks Reads
Nov 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was my first movie-star novel and it was so much more than I expected. I expected over the top luxury and characters you couldn’t relate to but that is not what this author delivered! The characters were developed in a way that you could picture yourself being on set, dealing with the difficulties they all had. The story begins with the sad beginning life of a young girl and her brother struggling through her horrendous family life and her journey to escape the past.

Brea Richards is America
Terrie's Just Another Book B*tch
Oct 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Just Another Book Bitches Spoiler Free Review

ARC given for an honest review

What do television shows do when they want to stir the pot and keep us interested? They bring in a sexy bad boy to stir the pot. Well, the producers of Maggie Beach are no different when they decide to introduce Lance to the new star line up as Brea Richards new love interest.

Lance has decided that it doesn't matter what people think of him. As much as he hates the paparazzi, they LOVE him, and seem to always be there to
Christy Wilson
Nov 06, 2014 rated it liked it
This book basically tells the story of two actors who meet and have an immediate connection. Brea has always kept to herself, not stirred the pot (so to speak), and has kept her past a secret in order to keep the good girl image. Her nickname is Miss Congeniality. She stars in a tv show with two other female leads, who each have their own nicknames. The three of them are known as “The Misses.”

In order to help gain better ratings, a new actor is hired to portray Brea’s love interest. Bad boy Lanc
Nov 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
My first read from Ms. Garner and it was a pleasant surprise.
Brea Richards comes from a hard background. At 8 years old she knew life wasn’t supposed to be sneaking out of her house being led by her big brother across the field of drugs, used needles and bodies. She knew that she wanted out and would leave as soon as she could. She wanted to be a star and that’s what she became. One of the three “Misses” in the hit soap opera Maggie Beach, she’s nicknamed Miss Congeniality. Always going along w
Aug 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Brea Richards is known as America’s sweetheart, and Miss Congeniality. She doesn’t swear, get inked, drink, ride motorcycles. Or better yet, does she?

Lance Holder is known as America’s bad boy. He is the tatted, motorcycle riding, actor who lives life carefree with no regrets.

Brea & Lance hit each other head on. Will she know what has hit her?
Lance is the newcomer to the show that Brea has been a part of for several years. Will he be the bad boy that turns the good girl? Or is the good girl n
Letty  (Cover to Cover Book Blog Reviewer)
Brea Richards hides a secret she doesn’t want anyone to discover. Moving to L.A. to escape her drug-addicted, prostitute mother, she leaves behind her older brother, Alex, and foster parents. Alex convinces her to go and never look back.
Her dream to become an actress comes true as she lands a job as one of the three main characters in a TV series. Dubbed Miss Congeniality due to her pleasant disposition, smart choices, and charm, she becomes America’s Sweetheart. This changes once bad-boy Lance
Shanoff Reads
Oct 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
**I received an ARC for an honest review.**

Miss Congeniality is a fun, quick and sexy read. I enjoyed getting to follow the lives of the two Hollywood television stars Brea Richards and Lance Holder. It was fun getting to read about how their relationship grew from their first not so great encounter to the ending of their story.

The storyline is pretty much typical...good girl falls for the bad boy...but the good girl turned out to be not so good at all. Coming from the life and background that
Jenn's Book Obsession
Oct 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really wasn’t sure what to expect from this book. The synopsis grabs your attention and demands that you read it and find out if the Good Girl and the Bad Boy are really just that. Although I’m not fond of the third person POV, this was a really good story. Marie Garner does a great job of pulling you in from the beginning.

The prologue broke my heart. We get to see how Brea and her brother were raised and it wasn’t pleasant. It pulls at your heart strings. And even though Brea had a shitty ch
Nice and Naughty Book Club
Nov 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Let me start by saying Lance had me laughing out loud, probably because his smart ass wit reminded me of my husband...;)

After growing up with a junkie mother Brea's brother insisted she leave and never turn back, and that's exactly what she's done. Making it big in Hollywood as a popular TV actress, Brea has been dubbed Miss Congeniality by the press and very rarely returns home as she doesn't want to risk her reputation if anyone found out about her past.

When Lance Holder is cast on he
Heather Way
Sep 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing

This story was sweet. It started out with Learning more about the Main Character Brea. She comes from a mother that sold her body for money to get drugs and a big brother that always protected her from what was going around them. Then one day the school counselor talked to her and her brother they were taken and moved into their home and given a life with hope and security. Then Brea grows up and moves to LA to become a actress. She gets a roll on a TV sitcom and her life is turning gout just li
Nov 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I admit I wasn't sure I was going to like this one. Honestly I even put it off and waited about reading it. What the hell was I thinking!?!?!? I was only 3% in and I was in love with the bad boy and the main female character. YES!!!! I LOVED BREA!!!! It was such a great story and and I loved every minute of it. The characters were great and really easy to fall in love with. The story flowed and I was done with it before I realized. There was hot sex, sweet love story and even some emotional grip ...more
Hooked On Books
Sep 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Brea Richards escaped to Los Angeles to get away from her prostitute, drug-addicted mother. She worked hard as an actress and dubbed Miss Congeniality, America’s sweetheart.

That is until Lance Holder, America’s bad boy, joins the cast of her tv show.

Sparks fly, and before they know it, they are together. Unfortunately, associating with the bad bay reflects upon Brea’s reputation.

Struggling to keep her past from ruining everything, Brea spirals out of control to maintain her status quo. Lance
Twin Opinions
Oct 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Well, I must say that I would love to have me a Lance of my own! For me he really made this book. I liked Brea and her friends but at times I just didn't. I did connect to Brea and I love her and Lance together. I also love that she is real with real problems (well as real as a fictional character can be that is). I love a good Hollywood romance and this is one. A top notch one. At times the story was a little slow but, for the most part. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. I don't know a boo ...more
Cyndi Becker
Feb 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
This story felt like it must be straight out of the diary of a young Hollywood starlet. The dialogue writing really made it feel real, with wonderful banter between Brea and Lance. Very, very sexy and the chemistry between these 2 came through loud and clear.
~love, love, love Lances' Alpha ways --> he treats Brea exactly as I would expect a Super sweet domineering man would.
I adore that he is bad boy with an ultra sweet side that he only shares with his loved ones.
~Brea -->what a trooper, risin
book junkie
Aug 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Received this as an ARC for honest review!!
I enjoyed this book the sexual chemistry between the characters is intense and the story line grabs u from the beginning.. This is my first time reading for this author and I really enjoyed it and look forward to reading more from her
Aug 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Beta read. I am such a lucky girl getting to beta read all of these wonderful books. I really loved this one, brilliant characters, well-written plot and overall an excellent read. PS to author, I think I'm in love with your hero xxx
Anne Jolin
Sep 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Because this isn't out yet and I got to beta read it -- I won't give anything away. I just wanted to pop in and let EVERYONE on the planet know that this book is amazing. Marie has outdone herself again!! The Misses are something you won't want to miss out on... Just sayin'
Mandi Schreiner
Sep 19, 2014 added it
Shelves: dnf
I really don't like the hero - I feel he is too much of a bad boy - his dynamic with the heroine to start throws me off.

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Marie Garner hails from North Carolina, and has had her nose in a book for as long as she can remember. Story ideas have been floating around in her head for as long as she can remember when she finally decided to write them down. She is an avid football fan, often found rooting on her Washington Redskins or her alma mater NC State. She has taught for the past 7 years, with a short break to earn h ...more

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