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Love, Reality Style

3.39  ·  Rating details ·  33 ratings  ·  28 reviews
When cake-loving third-grade teacher Mary Grace Falcone receives a proposition of marriage from her germ-phobic boyfriend Ralph Ichy, her comfortable life is thrown into a tailspin. Should she marry Ralph? The man dubbed "the CEO of Antiseptic Hands"? Reluctantly, and despite the differing opinions of her best friends Jayde and Annie, Mary Grace accepts. Her decision gets ...more
ebook, 231 pages
Published June 7th 2016 by Blue Moon Publishers
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Laura Rash
Jun 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great fun beach read for the summer! There's friendships, men, decisions, family & cake. Lots of cake! Highly entertaining!
3.5 stars
Ralph Ichy doesn't "take the cake" when it comes to being anyone's ideal love interest. Though he goes to the gym, he only uses a treadmill so has no physique to catch admiring eyes. At thirty two his hair is thinning with the beginning of a bald spot and he sweats prodigiously when hot or nervous. Ralph still lives with his aging mother even though he has a good job, and he is a germaphobe with a Purell habit which means he is constantly sanitizing his hands with the antibacterial sani
This is a quick and easy read romance involving lots of cake, three best friends and a mixed bag of male characters.

I loved the relationship between the three ladies - everyone needs friends like these but not so many are lucky enough to have them. They were always there for each other, through everything - great sounding boards when one was in a dilemma, supportive in times of trouble and protective in times of need. The males in the story were a completely different matter - a germaphobic pro
May 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, read-2016
Love Triangles, Cake

This was a fun read, light-hearted and entertaining. I was a little frustrated with the main character for not making up her mind about which man she wanted, but then found that I flip-flopped back and forth about which man I wanted her to choose more frequently than she did. I think we were both happy with her choice by the end. I loved the friendship between the three girls, I wish I had friends like them.

I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest r
Lady Heather

Publication date: June 7, 2016

"A copy of this book has been provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review"
Laurie • The Baking Bookworm
My Rating: 2.5/5 stars

Disclaimer: My sincere thanks to Blue Moon Publishing for providing me with a complimentary digital copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

My Review: Cake. Good female friends. An engagement. Reality TV. Did I mention cake? These are the ingredients for a light, easy-going romantic read but the central relationship in this book may surprise you. It isn't romantic; instead its the bond between three friends - Mary Grace, Annie and Jayde. These women have stood by
Jun 01, 2016 rated it liked it
***ARC Provided via the Publisher and NetGalley***

I enjoyed this, overall. However, I thought the beginning was a little more promising than the execution of the actual story. The idea of choosing between Ralph and Nick was fun, and amusing, but I was never able to see Ralph as someone that she would ever choose, as he came across as so scattered. I think this, for me, made it a little difficult to engage with Mary Grace, as Nick seemed the obvious choice to me, because Ralph would drive me insa
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is a slow took a while to get into the story, but it was worth the wait. The main character and two of her friends learn from their mistakes and grow as individuals.
Meghan Rodriguez
May 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Note: I was given a copy of this book for free, in exchange for an honest review.

This story was as delicious as the cakes constantly baked up by main character Mary Grace Falcone. And although this is not the type of book I would normally pick up, it was delightfully sweet and light...much like a sponge cake! My one word of caution: you will crave cake, nachos, and margaritas upon completion of Love, Reality Style!

The book starts out with the rather awkward Ralph Ichy proposing to his girlfriend
Jun 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Miss McLaughlin's book centers around an odd couple, Ralph and Mary Grace who have become engaged and were duped by Mary Grace's mother to enter a reality show to win a free wedding .Mary Grace has a brief interlude with the show's host and this causes repercussions in her relationship with her fiance.Mary Grace has a couple of friends that act as her sounding board and they are not all in favor of the engagement when informed..Ralph is an impoverished teacher with mother issues and personal hyg ...more
Nicole N. (A Myriad of Books)
(I was given this in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to and Blue Moon Publishers.)

So I wasn't sure I would like this book. I think that has to do with the fact that I don't like reality shows so I went into the book very unsure. But I'm glad to say that I was pleasantly surprised.

When 30-somethings Mary Grace and Ralph become engaged, Mary Grace isn't sure she made the right decision. Her best friends, single Jayde and married with children Annie, are both giving her diffe
Jun 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Actually 3.5 stars.

I mostly read crime fiction but every so often I do like something on the lighter side. I find sometimes it's good to have a change of pace as a bit of a palate cleanser. I do however require these "lighter" reads to have a bit about themselves and sadly, I found this one lacked that somewhat. I am not sure what it was missing exactly but I didn't get a feeling of satisfaction when I finished.
Characterisation was on the whole good, I did find that some of the characters weren
Jun 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Love, Reality Style, written by Judith Natelli McLaughlin, is the first book that I have read by this author. I began reading it, not knowing what to expect, and must say that I was pleasantly surprised.

Mary Grace Falcone has just been proposed to by her boyfriend Ralph. Ralph is far from exciting, has peculiar ways, and doesn't give her that spark she always wanted. However, against the advice of her friend, she reluctantly accepts his proposal. She ends up being a contestant on a reality weddi
May 31, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads, kindle
Engagement. Reality TV. Well-meaning friends. This had all the makings of a book I would adore, but for me it just fell flat.

Mary Grace and Ralph are getting married! Mary Grace isn't so sure she wants to go through with it though, and her doubts are driving her friend, Jayde, to push her to say no, while her friend Annie thinks she should say yes. So when a chance to go on a reality TV show happens, and the celebrity hosts begins to flirt with her, Mary Grace's world forever changes. Sounds lik
Pamela Scott
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I got this ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Love, Reality Style is very different from the books I usually read. I tend to like my fiction dark and slightly twisted. This book made a refreshing change. I really wasn’t sure what to expect but was pleasantly surprised. The book is really funny at times and very realistic. The course of real love never runs smoothly. I really didn’t like Ralph as a character. I thought he was weird (not in a good way) and couldn
Danielle Urban
Mar 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Love, Reality Style by Judith Natelli McLaughlin shows readers what real love in the real world is like. It's funny, sweet, frustrating...and once we realize who and how much we love that other's a beautiful ending. However, Mary Grace Falcone has so much she's got inside her that her own worst enemy is herself. Fear of her love and future marriage not working out is keeping her from her own happiness with a great man who loves her. Sure he may not be hot like the other man chasing h ...more
Sharon Jarvis
This is a light, easy to read story about three ladies, their friendship and their pursuit of happiness, that was very enjoyable. The obsession with cakes is amusing and adds an interesting dimension to the plot but I was most disappointed that the recipe for the Anytime Cake was not included!
Each chapter started with a relevant cake quote and throughout the story there was lots of baking and eating of cakes!
Thank you to Netgalley and publisher Blue Moon Publishers for an ebook copy to read an
Jun 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book written by Judith Natelli McLaughlin. This is a great book with a wonderful story and well developed characters. This book will keep you reading long into the night. If you are looking for a great book, then you need to read this book. This is the first book by this author that I have read, and I am looking forward to reading the next book by this great author.
A Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my
Zee Monodee
May 03, 2016 rated it liked it
Cute story! I wasn't sure I would like this - I'm not a fan of love triangles, but this one won me over, though, My Goodness, Ralph! That man was such a basket case, and sadly, yes, seemed like such a loser when we meet him, and he keeps showing himself to be so wimpy and limp. Then, he ends up growing on you. Not exactly to the point where you're liking him, but you tolerate him, and then even pity him a little.

Then there's Mary Grace, another basket case... Wow! Still, this made for a fun, li
Mar 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love books that paint a 'real' picture of how life and love work. We don't always get it right, and mostly never on the first time. I loved this story and am thrilled to have had a chance to read it. The writing was fabulous and funny with witty conversations. This is not my type of genre, but for those who just want to read something that makes you smile, cry, and laugh out loud, read this adorable, true to life story.
I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. You can read my review on my blog at the link below:
Once Upon A Book
This is a quick and easy read. Mary needs to decide which guy and of course she doesn't until the end. Three best friends and lots of cake. I truly enjoyed this story and would recommend it.
Copy from NetGalley for an honest review
Kris Faatz
Aug 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Love, Reality Style is a great, fun read: creative, funny, absorbing, and with characters you want to cheer for. Chick-lit but with a twist. Recommended, especially if you love cake. :)
Sep 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
fun, light quick read
Nash Norden
I'm such a sucker for books with a food theme. When I heard that the main character, Mary Grace love cake, I know that I need to read this book.

I love the idea of the book, with Mary Grace's hesitation to accept her germ-phobic boyfriend, Ralph Ichy, proposal. I’m sure that many could relate to Mary Grace’s situation. She just wasn’t sure if Ralph was the right man for her. And then, there was her meddlesome friends and mom.

I have to say that I wasn’t a big fan of Mary Grace. Especially after sh
Shanice Singh
Apr 09, 2016 rated it liked it
Mary Grace reluctantly agrees to wed her boyfriend, Ralph. Ralph, while a great boyfriend, is a character I cannot stand. He's pretty much a total loser. Mary Grace can do better. Her friends know it and so do I. I loved how despite my intense dislike for Ralph, I found myself liking him (as reluctantly as Mary Grace agreed to his proposal). Ralph isn't a bad guy. He's just a very weird one. And then we meet Nick. He's hot, he's rich, he's a TV superstar. What's not to love?
Mary Grace is also at
Aug 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Going into this book I thought it was going to be a quick and easy read, but I found myself having trouble actually getting into it.

Love, Reality Style has some really good reviews so it must be something that just isn't up my alley.

The writing was good, I just couldn't connect to the characters.

Even though I didn't love this book, I'd gladly read more from this author.

*I received this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.*
Lisa Harker
May 16, 2016 rated it liked it
I felt that this book was very well written and that I knew the characters well by the end.
However the story line was a bit predictive and the ending felt a bit rushed.
I will still read another book from the author as her writing was very good.
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Juli Ann
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Judith Natelli McLaughlin grew up in Tenafly, New Jersey. Two of her favorite past times were reading and writing. She wrote and illustrated her first book at the age of seven. "The Bunny and The Eggs" is a first edition classic bound with masking tape and treasured forever.

At Ralph S. Maugham School she discovered Shel Silverstein's poetry and Laura Ingalls Wilder's books. Her hunger for reading