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Husband Material

3.41  ·  Rating details ·  2,624 ratings  ·  568 reviews
Sometimes love is unpredictable…

Twenty-nine-year-old Charlotte Rosen has a secret: she’s a widow. Ever since the fateful day that leveled her world, Charlotte has worked hard to move forward. Great job at a hot social media analytics company? Check. Roommate with no knowledge of her past? Check. Adorable dog? Check. All the while, she’s faithfully data-crunched her way thr
Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published December 30th 2019 by Graydon House
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Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill
Cuteness alert! I loved this funny, snarky little rom-com! Grab your Firken ( fake Birken) and dive right into the world of Charlotte Rosen. This book just made me feel good. I smirked many of times while reading this book because this girl was just so funny.

What's not to like about Charlotte? She has got it going on. Living in LA she is privy to all the hip things (do people even use that word anymore)?! She has a cool job at The Influencer Firm which is featured in Forbes as being one of the
Nilufer Ozmekik
Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is inspiriting, joyful, motivational and humorous! Yes, this is just what I need and what I want after my long waltzes with thriller genre.
I just finished this inspirational, witty women’s fiction book. I have to emphasize this is not a romcom, even though we have too many funny, awkward situations and coincidences like we get used to see at romcoms but this book is a woman’s second chance to find herself and rebuild her life kind of fiction. Thankfully we have a creative, intelligent write
This book was just what I needed! Sweet, quirky, and delightful. Not really a romcom more like women’s fiction with a sprinkling of humor and a generous dollop of romance. This is the story of Charlotte who is in her 20s and lost her husband five years ago. Unsure of how to navigate being such a young widow and not wanting the label Charlotte has made it that no one in her life knows that she was ever even married. She has re-entered the dating field but treats it more like a math problem than a ...more
Dec 15, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
Thanks to Netgalley and HARLEQUIN-Graydon House Books for an egalley in exchange for an honest review

Cute. Yes, that is exactly how I would classify this contemporary romance fiction novel starring our female protagonist, Charlotte Rosen. Working at an influencer firm and living with a quirky roommate, Charlotte continues to strike out in love. Heck, don't we all? But when a mysterious parcel shows up on her doorstep, Charlotte is confronted with the lesson that sometimes we have to deal with
DJ Sakata
Favorite Quotes:

She’s wearing a size XL Slayer T-shirt as a dress with a choke chain and Dr. Martens combat boots. The cool thing about Los Angeles is that one man’s freak show is another’s fashion icon.

“Hey, can you hand me scissors from the junk drawer?” Casey instead pulls a switchblade from her bra and cocks it open with the flick of her finger. They must not happen often, but I can tell she lives for moments like this.

Not a single inch of her body jiggles, especially not her fake double Ds.

I am having so much trouble getting into this one... it's reading very meh for me so I'm gonna quit it :/
Dec 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sweet, witty, and charming!

Husband Material is a sassy, heartfelt rom-com featuring the logical, grieving Charlotte who after unexpectedly receiving her late husband’s ashes back five-years after his passing realizes that the hurt is still raw and in order to heal and move on bridges should be mended, secrets must be revealed, and people need be forgiven.

The writing style is warm and light. The characters are quirky, reticent, and amusing. And the plot is a delightful blend of life, love, intros
Feb 13, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book broke my heart at the beginning. It was sad to read about Charlotte losing her husband. She's really amazing and strong character to manage to move forward with her life after his death.
I felt in love with author's writing. She managed to created amazing characters and sensitive but still humorous story. This book is more than the average contemporary romance comedy but story about moving forward and finding joy in life.
Thank you to Harlequin Trade Publishing, Netgalley, and Graydon Bo
I have to tell you up front that this book is absolutely nothing at all about what I thought it would be! And that, my reading friends, is a good thing! Based on the provided excerpts alone, I assumed that this would be a RomCom, Chick-Lit lite, toss away book to read between the more serious books that I was consuming. I could not have been more wrong!

Charlotte is a very young, too young, widow is who hides her grief - and her widowhood - in humor. Not even her flatmate is aware that she was pr
Lisa Leone-campbell
Charlotte Rosen is single, has a terrific job as a social media analyst and is in the process of developing a new dating app based on mathematical data. Every decision Charlotte makes is based on what the math data shows.

Until one day she receives an urn with her late husband's ashes. A husband she has told absolutely no one she had. And Charlotte's world begins to spin so out of control that not even her data can help her.

She must now face his death once again, and all the emotions and feelings
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HUSBAND MATERIAL by Emily Belden is a contemporary women’s fiction story with elements of rom-con and romance genres included. This is a standalone book that deals with a young widow and how she deals with her life and those around her.

Five years after the death of her husband, Charlotte Rosen opens a box that contains the urn and ashes of her late husband who she thought was in a mausoleum in Pala, California. Suddenly, all her wo
Please note that I received this book via NetGalley. This did not affect my rating or review.

I feel a bit sad. The potential with this book was pretty high, it's just that Belden ended up having a main character who wasn't that likable and also the romance felt forced.

"Husband Material" follows 29 year old Charlotte Rosen. A New York transplant, Charlotte initially worked in a different field than what she does now. Charlotte works for a social media influencer firm (yeah that's a thing now I gu
Jun 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-2
Gosh, this book took me by surprise. I would have to describe Husband Material as two books wrapped up in one. It jumps between chapters of HILARIOUS experiences of the MC, Charlotte, blind dating all of these awful guys (and oh man, the author has SUCH a funny voice), hanging out with her weird but hilarious roommate, and working at her job where she’s a total pro but has a lot of mean girls on scene. And oh, the author so had me. Then the other theme of the book is an absolute tearjerker, deal ...more
Chandra Claypool (WhereTheReaderGrows)
I recently read Hot Mess by this author and absolutely fell in love with her writing. Color me tickled when I received a copy of her latest, Husband Material. Now, this book was not at all what I expected. I think with the beginning, the title and all the algorithm talk, I thought I was going to get a more dating disaster to true love kind of novel. Instead, I was reading a more somber story about Charlotte and her journey to dealing with her husband's ashes showing up at her door five years aft ...more
Jamie Rosenblit
Emily Belden's second foray in fiction comes in the form of a young widow, hiding from reality into crunching numbers and leaving zero to chance - including her own dating life. When her husband's ashes arrive on her doorstep unexpectedly, five years after his death, her compartmentalized facade starts to falter.

Told with Belden's signature wit and heart, Charlotte makes for a lovable protagonist who you can't help but root for, as well as a cast of peripheral characters that are uniquely wonde
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DNF @ 58%

Unfortunately, I had to call it quits shortly after the halfway mark. I skimmed quite a few parts from the remainder of the book, so I have a fairly good idea of what happens and I’m sorry to say that had I finished it, my final opinion would have been just as bad.

What is this book about? Husband Material follows our protagonist, Charlotte, a widow who lost her husband five years ago from a freak acc
Brooke — brooklynnnnereads
3.5 stars

This novel was more than the average contemporary romantic comedy. Before I started this novel, I did not know the extent of the title "Husband Material" on the story.

Between the writing and the plot, this novel reminded me of those similar to Cecelia Ahern and Jojo Moyes. I mean this in the most complimentary way. It felt like a unique story but for those that enjoy the writing style from both of those authors, maybe give this book a try as well. The story was emotional and meaningful
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2.5 Stars

This book was okay. I didn't hate it but it really wasn't great either, so I didn't love it. Parts were relatable and some were even funny...but there wen't enough of those to merit even three stars. This book started with a good premise and initial character development for Charlotte, but just unraveled into a mess with additional characters never really being fully developed and lots of plot holes, predictable outcomes and loose ends. The secondary characters seemed to exist only to m
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: womens-fiction
29-year old Charlotte thinks she has her life all figured out. That is, until her husband, Decker’s ashes show up on her doorstep unexpectedly. Charlotte’s spent nearly the last 5-years hiding that she’s a widow and now that her past is right before her eyes, she doesn’t know how to handle it.

Charlotte wasn’t prepared to battle with Decker’s mom over who gets to keep his ashes. And she didn’t know that Decker’s best friend, Brian, would be apart of her life again.

Although it’s been 5-years, Ch
Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
I enjoyed this book! It was a little depressing at times because obviously, our main character is still dealing with grief but it was sweet and funny too.
Genevieve Trono
Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Husband Material is a contemporary fiction novel that had a great balance of humor and relatability. I really appreciated how the author Emily Belden built detailed characters that have a level of depth that doesn't always happen in this genre of writing. Because of this, I was really able to connect with the storyline and follow these characters on their path of grief and the process of moving forward. We met Charlotte who is a young widow that is trying to rebuild her life.

I appreciated the d
Robin Loves Reading
Charlotte Rosen does nothing better than making magic with numbers and data. However, her love life leaves a lot to be desired...

She has a great job at a social media analytic company, with the focus of bringing couples together. Charlotte has a gift of matching people based on her algorithms. When she suddenly receives her late husband Decker's ashes - as the mausoleum where they were stored was in the direct path of a disastrous wildfire.

What is Charlotte going to do with these ashes? Further
Lisa Leone-campbell
Charlotte Rosen is single, has a terrific job as a social media analyst and is in the process of developing a new dating app based on mathematical data. Every decision Charlotte makes is based on what the math data shows.

Until one day she receives an urn with her late husband's ashes. A husband she has told absolutely no one she had. And Charlotte's world begins to spin so out of control that not even her data can help her.

She must now face his death once again, and all the emotions and feelings
May 21, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Tiffany PSquared
Charlotte deals in numbers, but life sometimes defies logic - as she soon discovers...
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**Many thanks to Harlequin Books and the author for providing a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Carla Johnson-Hicks
HUSBAND MATERIAL by Emily Belden is a story that has elements of several genres. It is a contemporary women’s fiction story with bits of romance and humour. Charlotte Rosen has been a widow for five years. She is happy in her job, co-exists with her roommate that she found on Craig's list, and is working on a dating app that deals with algorithms and mathematics. She seems fine until the day she opens a box that things in her new harddrive. Instead of what she expects, it contains an urn full of ...more
I found this book to be charming and I loved the cover so much! I think it definitely has potential to be more.

I felt that Charlotte was a tad bit plain for me and was wanting a bit more spice with her. I think there was some charming moments with some romance and Charlotte discovering herself through the grief but I found it hard to connect to this one. I found myself getting more annoyed then enjoying the story.

I think at times it felt there was a bit too much effort being thrown in this one
Nov 26, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Do you ever finish a book and just think, meh? That’s what happened to me with this one, I didn’t love or hate it, I didn’t even really like or dislike it either, I just feel pretty apathetic about it overall. Kind of a bummer because the authors previous book, Hot Mess was such a hit for me that I wasn’t expecting this to be such a miss.

There were definitely some things I liked about this one, the fact that Charlotte was a young widow was interesting and the author has a really quirky, sarcasti
Suzanne (The Bookish Libra)
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Thank you to NetGalley, Emily Belden & Graydon House for an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

The first couple sentences of Husband Material will get you. It has that immediate shock value and you're left thinking "excuse me?!".

Charlotte Rosen is a coder with a hot social media analytics company. She works hard and it shows an idea of what it might be like to be in a field that has a predominantly different gender. She has a roommate that has really no idea of her pas
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Emily Belden is a food journalist, social media marketer, and storyteller. She is the author of the novels Hot Mess and Husband Material, and of Eightysixed: A Memoir about Unforgettable Men, Mistakes, and Meals. After she tiled her bedroom floor in over 60,000 pennies – all heads up for good luck – she was a guest on The Today Show and her story was covered by media outlets across the country. A

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