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Accidentally Engaged

3.37  ·  Rating details ·  926 ratings  ·  103 reviews
I'm just the messenger. Please, don't kill me. . . Don't hate me because I'm psychic. . .everybody else already does. My name's Clair Ivers and these days my "gift" seems more like a booby prize. It all started when this crazy woman tried to bribe me into skewing a reading to warm her future sister-in-law's cold feet. Then the prospective sister-in-law threatened to kill ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published March 1st 2007 by Kensington (first published March 5th 2006)
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May 07, 2011 rated it liked it
Quotes I love in the book:

"Naked ring finger and barren womb."

"I was on a long, long hiatus from men. As a bona fide recovering from love-aholic."

"Love letters are the gateway to sex with your ex."

"Unleashed a few primal screams."

"Strong wing whip my hair into a frenzy."

"I gracefully descended the winding staircase."

"It's easier to pick out china, cakes, flowers than to find a man with whom you can get along for 6 months."

"The car slowed down to almost human speed."

"My heart was pounding in my c
Aug 25, 2011 rated it liked it
I don't know the last time I laughed so often while reading a book, but the humor just wasn't enough to make it a great book. The only reason I continued reading was to see what Clare would say/do next. At times it was a little out there, but if you need a good laugh, and nothing too heavy this is the book for you.
Sep 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Kind of a fun/different storyline but I could have done without the foul language. The ending was a little weird and I found myself often times saying - "just tell him why you came already!".
Kaylee Stinebiser
Jun 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Overall, this was a novel worth reading, if only for pure entertainment’s sake. The main character, Clair (a psychic Tarot-card reader) was very original—her voice was distinct and consistent, and I quickly became interested in her thoughts, feelings, past experience, etc. Her serious moments were taken as such, but she also had her funny moments: witty comments, narrative hyperboles, and random tangents of hilarious situations that she’s previously found herself in. I was entertained. Learning ...more
Apr 29, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf, fiction, chick-lit
I could not finish this book. I picked it up only to read a couple paragraphs before I put it back down. I finally gave up in chapter 10—my tbr is too large to waste time trying to force myself to read this book. I found the main character unbelievable (but not because she was a psychic—that was about the only thing I found to be believable). Moreover, I just found the main character boring. I could not care about her at all. Plus she came across a bit whiny, which I found irritating. Then the w ...more
Dec 15, 2008 rated it it was ok
Aspects of this story were enjoyable but the author tends to ramble making reading hard work.
Kate  Maxwell
Jun 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
I definitely LOL with this story. Clair the clairvoyant, just wanted to go home. However she was convinced to do one last reading before heading off for her spiritual pilgrimage. She should have listened to her own intuition, as this reading was like no other. Rachel wanted to have a reading that told her to call off her wedding to Jack - head of Heron Estates Winery... two weeks before the wedding. Clair went against her better judgment and gave Rachel her wish. What ensued was a madcap (truly) ...more
Sep 11, 2019 rated it liked it
This book was pretty decent. I picked it up randomly at my library and decided to give it a shot. Claire is a fun character and there’s plenty of humorous situations to keep a reader interested. There was even a few moments where I laughed or gasped out loud which is always nice. I liked the story overall I just think that it was a little slow in the beginning and then very very rushed in the end; the real climax and resolution happened 15 pages from the end of a 330 page book. I just wish it ha ...more
May 25, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Stars

I love rom-com books, so I thought I would give this one a try. I liked it, wasn't what I was expecting but it was a good story. Just wish she would have ended it a little different.
Marilyn Schmitt
Entertaining but silly. A beach read
Dani Ganley
Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Weirdest book ever, but I kind of totally loved it. Was honestly very thrown off in the beginning, but I'm glad I stuck it through! It was very enjoyable to be honest.
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
when I like a book, I can't put it down. This was one of those, funny and engaging,ha!
Dec 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mary-carter
Funny. Irreverently funny. A good light read!
Catherine Labadie
Dec 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: only-meh
Cringe humor and bridget Jones vibes. Enjoyable and a quick read.
Kelli Grimes
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This book is insane. The chaos and calamity are off the charts. But it’s funny and fast paced and all over the place. I belly laughed more than once.
Jun 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Quirky and funny, but it was rather obvious what was going on (I thought). It lifted my spirits with its silliness and I found Clare to be an awkward and likable character.
Aug 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a really fun read. Kind of predictable but a good read overall. I think I'll check out more of her books.
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
Not wonderful literature, but I didn’t dislike it. There were even a few laugh out loud moments, but there was nothing in the story that was more than surface deep. I’ll probably have forgotten everything about this book in the next few months, but I guess I finished it without having to force myself to.
Mar 17, 2017 rated it did not like it
Couldn't finish this book no matter how hard I tried. Writing style and pace plus main characters just do not engage my interest. Decided after the 4thattempt to just give this a pass permanently.
Mar 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: drama, chick-lit, 2017
I'm hesitant to read because I'm not a real believer of psychics or fortune telling but I think I can take that with a grain of salt if the humor is a good as the reviews say. I'll give it a chance.
this book was definitely an early book for this author. it got long and windy and I was so excited for it to finally be done and everything be tied up. in addition, there were some huge editing mistakes that seemed generally elementary.
the plot was funny and made me laugh out loud a few times. someti
Jenn Andrew
Jul 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Accidentally Engaged is about a Tarot Card Reader who gets delayed from her yearly pilgrimage, to return an expensive engagement ring as well as a message left by an unexpected customer. The story is set at a large mansion on the grounds of Shawnee National Forest in present day Harrisburg.

On Clair’s journey to return this precious ring and a disappointing message back to the unsuspecting groom, the reader finds the character has a strong intuition and a special gift befitting a woman in her pr
Sep 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an easy and fun book to read, one that kept me up too late at night and was difficult to put down. There was an interview at the end of the book with the author and she admitted that her earlier books went "a little overboard with some of the metaphors" and I'd have to agree. The one comparing the night sky full of stars with someone lightly sprinkling salt on a baked potato was especially "interesting."

I thought Clair Ivars was a funny and engaging and fairly likable heroine. She's a
I nearly bailed on this when it felt like the author was relying a little too much on the narrator's "gift" and the fantastical to make the story work but it got much better (albeit predictable) and the last half improved greatly. A cute, fun, light read for summer.
Jun 18, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2011
A pretty good read. The book is about Clair who does a reading for Rachel. Rachel wanted Clair to say that her marrying Jack would be a good idea. Clair reluctly goes along with the idea. After the reading Clair realizes Rachel left her engagement ring behind. Clair goes to return it and the adventure begins. Clair has and attraction to Jack, but also to Mike. While at the estate returning the ring Jack's grandmother confuses Clair for Rachel and ends up sticking around to pretend to be Rachel. ...more
Apr 15, 2008 rated it liked it
A pretty cute story. Took me a while to get into it, but by about the middle I just wanted to know how it was all going to turn out. There were a few sections that threw me, probably due to the jumping between multiple story lines. The character of Mike comes into the story a bit unusually and it never really gets explained, that was the one of the two mysteries that remained unsolved for me. The other, I wonder if the person who wrote the synopsis on the back of the book actually read the whole ...more
Dec 29, 2008 rated it it was ok
This book was hard to read. The author believes in the rule of three when describing things. EVERYTHING had to be described in three words or phrases, and you could almost feel the author thinking "show don't tell" when typing. Sometimes it is ok to just tell! Get to the point already!

There were also sections that would go off on a tangent that really did not relate to the story. After a while, I began skipping these paragraphs and would go straight for the dialog. This made the book a bit more
Mar 09, 2008 rated it really liked it
This book kind of drove me crazy. It was so chock-full of plotlines, events, liars, mysteries, & even awkward/embarrassing moments that I couldn't stand the confusion, but I couldn't put it down cuz it was killing me to find out what the heck was really going on. It's ironic that in such a bewildering book the main character is a psychic. & that was pretty cool I gotta admit. but I liked the ending; it brought the whole thing together & was refreshingly satisfying after all the turmoil. ...more
Sorcha O'Dowd
Oct 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'Accidentally Engaged' was a fun, chick-lit romance, with some brilliant one-liners and some clever and rather humorous detective story lines. I felt a little let down by the ending though as everything just seemed to end too quickly and I got a bit confused by how all the characters connected and what their true feelings were, but other than that is was a fun and well-written, and was genuinely a good book that I recommend to chick lit and romantic comedy lovers.
Dec 21, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: erotica-romance
This is a romance novel that was a bit different than the typical ones in terms of "intro, love, mistaken problem, happy ending" because it had a bit of the fortune telling aspect in it. I found it refreshing in that aspect, but the characters on the whole were not really likable. There was a lot of deception, lies, and just stupid hidden secrets all the time that grated on my nerves far too much to truly enjoy the book and hope for characters!
Mar 16, 2015 rated it it was ok
This was a fun, funny, read, but ultimately the main character takes more than a few detours with her thoughts, and we all get front row seats! I didn't find it hard to follow, but I frequently lost interest in what I was reading and would skim a lot of the text. One tangent lasted three pages! I really liked the ending though. Glad she finally proved to herself (and to others) that she was the real deal.
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