Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Blog Tour: Review & Excerpt of MIllion Dollar Marriage by Katy Evans

Author: Katy Evans
Release Date: July 23, 2019
Publisher: Montlake Romance

If someone had bet Nell a million dollars that she would be saying “I do” to a complete stranger on national television, she’d have called them crazy, but with her crushing student loan payments sending her deep into the red, she’s out of options. This should be nothing more than a business transaction—until she sets eyes on her groom, and everything changes.

The game is on the instant Luke spots Penelope “Nell” Carpenter. He’s out for the money, yes, but getting a little dirty with Nell doesn’t sound too bad either. Everyone knows he’s not the marrying kind, so it’s a good thing it’s just for show. God knows he’s the worst guy his pretty wife should pick for real.

They have nothing in common, but if they want the grand prize, they’ll have to beat out eight other couples. Proving that total opposites attract should be easy enough…as long as they don’t fall in love in the process.

My thoughts:

Million Dollar Marriage, Luke and Nell both need to make a lot of money in a short amount of time so they try out for a reality show.  Despite not really liking each other, they agree to be paired in the contest.  The big catch is that they must marry and agree to stay married at the end if they win.  

For the most part, I enjoyed the book.  I wasn't sold on Nell at first.  She was a bit pretentious and looked down at people who didn't seem to be as smart as her.  I also had zero sympathy for her financial issue.  She was the one who chose to keep going in school for a degree that would not easily result in a job.  I felt more for Luke because he had more at stake financially.  Let's just say, Nell had to grow on me, as did their relationship.  They were so opposite that I had to suspend a little bit of disbelief.   However, as the contest went on, I did find myself rooting for them to not only win, but to make it as a couple.  This is the perfect book for anyone who loves reality TV shows.  I will admit to watching at least one season of The Amazing Race, which this book reminded me of.  The challenegs were fun and the contestants cut-throat.  I do recommend picking this one up.

Million Dollar Marriage Excerpt

Will Wang says, “Teams, you have the choice to participate in the next challenge. If you decide to, you’ll receive a minimum of seventy thousand dollars! All you have to do is say YES!” 

I shrug and call out, “YES!” 

Will laughs. “Hold on, buckaroo. There’s a catch you might want to know about. And that brings us to the main premise of the show. John Phillips, are you out there? Please, join me on the podium.” 

A man in a suit stands up, and the crowd parts to let him through. He jogs up to the podium, shakes Will’s hand, and stands beside him.

“John is here for a very special reason. A very special ceremony, if you will.” 

The cameras are focused on our faces, and I know something is up. 

“Yes, in fact, John happens to be a justice of the peace.” 

The crowd gasps. Next to me, Penny’s body stiffens. 

“Yes. In order to participate in the next challenge and any challenges going forward, you and your partner must be man and wife!” 

Louder gasp. The screens overhead focus in on the shock of the contestants. Penny’s trembling. Ivy looks pissed. Ace is hurling out f-bombs into the air. The Indian girl has sunk to the ground and is covering her face in her palms. It’s chaos. 

Me? I’m calm as can be. 

It’s called Million Dollar Marriage. Did they think marriage wouldn’t factor in? 

I’m in. 

“You will need to spend the rest of the time living with your partner as a unit. You’ll do everything together for the duration of the contest. There will be challenges that test your endurance, your strength, and your ability to work together as a couple. If you win, you’ll each get two hundred and fifty thousand dollars and the opportunity to have the marriage annulled, should you choose. BUT, if you decide to stay together as lawfully married, you’ll together receive the grand prize of ONE MILLION DOLLARS and an all-expenses-paid honeymoon package!” 

I look around. All the couples are yin and yang. It’s like they ran our personality tests through a machine and picked out the person we’d be least compatible with. 

“Now, we understand this is a big commitment on your part, so we’ll give you and your partner five minutes to talk things out and decide what you’d like to do. Please note that once your decision is made, it is final, and you will be married here, on the spot, before you board a flight to where the real competition will begin.” He winks at the losers’ wall. “If you drop out now, you’ll go home with fifty thousand dollars, but if you decide to continue on, you’ll earn seventy thousand and the chance to compete for even more! Time starts . . . now!” 

I turn to Penny. She’s hugging herself and won’t look at me. “Hey. I’m in.” 

She doesn’t say anything. 

I wave a hand in front of her face. 

“Are you crazy?” she finally says, staring at me. “I’d never marry you.”

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Author Biography

Katy Evans loves family, books, life, and love. She’s married with two children and a dog, and she spends her time baking healthy snacks, taking long walks, and taking care of her family. To learn more about her books in progress, check out and sign up for her newsletter. You can also find her on Twitter @authorkatyevans and on Facebook at AuthorKatyEvans.

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