Sunday, October 04, 2015

Dangled Carat by Hilary Grossman


Author                         Hilary Grossman 
Publication Date        30 September 2013 
Genre                           Contemporary Romance 

For every girl who wondered if she should love him or dump him.....

For every girl who listened to her heart instead of her friends advice....

For every girl who l wondered if she was wasting her time dating that guy....

meet Hilary....

She had gotten used to dating the commitment-phobic Marc, thirteen years her senior. They had a great relationship--why rush into things? She saw no need to pressure him for marriage, believing that when the time was right, he would propose. But after they had been together for four years, their friends decided to take matters into their own hands, pushing Marc to propose and making Hilary realize how much she really did want to marry the man that she loved. Unfortunately, Marc still wasn't ready--and their friends' meddling in the form of a faux engagement party led to a disastrous New Year's Eve that brought their relationship to an inevitable turning point. 



This is not only this author's first book but it's also her own story with which I have no doubt some readers will be able to relate to. 

Hilary went through some difficult times at a young age and the relationship between her and her mother is her salvation. She has an on and off relationship with Sam until she meets Marc. 

Marc has a commitment phobia and likes to do things in his own time and in his own way. When he meets Hilary, he takes a liking to her but when he asks her out, he makes sure that she knows that he doesn't want a relationship. They spend quality times when they are together but whenever they get too close to a relationship, Marc puts a distance between them. It's obvious that they deeply care for each other even when Marc becomes elusive to making any commitments. 

They are put under pressure by family and friends to tie the knot which creates more problems than they are worth. This brings out the insecurities in Hilary whereas Marc appears to remain oblivious. Why rush? 

Marc is a caring and compassionate person but a man of few words when it comes to his personal feelings. His relationship with Hilary is honest and comfortable for most of the time. He has a great sense of humour and they would make a perfect couple if only Marc could take the next step. 

I admire Hilary for staying by Marc's side even when she is in an emotional turmoil. Many would have walked away. 

This is about overcoming fears and phobias as well as building and retaining trust, confidence and hope. It shows that not all relationships are built on fairy tales. 

I like the relationship Hilary has with her mother and Marc's relationship with his family and friends. There were times where I felt like screaming at Marc and giving him a good shove in the right direction but at the end of the day the decisions were theirs to make, frustrating as it was. Will Marc ever get over his phobia and fully commit to Hilary? They have been together for a long time after all! 

I would recommend this book to all romance lovers. It's a heartfelt and beautifully portrayed love story. 

Taking into account Hilary's courage to share her journey with us in writing, I think it more than deserves a five star rating. 

I received this ebook in exchange for an honest review and I am really glad that I did as the perspectives are not ones often reflected in other novels. 



Hilary Grossman loves to find humor in everyday life. She has an unhealthy addiction to denim and high heel shoes. She likens life to a game of dodge ball - she tries to keep as many balls in the air before they smack her in the face. When she isn't writing, blogging, or shoe shopping she is the CFO of a beverage alcohol importer. She lives on the beach in Long Island. 






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