Mail Order Groom by Cindy Flores Martinez
(Second Edition) is a sweet romance novel about an American woman who
marries a stranger from Poland after her fiancé leaves her right before
Lisa is about to marry the love of her life, but her
world is shattered when she finds her fiancé, Jeff, in the arms of
another woman. When he calls off the wedding, she's heartbroken.
a twist of fate, she meets Krzysztof Zielinski from Poland on
Mail-Order-Grooms.Com. He needs to marry an American woman so that he
can stay in America, and he’s willing to pay money for it. His reason
for needing to stay is what tugs at Lisa’s heart and convinces her to
say “I do” to him. After all, it’s going to be strictly a business deal.
races to the altar with Krzysztof, but things become complicated when
she finds herself falling for him, and he’s not planning to stay in
America forever. Will her heart break all over again?
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Okay. You know I love fake-relationship tropes. And this was probably one of my faves, right up there with To All The Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han. I was a little skeptical at first because it seemed like such a short time period between Lisa and Jeff ending their relationship and when Krzys and Lisa get married, but it made it a whirlwind romance and I ate up every second of it.
Lisa was a sweet character and I liked her as a main character. Her decision to marry Krzys might have been irrational and quick, but it made sense to me. For $25,000, I would have done the same thing. I feel like I wanted them to have more time together before the wedding instead of the quick passing we got of them being at the bookstore together.
I liked how supportive their relationship was. Krzys made Lisa feel like she was special and could do anything -- he believed in her dreams. I know we didn't see much of Jeff and what his and Lisa's relationship actually entailed, but from Lisa's descriptions, Jeff was never that supportive of her dreams. He seemed pretty selfish whereas Krzys gave Lisa choices about their relationship left and right. It was really nice to see that in here.
I feel like I needed more though. I would have liked to see the actual immigration interview and more of the two of them fumbling around how to be together when they hardly knew one another. And maybe more of meeting their families and trying to explain the situation. As well, I think Lisa telling Jeff the truth was a stupid decision that could bite her in the ass? But honestly, this one was really good. I really enjoyed it!
Overall: 3.5/5 stars. This was a fun, fast-paced read but I would have liked a bit more detail and time with the characters to get to know them.