Thursday, 9 April 2015

The Dangled Carat by Hilary Grossman

What They Say:

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

For every girl who listened to her heart instead of her friend’s 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. For anyone who has ever dated a commitment-phobe, who has found their patience wearing thin with the one they love, or who has sat around wondering if he is ever going to pop the question while trying to remain the very picture of patience and grace, Hilary's humorous and honest story will hit home.

What I Say:

I would like to thank author Hilary Grossman for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

I've not mentioned a cover in a while, but this is gorgeous, I love the ring.  This book nearly became one of my slipped through the cracks books.  I've had it in my TBR pile for a while and just never seemed to get time to read it.  Still the ring kept glinting at me saying read me and I’m so glad that I did.

I was expecting a classic on/off relationship in this book, but it is far from that Marc and Hilary really do love each other but Marc really is a commitment-phobe, I cringed at the mistakes their friends made with the faux engagement and really did feel sorry for Hilary at times as it is clear how much she loves Marc.  All Hilary’s family and friends pile the pressure on, except for Hilary herself, but I'm glad to say she did make Marc squirm at times.  There are some wonderfully tender scenes between Marc and Hilary especially when they had nights in together just because they can do.

I was surprised to find this was actually based on Hilary’s own experience and how wonderfully open and honest she is about their relationship.  I've got to say I wouldn't have had Hilary's patience  but having got to know Hilary I'm sure Marc knows how wonderful she is.  I also love Hilary’s mum had me laughing out loud.

4 out of 5 Stars

About the Author


I am Hilary! I dated a guy so commitment-phobic that I was able to write a book about our relationship! I am also the CFO of a beverage alcohol importer and live on Long Island.

Here are some random facts about me...

* I am a klutz... I walk into walls and fall off my shoes (flats too - not only the skyscraper heels)
* I have an unhealthy addiction to denim... Oh, and add shoes to my addiction list while you are at it please...
* I am the worst singer imaginable. When I was a waitress, I would get tipped extra not to sing happy birthday!
* I am a righty, but I can also write with my left hand. When I was little, I also taught myself how to write with my foot. 
* I used to be a very shy and quiet girl....But, wow, did that ever change
* I love to laugh, and find humour in the everyday

* My lifelong dream was to write a book. Now my dream is a reality. I hope you like it!


Hilary Grossman dated a guy so commitment-phobic that she was able to write a book about their relationship. She has an unhealthy addiction to denim and shoes. She loves to find humor in everyday life. And she likens life to a game of dodgeball - she tries to keep many balls in the air before they smack her in the face. When she isn't writing or blogging she is the CFO of a beverage alcohol importer. She lives on Long Island.

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