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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Fictional Rom-Com: Meternity by Meghann Foye

Imagine a workplace where you, as a single woman with no children, are treated like a servant. Moms are given priority on days off. When they can't finish work, it's assigned to you in rush assignments. That's the life Liz Buckley is living in Meternity. She's tired of writing articles on expensive baby products, ways to shed pregnancy pounds, and other articles targeted to new moms.

Her job as editor at Paddy Cakes magazine has her working incredibly long hours as she covers for the other women in the office. When she's told to cancel her dream trip to Paris, Liz has had enough. Someone suggests she's pregnant after she gets sick (stress), so she runs with it. Suddenly, Liz finds out what it's like to be on the other side, with people pandering to her. Liz realizes that she can make her dreams come true and use her "maternity leave" to travel and try to get her start as a travel writer.

Soon, Liz is wearing fake pregnancy bellies, leaving the office regularly for "prenatal doctor visits" (aka manicures), and getting treated with a new level of respect. The issue is that she has two guys interested in her, so soon her life is a mess of faking a pregnancy at work and trying to hide her fake pregnancy from these guys.

I admit that it took me a while to get into Meternity. It was odd because I liked the romantic angle, the humor was there, but I found Liz to be really fake and not really likable. Without giving away any spoilers, there is an event that starts to bring Liz around. From that point on, I really enjoyed her character and couldn't put the book down. Had the rest of the book been as emotionally engaging as the final half dozen chapters or so, this book would easily get five stars. 

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