Book Review: Any Way You Slice It by Monique McDonell


Any Way You Slice It: An Upper Crust Novella (Upper Crust Series Book 1)

By Monique McDonell


Cute, sweet, arranged marriage novella. Read in a little over an hour. It does what a novella should do, offers a short story that leaves me with a Happily Ever After and feeling content. The two lead characters need to be married to business reasons. She’s about to get deported just when her business is taking off. He needs to be married to become a partner in the law firm he works at. The female lead is a strong, independent business woman. The male lead (after me not liking him very much because he is a douche sleeping around with a married woman) turns out to be a really sweet, attentive, caring man. While I almost put the book down after being introduced to the male character, the author’s writing had me continuing and I’m glad I did. It’s a fun, light read. I look forward to reading more books in this series.

This is the first book in The Upper Crust Series. The series centers around a group of friends in Boston who meet each other through their involvement with Pied Piper’s Pies…a chain of Australian pie trucks.


Piper Adams has one month to find a husband, and get a green card, or be kicked out of the country just when her chain of Aussie Pie trucks is about to start making some serious money.

Aaron is an ambitious lawyer keen to make partner but his Boston law firm only promotes lawyers who are married.

A marriage of convenience could solve both their problems if they keep it strictly business but convincing everyone else that this is true love while trying to convince themselves that it isn’t is a sure recipe for trouble. All the kissing and touching to prove that this is a true love sets the heat rising faster than the pies in Piper’s kitchen.

While Aaron is happy to be friends with benefits, Piper knows better than to mix business with pleasure, despite the undeniable chemistry. Getting married to save her business is one thing, but falling in love would mean risking her heart. Any way you slice it she’s getting more than she bargained for.

A little bit like a cross between Grease and The Proposal, Any Way You Slice It is sure to captivate readers who love romantic comedy and chicklit.

This is the first book in The Upper Crust Series

The Upper Crust series centers around a group of friends in Boston who meet each other through their involvement with Pied Piper’s Pies…a chain of Australian pie trucks.

Publisher: Redfish Publishing

Publish Date: August 21, 2014

Page Length: 79 pages


I am an Australian author who writes fun, flirty contemporary women’s fiction including chick lit and romance. After many attempts writing books that made me miserable I decided to write books with happy endings and have been loving the journey ever since.

I am currently working on The Upper Crust Series – the first four books are out now:

Any Way You Slice It

Any Way You Dream It

Any Way You Fight It

Any Way You Plan It

I live on Sydney’s Northern Beaches with my husband and daughter which probably explains why the beach features in so many of my novels and why people describe them as excellent beach reads.

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