Type: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
My Copy: Sent
“You are cordially challenged to a test of true love. ” Growing up in her large, crazy Serbian family, Camryn Covic became an expert at shutting down her emotions in order to maintain her sanity. But when she loses her apartment, her job and her boyfriend all in one day, she hits her breaking point. Worse, if her family finds out she’s single “again,” her sister’s upcoming wedding will be a disaster. The bride-to-be has a plan, though. A plan that involves an old friend, a pretend relationship…and the probability of ending up in a padded cell. This time for real.
Troy Lanske agreed to the crazy plan only because, when he was a lonely foster child, Camryn was his lifeline. But she isn’t the idealistic girl he remembers. She’s become so jaded that she doesn’t even believe in love anymore. He sets out to restore her faith in happily-ever-afters, but his plan backfires when the fake relationship begins to feel all too real. Falling for the one woman he can’t have could mean losing more than just his honorary family. He could lose everything.
This is a story about family and love that had me laughing out loud and crying big tears throughout. Ms. Moran creates exceptional characters that you fall in love with as you go on their journey.
Camryn Covic has had a bad day and to top it off she is about to spend a week with her crazy family as her sister Heather is getting married. Cam recently lost her job, her apartment and boyfriend, a man who called her a robot and tells her she is unworthy. Ouch! Her sister does not want her to come to the wedding without anyone and wants her to ask Troy, a man who is not only her brother Fisher’s best friend but he also used to live with their family as a foster child during his teenage years.
Troy agrees to the ruse, and their acting gets high points as they get the family to believe they have been dating for a year. They explain that they were not sure about the relationship so kept it quiet. The family is big and loud and as much as they love each other, they do say things that can be cruel at times. All her life, Cam has tried to be invisible while her siblings got the attention, most think she does not have a sense of humor and Troy even tells Emily, her niece, that Cam has lost her smile. Troy is on a mission, during the week of the wedding he plans to check off a list of things he thinks Cam needs to experience.
What a wonderful story! I started reading this book thinking it was going to show this big crazy family with a bit of romance for the hero and heroine. It was so much more, it is the emotional story of Cam and Troy, two broken people who heal each other and find love along the way. Troy is a true hero, a bit tortured as he had a heck of a childhood but the things he is doing to help Cam find herself again is amazing and I loved him right away. And in turn Cam is helping Troy realize that he is someone, and I cried when they talked about the past and how she made him feel when he was a teen. The little matchbox truck…
I really enjoyed the family, her sister Heather is interesting and I could not figure her out at first but I enjoyed her honesty with Cam and felt she really knew her, Cam could not hide anything from her, which caused several funny moments. Cam’s brother Fisher played two parts, brother of Cam’s and best friend of Troy’s so his reactions to things were, at times, split. I loved Fisher’s daughter Emily, so cute and the words that came out of her mouth were hilarious, cockporn! She is a delightful three year old and I laughed out loud during one of their dinner conversations about grammar and vocabulary. There were several family members that seemed to really get down on Cam, like Nana, I just wanted to yell at that woman, but got a better understanding of the family after her father sat down and talked to her, yep families are interesting.
The Dysfunctional Test is a true love story that revolved around Troy and Cam, it will have you laughing and crying from beginning to end. Highly recommend.
I give The Dysfunctional Test by Kelly Moran 4.5 stars!