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After arguing with her live-in boyfriend about his inability to commit, Peggy Adams flies to a friend's bachelorette party in Las Vegas, and wakes up next to a man she can't remember. Hung-over and miserable, she sneaks out of the sleeping man's hotel room and returns home to New York, where her boyfriend apologizes for the fight and gives her a Tiffany box containing a prAfter arguing with her live-in boyfriend about his inability to commit, Peggy Adams flies to a friend's bachelorette party in Las Vegas, and wakes up next to a man she can't remember. Hung-over and miserable, she sneaks out of the sleeping man's hotel room and returns home to New York, where her boyfriend apologizes for the fight and gives her a Tiffany box containing a pre-engagement ring. Not what she expected, but close enough! The next day she receives a phone call from the Las Vegas one-night stand, Luke, claiming she's already married to him¬-and he faxes her the license for proof! Both are ready for an annulment, until Peggy arrives in quaint New Nineveh, CT, where Luke cares for his Great Aunt, and the old woman makes Peggy an offer she can't refuse....

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Mating Rituals of the North American WASP Reviews

  • Shannon S.
    2019-06-06 21:28

    Chicklit is a difficult category to judge properly. At its worst chicklit is formulaic, histrionic, and badly written. At its best it is heartwarming, funny, and engages the reader with heroines that are fully fleshed and real. I must say Helen Fielding has a great deal to answer for—she is the one that got me interested in chicklit in the first place. To wit, reading Bridget Jones’ Diary on an overseas trip with a girlfriend. I was laughing so much in our shared hotel room that V. demanded that I read it aloud to her. She too was hooked—we both read the book twice before we boarded our flight home to Atlanta.Yes, Bridget Jones I can be shallow and silly and abysmally stupid when it comes to her dealings with the opposite sex. Helen Fielding’s comic gifts allow us to see the ridiculous in her eponymous character but we embrace her anyway. Bridget Jones is flawed, but she is authentic with her laddered tights, sloppy apartment, and lack of willpower. Fielding has a unique ability to write comedy but allows the humanity to ultimately prevail. The reader likes Bridget because of her shortcomings—not despite them. Chicklit heroines run the gamut of feminine tropes. The worst ones are ridiculous paragons of womanhood. These main characters are beautiful (but of course they don’t know it—disingenuous tripe); successful; often have a handsome (if bland) boyfriend; and of course the obligatory spunky BFF, sometimes with a second pal that is an archetypal gay man thrown in. Frankly, no one wants to read about a girl like that, unless it’s to watch her get her comeuppance. The second chicklit protagonist is the plain, often slightly chubby, feisty–and they are always feisty—heroine who manages to land the handsome hero. While I love the idea that a woman can be of any shape, size, or level of pulchritude and still find true love, the tragedy is that so many of these novels are so poorly written that the relationship portrayed has no verisimilitude. And does this mean that plain, shy girls can’t find romance? How about the ordinary, pretty girls? Perhaps it’s my own fault for continuing to read novels in a genre in which I know the majority of books are awful. So sue me for wanting a light, fluffy read with a happy ending. Why do they all have to be so execrable?To be fair, Mating Rituals of the American WASP is not terrible. Ms. Lipton’s journalism pieces are clean and concise with an acerbic wit, so I expected the same from this foray into fiction. Lauren Lipton can actually string a sentence together and at least utilizes proper grammar. (Although I could have done without her terrible poetry. But more on that later.) The main premise of the book is that proper, prudish Peggy and preppy, stiff Luke throw caution to the winds one debauched night in Vegas and get married after only knowing each other a few hours. The problem is—Peggy has a boyfriend. After years of dating and ultimatums, he finally presents her with a ring once she returns.Peggy and her girlfriend own a moderately successful home and personal fragrance emporium. However, their lease is up at the end of the year and their landlord has raised their rent on the premises so much that they consider closing. Peggy intends to annul her whirlwind marriage immediately, but fate intervenes in the form of Luke’s formidable dowager great-aunt, Abigail Sedgwick. Luke is the scion of a once-mighty blue-blooded New England family, the Sedgwicks. He is the last of the line. Therefore, his great-aunt offers him a deal—stay married to Peggy for a year and they will inherit the gorgeous—if dilapidated—Sedgwick House in New Nineveh, Connecticut. Peggy realizes that she can afford to keep her store if they sell the house and split the profits. Luke is a disgruntled financier and aspiring poet. He wants to use the profits so that he can devote his time to writing. Peggy therefore agrees to spend her weekends in New Nineveh, Connecticut with her legal-in-name-only husband. They will pretend to be a happy couple in order to placate Abigail and get the house.I suppose the author threw the poetry in there to make the romantic lead more interesting, but if you are going to make him a poet at least make him a good one. I suggest Ms. Lipton read A.S. Byatt’s Possession for tips. While the poetaster love interest is annoying, the book’s main fault is that the protagonist, Peggy, in addition to being an unbearable Mary Sue, is also hypocritical and boring as hell. Lipton tries to give her some interest by making her the nervous type. Unfortunately, she just comes across as a neurotic fusspot. While this trait could be endearing in the right hands, Peggy just comes across as sanctimonious and bitchy. She also seems genuinely surprised by the small town folkways of New Nineveh. Peggy is a transplant to New York and has moved around her whole life. Surely she would have encountered small-town living before this; instead Lipton portrays her as constantly amazed at how open and trusting these small town folks are. She might as well call them hayseeds and be done with it. She also spends far too much time explaining the vagaries of the Yankee—that Bloody-Mary loving, Ivy-League-educated, J.Crew catalog stereotype bastardized in every teen movie since the dawn of time. Her portrayals do not give them flesh; instead it sounds like she read Lisa Birnbach’s satire The Preppy Handbook and just stuck a bunch of the stock characters in there.I think Ms. Lipton is trying to write a comedy of manners in her portrayal of the preppy snobs in the book, but she does not have Jane Austen’s formidable gifts at portraying the upper class. Jane Austen would ridicule the gentry, but she also loved her characters; for example, even the Mr. Collins types, while ludicrous, were real human beings with thoughts and feelings. These were just preppy cardboard cutouts. (Flask and plaid clothes not included in this kit.)There are other problems with this book—the commitment phobic boyfriend is far too much like a smarmy cartoon villain to be authentic. I kept picturing Charming in Shrek, which made me giggle far too much to take him seriously. The best friend, the hippie parents, the bosomy, well-meaning outsider who befriends Peggy, and the sexy artist girlfriend were all stock characters straight out of Central Casting. Even the single love scene is arid and flat. If Lipton had gone more for a comedy of manners, this book might have succeeded. If she had written straight romance, it might have worked. I would have even preferred sappy romantic comedy to this. The book suffered from a dizzying jack-of-all-trades mentality; Lipton tried to play with several genres and like the cliché, succeeded at none of them.

  • Pam
    2019-06-05 22:13

    After seven long years of courting Brock, Peggy Adams has reached the end of her over extended New York minute. She admits that she loves the handsome and charming sports cameraman but has seen one too many of her former roommates walk happily down the aisle, one too many of her old college friends announce a second pregnancy.Just before hopping a plane to Vegas for a friend’s bachelorette party, she gives Brock an ultimatum: It’s time for action or eviction. If he doesn’t tie her down, she can’t help but float away.She plans to follow through on her promise but maybe not quite the way things unfold.After a wild night of rather uncharacteristic partying in Sin City, typically reserved and anxious Peggy finds herself in a hotel bed next to a complete stranger. Convinced that nothing more scandalous than snoring happened that night, Peggy bolts for the east coast, before her bed buddy comes to.Of course, whoever said, “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas” didn’t know Luke.While tending to her soap boutique back in Manhattan, the following week, Peggy picks up the phone. The caller is none other than Luke, the man she met in Vegas and he needs to speak with her immediately. See, it turns out that though their physical integrity remained intact over the course of the night, they did manage to get hitched. Woops!They are on their way to an annulment speedier than their actual wedding when Luke’s great aunt Abby appears in the doorway. She would like for the two to stay married. She would like for them to stay married so badly that she is cutting Luke out of the family’s inheritance if they split.After the two recover from the initial shock, Peggy hatches another plan and it might just work out positively for everyone. Or, you know, it might end in total calamity.This was complete uncharacteristic reading for me but I can’t say that it was a loss. I’ve attempted a few “chick lit” bits in the past but have never really enjoyed the experience. I had long since given up trying when I came across Lipton’s story. It sounded cute and I have been a bit worn out with heavier things so I decided to give it a try.While it wasn’t earth shatteringly remarkable, it was definitely fun. The writing was smooth and easy without being shallow or choppy. The plot, itself, was pretty upbeat and adventurous if a little bit silly. It also had very little down time which I find to be problematic in romances. I enjoyed the caricatures of WASPs, New England life, out-of-towners and displaced “city people”. Growing up just outside of Boston, I have always been well aware of Yankee-isms and though I have been out of the north east for over five years, the attitude and life style were easily painted by Lipton’s cast.The only wearing part, for me, was that, at awkward moments, the emotional intelligence of the characters seemed lacking, leaving parts of the story with a taste of frustrated redundancy. There seemed to be too much inner monologue from Luke’s mind or Peggy’s thoughts that seemed to be unnaturally pent up. It left me feeling a bit helpless, as a reader, often wanting to scream, “Just tell person x how you feel, already!” there was a lot of mildly incredulous secret keeping that I just don’t think would fly in real life.I think, if you manage to suspend your system of perceived reality, you’ll have a better time with this book. I did enjoy it as a fun romp and eventually didlet go of my need for the story to line up with feasibility.

  • Elevate Difference
    2019-06-03 00:30

    **spoiler alert** At its core, Mating Rituals of the North American WASP is wholly typical. Girl goes to Vegas. Girl gets drunk. Girl wakes up to find she married some stranger. Girl flees back to New York. Boy calls her up to tell her that, yes, they’re legally married. In time, Boy and Girl fall in love and decide to stay married. Mix in a secondary cliché plot: if they stay married, they get money.Peggy is a New Yorker who runs a shop with her best friend. They’ve been successful for ten years, but their rent is about to be hiked up (that much is realistic). Luke Sedgwick is the last surviving member of the venerable Sedgwick clan, a family that has not left Connecticut since its founder built a big house which is now falling apart. Luke would love to sell the house and leave his oppressive birthright behind him, but his great-aunt Abigail is in her eighties and she refuses to leave. Her health is deteriorating at the same pace as the house, and Luke is badly in need of a way to pay for both.Peggy and Luke meet in Vegas where inhibitions go to die. Aunt Abigail, clearly having her priorities straight, says she will allow Luke to sell the house if he and Peggy remain married for one year. Needing her share of the house’s selling price, Peggy starts leading a double life. During the week she lives and works in the city and on weekends she rents a car, drives to Connecticut, and pretends to be the happily married wife of a genuine, full-blooded WASP.I kept reading this book out of a sense of obligation, and because there was nothing terribly egregious about it. But in hindsight, I’m actually rather pissed. You see, there’s Peggy and Luke… and then there’s Peggy and Brock.Brock is Peggy’s long-time boyfriend/pet frat boy-cum-thrillseeker. They’ve been dating for six years, and she desperately wants him to pop the question. He’s constantly finding reasons not to. They have a big fight right before Peggy goes to Vegas, and later, just as she’s having feelings for Luke, Brock shows up with a ring. Peggy tells herself she can wait out the six months left of secret marriage with no one the wiser.Brock is a selfish, childish dolt. He has no redeeming qualities besides being handsome. He’s comfortable in a no-strings relationship with a woman who is too anxious to assert herself, and he likes it that way. Peggy’s waffling is annoying, and her self-delusion more than a little infuriating. Worse, she doesn’t have that big, cathartic "I Am An Idiot And I Really Love Luke" moment at the end. In a faceoff between the three of them, she chooses Brock. Sure, it comes right in the very end, but Silent Luke’s not exactly fantastic either.The book itself is WASP-ish. There’s no sex, no intimacy, and no delicious description. I never really rooted for Luke because I never felt the supposed connection with Peggy. I didn’t have much sympathy for either of them because there wasn’t much to like about them.I will give kudos for a heroine who wasn’t stereotypical. Peggy has a streak of neurosis that I liked, but it wasn’t made into a defining issue, and it could have been. I would have much preferred a story about a woman who learns to let go of her own anxiety through her exposure to some classically repressed people.Review by Richenda Gould

  • Valorie
    2019-06-11 21:12

    Peggy Adams wakes up one Vegas morning in bed with a strange man. It seems during a whirlwind casino and alcohol romance, they were married. Her new husband and veritable stranger, Luke Sedgwick, is a Connecticut WASP from a family with a name and history almost as old as the Mayflower. His house, which is rapidly crumbling like his family fortune, stands as an icon of his heritage and prestige. A deal is struck up between Peggy, Luke, and Luke’s great-aunt Abigail: the two of them have to stay married for a year, after which they will inherit her house. With the money gained from selling the house, Luke would be able to afford full time care for Abigail. Peggy would be able to save her business from closing. The two of them decide to go through with it.At first, the two of them are barely friends and tolerate each other with cool regard. Peggy has a pre-engagement engagement ring by a man who she has been waiting seven years to get engaged to and Luke is afflicted by a terrible disease known as New England Yuppie Lack of Expressed Emotion with a side effect of Dating A Wild and Exciting Redhead. The early relationship between Luke and Peggy is at first hindered by outside responsibility and guilt. But for the sake of appearances, the two of them play the game and fake being a happily in love WASP couple on the weekends. However, soon the two of them are experiencing real feelings, which brings in a whole new set of complications and guilt. The two of them can never seem to express the right emotion at the right time, or admit to each other what is in their hearts and minds.These two are so frustrating, but with each page they come closer to each other emotionally. I ended up staying up all night to finish this book because I wanted so badly for the two of them to work through their misunderstandings and misinterpretations and just admit to having real feelings for each other. For a while there, for every step forward they make, they take another two back and it drove me crazy in a good way. It is interesting the way that the author allows us to see some events from both perspectives, so that after a while we learn to gauge how the other person is feeling even though it isn’t obvious. Like, I knew after a while why Luke would make certain comments or faces. I understood the way Peggy saw his actions. None of it had to be explained anymore.Need I say that I absolutely LOVED the romantic and sexual tension between the Luke and Peggy? I did. Sometimes it is almost palpable, I kid you not. I mean, no it's not very realistic that your average struggling business owner female in an unhappy relationship meets rich and sexy man in Vegas, but I found the progression of their relationship to be complex and realistic. They didn’t just fall in to each others arms as romance novels tend to have their characters do. Mating Rituals is a romance novel for people who don’t like the conventions of typical romance novels.

  • Elizabeth(Thoughts From an Evil Overlord)
    2019-06-12 03:13

    Peggy and Luke, level-headed strangers, marry the night they meet in Las Vegas. This begins a year of intrigue for the two, as they attempt to keep their marriage on a platonic level, while having all around them believe in the whirlwind courtship. Luke, the last of the Sedgwicks, a revered family that can trace their heritage to the Pilgrims, and Peggy, daughter of free-spirited parents who travel the country in their RV, couldn't seem more different from the outside. Raised with a rigid code of etiquette and an insular circle of friends, schools, and careers, Luke, an aspiring poet manages what little is left of his family trust, working from the ballroom of his family's crumbling mansion. His is a fairly solitary life, living with his 90 year-old great aunt and seeing childhood friends for poker. Always wanting roots, Peggy has created her own family in New York, building a business with her friend Bex and living with Brock, her boyfriend of seven years. Peggy and Luke will both benefit by staying "married" for one year, which will allow Luke to sell the historic Sedgwick House. The money will help Peggy's business, and Luke will finally be able to travel and leave what he sees as the burdens of his family name.To some, this may seem like a silly premise, very Harlequin Romance, if you will. Explained as a one-liner, it is, but Lauren Lipton fleshes out her characters, showing their strengths and areas in which they need to grow. (As a teacher, this is the phrase parents prefer. I can't say weaknesses.) Luke is so adorably vulnerable, at least to the reader if not those around him, overwhelmed with his own mediocrity in financial management, caring for his rapidly declining great-aunt Abigail, and doing all of the demanding upkeep on a house where pieces literally fall off daily, all while longing for a quiet, esoteric life of writing. Confused, self-reliant Peggy is at a cross road in her life, wanting to be married and to start a family, which Brock is reluctant to do. Being Luke's "wife" on weekends while Brock is away, and observing the marriage of her friend Bex, have her questioning what exactly she wants from life. With Luke's Yankee reserve holding him back from speaking his thoughts and feelings on any topic, Peggy also does not want to say what she feels, which of course leads to misunderstandings and arguments.The story takes place in the fictional town of New Ninevah, CT in Litchfield County, although there really is a town named Ninevah. Litchfield County is one of the bastions of very old money, privileged families, unlike beautiful downtown East Granby, CT, where I grew up with the newer immigrant population, from the 1800s! I loved all of the funny and true New England and Connecticut things that Ms. Lipton used in this book. The fact that so many houses are white with black shutters, how do you give people directions to your house? Between March and May it is Mud Season. A town green is a great place for protesters to gather.

  • Shesten
    2019-06-14 00:06

    Plot Sketch: Peggy Adams and her best friend Bex own a small bath products shop in New York. Bex is married to Josh, who still lives in the apartment down the hall from her. Peggy lives with her boyfriend of seven years, Brock, who just won't propose. Under a constant barrage from the everyday pains of owning a small business, they take a break for another friend's bachelorette party in Vegas. Peggy gets super drunk and falls. Enter Luke and the Little White Wedding Chappel. Luke is from New Nineveh, CT and is as WASPy as they get. He lives in the Silas Ebenezer Sedgewick House, built shortly after the Revolutionary War and added onto again and again. He lives there with his great aunt, Miss Abigail. Back to Vegas. Peggy wakes up to find herself in bed with this strange man, but still fully clothed. She sneaks out to find her friends have checked her out of her room and she's got to catch her plane home. When she returns to work, she gets a phonecall from Luke Sedgewick of New Nineveh and found out that actually, she got married to him while in Vegas. This is the tale of their marriage and its quirky little twists and turns. Verdict: I Heart It. It's a nice relaxing story, a great summer read. I recommend it, however, I got frustrated with the characters because they don't communicate. I kept screaming at them, "Just talk to each other!" It wasn't an inconsistency or a misunderstanding of people on Lipton's part, it is true to human behavior; I just couldn't help myself from thinking, "Geez. Just talk." That was my only hang-up, and like I said before, it didn't have anything to do with the writing. I appreciated that even though it was an adult book, it was clean both language wise and sex wise. I honestly think it could have been rated PG.more at

  • Serena
    2019-06-16 22:15

    What happens when a cautious, anxious New Yorker, Peggy Adams, spends time in Las Vegas for a friend's last hoorah and sends caution to the wind, gets drunk, and meets a stranger? A quickie wedding and a huge hangover, followed by a deal of a lifetime for herself and her new husband, Luke Sedgwick."It took multiple tries to work through this last piece of information. Man. A man. A man in bed. In her bed. No, on her bed. He lay on his back on top of the coverlet, in a rumpled shirt and a diagonally striped tie, in slacks, socks, and burnished dress shoes that looked as if they'd been polished and repolished for the past twenty years." (Page 5)Luke is a WASP and the last of the old world Sedgwicks of Connecticut, and the last hope for an heir to the not-so-large family fortune. Luke is a writer. . . a struggling poet, with an on-again, off-again girlfriend, Nicole, that his great-aunt, Abigail, despises. Peggy is mistaken by Abigail for the relative of an old Connecticut family, though hers is from out west, and she scrambles to please her new family, while keeping her live-in boyfriend, Brock, who is afraid to commit, in the dark about her marriage."'A promise ring?' Bex yelled. The string of bells on the shop door jingled as it shut behind her. 'Brock gave you a promise ring? What is this, seventh grade?'" (Page 17)Lipton has a gift for chicklit/women's fiction that is witty, fun, and vivacious. Both of these characters are anxious to break free from their current lives, but unable to make the move. Mating Rituals of the North American WASP will keep readers turning pages and will make the summer fly by. Lipton's prose paints a clear picture of small-town Connecticut and its unique characters and sets the stage for a comedic plot steeped in romance, drama, and much more.

  • Nely
    2019-06-07 22:32

    What happens in Vegas - stays in Vegas!?!That isn’t the case for Peggy Adams. Peggy is in Sin City celebrating a bachelorette party for a friend who is getting hitched. The morning that she is scheduled to depart from Vegas and head back home to New York, she awakens in a strange beg lying next to an unrecognizable stranger. She carefully picks up her belongings and catches her plane home. No harm, no foul - or so she thinks. She returns home to make up with her live-in boyfriend (they fought prior to the trip because he has commitment issues), returned to work at her store and her average life. Until she receives a call from a man named Luke who claims that they were married over the weekend in Vegas. Annulment anyone? That is easier said then done, especially since Luke’s great aunt Abby makes them an offer that they just can’t refuse.This was such a fun story. It’s the boy and girl meet in Vegas while being absolutely inebriated, tying the knot and then dealing with the consequences of their wild night (which obviously they can’t remember). Peggy was a very witty, likeable and relatable character. Luke was as uptight and cold as you could expect from a WASP - but he was definitely an appealing character. I loved their love/hate relationship. All the problems that ensue could have easily been resolved had they just sat down and spoken to one another - but what fun would there be in that. Overall, Mating Rituals of the North American WASP was a very entertaining and enjoyable read. So grab it the next time you want just a fun story or you’re heading to the beach - you won’t be disappointed. Plus who can resist that cover?

  • ♔ Jessica Marie
    2019-05-24 21:26

    I fell in love with Luke Sedgwick from the very instant in the story where he is awake, but it did take a bit longer to care for Peggy due to some of her quirky personality traits. The one character I believe any reader can not help but fall in love with would be Luke's great-aunt, Miss Abigail. She is a stubborn, dignified, but loving old lady that I believe many readers will be able to picture one of their own family members in. I also believe that many reader's will be able to relate to a relationship that obviously is not going anywhere, but you still are unable to leave which is the type of relationship shared by Peggy and her boyfriend of eight years, Brock.Even though there are many different characters to keep track of and they are not described in a huge amount of detail, I was still able to get a clear picture of who they were. The storyline can be a little predictable at times, but there are still a few situations that caught me off guard, for example the predicament that takes place at the Colonial Inn in Litchfield County, Connecticut.I would definitely recommend Mating Rituals of the North American WASP to anyone that enjoys reading chick lit, or anyone who wants to start out in the genre because this book will capture your heart. Granted I have not read many books in this genre, but Lauren Lipton's writing style has ensured that I will in the future. This book is certainly a tear jerk-er, but I believe that can be a good thing for relationships since I get my drama fill in fiction rather than starting fights with the significant other. ;)

  • Debbie
    2019-05-28 22:11

    I will honestly admit that in the first half of the book I was struggling to keep reading but I would say if you are in the same boat keep reading because it is worth it! Luke’s character was a nice change from the usual handsome, always know what to say guy you find in a lot of chick lit books. He’s sort of bumbling in an endearing sort of way. Peggy on the other hand was probably one of the reasons I found the first half of the book difficult to read. She was wonderful with Luke’s aunt Abby but there was something about her I just did not care for. Maybe it’s the way she was passive aggressive until the very end. Though she disagreed with the way the other wives treated Tiffany, yes she turned down the offer to work with them on a committee, but she didn’t openly dispute the way they left Tiffany out. And yes, she liked Luke and was jealous of Nikki but she never even gave Luke an inkling that she liked him and would punish him by being rude, mean or ignoring him. Instead going out with another man and then waffling about Brock.Like I said though the ending makes the book worth it as Peggy starts to grow on you and you are really rooting for the two of them to end up with a happily ever after moment and it's hilarious hearing about the lifestyles of WASP cliques who don't eat food at parties and are considered renegades if they paint their homes a color other than white.

  • Bridget
    2019-06-15 02:05

    I just finished reading Mating Rituals of the North American Wasp. This book reminded me of the movie "What Happens In Vegas". The main character's Peggy and Luke wake up one morning and realize that they married while drunk in Vegas. Peggy is the owner of a New York boutique and Luke is a Sedgwick, which means a huge house and land have fallen into his lap. It's not as glamorous as it sounds. The house Luke and his Great Aunt Abby inhabit is falling apart and Luke wants no part of his heritage. Abby desperately wants to see Luke married to carry on the Sedgwick legacy. After much consideration and Abby's offer to let Luke sell the house if he and Peggy stay married for one year, they decide to stay married and get an annulment when the time comes, splitting the money from the sale of the Sedgwick home. Peggy is happy about this deal because the rent on the shop that she co-owns with her best friend Bex, is doubling. Seems like a win win situation. In the midst of this situation Peggy's boyfriend of seven years, Brock, finally pops the question. Will Peggy take the road she's always seen for herself, building a life with Brock? Or will this business arrangement of a marriage prove to be true love?I enjoyed this book even if it was predictable. What can I say? I'm a sucker for romantic comedies.

  • Lexie
    2019-06-04 01:31

    To be clear when I first read the title for this I thought it was about the insect variety wasp, not the elite social circle WASP. I'm glad I read the info blurb on it however, since the insect variety of wasp does not interest me at all :)This is apparently Lipton's second novel, but I haven't read the first (It's About Your Husband) so I can't be certain if her style improved or not. I personally found it eager and refreshing. Peggy is a likable character and Luke isn't a bad guy. If you're like me and you know very little about what happens in families like the Vanderbilts or Rockafeller's (aside from the tabloids of course) this can be a very interesting to read.Its by no means a deep book, or filled with super-secrets of what many consider to be American Royally (after all don't those families epitomize what America stands for? Making yourselves out of nothing and then building an empire with it?), but it can be amusing.I wasn't certain how to view Peggy's handling of the affair with Luke--on the surface it sounds very self-serving of her, but honestly she isn't greedy or pretentious. She's given a way out of something embarassing while also helping someone out. Her own relationship was floundering after all.This is a quick fun read with witty banter and amusing characters. Perfect for a day at the beach or by the poolside.

  • KyleeJ
    2019-06-06 21:29

    If not for my demanding 3yo, I could have easily finished Mating Rituals of the North American WASP in a day. Even still, I finished it in a day and a half; I stayed up late reading. =)For me chick-lit and romance are a welcome break now and then. Mating Rituals of the North American WASP, a perfect gem of a book, is just such a book. Deep down I knew Peggy and Luke were meant to be and would end up together; man did they take their time realizing it! Luke and Peggy accidentally (and drunkenly) get married within hours of meeting in Las Vegas. This is just the beginning of their roller coaster relationship.I hadn't heard of 5 Spot before Mating Rituals of the North American WASP, but I will definitely be on the look out for more of their titles.

  • Angela
    2019-06-06 00:32

    Mating Rituals of the North American WASP is a comedy of errors. The two main characters, Peggy and Luke, are unable to communicate their true feelings for each other which leads to frustrating and confusing interactions. Hiding their true relationship from almost everyone else that they know adds an additional complication to their lives. Both Peggy and Luke are flawed characters which makes them easy to identify with. Neither has a true sense of direction or purpose. I loved the character of Miss Abigail, Luke's great aunt. She guides Luke and Peggy, often without them realizing it, and certainly seems to know more than she lets on.Overall, Mating Rituals of the North American WASP was an entertaining, quick, and enjoyable book.

  • Andrea
    2019-06-18 22:32

    When I first read the summary of this book, I knew I had to read it! I loved the plot. I could really identify with Peggy and her wanting to be married to her boyfriend Brock. And I could totally then picture the whole crazy night in Vegas and the aftermath that followed. I fell for Luke but at times I wanted to strangle him and wanted him to share his feelings with Peggy. At first, I sped through the book, but it took me longer to get into it, the more it went on. I liked how the story ended, just not the exact way that it got there (I can't explain more or I'll spoil the story). Overall, it was a fun summer read.

  • Jaime
    2019-06-10 22:07

    "Chick-lit" or "Women’s Fiction" aren’t genres I generally read, but I think I may need to explore them more! I really enjoyed this story of a drunken accident becoming a marriage of convenience. All of the characters are pretty likeable, and you even feel sort of bad for Brock (her pre-fiancé) in the end (even if he is a bit of a heel). The one thing the story could have used was a little more sexual tension between Peggy and Luke. Between his Yankee stoicism and her obliviousness, a lot of their interactions fell a little flat. But over all, this was a really cute story with a slightly bittersweet ending.

  • Colleen
    2019-05-25 22:33

    OK, so the plot falls nicely into the realm of "only in a chick lit book", and most of the confusion and conflict in the book could have been eliminated if the Luke and Peggy simply had an open and honest conversation about anything at all- I enjoyed this book regardless. Great-Aunt Abigail was a wonderful character, one whose poignant characterization helped carry this book to a four star rating. Lipton's writing is wonderful and at times the book is laugh-out-loud funny. A great escapist fantasy about why what happens in Vegas doesn't always stay in Vegas, this book should be a must-read for your summer vacation.

  • mom2wah
    2019-06-10 21:28

    I had a hard atime getting through the first 30 pages.. After that it was a great book. Easy read, interesting characters.Peggy is a store owner who longs to marry and has been dating the same guy for over 7 years.Bes her friend is married and longs to get pregnant but is having fertility issues.Peggy and Bes are best friends and own a shop together. On a girls night out in Vegas Peggy gets drunk and elopes with a man she has never met. He is well to do. They agree to get the marriage annuled but there are lots of twists and turns in the process.

  • ccqdesigns
    2019-06-01 20:14

    This was just the right book at just the right time. I dont' usually read a lot of Chic lit, but in this Genre, I have to give it a strong 4 to 4.5. There were a lot of great twists and turns in the plot, a cast of the usual characters, great writing, a nice flow that kept me reading. And most of all, it was just the break I needed from the heavy international literature I have been reading this year. A big thumbs up for this great, fun book.

  • Emily
    2019-06-18 02:17

    I bought this book because I was amused by the title but I didn't expect much out of it; however, once I started reading, I couldn't put it down. The characters were interesting, the story was entertaining, and the writing was strong. It definitely still counts as a "pink" book, but it wasn't as cheesy as most. I definitely enjoyed it!

  • erin
    2019-06-05 20:05

    I strangely kind of loved this book. I think I have to just accept that I like chick lit. And, despite all its problems, this one resonated with me. What can I say? I'm a hopeless romantic. Also apparently a sucker for New England.

  • April
    2019-06-20 20:13

    Entertaining fun read.

  • Traci
    2019-06-10 01:21

    Very enjoyable...light read

  • Kathryn
    2019-06-01 02:28


  • Michelle
    2019-06-20 20:24

    Absolutely perfect summer pool book...couldn't put it down!

  • Mairin
    2019-06-23 20:21

    great book! A will they? won't they? did they?? Great book if you are familiar with New England or New York City.

  • Karen
    2019-06-01 03:26

    Wicked, delicious fun. Vivid and likable, the perfect beach read.

  • Mina
    2019-05-27 00:29

    Perfect for the beach.

  • Sarah
    2019-06-17 22:08

    Predictable, but a great read.

  • Shannon
    2019-06-18 01:03

    It was a great Guilty Pleasure Read. I enjoyed it.