Reviewed by Poppy Johnson

Peggy Adams imagined going to Las Vegas for an adventure of a lifetime. The only problem is that she awoke the next morning with no memory of having gotten married the night before! If you like stories of women searching for love, and ultimately finding what they are capable of, you’ll want to read Mating Rituals of the North American WASP by Lauren Lipton.

Peggy meets Luke Sedgwick in Las Vegas, gets married, realizes the error and flies home the next day. Both agree to annul the union quietly, and the plan looks like it might actually work. Unfortunately, Luke’s great-aunt Abigail misunderstands the couple’s intentions and offers them her mansion and possibly a sizable amount of cash in exchange for staying together for a year. Peggy and Luke agree, much to the dislike of Luke’s diva high maintenance girlfriend Nikki. Peggy’s commitment-phobe boyfriend Brock is kept in the dark about the union, and decidedly so – he is too busy traveling around the world for his job and doesn’t seem that interested in Peggy in the first place.

The reader and Peggy herself become surprised at the tender moments that she and Luke share protecting Abby from herself and her impeding dementia, from the curiously nosey townsfolk of New Nineveh, CT interested in their home town boy finally tying the knot, and in how Peggy misses Luke when she is back at her shop in NYC with her pregnant friend Bex and other acquaintances with whom she has shared her secret.

Although it sounds simple enough, to scheme to annul a loveless marriage, Lipton draws the reader into the story with glimpses of scenes that let the reader in on the biggest secret of all – the fact that Luke and Peggy may be falling for each other for “real”. Will they end up together, and will each forsake their prior relationship commitments for each other? Will the couple last one year together to reap the financial rewards promised by Luke’s rich great-aunt? Only reading the book Mating Rituals of the North American WASP cover to cover will give the reader the satisfaction of answering these questions.

The book is a good, uplifting and easy read. It is the type of book to put into a beach bag, or keep in your car to whip out whenever you have a few minutes to catch up on your favorite characters. Although the “what stays in Vegas” theme is familiar, the book will delight the reader in its many twists and turns as relationships of the main characters develop, sizzle or sink throughout the book. Definitely a book to buy now and read now.

After a decade of working in several NYC law departments and teaching, Poppy decided she enjoyed writing full-time. She currently works as a freelance writing consultant, and lives with her husband and sons on the East Coast.