Wedding planner Avery Crosslin may be a rising star in Houston society, but she doesn't believe in love-at least not for herself. When she meets wealthy bachelor Joe Travis and mistakes him for a wedding photographer, she has no intention of letting him sweep her off her feet. But Joe is a man who goes after what he wants, and Avery can't resist the temptation of a sexy southern charmer and a hot summer evening.
After a one night stand, however, Avery is determined to keep it from happening again. A man like Joe can only mean trouble for a woman like her, and she can't afford distractions. She's been hired to plan the wedding of the year-a make-or-break event.
But complications start piling up fast, putting the wedding in jeopardy, especially when shocking secrets of the bride come to light. And as Joe makes it clear that he's not going to give up easily, Avery is forced to confront the insecurities and beliefs that stem from a past she would do anything to forget.
The situation reaches a breaking point, and Avery faces the toughest choice of her life. Only by putting her career on the line and risking everything-including her well-guarded heart-will she find out what matters most.
This is a first Lisa Kleypas read for me. I know, go figure! I've read other romance writers citing her as a fave and even inspiration that led them to that genre. I can now see why. While this won't be an all-time fave, this was a nice easy read.
Pls keep in mind that I tend to gravitate towards heavier, steamier, angst-ier stories in my romance reads. Having said that, I can appreciate "simpler, traditional" romance every now and then.
This is the 4th book in the series, I haven't read the first 3 and I didn't feel lost as each book focus on a Travis family member. Here we have Joe Travis and his woman, Avery.
Avery is not necessarily a h I tend to favor. As much as I understood her insecurities, I expected more courage from her. Luckily, she wasn't abrasive and she had enough qualities to redeem her. She's a good friend/sister.
Joe, now Joe is the stuff good romance heroes are made of. From a good solid family background, he has a good head on his shoulder. He knows when to take charge and when to pull back. He's sweet, but not overly sweet. He's secure with his emotions. And he's funny! He doesn't take himself too seriously. Melike!
The story moved along nicely, with a natural flow to it. It felt a tad formulaic but it's not predictable. No unneccessary angst but just realistic honest emotions. With this alone, I'm sold on Ms. Kleypas' heroes. Her heroines? Umm, not sure yet...
I think if you're a fan, it's good enough. If you're like me, I'd say not bad at all.
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