Review: Always You by Denise Grover Swank

Always You
Series: Bachelor Brotherhood, #3
Author: Denise Grover Swank
Publication Date: November 28, 2017
Publisher: Forever
Genre: Romance, Contemporary
Note: I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Matt Osborne had always planned to get married and have a family. But at thirty-four, he’s no closer to his goal, so he’s decided to embrace his role as the remaining member of the Bachelor Brotherhood. He’s only loved one woman-his college sweetheart-but she never shared his dream of a family, preferring to focus on her career and maybe get married someday. With neither budged on their decisions, they agreed it was best to part ways. Now nearly twelve years later, Matt is stunned when Anna shows up at his nephew’s soccer practice-with her five-year-old son in tow.

Single mother Anna Field has returned home to care for her widowed and ill father. She never thought she’d run into Matt during the six months she’s there, but now he’s the coach of her son’s soccer team. She’d move Toby to a different team, but his new best friend happens to be Matt’s nephew, Ethan. As Anna and Matt spend more time together, the realize that their attraction-and love-are still there, just waiting for a spark to reignite. And once it’s lit, Matt has no plans to let her go again.


Always You was just too cute! Matt and Anna were college sweethearts. When graduation time came, Matt was ready to settle down with Anna. Anna, unfortunately, had a job opportunity in London. Both were devastated by their break up. Flash forward twelve years, and Matt’s a single “dad” and soccer coach to his nephew. When Anna’s son ends up being Matt’s nephew’s new best friend and on their soccer team, Matt and Anna has to deal with seeing each other again after all those years.

Matt Osborne was the star of this book. He was such a stand up guy, and an all around great human being. I appreciated the lengths he would go to in order to make life easier for his nephew. I also appreciated the way he dealt with Anna’s son. I think I enjoyed his character so much because his parenting skills reminded me of my husband’s.

Anna was a great character, too. She was a single mom who had been through some rough times, but made the best out of everything. I loved how she loved her son. She and Matt had a lot in common when it came to parenting. They also brightened up each other’s days.

My favorite part of this book had to be the Chuck E. Cheese scene. Chuck E. Cheese is out of my parenting nightmares. I just can’t handle it. Always You didn’t make me want to go there (The characters didn’t even want to go there), but it did bring me to laugh my head off. Just that scene would have made reading this book worth it if I hadn’t liked it.

The one thing I would have changed about Always You if I wrote it was how quickly Matt and Anna were back together. It seemed very rushed to me. I would have liked more time for them to figure out where they stood as a couple together and on their own.

Always You was a great ending to the Bachelor Brotherhood series. This second chance romance had sparks flying everywhere.

Review: Until You by Denise Grover Swank

Until You
Series: Bachelor Brotherhood, #2
Author: Denise Grover Swank
Publication Date: May 30, 2017
Publisher: Forever
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Note: I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

Never settle down. Ever.

Workaholic Lanie Rogers lives a completely nomadic lifestyle. Her job keeps her on the move, and relationships are a complication she doesn’t need. That is, until she meets Mr. Tall, Dark, and Hotness at a pre-wedding party. Complicated? Maybe. But lately, Lanie’s life has been missing a little something—and sexy playboy Tyler Norris offers something she definitely can’t refuse.

Tyler has always been a little too popular with women for his own good. Ever since he and his buddies vowed to remain bachelors, Tyler figured he was safe from temptation. Lanie and her gorgeous brown eyes are about to prove him so, so wrong. With one kiss, the heat is intense. After one night, it’s pure combustion. It was supposed to be a no-strings fling—until these two commitment-phobes each discover the one undeniable exception to their rule.


I became aware of Denise Grover Swank’s Bachelor Brotherhood series when I was asked to participate in the blog tour for the first book, Only You. I immediately fell in love with her brand of contemporary romance. It was smart, sassy and sexy — three things I’m looking for when I’m reading a romance novel. I was very excited when I saw Until You was available to request on NetGalley. I’ve been waiting for this book since the moment I finished Only You.

In Until You, we get to know Kevin’s best friend, Tyler. Tyler’s a reformed manwhore who’s dealt with his fair share of crazies. Being around Kevin and Holly, and now soon-to-be-married Randy and Brittany, has Tyler re-examining what kind of relationship he really wants in life. Meeting bride-to-be Brittany’s cousin, Lanie, has Tyler feeling things he’s never felt before. It’s a good thing that Lanie is only here for a month. There’s no promise of forever if Tyler acts on his attraction to her.

Lanie lives her life moving from place to place opening up a famous women’s clothing store in secret. She’s doesn’t own a house or a car and she’s completely satisfied with that. Lanie is very excited to have a sex only fling with groomsman Tyler. Or she was until she watched her best friend and cousin get ready for her upcoming nuptials. Now, Lanie finds herself wanting more than her nomadic life. Maybe a chance at forever with a certain sexy groomsman.

Until You was a humorous romance. You had two people who kept getting paired together who were sexing it up in secret. Every interaction they had outside the bedroom had some sort of crazy disaster. I can’t count the number of times I found myself laughing or shaking my head. It was so much fun to read!

I loved both Lanie and Tyler. Both were workaholics who only had time for sex. Luckily, the sex they had together was so amazing that other parts of their lives started drifting together. They were on the same page for pretty much the whole book and I loved that. Their chemistry propelled the entire story forward. I enjoyed every minute of it.

My only complaint about Until You was how the story wrapped up. It was a good, strong ending with as much humor as the rest of the book. I just didn’t like how quickly the conclusion came. Everything fixed itself in one outlandish moment, and I kept thinking to myself that amount of crazy doesn’t happen all at once. It was sweet, though; and entertaining.

If you’re a fan of contemporary romances and haven’t yet read the Bachelor Brotherhood series, I highly recommend you read it. It’s a stellar series wrapped around, but not consumed by, weddings.

Review: Sweet Addiction by J. Daniels

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Series: Sweet Addiction, #1
Author: J. Daniels
Publication Date: May 2, 2014
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Wedding hookups never amount to anything.

Those who partake in this wicked little activity know the rules. Get in. Get laid. Get out. There’s no expectation of a relationship. It is what it is.

Dylan Sparks knows the rules. She’s familiar with the protocol. And she engages in the best sex of her life with a complete stranger at her ex-boyfriend’s wedding.

Reese Carroll doesn’t care about the rules. He wants more than just one night with Dylan.

And Dylan finds him too addicting to pass up.

Sweet Addiction is the story of one woman’s struggle to keep things casual, and one man’s desire to never let her go.


I’ve been in a mood lately for humorous romances, so I’ve been quickly binge reading J. Daniels’ books. I can’t help myself. Her writing is just so incredibly sexy and witty. I can’t seem to put her books down. Sweet Addiction was no different.

Sweet Addiction is the story of a wedding hookup gone wrong. Or maybe it’s right. Dylan knows a hookup is just a hookup. That’s what it has to be — even if it was the best sex of her life. So after she and hunky Reese hit it in the wedding reception bathroom, she knows that’s the end of their time together. But Reese has other ideas, and he is willing to do anything and everything to make Dylan his.

I absolutely loved Sweet Addiction. It was J. Daniels writing at its best. The dialog was super witty and the sex was off the charts hot. Normally, I like my romances told in dual point of view, but just having Dylan’s first person perspective in this one worked so well. I didn’t even notice Reese’s point of view wasn’t there. I knew what he was thinking simply by Dylan’s experiences.

Dylan and Reese were amusing characters. I loved Dylan’s insecurities about their relationship and what they were to each other. It was fun to see her melt with Reese’s advances. Reese was so freaking hot! I loved his cocky and protective demeanor. I swooned when he brought out his neanderthal ways with Dylan.

Another exciting thing about Sweet Addiction was its side characters. All of them were amazing and brought so much to the story. I especially loved Dylan’s friend Joey. He was hilarious. I want him to be my BFF, too! (And I really want a book about him, J. Daniels!!!)

Sweet Addiction is the perfect book to read if you’re looking for an upbeat, sultry read. Contemporary romance fans will love it. I did, so much so that I’m continuing my J. Daniels binge and jumping into the next book in the series.

Blog Tour Review: To Love and to Cherish by Lauren Layne

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To Love and to Cherish

The Wedding Belles, #3
Lauren Layne
Pocket Books
October 18, 2016
9781501135170
$5.99

About To Love and to Cherish:

In To Love and to Cherish, USA Today bestselling author Lauren Layne’s third steamy novel in her delightful, hotter-than-Hades new series, the Wedding Belles’ head honcho Alexis Morgan decides she’s ready to let loose. But when a certain sexy accountant volunteers himself for the job, will she risk everything she’s built in the name of lust…or possibly even love?

Alexis has spent the past eight years devoted to turning her tiny start-up into Manhattan’s premier wedding planning company. Now that her business is thriving, it’s time to turn to her much neglected personal life. Alexis approaches her relationships like she does everything else: with a plan. Definitely not part of that plan is Logan Harris, the silent partner in the Wedding Belles and the one person who’s been there for her since the very beginning. Alexis needs someone fun, and Logan is all business, all the time. But when a late night at the office ends with an unexpected kiss, Alexis begins to suspect there’s a hot-blooded man beneath the pinstripes and glasses.

Logan has wanted Alexis since the day they met, but the ambitious wedding planner has always been untouchable. Now Alexis has made it clear that she’s on the dating market—and equally obvious that he’s not in the running. But when Alexis finds herself in need of a date for her sister’s last-minute wedding in Florida, Logan knows it’s the perfect opportunity to show Alexis that there’s more to him than numbers and spreadsheets. As Florida’s sultry days turn into even hotter nights, Logan sets out to convince Alexis that the fling of a lifetime could just maybe turn into forever…

Review:

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

If you follow my reviews, you probably already know I’m a big fan of Lauren Layne and her The Wedding Belles series. I’ve truly enjoyed every book in the series so far and have been eagerly anticipating Alexis and Logan’s story. The entire series has been a wonderfully fun build up to their romance. It was definitely worth the wait!

In To Love and to Cherish, Wedding Belles owner Alexis realizes that she might just be missing something in her life. She’s running her dream company and has an amazing group of co-workers/friends, but there’s no one to come home to every night. Alexis being Alexis comes up with a plan to meet the man of her dreams. What Alexis doesn’t realize is that the man of her dreams might just be her best friend and business partner.

Logan’s stood quietly on the sidelines while Alexis grew their business. He’s been her friend and sounding board, but has always wanted more. Now that she’s ready to dive back into the dating world, Logan needs to prove to Alexis that he’s her perfect match.

To Love and to Cherish was a very sweet friends to lovers story. Lauren Layne’s writing was as amazing as always. The slow burn romance moved smoothly and I didn’t want to put it down for anything! I flew through To Love and to Cherish in one evening. (Then, I was sad it was over!)

Alexis was such a surprise. From all the glimpses I got of her in the first few books, I expected her to be a strong, independent woman without any insecurities. She was completely in control in the professional world, but her real-life was a mess. There was a vulnerability to her that I wasn’t expecting, and I really liked it. It was fun to see her come undone and the way Logan built her back up.

Logan! Dang! He was the ultimate book boyfriend. This slightly nerdy accountant had an aggressive side I wasn’t expecting. His determination to woo Alexis and prove that he was the best man for the job was utterly attractive. There was also a blatant sexuality to him I didn’t see coming. I definitely swooned.

As sad as I am that The Wedding Belles series has come to an end, I’m so happy with the way Lauren Layne concluded it. Alexis and Logan’s romance was everything I hoped it to be and more. Fans of the series will fall in love with these two all over again in To Love and to Cherish. 

Note: I received an ARC from Pocket Books in exchange for an unbiased review.

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PRAISE FOR THE BOOKS IN THE WEDDING BELLES SERIES:

 “I highly recommend For Better or Worse. The second in a series, it can be read as a standalone, but I say start with the first because it’s just as good. They’ve got the funny bickering that I love, and even as her stories have a light touch with cute flirty, they delve deep into the characters.”

—Harlequin Junkie TOP PICK Review (For Better or Worse)

 “If you have yet to fall head over heels for one of Lauren Layne’s books, what are you waiting for? She has written some of the most charming and engrossing romance novels of the decade, each of which will leave you with that warm gooey feeling you usually only get after a fresh out of the oven chocolate chip cookie. For Better or Worse is an absolute delight. From the moment the story begins, Josh and Heather have that chemistry that you can always count on from a Lauren Layne book. They bicker, they taunt, and they flirt, each interaction pulling them closer and closer together until their lives are permanently altered by the other, and they aren’t even aware of it yet…Josh and Heather are a beautiful addition to the list of fictional couples that have found happily ever after in Lauren Layne’s books, and we can’t wait to see what she has in store for Alexis Morgan in To Love and to Cherish.”

—Hypable (For Better or Worse)

“This was a fun enjoyable sexy story that I refused to put down…  If you enjoy romance, fun sexy couple, friendship, family, and laugh out loud moments, then you need to be reading this series.”

—The Reading Cafe (For Better or Worse)

“This engaging tale has a light, fun style…”

Publishers Weekly (To Have and to Hold)

 A character-driven and sizzling romance!

—Fresh Fiction (To Have and to Hold)

“There are family and friends, coworkers, people that aren’t as they seem, wedding information galore, dinners, drinks, chocolate, fear, anger, hurt, sadness, secrets, lies, deceit, tears, laughter, happiness, romance, loving and love…I look forward to reading the next two books, For Better or Worse and To Love and to Cherish

—Romance Junkies (To Have and to Hold)

“Sexually charged and emotionally intense novella…The heat between [Leah & Jason] is enough to melt steel, and the emotional connection and psychological struggles will keep readers engaged.”

Publishers Weekly STARRED REVIEW  (From This Day Forward)
About LAUREN LAYNE:

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Lauren Layne is the USA Today bestselling author of the Sex, Love, and Stiletto contemporary romances and the all-new Pocket Books series The Wedding Belles. She lives in New York with her husband and spoiled Pomeranian. Visit laurenlayne.com, meet the author on Facebook at LaurenLayneAuthor, or follow her on Twitter @_LaurenLayne.

Lauren Layne interviews with THE LIBRARIAN:

 

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BOUQUET GIVEAWAY:

Most of the below blogs are hosting a Wedding Belles Bouquet Giveaway to celebrate the publication of the third in the series, To Love and to Cherish. The Wedding Belles Bouquet will include To Have and to Hold, For Better or Worse, and To Love and to Cherish. You can visit all sites on the Bouquet Giveaway Tour to enter to win–but keep in mind you can only win once! U.S. only.

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Review: To Have and To Hold by Lauren Layne

To Have and To Hold
Series:
The Wedding Belles, #1
Author: Lauren Layne
Publication Date: July 26, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: I received an ARC from the publishers via NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.

Synopsis: 

USA TODAY bestselling author Lauren Layne is the “queen of witty dialogue and sexy scenes” (Rachel Van Dyken)! Now, Sex and the City meets The Wedding Planner in The Wedding Belles, her sizzling brand new contemporary romance series about three ambitious wedding planners who can make any bride’s dream come true… but their own.

 

Discovering her fiance is an international con man just moments before they exchange vows devastates celebrity wedding planner Brooke Baldwin’s business—and breaks her heart. Now a pariah in Los Angeles, she seeks a fresh start in New York City and thinks she’s found it with her first bridal client, a sweet—if slightly spoiled—hotel heiress. Then she meets the uptight businessman who’s holding the purse strings.

 

Seth Tyler wishes he could write a blank check and be done with his sister Maya’s fancy-pants wedding. Unfortunately, micromanaging the event is his only chance at proving Maya’s fiance is a liar. Standing directly in his way is the stunning blonde wedding planner whose practiced smiles and sassy comebacks both irritate and arouse him. He needs Brooke’s help. But can he persuade a wedding planner on a comeback mission to unplan a wedding? And more importantly, how will he convince her that the wedding she should be planning… is theirs?


  ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆


Earlier this spring I read From This Day Forward, the prequel novella to Lauren Layne’s The Wedding Belles series. That short taste got me very excited for what was to come in the series. When I saw To Have and To Hold on NetGalley, I had to click request. I’m so happy I did! As always, Lauren Layne’s writing was smart, sharp-witted and fun to read.

In To Have and To Hold, Brooke Baldwin has run from her past in L.A. to join one of the most prestigious New York wedding planning companies. She’s hoping the new start will make everyone forget about the worst day of her life. She needs Maya Tyler’s wedding to go off without a hitch to redeem herself. She’s determined to give Maya the wedding of her dreams — no matter what her rich, grouchy, sexy brother says.

Seth Taylor isn’t about to let his only sister marry someone he knows absolutely nothing about. Someone he doesn’t think is telling the truth. So Seth sets out to discover the truth the only way he can think of  — holding the purse strings and tagging along for all of the wedding planning. Seth’s plan is going smoothly until a certain beautiful wedding planner gets in his way. If Seth wants to stop this wedding, he’s going to have to figure out how to get Brooke on his side.

I knew Seth and Brooke’s love story was going to be entertaining to watch unfold from the minute they met. Their instant attraction was palpable, and their opposite goals could only lead to friction. The fact that neither of them was looking for any sort of relationship added to the fun.

Seth was my favorite character. His sourpuss attitude was amusing. He was such a caring guy, but really had a hard time showing it in an appropriate way. I loved the witty banter his grouchy, controlling disposition created.

Brooke was a very sweet character. She had been hurt badly in the past, but still believed in happily ever after. She was the perfect balance to Seth. I enjoyed the way she wouldn’t let him get away with ruining things for his sister.

I did feel like Brooke’s story was missing something, though. Her relationship with Clay hurt her badly, but even after she moved on to Seth, I never felt like she dealt with what he did to her. I don’t want to give anything away, but I would have liked to have seen her take a more active role in dealing with him.

 

I can’t leave out the supporting characters in this review. Maya made me smile. She was a spoiled little rich girl, but one who was sweet and kind of innocent. Her wedding planning adventures with Brooke were so much fun to read. And then there was Seth’s best buddy, Grant. I really wanted to know more about this guy! He deserves his own book, in my opinion.

To Have and To Hold was charming story about finding love when you least expect it. Fans of LL and her contemporary romances are sure to swoon for this delightful love story. And if you have yet to read one of her books, this would be a great place to start.

Blog Tour Review & Excerpt: Only You by Denise Grover Swank

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Only You
Series: The Bachelor Brotherhood, #1
Author: Denise Grover Swank
On Sale: June 14, 2016
Publisher: Forever
Format: eBook
Price: $3.99 USD

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Never say never . . .

Romance isn’t an option for Holly Greenwood. With her wedding planner career on the line she needs to stay focused, and that means pleasing her demanding boss, not getting distracted by her mind-alteringly hot neighbor . . .

Ex-Marine Kevin Vandemeer craves normalcy. Instead, he has a broken-down old house in need of a match and some gasoline, a meddling family, and the uncanny ability to attract the world’s craziest women. At least that last one he can fix: he and his buddies have made a pact to swear off women, and this includes his sweetly sexy new neighbor.

After one hot night that looks a whole lot like a disaster in the light of day, Kevin and Holly are about to learn that true love doesn’t play by the rules . . .

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REVIEW:

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

I’ve read a few wedding planner romances lately and Only You is by far my favorite. The writing was so good! I hadn’t read any of Grover Swank’s Wedding Pact novels, so I didn’t know any of the characters to start this new Bachelor Brotherhood spin-off. That didn’t matter, though. It was easily read as a standalone novel.

In Only You, Kevin has returned home to start his life over again. He’s got a new job working for his best friend, a new fixer-upper house and he’s sworn off all women. It’s a promise he can’t keep after meeting his adorably sexy neighbor, Holly.

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Holly’s working her butt off working for a wedding planner trying to save up enough money to start her own wedding planning business. She hates her boss, but the job keeps her aging grandma in special home and is increasing her savings. She’s not going to let anything get the way of her plans — not even her attraction to her new, sexy neighbor Kevin.

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Kevin and Holly have every intention of staying away from each other, but it’s only time before they can no longer deny their attraction.

From the moment they met, I knew Kevin and Holly’s love story was going to be so much fun to watch unfold. I loved their instant attraction and the effects it had on them. Kevin might have been reluctant to fall for Holly because of his past experiences with women, but once he set his sights on her he wasn’t going to take no for answer. Holly wasn’t as sure as Kevin. She had so much riding on the success of her work that she didn’t think love was in the cards for a relationship with Kevin. She need him to relentlessly pursue her and prove they were worth it.

My favorite thing about Only You was how funny it was. I can’t count how many times it had me laughing out loud. All of the characters were hilarious. I especially loved Bethany. Oh my. That girl was missing a few brain cells!

I loved Only You. It made me smile so much! I would recommend it to romance readers who enjoy a funny and sweet contemporary romance with a happy ending. I’m looking forward to reading more of this series and checking out the author’s previous novels.

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EXCERPT:

Kevin wasn’t sure why he was surprised Holly was here. She was a wedding planner, and from what he’d seen so far, she was a damn good one.

He’d been on his way out of the room, needing a breather from the noise and the chaos of the reception when he’d seen her at the table. He hadn’t planned on asking her to dance—hell, he hated to dance—but he’d been desperate for a reason to talk to her.

When he sat back down at the table, Tyler wore a smirk. “Crashed and burned, huh? I thought you were going to the bathroom to take a piss.”

“I was. I just happened to run into a friend.”

“Run into a friend, my ass. I thought we’d sworn off women. I’ve held up my end of the bachelor brotherhood. And let me add that I had no idea my balls could turn this blue.”

“She’s a friend,” Kevin said, trying not to sound irritated and feed any more fuel to the fire.

“She’s his neighbor,” Matt said, taking a sip of his beer, and giving Kevin a pointed look. “They’re friends.”

Tyler burst out laughing. “You got friend-zoned?”

“No,” Kevin said slowly, picking up his drink, surprised Matt hadn’t told Tyler about the situation he’d stumbled upon. “I was the one who said I wanted to be friends.”

“Why?” Tyler asked, watching Holly with a little more interest than Kevin liked. “She’s hot. Do you know if she’s seeing anyone?”

“No.” Kevin’s irritation grew.

Tyler stood and adjusted his tie, a smirk lighting up his eyes. “Screw the brotherhood. I think I’ll go over and introduce myself.”

Kevin was up in a flash. “I don’t think so.”

“Why not?” he looked surprised. “She looks like she’d be worth a short break from my hiatus from women.”

Kevin stepped in front of his path, his jaw set. “Because you’re a prick who will use her and toss her aside and she deserves a helluva lot better than that.”

Matt was up in an instant, grabbing Kevin’s arm. “Why don’t we get some air?”

“You like her,” Tyler said, slack jawed.

“Of course he likes her,” Matt said. “For someone so smart, sometimes you’re an idiot.”

“In my defense,” Tyler said. “He said they were friends.”

“Okay,” Matt said slowly. “When was the last time you convinced a woman to be just a friend?”

“Never.”

“I rest my case, counselor.”

Tyler sat back down, and Matt tugged on Kevin’s sleeve to get him to join them.

“I can’t believe you didn’t last even a single week,” Tyler said.

“He didn’t last a single day,” Matt told him. “He slept with her the night after our agreement to remain single.”

Tyler burst out laughing. “For a tough-ass former Marine, I expected you to be the last holdout, man. At least a week or two.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Denise Grover Swank was born in Kansas City, Missouri and lived in the area until she was nineteen. Then she became a nomadic gypsy, living in five cities, four states and ten houses over the course of ten years before she moved back to her roots. She speaks English and smattering of Spanish and Chinese, which she learned through an intensive Nick Jr. immersion period. Her hobbies include witty (in her own mind) Facebook comments and dancing in her kitchen with her children. (Quite badly if you believe her offspring.) Hidden talents include the gift of justification and the ability to drink massive amounts of caffeine and still fall asleep within two minutes. Her lack of the sense of smell allows her to perform many unspeakable tasks. She has six children and hasn’t lost her sanity. Or so she leads you to believe.

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Review: A Winter Wedding by Brenda Novak

A Winter Wedding (Whiskey Creek #9) by Brenda Novak

Publication Date: October 27, 2015

Publisher: Mira

Synopsis:

Kyle Houseman has given up on love. He’s already married and divorced the wrong woman once. He also knows he’ll never find anyone that compares to his ex-girlfriend, Olivia. Kyle knows it’s his fault they didn’t end up together, but the fact that she married his step-brother is still raw. It makes family dinner tons of fun.

Country music sensation Lourdes Bennett came to Whiskey Creek to escape the spotlight and work on her new album. She was supposed to be spending the Christmas holiday squirreled away in Whiskey Creek with her fiance Derrick. Instead, she’s here alone dealing with the possibility that Derrick might not be as loyal to her as she thought.

When Lourdes can’t get her rental’s furnace to work, she calls her landlord, Kyle. As Lourdes and Kyle begin to get to know each other and become friends, they both notice a spark. But will Lourdes be willing to give up Nashville for a quieter kind of life in Whiskey Creek?


My rating: 5 out of 5 stars


Whiskey Creek is one of my favorite contemporary romance series. I love the group of friends Brenda Novak has created the series around. I’m always curious to find out which friend is the next to fall in love and who it will be with.

I was excited when I learned we were finally getting Kyle’s story in A Winter Wedding. I’ve been waiting to see inside his head ever since I read Olivia and Brandon’s story in When We Touch. Since Kyle’s been (not so secretly) in love with Olivia the entire series, I wondered what kind of woman would be able to capture his attention.

Brenda Novak couldn’t have created a better character than Lourdes to win Kyle’s heart. She was strong and independent — everything Kyle needed in a woman after dealing with his ex Noelle. I loved the connection they had and how protective of Lourdes Kyle was.

Since I mentioned Noelle, I have to say I absolutely loved her part in this story. It was fun to get a glimpse into her head and see what she’s been thinking the entire time she’s been pining after the ex-husband who is in love with her sister.

Kyle’s story was everything I was hoping it would be. A Winter Wedding was the perfect Christmas-time contemporary romance  read. It was fun, fast-paced and included all of the Whiskey Creek characters I’ve grown to love. If you love contemporary romance series, I would highly recommend the Whiskey Creek series and A Winter Wedding.

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