Meringues ahoy!

Kiss a Bridesmaid Book Cover Kiss a Bridesmaid
(Always a Bridesmaid Book 3)
Courtney Hunt
romance, contemporary, romantic comedy
Kindle

Wedding caterer Shortie Campbell partnered with Always a Bridesmaid’s professional bridesmaid’s service to create the premier bridal business in Savannah. The Always a Bridesmaid staff will do anything to ensure picture-perfect nuptials—including chasing a mischievous canine ring bearer through crowded Forsyth Park.

When Abigail Browne strolls through romantic Forsyth Park on the first sunny spring day in Savannah, she never expects to catch a runaway puppy's leash—or to end up covered in mud with a twisted ankle. After Shortie escorts her home—and discovers that she is out of a job—he offers her a chance to work with Always a Bridesmaid.

Now, as Shortie and Abby work together to make wedding dreams come true, will their blossoming friendship become their own happily ever after?

 

Here we have a shrinking violet hiding a lovely girl with curves and excellent  skin and personality which shines through when she encounters real kindness.

And so she becomes a professional bridesmaid and finds romance.

A very sweet (! – think wedding cake icing) story.

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Marriage et al

Hell’s Bells Book Cover Hell’s Bells
Welcome to Hell #6
Eve Langlais
paranormal, humour, satire, romantic comedy
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
(20 Feb. 2016)

@GaiaLuc4ever: The countdown to the wedding from Hell is about to start... #ballandchain #welcometohell #hornedduckiesrule A catastrophe has befallen Hell. The great and mighty Lucifer has fallen prey to the most wicked of spells. He’s become…nice. Just using that word makes Gaia want to gag. The demon she fell in love with is not some pushover, some polite, candy-ass, nice guy. She wants her big, bad Lord of Sin back. Can she, along with the minions of Hell, find a way to break the curse? And will they do it in time to celebrate the wedding from Hell? Hell’s Bells are ringing The Wedding March, and Lucifer’s got just the outfit for the grand event.

Lucifer getting married ? well yes, especially to Gaia. But that said, I think Eve was getting tired when she wrote this one. Lots of mayhem but each book seemed to me to be getting shorter and the storylines less imaginative. After all, how many times can you have killing and wars and?

Sorry Eve!

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Flowers and more

Jonquils for Jax Book Cover Jonquils for Jax
Katy Regnery
contemporary fiction, romance, humour
Spencer Hill Contemporary
August 19, 2016
170

Jacqueline Jax Rousseau is vivacious, rich, smart and beautiful but that doesn't mean she s lucky in love: she s dated doctors, lawyers, actors and politicians who've all managed to end up disappointing her. In fact, she s on a self-imposed hiatus from love when she has an unpleasant run-in with her neighbor's gorgeous new landscaper, Gardener Lenox. Jax is not accustomed to gruff, ill-mannered men that can't be charmed, but something about Gard intrigues her, and if she can find her way through the armor that surrounds his heart, she also might find a love that won t let her down. "

Don’t fall for the Help!

Lots of botanical accuracy in this light romance with frothy fun as the nouveau riche from N’awlins meets the old money from Philly.

4 for light reading

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‘Buying’ a bride?

Rock Star's Email Bride Book Cover Rock Star's Email Bride
Romance Island #2
Demelza Carlton
romance, contemporary, women's fiction, romantic comedy
Lost Plot Press
(15 Sept. 2015)

A mail order bride and a rock god: can they make fairy tales come true?
In the final year of her business degree, Phuong has her future all mapped out. Finish studying, then go home and save her family's business. Until her father dies and it all falls apart. Broke and jobless, she stumbles on a solution: find herself an Australian husband. Fast.

She's not looking for love - Phuong doesn't believe in fairy tales. Her marriage will be a business deal, pure and simple. But when she meets her husband-to-be and discovers he's a reclusive rock star living at Romance Island Resort, maybe it's time to believe a girl can live happily ever after.

A tiny taste of what's in store:

Idly, she clicked on one of the unread messages from some other man whose profile was a sculpted, headless torso, like something cropped from the cover of a romance novel.

Mr Six-Pack's message was short:

"I'm looking for a woman who knows all fairy tales are lies, but who still hopes one might come true."

Reflexively, Phuong clicked on his profile. Mr Six-Pack was a gym junkie, he admitted, who went by the name of Lucky Jason. He worked on a remote island, but it was lonely and he wanted to share his living accommodation with someone who could brighten the darkness at night. Or so he said. She laughed softly before clapping a hand over her mouth at the thought that she might wake Norman. His snores continued, like he was sawing down a tree with his nose in his sleep, so she breathed a sigh of relief and returned to ogling Jason's abs. Desire flooded through her for the first time in months.

She hit the reply button. "Which fairy tale did you have in mind, and which character are you? The big bad wolf, the woodcutter or Prince Charming?" Before she could think better of it, she sent the message.

The response came back almost instantly: "What would you like me to be? I can cut down everyone keeping you from me, carry you off to my castle like Prince Charming, then turn into the big bad wolf and eat you all up until you scream for joy."

"That only happens in books," she whispered to herself, then typed the words and fired them off.

Lucky Jason had an answer for that, too: "One day, some romance author will write books about us and a million lonely women will crave the sort of sex you only have to ask for."

Arrogant much? "No one's that good. What if I'm after Prince Charming, a man who loves me, listens to me and wants to take care of me, and I'm not interested in sex?"

"Prince Charming is a prick who'll smother you and turn jealous if you look at anyone else. He'll lock you in a tower and never let you out. And he wouldn't know what to do with his own c*ck, let alone your body. Prince where-do-I-put-my-prick. That's not me, babe."

"No? You don't get jealous? What do you do when your girl looks at another man?"

"Grin and wink at the guy while my arm's around her. He'll never be me and never have what I do, but that's cool. Not everyone's as awesome as me. Let me show you, babe."

Phoung the naive – or so she claims, needs a husband so she can extend her visa. So she finds one – although she claims she [book written through her eyes] that they were not actually married – through an  email bride site.

This ‘husband’ mistreats her and keeps her like a sex slave.

So she runs away and has several adventures.

There is a cliff-hanger at the end which really makes you want to find out what happens next.

3.5

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Sometimes the time is right

Wrong Place, Right Time Book Cover Wrong Place, Right Time
Bourbon Street Boys #2
Elle Casey
romantic comedy, romance, women's fiction, new adult
Montlake Romance
(5 July 2016)

Jenny’s single-parent life revolves around her kids and her job, which means that hours of Animal Planet and strings of computer code are about all she has time for. Not that Jenny’s looking for adventure or romance—she’s the type of woman who believes in playing it safe.

When Jenny is called upon to do some consulting for the Bourbon Street Boys—a New Orleans private security firm—she knows she should stay away. They conduct surveillance on known criminals and put themselves in harm’s way pretty much every day, so No is the obvious answer…Problem is, there’s a guy on the team with a body to die for and a dimple that just won’t quit luring Jenny in, tempting her to throw all caution to the wind.

Will Jenny take the risk or will she do what she’s always done—play it safe and wait for the right time?

 

As a mother of 3 herself, author Elle obviously know something of the chaos that 3 children bring – and as a grandmother of 3 myself, I am very familiar too. And thus the story really rings true about the children’s activities and behaviour and attitudes. There is always one in trouble, or who needs extra attention, or is sick or fallen over or lost something and if you have a single mother with a demanding job, then…  It is really tricky to cope and Jenny is finding out the hard way. Her douche of an ex-husband isn’t helping. So perhaps a change can be beneficial?

An amusingly written story with the glass ceiling well illustrated and some nice romantic touches.

I hadn’t realised that this was book 2 in a series until I went to find out how the story continued.

I bought books 3 and 4!

 

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