The wedding with demons

Big fat demon slayer wedding Book Cover Big fat demon slayer wedding
Accidental Demon Slayer series - #5.
Angie Fox
paranormal ghost romance
Moose Island Books
(9 Nov. 2013)

Lizzie Brown is about to have the destination wedding of her dreams. But as this former preschool teacher knows, being a demon slayer makes everything more complicated. The vengeful Earl of Hell is on her tail. And now it seems one of the guests at the eccentric, seaside mansion is possessed and trying to kill her. Maybe she should just elope.

The groom, studly shape-shifting griffin Dimitri Kallinikos, vows to protect her at all costs. Yet even he is acting suspiciously. And minions of the devil are popping up everywhere. As the wedding draws closer, Lizzie has to learn who is behind the attacks—and fast—or risk losing everyone she loves.

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Now this story had lots of humour to attract the reader. Another wedding and as you can guess from the title some mayhem ensues due to the paranormal aspects.

This book is part of the Accidental Demon Slayer series – #5.

Our heroine, Lizzie, has a the most wonderful grannie – she is leader of a witch coven (24 witches) that ride motorbikes! Harleys to be precise. They are wild and untamed; they drink too much and party too hard and generally live up to the reputation of motorbike gangs except for the witch aspect.

Our heroine has a very straightlaced Southern mother from Society, with the relatives to match, and a very handsome Greek fiancé, Dimitri, who is not really quite what might expect either – he is a shape-shifting griffin.

The mother is far from happy that her daughter has taken up with her Grannie and learnt to be a witch and a demon slayer with potions, spells and weapons too – except she wasn’t really yet aware of what, and who, that meant. From being a nice ‘Lady’ with Southern manners and charm, but nonetheless she was going to give her a true Southern wedding in a mansion with flowers and folderols and all. The mansion is not quite what was expected and what happened at the wedding with 24 biker witches who hadn’t learnt Southern manners. And Lizzie has a dog with a pet dragon (!) PS Lizzie has now got purple hair that her mother does not approve of – but I do – I have purple hair – sometimes striped as it is at the moment with pink in 2 tones, and as it was last month with added orange. But I decided that was one colour too far.
Things don’t go as planned and fun and mayhem is had by all and the reader is astonished at just what can happen in this (haunted) mansion when you add demon slaying witches to the mix.

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Bridesmaid for purchase: Book Review

The Secret Bridesmaid Book Cover The Secret Bridesmaid
Katy Birchall
Women's fiction, Contemporary fiction
Hodder & Stoughton
13 May 2021

Sophie Breeze is a brilliant bridesmaid. So brilliant, in fact, that she's made it her full-time job.

As a professional bridesmaid, Sophie is secretly hired by brides to be their right-hand woman, ensuring their big day goes off without a hitch. From wrangling rowdy hen dos to navigating last minute portaloo cancellations, there's no problem she can't solve.

So when she's employed by an actual Marchioness to help plan the society wedding of the year, it should be a chance for Sophie to prove just how talented she is.

Of course, it's not ideal that the bride, Cordelia, is rude, difficult and determined to make Sophie's life a nightmare. It's also a bit inconvenient when Sophie finds herself drawn to Cordelia's posh older brother, who is absolutely off limits. And when a rival society wedding is announced, things get even more complicated . . .

Can Sophie pull off the biggest challenge of her career, follow her heart and maintain her reputation - all while keeping her true identity hidden?

A job as a bridesmaid/ wedding planner in disguise. Interesting take on how to undertake a job when disguised. Hair dyed, name changed, relationship with bride changed – and then she is doing this multiple times all at once! How does she remember which story to tell to which set of friends and relations?
Of course, there comes a time when things don’t work smoothly. The bride doesn’t want her as her bridesmaid/planning helper. And finds inventive ways to try and persuade her to leave, but as the bride wasn’t the employer it was difficult. And of course, the bride had a dishy brother and…
Nicely written I thought, and I particularly liked the innovative use of a large blue IKEA shopping bag – and a dress – but I’ll not spoil it by telling you how.
My main concern with the story is that it again encourages the ‘Princess’ wedding. The idea that the wedding day is all about the bride and how she wants it to run and how much money – lots – will be spent on a fantasy day.
My husband and I were talking about this earlier this week. A wedding is not about the bride. It is a joining of families and two best friends in a compact for life. What she or he wears is pretty irrelevant to this, as is the colour of the napkins or bows on the chairs. Or where the wedding is held or or or… If the wedding itself is that important than why do all the fripperies matter? A simple ceremony with family and friends and maybe a meal together afterwards is all that it needs. What is worn can be anything that they all feel good in and needn’t be designer, frothy or… My wedding photo below!  

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Weddings at beaches? Book Review.

Love on Beach Avenue Book Cover Love on Beach Avenue
Sunshine Sisters #1
Jennifer Probst
Women's fiction, Contemporary fiction
May 2020

True love is in the details for the Jersey shore’s premier wedding planner in this heart-swooning series about big dreams and happy endings from New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Probst.

Avery Sunshine might not have a soul mate of her own, but she still believes in happily ever after—for her clients. Making dreams come true is her business at Sunshine Bridal, which she runs with her two sisters. When her best friend announces her engagement, Avery is thrilled to take charge of the giddy bride-to-be’s big day. Less thrilling? Her best friend's arrogant and demanding brother, who just so happens to be the man of honor.

Carter Ross’s first instinct: call 911. He promised to always take care of his impulsive little sister, and he honors that vow. Even if it means taking over her wedding, where he is sure Avery will fail. At best, Avery is unpredictable. At worst, if she’s anything like the spitfire of a college girl he remembers, the main event could run wild.

With Avery and Carter wrestling for control, tempers heat up. So does the spark of attraction they’re fighting with every kiss. As the wedding draws near, it’s time to reconcile a rocky past and make a decision that could change everyone’s lives. Because what they’re rebelling against looks a lot like love.

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Set in Cape May, with the Sunshine Sisters running a wedding planning service – left to them by their parents – whether or not they all 3 wanted to be part of it…

Avery is the lead sister in this enterprise with sisters Bella and Taylor backing her up.

Avery loves her planners and spreadsheets

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and leaves no pebble unturned in her desire to cover every possible eventuality – several times over with back-up plans on her back-up plans. What she can’t plan for is an interfering brother who thinks he can plan better for his sister – Avery’s best friend in college, who wants a wedding in a very short time indeed – 3 months, not planned over a year ahead as most are.

A nice romance set in a gorgeous part of the world with good romance trope angst and disasters and …

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Weddings in Aspen

A Wedding In December Book Cover A Wedding In December
Sarah Morgan
romance, women's fiction
31st October 2019

In the snowy perfection of Aspen, the White family gathers for youngest daughter Rosie's whirlwind Christmas wedding.

First to arrive are the bride’s parents, Maggie and Nick. Their daughter’s marriage is a milestone they are determined to celebrate wholeheartedly, but they are hiding a huge secret about their own: they are on the brink of divorce. After living apart for the last six months, the last thing they need is to be trapped together in an irresistibly romantic winter wonderland.

Rosie’s older sister Katie is also dreading the wedding. Worried that impulsive, sweet-hearted Rosie is making a mistake, Katie is determined to save her sister from herself. If only the irritatingly good-looking best man, Jordan, would stop interfering with her plans…

Bride-to-be Rosie loves her fiance but is having serious second thoughts. Except everyone has arrived – how can she tell them she's not sure? As the big day gets closer, and emotions run even higher, this is one White family Christmas none of them will ever forget.

Another wedding story – yes Xmas seems to be the season for it… here with a sister who is a cynic and firmly determined to stop her flaky sister from going through with it. This sister cynic is also an A&E doctor (Emergency Room for US readers), and this really influences her view on life as she so often sees the train wrecks of lives that women have made with hasty marriages and unsuitable husbands who are lovely until the ring is on their finger!

The sister’s romance was a trifle predictable from the very first moment of meeting and rather unexceptional which down-grades the book from 4 to 3.5 stars.

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Wedding dresses..

The Perfect Dress Book Cover The Perfect Dress
Carolyn Brown
contemporary fiction, romance, humour
Montlake Romance (16 April 2019)

A plus-size Texas gal has designs on an old crush in New York Timesbestselling author Carolyn Brown’s exuberant, bighearted romance. In the small town of Celeste, Texas, Mitzi Taylor has never quite fit inside the lines. Nearly six feet tall, flame-haired, and with a plus-size spirit to match every curve, she’s found her niche: a custom wedding-dress boutique catering to big brides-to-be with big dreams. Taking the plunge alongside her two best friends, she’s proud they’ve turned The Perfect Dress into a perfect success. Just when Mitzi has it all pulled together, Graham Harrison walks back into her life, looking for bridesmaid dresses for his twin daughters. A still-strapping jock whose every gorgeous, towering inch smells like aftershave, the star of all Mitzi’s high school dreams is causing quite a flush. For Mitzi, all it takes is a touch to feel sparks flitting around her like fireflies. She can just imagine what a kiss could do. Graham’s feeling it, too. And he’s about to make that imagination of Mitzi’s run wild. Is it just a hot summer fling, or are Mitzi’s next designs for herself and seeing her own dreams come true?

Whilst I quite enjoyed this idea and know that people will travel quite a long way for a wedding dress that is made to order, I did find that some of the ideas were somewhat peculiar. For instance, do people really artificial flowers for wedding bouquets? I decided to do a bit of research – as is my thing – and found it seemed to be an American thing. But even they suggest that you use silk flowers rather than stuff you can buy from Home Depot stores… And they are expensive. Fake flowers that look real are seriously expensive and thus not to be considered a money-saving idea. But why use fake when there are lots of fresh flowers that can be used inexpensively? And lots of greenery that can eke out the fresh? And never please use plastic – I’ve noticed this as being a bit of a theme in restaurants and hotels I’ve visited recently – and they never even dust them.. uggh.

And whilst I do ot go in for fat-shaming – I certainly would not be the best person to do this, being very round myself, could we please not eat mashed potatoes WITH rolls and dessert and donuts and muffins and.. I found the descriptions of the food these gals were eating just not enticing but rather unhappy making as I considered the mortality rates of Southern women along with all that sweet tea they drink. West Virginia, Alabama, and Louisiana are in the 10 states that have the lowest life expectancy in the US. See below compared to Hawaii which has the highest.

But then look at the next set of statistics on obesity:

Almost a match state by state. And Hawaii again is in the bottom 3 of states with obesity percentages at just over 50%.

Still I did enjoy the characters and the story telling and noted that the main character was very tall and would have difficulty in finding a dress off the peg. I rather liked the black dress with red lace too. I found some stunning ones on Etsy: even if this one is red with black lace…

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