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A fun book which depicted the romance between the wedding planner Renée and an author who was ex-military Jasper. Friends with benefits transformed to love.
Reading a Susan Mallery after a long time, the story retained her trademark signs of humor and warm relationships. Both Kasper and Renée had their own pasts with secrets slowly getting revealed down the book. Jasper’s PTSD was dealt with sensitively.
I liked the constant tug and war and skirmishes between the two main characters. Jasper needed the softer side to be written in the novel and the suggestions given by his friends had humorous results. Romance was a slow burn in its development and chemistry wtitten. The other characters added to the loving atmosphere of the book.
Of note was Renée’s mother, she was sweet and and her gifts were a wonder to read. I loved the inclusion of it in the story. The entire story was long and felt a bit slow, but had the sweetness of likable characters. Book 5 in the series, that didn’t bother me as I was more involved with Renee and Jasper and their dog Koda.
Overall, a sweet read which warmed the heart and put a smile on my face.
I received a free ARC from NetGalley and publisher, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!! STRICTLY HONEST AND UNBIASED.
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#1 New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery writes heartwarming and humorous novels about the relationships that define women’s lives—family, friendship, romance. She’s best known for putting nuanced characters into emotionally complex, real-life situations with twists that surprise readers to laughter. Because Susan is passionate about animal welfare, pets play a big role in her books. Beloved by millions of readers worldwide, her books have been translated into 28 languages.
Wedding coordinator Renee Grothen isn’t meant for marriage. Those who can, do. Those who can’t, plan. But she never could have planned on gorgeous, talented thriller writer Jasper Dembenski proposing—a fling, that is. Fun without a future. And the attraction between them is too strong for Renee to resist. Now she can have her no-wedding cake…and eat it, too.
After years in the military, Jasper is convinced he’s too damaged for relationships. So a flirtation—and more—with fiery, determined Renee is way too good to pass up…until his flame becomes his muse.
Renee is an expert at averting every crisis. But is she finally ready to leap into the one thing that can never be controlled: love?
Publication Date: 22nd October 2019
Publisher: HQN Books
I loved this story as well. Yes, it didn’t bother me that I had not read the other books in this series, it was very well written as a stand alone. Great review Shalini.
Exactly. I read it as I would read a romantic story
Glad to see you liked it, I’m currently reading and enjoying this one
It is a cute read… I like cute books in long intervals and now I have only cute Chrismassy books
This sounds too cute for you! No one is betraying or murdering each other?? WHAT?!? 😂😂 Sounds like a cute book! ❤️🍻
Sighhh exactly… I need murder and mayhem… I got only cute Chrismassy books
Noo!!! What is WITH everyone?!? IT’S TOO SOON!! 😭😭 I’m not even over Halloween, yet… So, I’ll keep up the murder and mayhem for both of us. 😉
It is Christmas time from October… You are missing the cute reads
No I’m not. I’ll get to the cute reads in a couple of weeks… I’m still on the horror binge. 😘
Woah… I just saw horror… 😂 😂 ME when I got up and looked in the mirror… 😂 😂
Ok. Mirror off. Right now. 😘
Why ain’t you sleeping?
Psh. It’s only 11:30 here! I don’t have to work for….. Crap. I should go to sleep. 😘😂
This sounds like a good read and it’s always nice to know if a book in a series can be read as a standalone. Lovely review 🙂
It was a fun read. I haven’t read this author since a long time.. So cute
Lovely review Shalini. I am not a romance reader, but love this author. ❤😍📚
Sandy, me too. But I am getting approved only for romances 😂😂😂 is that some kind of indication that I should move out and try romance?
Nice! A sweet break from thrillers.
It was very sweet.