Published by Harlequin
Released on October 1, 2013
A Bridezilla, a serious of seeming accidents, backstabbing bridesmaids, and an ex who suddenly reappears at the bachelorette party sounded all sorts of fun to me so I leaped at the chance to read this one.
The story opens with Angie Lawson reluctantly attending the bachelorette party of her best friend’s bride to be and just wishing it was all over. The cutting words because she doesn’t fit in with all the girly girls, two of the bridesmaids can’t stand each other’s guts, and the bride’s moods and dictates driving everyone crazy and the strip club is so not Angie’s thing. Then she can’t believe her eyes. The ex that broke her heart and left her over a year ago making it clear that her confident, aggressive bedroom manner and her less than feminine looks and behavior drove him away, is one of the strippers and he has his sights set on a lap dance with Angie.
Cole Foster is undercover trying to dig up information on one of the bridesmaids. He has had them under surveillance so he is well aware that Angie is part of the group. He needs to be close to the wedding party and Angie is the only way he can do it though if he was honest, he just wants to be close to Angie again. She’s the only woman he’ll ever love, but he can’t be with her because once she got to know the real him, she’d dump him anyway.
Angie reluctantly agrees to help Cole and as she feared, it stirs up her tamped down emotions again. She still loves him, but its not enough and Cole still hesitates to trust Angie with the truth about his past. Meanwhile, deadly accidents are happening within the wedding party and Angie may be on that list as well.
Okay. That is the word I would use for this story. I couldn’t get into it. It wasn’t awful, but it wasn’t very engaging for me either. There was some humor to it all though the antics generally fell on the heavy-handed side for me.
The group of characters did not endear themselves to me. Cole and Angie were both pretty insecure and made a habit out of misreading words and motives. I just didn’t get into them. I will say that I was a bit intrigued by Cole since he is one of those rare beta heroes. I didn’t hold that against him and actually don’t mind that type personality for a change. Angie’s dominant nature wasn’t a problem either. It was just the back and forth stuff that got old.
Then there were Angie’s so called friends. Her best friend let his awful bride (he lost points right there marrying that beastly woman) rip Angie a new one when he knew she didn’t deserve it. That’s one of the most distracting things about the story- that wedding. It totally upstaged the romance plot much of the time. I was so distracted by the thought of anyone marrying the nightmare bride, Brittany and I honestly couldn’t figure out why all those people jumped through the fiery hoops over alligator infested waters for her. By all rights, she should have been left alone with her signature pink bubblegum Brittini drink to hopefully get plastered and mellow.
All in all, it’s an okay read that had its funny moments, its sexy times and offered a second chance romance for two tentative people.