There goes the groom . . .
For Professor Laurie Wilson, planning her wedding to longtime boyfriend Brandon Kopp has been a whirlwind. But somehow, between all the cake tastings and dress fittings, she never imagined being left at the altar. In the aftermath, she does what any sensible woman would - she swigs champagne and considers keying his car. Until someone knocks on her door with a much better idea for revenge.
Best man Andrew Lyndon thinks Laurie's better off without Brandon. But Laurie's father - and Andrew's boss - isn't going to accept anything less than a reconciliation. And he's made it Andrew's problem to solve. So Andrew decides to make Brandon jealous by setting Laurie up on a string of "dates." After a couple of weeks, Brandon will be begging Laurie to take him back. But Andrew's plan works a little too well because suddenly he's the one falling for Laurie -- and planning a proposal of his own.
Left at the altar by the groom finds a jilted bride plotting to get a bit of her own back with the her former fiance’s best friend. All sorts of bridal and family drama ensues, but above all there was a light and heartwarming romance that rose up from it all.
Here Comes the Bride is the third book in the Chapel of Love series. It’s connected with earlier books through setting and a large cast of returning characters, but it easily can read as a standalone.
So, yes, lovely Laurie Wilson plans to wed her college sweetheart after ten years from first date until now in the most gorgeous dream wedding her organizational habits and lists could make it. Only, Brandon backs out right at the altar. Not cool, dude! Seriously?!? At. The. Altar. Then tosses out there that they should both live a little before chaining themselves to each other. And then, the handsome, suave, and oh-so put together knight in shining Brooks Brothers suit steps in to clean up the mess. I adored Andrew in his story (and this was a shocker since I wasn’t all that impressed with him in his sister’s story). He truly shone through like polished gold in this one.
The story was fun and lightly engaging, but it wasn’t without its issues for me. I loved the romance pair together, but I only moderately liked the situation for this romance. A rebound romance with all the fake dates, manipulating, both pairs of exes, interfering family on both sides, and even the final build up left me wanting to see a bit more down time and relationship building. They were great friends and there were indicators that they were a superb fit, but I felt their whole romance was happening under duress. Though, that dance club scene was convincing as to the electric attraction born between them.
The side plot with the playboy cousin of the hero, Matt, and Courtney, the wedding coordinator and new friend, was maybe meant to be funny and definitely was setting up for a future story, but it was only funny for a short time. Their separate issues, particularly Courtney’s got old. Courtney has these over the top manhater issues and Matt was the opposite with his rakish casual seductions and affairs.
Another distraction, though I confess a welcome one, were those over the invasive and hilarious Lyndons. Andrew’s family plotted and connived in their matchmaking efforts that were obvious to the reader, but not so much to Andrew and Laurie. They are just so fun in the way they interfere with good motives. And sigh… loved seeing things going well for another Lyndon’s relationship that was burning in the background of the last book to a happily ever after. Oh, and a storyline for Junie is percolating nicely for a future book.
The tone of the story invites the reader to just go with it for an easy and fun romantic read with enough conflict and passion to keep it from being too bland. I love the author’s gift for blending humor and endearing characters. I would definitely recommend this series to Contemporary Romance fans who enjoy small town and family elements infused in the story.
My thanks to Forever for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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