Wedding planner Avery Crosslin may be a rising star in Houston society, but she doesn’t believe in love–at least not for herself. When she meets wealthy bachelor Joe Travis and mistakes him for a wedding photographer, she has no intention of letting him sweep her off her feet. But Joe is a man who goes after what he wants, and Avery can’t resist the temptation of a sexy southern charmer and a hot summer evening.
After a one night stand, however, Avery is determined to keep it from happening again. A man like Joe can only mean trouble for a woman like her, and she can’t afford distractions. She’s been hired to plan the wedding of the year–a make-or-break event.
But complications start piling up fast, putting the wedding in jeopardy, especially when shocking secrets of the bride come to light. And as Joe makes it clear that he’s not going to give up easily, Avery is forced to confront the insecurities and beliefs that stem from a past she would do anything to forget.
The situation reaches a breaking point, and Avery faces the toughest choice of her life. Only by putting her career on the line and risking everything–including her well-guarded heart–will she find out what matters most.
For a decade I’ve thought of Lisa Kleypas as an excellent historical romance writer who sometimes dabbles in contemporary romance. This, the fourth book in the Travis series, is the first of her contemporary books I’ve read, and now I’ve discovered she’s as good in this subgenre as she is in the other.
I was surprised to discover this was written in the first person, but for once it was a style I didn’t mind.
The plan was to read all the earlier books before this one, but I didn’t have time for that. This was an excellent read on its own, but will obviously be much better if you’ve read the others. Time is spent catching up with past characters, and this is a world other readers will be familiar with before starting the book.
I think others have been spoilt by the earlier books, because they’re saying this one isn’t as good. However, if this is your first, you will probably love it.
Brown-Eyed Girl is REAL contemporary romance. It’s not that super-misogynistic, MMA fighter, university-themed stuff that’s popular at the moment, and it’s not that idealised Brady Bunch world category romance sells us so often.
This book is modern, hilarious, fun. The characters are great entertainment, act their ages, and have age-appropriate hopes and dreams – and careers.
This is by far the best contemporary romance I have read in a long, long time, and maybe if more people wrote this way I wouldn’t be stuck in my years-long historical romance obsession!
I DO wish I’d read these books in order, because it would have been a more satisfying story. The others I was “saving” and never got around to, but now it’s time to dig them out.
If I have one complaint, it’s that the epilogue was just a little cheesy, and for some reason was written in the present tense. Odd, because the rest of the book was not.
Other than that, highly recommended.
Review copy provided by NetGalley.