Saturday, 23 July 2011
365 books in 365 days Challenge ... book #120
The Wedding She Always Wanted - Stacy Connelly
Mills and Boon Cherish
From the back cover:
"Emily’s world tilted on its axis when Javier twirled her in his arms. The jilted bride-to-be never expected to meet a man like him at the wedding that should have been hers. Still, she knew the handsome playboy was wrong for her in every way. So why was she letting him sweep her off her feet?
Javier didn’t believe in fate. But from the moment he spun Emily onto the dance floor he was captivated by her. Emily had faith in Javier – and in the passion that made him long to shed his bachelor ways. What would it take to get her to say yes? To take that fateful walk down the aisle…with him?"
I found this one in my local library and picked it up mainly because it's a) new and b) has a nice cover. This is an OK book.
At the start of this book the heroine Emily is bridesmaid at her cousins wedding, however it should have been her wedding. After finding out her ex-fiancé had got another woman pregnant, she had cancelled the wedding and has suffered from the gossip ever since. At the wedding she connects with Javier, the hero, who is the only one who is able to see through her bravado and wants to talk to her rather than about her. As they build a friendship Emily realises that she needs to make changes and lead her own life away from her controlling family. Javier helps her find her own home and get her confidence back and she helps him to be strong and confront his mother about her constant disappointment in him. Both of them think they don't want a long term relationship after being hurt, but there is more that just a fleeting attraction between them.
This is a quick read and quite sweet as a romance. But I found it rather dull and at times quite frustrating. There are way too many 'family issues' in this book that are really not that big a deal. To me the heroine was too spineless to be appealing and the hero was nice enough but didn't really leave an impression. The ending is lovely and romantic but just that little bit too cheesy.
Like I said, this is a sweet romance but falls very short of what I was expecting.