Author: Lisa Kleypas
Publisher: St Martin’s Press
Rating: 4.5 stars
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Blurb: 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.
Review: I read the three earlier books in the Travis family series a couple of years ago, so I wasn’t completely familiar with deliciously handsome photographer Joe, but I grew to appreciate him immediately when he met Avery and reduced her to stuttering incompetence–priceless! A great meet-cute for this couple. And the story is just as good as the start–with trademark Lisa Kleypas wit and style. Call me crazy, but being a born-and-bred Texan–I always fall in love with stories set in my home state, and Ms Kleypas writes some of the finest. I also get a chuckle from the fact that she also writes British historical novels–such a contrast, at least in manners if not weather.
Avery left her fashion design job in New York after a heart breaking disaster–her fiance abandoned her on the day of their wedding. She decided then and there never to fall in love again–it hurt too much. After traveling to take care of her dying father in Texas, she’d connected with her half-sister Sophia and they’d decided to start a wedding-planning business in Houston. When she met Joe at a huge out-of-town weekend-long wedding, their immediate attraction led to a crazy-hot one-night stand. She was so embarrassed because that just wasn’t her–but he was so hot, their attraction was so intense, and she just couldn’t say no!
When he continued to pursue her after they got back to Houston, however, she ignored his calls and texts. She really didn’t want to see him again because it would be too hard to see him and NOT fall in love with him, and she just wasn’t going to do that EVER again. But against her better instincts, he talked her into it; and when the inevitable happened, of course that’s when her big chance to return in triumph to New York pops up. Now what’s she going to do?
Joe’s job as a professional photographer had taken him all over the world and exposed him to lots of women and several short-term relationships, but he was ready to settle down. He loved being with Avery and he wanted a family with her like his sister and brothers had. When he realized how gun-shy Avery was, he hoped that if he took it slow, maybe in time she’d come to trust him and they could find a way to be together. But he didn’t want to stand in her way, especially when she was offered a huge opportunity.
What’s going to happen when push comes to shove and Avery’s got to choose between getting what she’s always wanted in her career or taking a second chance at love. Only a fool would bet at love, right?
Lisa Kleypas is a master storyteller, and she’s got another great hit on her hands with this sweet-talker of a tale, set in the heat of Houston with two character’s whose attraction scorches the pages and burns into your heart with a slow, sweet love that’s sure to please even the most jaded heart. Loved the lead ups and loved this conclusion. Thanks!