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The Bridesmaid by Julia London

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Release Date: October 1, 2013
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
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What a fun, lighthearted contemporary read! This story is everything I’ve come to love about Julia London’s work: great characters, fast pace, and sweet romance. She has a style that makes it impossible not to get lost in the story. The Bridesmaid takes us on a cross-country adventure to get to the church on time.

Kate Preston’s traveling home from New York to Seattle to be the Maid of Honor for her best friend and cousin, Lisa, with the world’s ugliest bridesmaid’s dress in tow. Joe Firretti’s leaving New York behind to start the job of a lifetime in Seattle. A megastorm pummeling the central United States is wreaking havoc on air travel, and they feel lucky just to make it out on their flight. Little did they know this was just the beginning.

The dynamic between seatmates Kate and Joe is perfection from the beginning – the annoyance a hung-over Joe feels at Kate’s mindless bantering, Kate’s annoyance at Joe hogging their mutual armrest, and Joe poking fun at the giant, pink, raft-like garment bag holding Kate’s dress. It’s clear there’s chemistry there, but London doesn’t make it overt. She doesn’t need to state how interested they are, because it’s evident in their interactions. Their escapades only increase the connection as they’re forced to resort to car, then train and finally another plane to make it to their destination.

By the time they make it to Seattle, I felt like Joe and Kate had been together for months. I commend London for making this fast track relationship totally genuine and believable. In fact it broke my heart a little when they resign themselves to the idea that this has to be temporary under the circumstances.  But you know what they say about absence, right? It makes the heart grow fonder. Luckily for us that leads to a pretty sweet happily ever after. :)

RATING: BAD ASS BOOTS

Sleeping With Mr. Sexy by S.L. Scott

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Released February 24, 2013
Independently Published
Purchased on Amazon

I love this book. Rarely does a novella earn the highest rating possible from me, but this one definitely does. Almost makes it a crime that S.L. Scott is offering it for free. Yes. FREE. 

Let me set this up for you. I like to read when I’m on the treadmill. Passes the time, makes me hardly even notice that I want to die. I had just finished my current read and looked down to see I still had 20 minutes left. TWENTY MINUTES. BLERG. I flipped to the next book on my Kindle and found Sleeping With Mr. Sexy. Surely this would get me through the 20 minutes, right? I’d just make a little dent. WRONG. The story completely sucked me in, and when the treadmill started to slow down, I panicked. I couldn’t leave! I needed to know what would happen! 30 minutes later I finished, completely exhausted, on wobbly legs, but it was totally worth it.

I’ve been a fan of S.L. Scott since I read her book Naturally, Charlie. (Check out my review here.) She’s definitely on my list of authors to watch, because the way she weaves her stories is amazing.  She has this knack for being able to make her characters so real and relatable in a short span of time. I’m drawn in by them, and they won’t let go until I know everything about them. The emotional depth I feel is almost overwhelming at times. I connect with them, begin to care about them, and I am helpless to turn page after page until the story is done.

I love stories where the characters are friends who become more. There’s usually a little uncertainty and awkwardness as they feel their way through unchartered waters. Almost always something gets mucked up as they’re figuring it out, and I just hope nothing’s irretrievably broken. Sleeping With Mr. Sexy has all these things and keeps you guessing until the very end.

RATING: STILETTOS!