Sunday, December 29, 2013

The Wedding Favor (Save the Date #1) by Cara Connelly

Tyrell Brown wanted to get the hell out of Houston and back to his ranch. Instead, he’s stuck on a flight to France for his best friend’s wedding. To top it off, he discovers he’s sharing a seat with Victoria Westin, the blue-eyed, stiletto-heeled lawyer who’s been a thorn in his side for months.

Victoria can’t believe it! How can she be at the same wedding as this long, lean cowboy with a killer smile? So what if they shared a few in-flight cocktails, some serious flirting, and a near-miss at the mile-high club? She still can’t stand the man!

The wedding disaster’s in the rear view, but the sizzle between these two is still red-hot. They tried to be on their best behavior in France, but back in the States all bets are off . . .

Type: Contemporary Romance
Heat: 3 out of 5
Rating: 4 out of 5

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Bwhaha *rubs hands together* The Wedding Favor...It. Was. Awesome! There was so much drama-fied goodness as enemies Victoria and Tyrell--who've been on opposite sides of a court case--have to suck it up, pretend they like each other and flirt their asses off to keep from ruining their friend/brother's wedding weekend.

Oh man, could these two throw a barb! I mean, they've got sharp tongues and don't hold back. But it so worked and really carried a fun or sexual undercurrent most of the time which made it so entertaining to watch and had me smiling as they zinged each other.

Okay, so why they're enemies. Years earlier Ty's wife was killed in an accident and Victoria is the lawyer representing the defendant. Gah, right? So freaking messy!

I really liked both Ty and Victoria. He's got that whole laid back cowboy swagger going on and Victoria--even though she came off pretty cold at first and I really didn't want to like her any more than Ty did--really won me over and had some nice fire and passion in her. I love when a character can change my mind like that. The two together? The chemistry was just amazing and they played off each other nicely. And lordy when things heat up. They. Heat. Up. Total *fan yourself* steaminess.
How was a woman supposed to keep her hands off Tyrell Brown when everything from his long, lean legs to his sun-kissed mop of hair cried out to be stroked and squeezed and made love to?

It couldn't be done.

In the end, it was Ty who drew the line. "Sugar, I never thought I'd hear these words come out of my mouth, but you need to quit fucking me and go to sleep."

He was right, but she pouted anyway.

Laughing at her mulish expression, he tucked her in close to his side.
There was a lot of humor in this one. I chuckled over quite a few bits but there was also some really just make your chest ache and your eyes tear up stuff happening too. Both Ty and Victoria had so much more going on than they showed the world. Victoria was dealing with a pretty terrible ex and an infuriating mother and, man, I felt for her. And watching Ty struggle with the loss of his wife, the guilt over her death and his attraction to Victoria. He had me tearing up like you wouldn't believe. I loved that there was more to these two than you'd expect.

I really enjoyed Connelly's writing style. It was easy to get lost in, flowed nicely and had me reaching for my book every second I could spare. I flipping love finding books like that. Ones you just can't get enough of, ya know?  Gah, they're so good! The humor and heart warming journey Tyrell and Victoria go on really made for a great read and has me excited to see what comes next in the series.

Have you read Connelly? What did you think?
Do you have a favorite "fake mates" or "enemies to lovers" storyline?

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