Monday, September 17, 2018

2 stars-- The Wedding Band (Save the Date #3) by Cara Connelly

The Wedding Band and I did not get along.
The Gist: Dakota's brother is getting married and it's his mission to keep all reporters out of the celebrity wedding. He's not fond of reporters. At. All. Christine, though, plans to sneak into the wedding with her dad's band in order to get the gossip and spread it all over the gossip rags. That's the plan.
So the Good

Dakota is a pretty great hero for most of the book. He has a way with animals and over the years has collected everything from 3 legged dogs to wild horses when they were in need and no one would care for them. It was sweet and heart touching. I loved watching him with the animals. He's a good guy overall, too. Loves his family and friends, talented, has that whole sexy actor thing going for him.

I also liked Dakota and his brother together. There's a strong bond and it was nice to see.

And that was...about it.

Then there was everything else. 

Yall this heroine. I believe my exact words were oh damn me. Another fucking reporter heroine. They are the absolute fucking worst! And, yall, she proved that to be a solid stance.

Christine was horrid. She's whiny, deceitful, obnoxious.

She was constantly going on about how stupid he was. How he couldn't have a brain cell in his head because he...made action movies. I mean. That was her only reasoning. He's GOOD at action movies and makes millions but really he must only do it because he's too dumb to do anything else.

She complains about him manipulating her into staying for dinner one night when the heifer spent 75% of the book pretending to be someone else and hiding the fact she snuck into his celebrity brothers wedding (and honeymoon) in order to splash their personal family life all over the newspapers

And the sex was weird. She kept putting him off and then when she finally decided to have sex with him it was only because they'd stumbled onto his brother and new sister-in-law having sex on the beach and it turned her on. So she had him fuck her against a tree so she could WATCH the brother while they went at it. It was just out of place and awkward and in no way hot.

In the gross department there was a scene later on that had me going Nope. Nope. Nooope. No. Nope. Nuhuh. Nope. Sometimes you just don't need a visual. Hero having to unstick his dick from his leg because he zipped up and left without cleaning up? Yeah. Nope.

Her reasoning was moronic, too. Her mom was a world renowned journalist and she wanted to be a real reporter like her mom and make her proud. And somehow sleazy tabloid reporting is gonna do that?!

And then when the hero found out he was rightfully pissed but did some way out of character things. It didn't feel natural at all to who he was portrayed to be the majority of the book

All in all, a hot mess. I've enjoyed Connelly in the past but The Wedding Band was such a miss. The 2 stars were entirely for the hero and the animals.

No-nonsense journalist Christine Case still believes a newspaper should inform, not entertain. But when Chris's biggest story blows up in her face, she's out of a job unless she does the one thing she's sworn never to do—infiltrate a celebrity wedding and write an exposé on the happy couple.

A-list heartthrob Dakota Rain loathes the press. So when he hosts his equally famous brother's wedding at his Beverly Hills estate, keeping the vultures at bay is Dakota's top priority—until he meets the sultry singer in the wedding band.

Posing as a singer is no problem for Chris, but when Dakota talks her into a private-island getaway, the hot days—and sizzling nights—make it impossible to go on deceiving him. But what will happen when the media-hating movie star discovers the woman he's falling for is really an undercover reporter?

Amazon | Goodreads | Connelly on HCBS


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