Check Out This Heartwarming New Read From Codi Gary!
Don't Call Me Sweetheart
Series: Something Borrowed #1
Author: Codi Gary
Publisher: Kensington Shine
Releases: August 15, 2017
Weddings are big business in picturesque Sweetheart, California, and Something Borrowed’s rent-a-bridesmaid service is thriving among the Hollywood elite. For the women who work there, a walk down the aisle is just a paycheck—until the right guy makes it priceless . . .
RULE #1: GROOMSMEN ARE STRICTLY OFF LIMITS
Marley Stevenson never imagined her stint as a rented Maid of Honor would practically become a career. Then again, nothing in her life has gone according to plan. At least the money’s good—and she needs it to pay off student loans and help out her mom. But the job has rules, which have never been an issue . . . until one encounter with a gorgeous best man—and his swoon-worthy Southern accent—sends Marley reeling.
Determined to get through the weekend with her professional reputation intact, Marley grits her teeth and sends out her best “unavailable” vibes, but Luke Jessup doesn’t give up that easy. A former Marine and a current SWAT team officer, his focus is legendary—and it’s on Marley. Jeopardizing her job is bad enough, and starting a relationship based on half-truths is worse—yet Marley is beginning to wonder if certain risks are worth taking, especially in the name of true love . . .
From the time I could put a Disney Book cassette into my little stereo,and read along, books have held a fantastic distraction. When I was eleven, I decided I wanted to be one of those magical people that brought stories to life. Devouring a book a day sometimes, my first romance novel stuck with me. I've always been a sucker for a happy ending (and the great romantic gesture)and that's what I try to put into my stories. I am so honored to be a part of Avon, and am so excited to have my own dreams coming true.
Marley Stevenson helps brides special day go off without a hitch, sometimes being a stand in bridesmaid, and sometimes helping to plan the big day. Being a stand-in bridesmaid and wedding planner was never the plan, but it's her reality and it pays well so she embraces it the best she can, and holds out hope that her plan to move the big apple will come along someday. When a Hollywood starlet hires her to be a stand-in bridesmaid for her upcoming nuptials she realizes this could be the client that finally earns her enough money to finally say goodbye to the town of Sweetheart, but of course it doesn't come along without a whole host of complications. A certain sexy complication, one that is determined to win her attention and her heart!
The moment Marley wanders into Luke Jessup's life he is completely taken with her, he'd love nothing more than to be able to explore every inch of her, she on the other hand wants nothing to do with him. She is sending unavailable vibes his way, but that doesn't seem to deter him any, he is a dedicated man and when he wants something he always gets it!
What a charming and heartwarming read, the moment I met the folks of Sweetheart California I never wanted to leave them!! They pulled me into their little world, made me feel right at home, and wheedled their way right into my heart. The chemistry between Marley and Luke was undeniable from the start and their intense attraction to one another kept things consistently hot throughout the entire story. I thoroughly enjoyed reading their story, and also getting small glimpses of the other characters in the series, which I plan to acquaint myself with in the near future. The story line had a nice flow to it, and had just enough angst to keep me on the edge of my seat and continually flipping pages. Very engaging and entertaining read, I highly recommend it!
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this title.
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