The Wedding Favor
A Save the Date Novel
Avon/Harper Collins 12/31/2013
ISBN: 0000000000000 ISBN10: 0062282263
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Disclosure: E-Galley provided by Publisher via Edelweiss for review purposes. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions expressed herein are my own unless otherwise noted.
In her deliciously sexy debut, Cara Connelly gives a whole new meaning to crashing a wedding.
Before the wedding
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.
At the wedding
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!
After the wedding
The wedding disaster’s in the rearview, 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 . . . http://harpercollins.com
Seven years after a drunk driver took his wife’s life, and just moments after hearing the verdict in her wrongful death case, Tyrell Brown is itching to shed his suit and tie and get the hell out of Houston. And even though he’d rather be heading to his ranch for a weeklong trail ride than be flying off to his best friend Isabelle’s four-day wedding weekend, he can’t really complain. After all, her wedding’s in France, and the more distance he can put between himself and the ice-blue-eyed, stiletto-heeled lawyer who grilled him on the stand, the better, cause even though his mama raised him right, it’s damn near impossible to be a southern gentleman around the bitch on wheels.
Victoria Westin is just doing what she’s always done—her job. Whether she likes it or not. She’d rather be on stage, but her overbearing mother put the nix on that years ago, and now the only role she plays is the hard-nosed, New York City attorney. She’s good at it, though, even when she’s out of her element in the great state of Texas. Even when she’s looking into a pair of whisky-brown eyes that seem to see right into her soul. Now, thank God, the trial’s over and she can drop the mask, leave Tyrell Brown and his sunstreaked hair and sexy cowboy drawl behind, and unwind for a long weekend at her brother’s wedding in France.
But a peaceful European vacation isn’t in the cards for either of them, because as Ty and Vicky soon discover, they’re headed to the same wedding. They agree to play nice for the bride and groom’s sake, but the laid-back cowboy and the uptight lawyer can’t help but rile each other. The funny thing is, as the weekend goes on, they can’t keep their hands off each other either. But with a whole host of obstacles—including a man-eating pole dancer, a cheating ex-boyfriend and a manipulative mother—destined to come between them, will they be able to turn their fake flirtation into a real romance? http://www.caraconnelly.com/the-wedding-favor/
MY ORIGINAL REVIEW rested on a medical technology issue with someone speaking on a ventilator. I said one could not. As you can see in the comments below, Cara very kindly set me right and it is possible. I did try to confirm, checking with several people but not Cara since it was a tour review. I should have gone right to her even though it was a tour. I apologize for being incorrect, and thanks to Cara for setting me right.
This is a great story with interesting characters in life changing situations with a lot of emotion and action (fighting and hooking up).
It was heart breaking at points and heart warming at others. At times it was completely unbelievable, for example, a mother with few or no maternal feelings saying a relationship where fidelity was negotiable.
I’m not questioning anything to do with the story’s fun, hot, appeal. The hero, Ty, feels like a mix of a less freaky Matthew McConaughey and Bradley Cooper with a soupçon of Owen Wilson for good measure. Vicky, heroine is Reese Witherspoon, Julia Stiles and Jennifer Lawrence in one skinny little bauble. Everyone else is more or less support cast except that the heroine’s mother is like a blonde Joan Collins in Dynasty.
But, you folks who come by often know that an inaccuracy which affects or upon which rests, a major plot point really, really, really bugs me. Really.
If it is a fluffy point or an alternate world, I can give it.
But, this is not speculative fiction. And the point I am concerned with is vital to the plot. The plot rests on Ty winning a civil lawsuit against the guy convicted of manslaughter in his young wife’s death. Much of the value of which rests on whether the poor woman woke up in the middle of her coma to tell, discuss, verbally tell, Ty that she was too damaged to get better and to turn off the life support.
She is on a trach and a ventilator. HERE IS WHERE I WAS WRONG:
You can’t really talk on a ventilator because there’s a tube down your throat. In court this wouldn’t be arguable. It would be stipulated to, a fact, irrefutable.
Without this, the suit might have been halfway successful but not entirely and the character paradox of making nice while holding back the troops on two fronts would have been not such a big deal. The lawyer for the defendant who failed on this point would be so incompetent that one would wonder if they had totally faked their law license. I think a lawyer would have set aside the portion of a jury’s decision against this point.
In other words – this is a big deal. It made something I had to work against in my reaction to this great story.
There have to have been other ways of having this point come across: A health care directive, conversations with witnesses, beliefs expressed in writing.
And, I feel like a total heel, because I am apparently the only person to notice or who cares that this detail is wrong.
The devil is in the details.
As I continued through the book, I kept thinking, “This is going to come up as a way of resolving Ty and Vicky’s legal paradox.” but it does not.
Look, I am also very behind in my work. My attempt to learn if this was pulled from the text has not been a success. But my review is due in the morning. I was unable to reach the publicist.
Like I said, otherwise, this is a smashing story about beautiful people, great sex, love and an ugly secret or two.
If I am wrong, or if the point has been edited from the final copy, Yay! Otherwise, I recommend the story, but be prepared to mentally edit out this event with something plausible.
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Cara Connelly is an award-winning author of contemporary romances. Her smart and sexy stories have won high praise, earning Cara several awards including the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart, the Valley Forge Romance Writers’ Sheila, and the Music City Romance Writers’ Melody of Love. Cara lives in rural upstate New York with her handsome husband Billy and magical rescue dog Bella. Cara is proudly represented by Jill Marsal of the Marsal/Lyon Literary Agency.