IT HAPPENED ONE WEDDING: A Delightful, but Predictable, Read


HappenedOneWeddingby Julie James
Penguin/Jove May 6, 2014
Paperback/E-Book/Audio 304 Pages

E-Galley provided by publisher via NetGalley. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented here are my own except as noted,



After a humiliating end to her engagement, investment banker Sidney Sinclair is done with commitment-phobic men. But when her sister winds up engaged after a whirlwind courtship, Sidney is thrown into close contact with exactly the kind of sexy playboy she wants to avoid—the gorgeous best man. She’s stuck with him, for better or worse, until her sister walks down the aisle, but that doesn’t mean she has to give in to his smooth advances, no matter how tempting they are…


Special agent Vaughn Roberts always gets his man on the job and his woman in bed. So Sidney’s refusal to fall for his charms only makes him more determined to win over the cool and confident redhead. Only what starts out as a battle of wills ends up as a serious play for her heart. Because the one woman who refuses to be caught may be the only one Vaughn can’t live without…

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Short TakeI read a lot of romance novels so  when I say a book is predictable it’s hard to know if it is so because I am so familiar with the genre or if it is indeed going to read like a manual for romance novelists.  So, for me, this book was utterly predictable from about page five on. The relationship, the funny twists and turns after the first one are all lined up as I expect.  The author is very good at foreshadowing. Thre predictability didn’t bore me — even though I was pretty sure about the outcome, I was sure the journey would be interesting.

But was also a delightful, distracting read filled with quirky characters, good relationship development, and good communication.  In fact, as a plot device switch up it is funny for the characters honesty to become part of the problem and not the solution. It’s got some pretty funny  moments too. The kind that make great light romantic comedies.

I liked that the relationship progression takes place between two adults, set in their own personalities, with established family relationships and jobs, and over a period of time.  This is good since the relationship in question gets off to a bad start. And I like that the female love interest isn’t just willing to settle for any old guy.  I love that she has a less than perfect relationship with her father, and that she acknowledges it as okay.

While there are plenty of current references to today’s pop culture, I felt there were references that dated the demographic for the book.  At one point the youngest character, Isabelle quotes Sally Field’s Academy Awards acceptance speech from 1979. While for people my age the “You really like me!” line is meaningful, I don;t know it would be for twenty-somethings. That’s cool, but it either tells me who the prospective audience is or it really dates the author.

There is a reference to an unusual news story taking place in Chicago which actually occurred here in Maine this past November that had  made the national news. It made me wonder if that had also happened in Chicago recently or if the author had any knowledge of it. And, the main female character goes on a date in a restaurant I have been to which is always fun for me. I would love to know what happens to the characters after the last page! I think this is a great travel book or beach read. I enjoyed it a lot.

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