Format: Bound copy (Provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review)
Release Date: May 6, 2014
SHE KNOWS BETTER THAN TO SAY “I DO”
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…
BUT HE MAKES IT HARD TO SAY “I DON’T”
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…
Well hell, this book was so not what I was expecting!
Sydney Sinclair has been hurt badly and has trust issues. Yet that experience doesn’t change who she is as a person. She’s incredibly kind, loving and smart. She also doesn’t take crap from anyone, she’s a call it like she sees it kind of woman. Her attitude definitely set the tone for her relationship with Special Agent Vaughn Roberts who is exactly the kind of man she wants to avoid. Smooth talking, cocky, and drop dead sexy Vaughn who at first, sees Sydney’s cool dismissal as nothing more than a challenge. Unfortunately for Sydney, she’s going to be seeing a lot of Vaughn. He’s the best man to her maid of honor at her sister’s wedding… To his brother. Yeah, all kinds of interesting and that’s just a basic description of It Happened One Wedding.
Normally I’m not a fan of wedding centered romances, but with this book, the wedding plans were necessary in order to throw Vaughn and Sydney together as often as possible and frankly, as soon as these two were in a scene together I forgot all about the wedding and how much I don’t like them and became more focused on the awesome chemistry between them. Vaughn is used to getting what he wants, including and most especially women and it seemed like he wasn’t used to having a woman not only turn him down but call him out on his playboy methods. I just LOVED whenever Sydney would bust Vaughn on using typical pick up lines or moves. It amused me to no end to have a female character who didn’t feel the need to spare the male character’s ego but wasn’t a witch about it. Even when she was setting him straight, Sydney was never cruel about it, just honest.
The plot was simple and uncomplicated, leaving plenty of time for Vaughn and Sydney to go from cautious friends to casual lovers to a “deny we’re falling in love” phase. The snarky chemistry between Vaughn and Sydney is infectious and never slows down. I loved their early scenes together where they just couldn’t seem to be in the same room without irritating each other. The dialogue was snappy, snippy and always left me wanting more. It was fun watching their interactions go from irritated and challenging to sexually charged and friendly.
It Happened One Wedding, can technically be read as a standalone but it is part of a series. I did feel a little out of the loop with the previous couples who made appearances but all that did was make me want to get the previous books in the series (I already bought the first book).
There’s a little bit of action and suspense as well. Author Julie James treats readers to a few scenes with Vaughn on the job, going under cover and getting the bad guys. It changed the dynamic and pace of the story and gave readers a chance to get to know the other side of Vaughn.
Final Verdict: Sassy, sexy and fun, It Happened One Wedding gives romance fans exactly what they want and that’s a great story with likable characters.