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Monday, September 22, 2014

Tasty Book Tour: The Wedding Vow by Cara Connelly (Review + Giveaway)

Hello hello! Welcome to my stop on Cara Connelly's tour! I hope you'll take the time to read my review and hopefully purchase a copy of The Wedding Vow. Don't forget to enter the giveaway or to follow to rest of the tour!

About Cara Connelly:

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, who lives in rural upstate New York, works as appellate court attorney when she’s not crafting steamy novels of love and romance.

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Format: .mobi (provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review)
Publisher: Avon
Release Date: September 30, 2014

Sexy billionaire Adam LeCroix has a mission: hunt down the sultry spitfire he blames for his troubles, demand her help, and exact revenge while he’s at it. His hobby-stealing famous paintings-has caught up with him. Someone’s heisted his favorite Monet, the insurance company won’t pay up, and Maddie St. Clair will help him . . . or else.

Former prosecutor Maddie damn near nailed Adam for stealing the Lady in Red, but the lucky bastard walked. Now five years later, he’s back, arrogant as ever, giving her an ultimatum—work for him to collect the insurance money, or she’ll never work again.

Maddie’s all about right and wrong. Adam’s shades of gray. So when he uncovers the hot body under her hard-ass veneer, and she finds he’s a thief with a heart, can the law-and-order lawyer and the fast-and-loose felon put their prickly past behind them?

The Wedding Vow was such an unexpected trip!

Five years ago, prosecutor Madeline St. Clair came so close to putting billionaire/thief Adam LeCroix behind bars for the theft of a priceless painting only to watch him walk away. Now she’s face to face with him again and this time he’s in control. She has two choices: Work for him or don’t work at all. Now Maddie has to swallow her pride and do as she’s told.

At first, The Wedding Vow seemed like a regular, run of the mill contemporary romance which was exactly what I was expecting, but once I got about 30% in, I found that it had more going on than I originally thought. Adam and Maddie are complicated characters, both with histories of heartbreaking moments and those moments warped them as adults. They both feel the need to control their lives because in the past they had zero control over what happened to them.

The Wedding Vow doesn’t hesitate to put Adam and Maddie through the emotional wringer even while it shows how combustible they are together, at least physically. I enjoyed their journey as individuals and as a couple. It was slow, it was turbulent and it wasn’t perfect. These two had to learn to go from a “Me” mentality to an “Us” mentality and it wasn’t easy at all. They hit a lot of road blocks, in their growth and some parts had me wondering if it was going to be possible for them to let go of their pasts enough to allow a healthy future.

I did admire Maddie’s spirit. Though she was emotionally damaged, that didn’t stop her from loving her little sister Lucy. Maddie made some huge financial sacrifices in order to make sure that Lucy wouldn’t ever be at someone else’s mercy. Unfortunately, Maddie kept people at a distance. It’s not that she wasn’t a caring human being because she was; she just didn’t let anyone get close enough to care about her. To Maddie, the world was either right or wrong, black or white and Adam’s grey areas threw her for a loop.

Adam on the other hand, hides a cold, ruthless side behind his expensive clothing and charming smiles. He was used to ordering people around and getting exactly what he wanted no matter the means. His ego was more important than people’s feelings yet he didn’t realize what he was doing until he forced Maddie into his life. At times his controlling attitude bothered me but not as much as it would have if Maddie hadn’t stood up to him whenever she got the chance. No matter how rich or handsome Adam was, Maddie never had trouble pointing out his flaws and as harsh as she was sometimes, I admired her for sticking to what she believed and her way eventually got through to Adam and he started to change. It was the more aware Adam that I started to like. So credit goes to Maddie for that.

One other thing about The Wedding Vow that stood out to me was that this story’s characters were rarely what they seemed on the surface. The heroes sometimes acted like villains and the would be villains were just misunderstood. It knocked me off balance more than once and I liked it! Characters I didn’t think I’d like ended up being some of my favorites. Just like Maddie, I had preconceived notions about this story, most of which ended up being wrong.

Final Verdict: I love it when a book blurb sounds a certain way but the actual story ends up taking me on a totally different journey than I was expecting. The Wedding Vow was definitely one of those.

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