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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Review: The Wedding Date Bargain by Mira Lyn Kelly

Okay, so not as good as the first book in the series but it wasn’t bad overall.

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Release Date: June 6, 2017

Sarah's to-do list:
Get mani-pedi
Buy killer black dress
Lose virginity

When Sarah Cole has two months to kill before her big move to New York, she decides it's time to take care of a few things?like the inconvenient issue of her virginity. Sarah knows the right guy for the job too: Max, the notorious ladies' man she's been crushing on since college.

Two weeks of courting, and then the deed will be done. The plan is so simple. There's no way either of them would do something as silly as fall in love..

What’s it About? Sarah’s killing some time in Chicago while waiting for her promotion in New York and decides she wants to lose her virginity and she has someone in mind to help her, Max Brandt, playboy extraordinaire. Meanwhile Max thinks he’s no good for Sarah, he turned her down once but this time it might not be possible. He’s the fun time guy, not the forever guy that Sarah deserves but since Sarah is only proposing a little fun, Max thinks they’ll both be safe from falling in love.

Overall reaction to the story? I liked The Wedding Date Bargain for the most part. Sarah and Max had a lot of chemistry and some history that lead to a pretty sexy fling-turned-into-more romance. Mira Lyn Kelly does really great work when it comes to sex and angst in her characters and this book is no exception.

I loved the heat and history between Max and Sarah, they're both amiable characters that are easy to get along with but both are carrying around the memories of broken hearts and failed relationships.

The problem I had with it, and it’s kind of a biggie for me, was Max’s behavior in the last quarter or so of the book. He and Sarah have been sleeping together for a bit, but wouldn’t you know it those pesky things called feelings are starting to pop up for him and definitely for her since she’s been crazy about him since college. Well, instead of treating Sarah as an adult with her own mind, Max does this really annoying thing where he basically tells her how she’s feeling. How he just knows she can’t be in love with him, and the degree that he does it was a big no-no for me. Dude, you just stick to explaining or denying your own feelings and don’t go around acting like you know better how Sarah should feel okay?

Max isn’t totally to blame though because Sarah’s lack of assertiveness in their relationship was annoying and did contribute to the conflict in a way that just frustrated me. She knew how she felt and she knew what she wanted but when Max pushed her away she didn’t push back and fight for a chance at a real relationship.

And I’m not gonna lie, I’m not really crazy about virgins in contemporary romance. Whether they be male or female, I just can’t buy it. Sarah’s hang-up about her virginity got to me too.

Click It or Skip It? Click It. The Wedding Date Bargain isn’t as good as its predecessor but it’s still worth a read.

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