What an adorably sweet romance! This one is light and playful throughout, with great chemistry and a touch of steam. It’s got a nice small town feel and characters you can root for, pairing a woman who has been planning her wedding for years with a guy who can’t picture himself ever having one. There’s little to no angst and not a whole lot of drama, making it a fun and easy read.
The story follows Violet, a woman who spent 10 years with the wrong guy. He kept leading her to believe that they’d eventually get married, but that all came to an end when she caught him cheating. When she heads to a small town to spend time with her sister, she meets firefighter Ford in the most unexpected way. He doesn’t have the best history with relationships, so he’s sworn off commitments. But there’s instant attraction between the two, and neither one can resist the pull between them.
I loved the charming feel of this – if you’re looking for something fun and sweet, this is definitely the book for you. It was perhaps a little too predictable for me with a rushed ending (and I much prefer a first-person writing style), but it’s a cute, enjoyable read. Ford may be commitment-phobic, but it’s easy to see that he’s a great guy, and I loved the chemistry between the two. There’s plenty of dialogue and playfulness to keep the pages turning. It’s probably not the kind of book I would read every day, but when in the mood for something light and heartwarming, it certainly satisfies. I received an ARC via NetGalley and am voluntarily leaving a review of this sweet romance.
Violet Abrams may have been a bridesmaid no less than seven times, but her wedding day was near—she could feel it. Until her longtime boyfriend left her for someone else. That’s just fine—she has her photography and a new project redesigning her sister’s bakery to keep her happy and fulfilled. Fast-forward to the day of his wedding, though, when Violet might have accidentally, totally not on purpose, started a fire. And… Officially the worst day ever.
Firefighter Ford Maguire thought he’d seen it all. Until he’s called out because someone tried to set the local bakery on fire…with a wedding magazine? The little arsonist might be the cutest woman he’s ever seen, but he’s too career-focused to consider something serious. Still, Violet seems like a great person to help him navigate his upcoming “man of honor” duties in his best friend’s wedding.
Pretty soon, not only is Violet giving him lessons on all things weddings, she’s helping him train his latest rescue-dog recruit puppies and weaving her way seamlessly into his lone-wolf lifestyle. But forever is the last thing on Ford’s mind, and if there’s one thing a perpetual bridesmaid knows, it’s the importance of a happily ever after.