Well, this was a bit of a snoozefest, honestly. The beginning was GREAT, with a unique meet cute and all kinds of chemistry. It was on track to be one of my favorites from the author (who is incredibly talented), and then it all became so… sedate. I was bored. Somewhere along the way, this became very, very easy to set down and forget about. I actually started and finished three other books while I was reading this one, which is not a good sign, lol. But I was still holding out hope that some of the chemistry would reappear, and that didn’t really happen.
The story follows Stella and Hudson, two people who meet at a wedding. After Stella’s former roommate treats her poorly, she decides to accept an invitation to a swanky wedding in her place. Stella and Hudson meet at the reception, and sparks fly immediately – even after Hudson figures out that Stella has crashed the wedding. After a series of run-ins, they end up becoming business partners and that complicates things even further. While neither one denies their attraction, Stella is hesitant to mix business with pleasure.
I always look forward to this author’s work because she is such a skilled writer. I’ve read some stellar romances from her before, and this was on track to be one of them. But it’s more slow than slow burn, with a middle that is just so boring. There’s a distinct lack of romance throughout – it’s got an awesome meet cute, then transitions into business mode before focusing on other drama. We don’t even experience the first time they sleep together – it fades to black! Not that I needed this to be steamy, but there was so little heat or chemistry that I needed SOMETHING to feel the love. Even the twist felt pretty “meh” to me, and it sidelined the romance further. Parts of this were excellent, but my enjoyment had fizzled out by the end.
A new, sexy standalone from #1 New York Times Bestseller, Vi Keeland.
The first time I met Hudson Rothschild was at a wedding. I’d received an unexpected invitation to one of the swankiest venues in the city.
Hudson was a groomsman and quite possibly the most gorgeous man I’d ever laid eyes on. He asked me to dance, and our chemistry was off the charts.
I knew it wasn’t a good idea to get involved with him, considering the wedding I was at. But our connection was intense, and I was having a great time.
Though the fun came to a screeching halt when Hudson figured out I wasn’t who I’d said I was. You see, that unexpected invitation I received? Well, it hadn’t actually been addressed to me—it was sent to my ex-roommate who’d bounced a check for two months’ rent and moved out in the middle of the night. I figured she owed me an expensive night out, but I guess, technically, I was crashing the wedding.
Once caught, I couldn’t get out of there fast enough. As I bolted for the door, I might’ve plucked a few bottles of expensive champagne off the tables I passed, all while the gorgeous, angry groomsman was hot on my tail.
Outside, I jumped into a taxi. My heart ricocheted against my ribs as we drove down the block—but at least I’d escaped unscathed.
Or so I thought.
Until I realized I’d left my cell phone behind at the table.
Take one guess who found it?
This is the crazy story of how Hudson Rothschild and I met. But trust me, it’s only the tip of the iceberg.
About the Author:
Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author. With millions of books sold, her titles have appeared in over a hundred Bestseller lists and are currently translated in twenty-five languages. She resides in New York with her husband and their three children where she is living out her own happily ever after with the boy she met at age six.
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