If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all. - Oscar Wilde
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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Review: Married One Night by Amber Leigh Williams / @pumpupyourbook @ALeighWilliams

Title: Married One Night
Author: Amber Leigh Williams
Publisher: Harlequin Superromance
Release Date: October 1, 2014
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
ARC Received From: Amber Leigh Williams
Reviewed For: Pump Up Your Book

What happened in Vegas…followed her home! 

Olivia Lewis is not the marrying type. So when a wild weekend in Vegas leaves her with a surprise husband, she's happy to sign anything to erase her mistake—even if that mistake is handsome, charming and comes with an English accent. Fortunately, her groom has other plans. 

Bestselling author Gerald Leighton knows he can make his new bride fall in love with him—he just needs time. In exchange for a quickie divorce, Olivia grudgingly gives him a few weeks to attempt to woo her. And whether Olivia likes it or not, Gerald plans on using every second to win her heart!

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The best things in life can happen on a spur of the moment decision.

Neither Olivia or Gerald were looking for love while in Vegas. Olivia was there to celebrate her friend's bachelorette party, and Gerald was there to do some thinking. Attraction, a dance, and too much tequila finds them married by morning and going their separate ways as well.

Well, Olivia's determined to go her separate way. Gerald... Not so much. *grins* If the man's lovely accent didn't win her over, his tenacity would. He's not aggressive in his tactics, but he is consistent and persistent. Olivia touches a part of him he hadn't known existed, made him want more out of life than just a writing career. Not to say she wasn't affected by Gerald, because she was, but Olivia was stubborn with a capital S. There were moments I wanted to throttle her, others where I was completely bewildered by her behavior, and even some where I sighed and shook my head. Her fear of having her heart broken, precious organ that it is, was a little overwhelming at times.

But Gerald hung in there, getting to know her by spending time with her, her friends, and her family. His willingness to do all of that despite his new bride's aversion to their marriage had me rooting for him all the more. I wanted him to succeed, to prove love was a risk worth taking if it was the right person. And Gerald was definitely the right person for her to take that chance on.

A warm story that touched on some nerves, good and bad. Marriage might not have been in the cards for these two when they first met, but it turned out to be the best thing either of them could have expected in that moment in their individual lives. Love found its way into their hearts and relationship because it happened over time. Getting to know each other was extremely helpful (for them and for me) as I gained insight into their thoughts, behaviors, and how those things changed as the story progressed. Definitely a romance perfect for those lazy Saturday evenings when the day is done, the chaos has settled, and you're looking for a way to relax. Ms. Williams didn't disappoint.

Amber Leigh Williams lives on the Gulf Coast. A southern girl at heart, she loves beach days, the smell of real books, relaxing at her family’s lakehouse, and spending time with her husband, Jacob, and their sweet, blue-eyed boy. When she’s not running after her young son and three, large dogs, she can usually be found reading a good romance or cooking up a new dish in her kitchen. She is represented by Joyce Holland of the D4EO Literary Agency.

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