Title: Wooing the Wedding Planner
Author: Amber Leigh Williams
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Publisher: Harlequin Superromance
Release Date: January 1, 2017
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
ARC Received From: Harlequin
Reviewed For: Pump Up Your Books
No more wedding marches for her!
Wedding planner Roxie Honeycutt can make happy-ever-after come true for anyone except herself. Freshly divorced and done with love, she's okay with watching clients walk down the aisle. What's not okay? Sharing a charming Victorian house with accountant Byron Strong. He's frustratingly sexy and determined to keep her confused.
Roxie thought Byron's expertise was numbers, yet somehow he sees her for who she really is. Somehow he understands the hurt she hides behind a trademark smile. Suddenly romance is tempting again, even if it means risking another heartbreak.
I'm pretty sure Byron and Roxie's lives would have continued on as normal if they'd never met. He would hide behind numbers, she would plan other women's happily ever afters, neither would worry about crossing a line with each other because it isn't there to begin with.
Except their chance meeting changes everything, in an uncertain but good way.
While both characters have loved and lost, they've done so differently. Byron grew up believing the men in his family marry once, for love, and for life. He married for love, it was meant to last a lifetime, but ended prematurely and now he's a widower. He doesn't care to love again if losing the next someone hurts him that much again. Roxie's happily ever after was devastated in the worst way imaginable--by family. Infidelity and betrayal pushed her to erect walls around her heart, a way of protecting the most fragile but precious part of her. It was better to create happily ever afters rather than try to live her own.
The pace is slow. The attraction is too. The secondary characters, mainly Byron's family, are quirky, amusing, and bring delightful splashes of color to both Byron and Roxie's worlds. Their second chance almost didn't happen if Roxie hadn't been so dead set on owning the home Byron was found shaving in and if Byron hadn't insisted on their living arrangement. It was awkward but what both needed.
This story isn't rocket science. It isn't taxing. It isn't angsty. It's two people overcoming their personal hurdles to reach for forever once more, to take a deep breath and a chance on what they swore they would never hope for again. Crossing that line might have been hard. They each struggled, though Roxie more than Byron, with that decision but saying "Yes" opened a door to a brighter, better, and happier future than either thought possible.
Amber Leigh Williams is a Harlequin romance writer who lives on the US Gulf Coast. She lives for beach days, the smell of real books, and spending time with her husband and their two young children. When she’s not keeping up with rambunctious little ones (and two large dogs), she can usually be found reading a good book or indulging her inner foodie. Amber is represented by the D4EO Literary Agency.