Suzanne Jefferson is broke, which is why she's given up charity work for wedding planning. Fortunately, she has a high-profile client-and best of all, he's paid in advance. There are just two teensy problems: the bride is a bona fide bridezilla, and Suzanne's stock racer ex- husband is the best man. At least she though he was her ex-husband...
The premise of this book is like my own personal brand of catnip. I love romances about marriages on the rocks. It becomes a story of figuring out how to make it work. It becomes about actually communicating instead of hoping the other person figures it out.
Suzanne and Ryder have been divorced for two years. They both have similar friends and often spend a great deal of time together. While Suzanne is planning a stock car racer's wedding, her and Ryder are thrust together time and time again. Oh and then they discover they are actually still married. Ryder wants a second chance but Suzanne has had insecurities about their relationship from day one. Can they make it work this time?
I really loved their banter throughout the previous two books. It was obvious the two were meant to be together but things had happened in the past to break them up. Of course it came down to communication. Ryder couldn't understand why they'd divorced in the first place but he granted it when it became clear Suzanne wanted it. Now after years he wants answers and to prove he has always wanted her. Good job there.
The premise had all these b-plots moving along but I'll be honest, they were not interesting. Not really. The real winner was watching Suzanne and Ryder attempt to figure out where they went wrong. Well it became clear pretty quickly. Back in the day the two had gotten together pretty hot and heavy and Suzanne ended up pregnant. The two got married and then lost the baby. Suzanne always wondered if Ryder really loved her or if he would have married her if she hadn't been pregnant. She always had insecurities. Ryder loved her. End of story. He was totally confused when he realized there were all these things that had broken them up because he hadn't known there was anything wrong. In a classic twist Suzanne thought he should be able to read her mind and when he didn't issues happened.
If you've read romance you can guess what happened as their romance rekindled. Of course that happened. While it was a conflict, it was handled well. That's all I'll say on that.
The real issue came up when Suzanne started gracing the online tabloids as hooking up with her ex. The spousal support had run out and she was struggling. Allegations were made she was sleeping with Ryder for his money. That was another issue Suzanne had since she'd grown up poor. She didn't want people to think she was with Ryder for his money. Okay I get it but there will always be speculation.
I really enjoyed this book even when I thought it got bogged down with typical miscommunication. It always sort of bums me out when there isn't a whole slew of issues but rather a general topic of miscommunication. I find find 99.9% of romance conflict could be solved with an honest conversation. Maybe in the next one I'll find something different.
Published by Berkley
August 3, 2010
Provided by--the Library
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