THE WEDDING SWITCH
A Kindle World Novella based on Lucy Kevin’s Four Wedding's and a Fiasco series
AUTHOR: Sharon Kleve
GENRE: Contemporary romance
Abby Blackwell runs a successful wedding planning business. She’s delighted when Derrick, her boyfriend of only a few short months proposes. Abby immediately accepts and dreams of the perfect wedding at the Rose Chalet. But, when Derrick with no explanation, pressures her to get married as soon as possible, she has to wonder why and drags her feet.
Derrick Coltrane’s future rests on portraying a settled, respectable and married man. All he needs is a wife—now—and Abby fits the bill. She’s successful, smart, gorgeous, and would make the perfect corporate wife. He just needs to convince her to tie-the-knot by the end of the month to close the most important deal of his career.
Hunter Price knows he’s made the biggest mistake of his life. Derrick, a friend from school, hires him to pretend he’s getting married, in an attempt to trick Abby into planning her own whirlwind wedding. Abby is selfless, sweet, tastes like sunshine, and belongs to someone else—and he just kissed her.
Two grooms-to-be—one bride-to-be and one bridesmaid. Which couple will walk down the aisle to happily ever after?
My knees throbbed as I knelt on the cold tile of my bathroom floor. I should’ve folded up the bathroom mat or even grabbed a pillow for cushioning. But the discomfort in my knees was nothing compared to the shock of losing my engagement ring. During my after work frenzy of taking a shower, detangling my long hair, and zipping around my mouth with an electric toothbrush, my engagement ring slipped off the edge of the sink and was now somewhere deep in the drain’s belly.
After the initial shock wore off, I sprinted to my computer, did a quick search, and then printed out step-by-step instructions from www.DoItYourself.com. The instructions were clear and concise. Surely, I could retrieve a ring.
One after another, I removed the collection of rarely-used items I’d tucked away under the sink. Nighttime cold medicine, an unopened pack of cotton swabs, fifteen bottles of assorted nail polish, three different kinds of shampoo and conditioner, and white fluffy cotton balls everywhere. It looked like they’d had a pillow fight under my bathroom counter.
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A fan of contemporary romance I fell in love with the cover and premise for The Wedding Switch and jumped at the chance to review this short novella by Sharon Kleve. A short story based on a book series by Lucy Kevin (a.k.a. Belle Andre, NY Times and USA Today Best Selling Author of The Sullivans), The Wedding Switch features “The Rose Chalet”, a wedding venue, as a tie in for Ms. Kleve to introduce the readers to the heroine and hero of her story, wedding planner Abby Blackwell and private investigator Hunter Price. If like me you like short, quickly paced, sweet romance books to read when you have a short break then this is a book you’ll want to pick up.Ms. Kleve does a very good job introducing and developing both Abby and Hunter’s characters from the start. While neither is looking for love at the time they meet, Abby is engaged but having second thoughts about Derrick Coltrane, Hunter’s childhood friend, their instant chemistry can’t be ignored. I especially liked how Hunter, who had been hired to help Derrick push Abby into a quickie wedding for reasons to benefit Derrick’s wallet, attempts to do the right thing and encourages Abby to stick up for herself and what she wants with her fiancée even as he plans a wedding for himself and a fake “fiancée”. While I don’t usually like people who go into a romance based on a lie, I totally understood how Hunter ended up in this situation.I also liked how Ms. Kleve developed the secondary characters, Allesandra, Abby’s best friend and “bridesmaid”, who was looking for a “wealthy” and attractive man to be her 3rd husband and Derrick, Abby’s fiancée whose desire to get married is more about his finances than his or Abby’s heart. While I didn’t care for Derrick, because of his goal and behavior, I did find both he and Allesandra to be entertaining characters.
Sharon Kleve was born and raised in Washington and currently lives on the Olympic Peninsula with her husband.
Sharon is a multi-published author of paranormal and contemporary romance. She loves romance. She loves reading romance, living romance, and especially loves writing about romance. She gets no greater feeling than watching her characters come alive in each other's arms. Most of all, she loves giving her characters the happily ever after they deserve—with a few bumps and bruises along the way.
One of her favorite things to do is pick-up a new book and sinking into the story, immersing herself in the emotions between the characters. She hopes to inspire her readers the same way her favorite authors inspired her.
When not writing, she can usually be found either curled up in her recliner with her cat and a good book, or in the kitchen baking sourdough bread or bagels.
INFORMATION ABOUT LUCY KEVIN & THE BOOKS INSPIRED "THE WEDDING SWITCH"
The Wedding Gift (Four Weddings and Fiasco Series, Book 1)
Lucy Kevin is the "sweet" pen-name of New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Bella Andre (who writes the #1 bestselling series about The Sullivans). Lucy Kevin books are fun, flirty and romantic--without the steamy scenes.
BOOK DESCRIPTION: After Julie Delgado’s restaurant closes, she temporarily takes over the catering position at the Rose Chalet, a full-service San Francisco wedding venue. She plans to dazzle the bride and groom so the Chalet’s owner will keep her around, but fate has other plans for her when the bride’s brother shows up for the first food tasting.
Andrew Kyle is not only the Cuisine Channel’s Edgy Eats host and chef, but his recent review of Julie’s restaurant was the final nail in its coffin. Once he meets Julie at the Rose Chalet, he’s certain she’s playing it safe. And he wants nothing more than to be the one to break her guarded passions loose.
But despite the undeniable sparks between Julie and Andrew–and the fact that he seems to believe in her when no one else does–can she afford to be taking risks with her cooking, with her career…or with her heart?
THE WEDDING GIFT is the first fun, sweet, and emotional contemporary romance in the Walker Island series from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Lucy Kevin.
The "Four Weddings and a Fiasco" Series
• Book 1: The Wedding Gift
• Book 2: The Wedding Dance
• Book 3: The Wedding Song
• Book 4: The Wedding Dress
• Book 5: The Wedding Kiss
When Lucy Kevin released her first novel - SEATTLE GIRL - it became an instant digital bestseller. Her next two fun contemporary romance releases - SPARKS FLY and FALLING FAST - also appeared on many bestseller lists, climbing as high as #2. All of the books in her FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FIASCO series have debuted in the Top 10. Her books have been read by half a million people on their e-readers and the Washington Post has called her "One of the top digital writers in America." She is a New York Times and USA Today bestseller under another pseudonym.
If not behind her computer, you can find her reading her favorite authors, hiking, knitting, or laughing with her husband and two children.
*FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book as a part of a book tour for a fair and honest review, which in no way influenced my opinion of the reading material provided.