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Series: Weddings in Westchester #2
Author: Barbara DeLeo
Publisher: Entangled Bliss, Entangled Publishing
Release date: May 16th, 2016
About the book:
Nick Katsalos has a foolproof plan to save his parents’ floundering wedding venue. The last thing he expects is for Erin O’Malley, the captivating daughter of his parents’ biggest rival, to waltz in and charm the client who could finally get the family business back on track. Nick would be furious–if only he could stop thinking about her.
When Erin and Nick enter into a wager to determine who will win the contract she prepares for the worst…and is surprised by the glimpses of warmth she sees in the man behind the numbers. But Erin isn’t about to forfeit what could be the biggest wedding of the decade to a man as cold as Nick. Especially since securing it means she could finally prove to her father she’s just as capable of handling the family business as him.
But as the competition heats up, Erin and Nick must decide what’s more important—winning or love.
Like a modern day Romeo and Juliet, the Katsalos and O’Malley families are business and personal rivals and never should their offspring even dream of having a relationship with each other. Both families run their own wedding venue and when they both end up vying for the same wedding a challenge is thrown down to Nick and Erin for them to work together to give the daughter of a very wealthy potential client the dream wedding she desires. The outcome is a wager and the stakes are high for all concerned. As the two fight their mutual attraction, revealing their hidden depths to each other whilst still endeavouring to win the wager, there are just bound to be troubles ahead! What will happen when one of them wins the wager? Is there any chance for a happy ever after for the two? And if so, what about their family history – will it prevent them being together?
I have previously read and reviewed an earlier book in this series, The Bouquet List, and like that one, in this story the contrasting family backgrounds, the current drama, the pressure to succeed, all impact on their developing relationship, making this an intriguing and enthralling read. It is great to learn the reasons for both main characters desire to succeed and prove themselves to their fathers. The challenges, obstacles and scenarios along the way make this a highly entertaining story where you’re not quite certain what may happen next. The ending is delightful and this whole story is a lovely sequel that also works well as a standalone book. I really enjoyed escaping back into this beautiful location and hope in future to read more about the other siblings and their chances for romance as well as catching upon what has happened in the lives of the main characters in both books I’ve now read!
This is a great addition to the series and I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys carefully unwrapping the emotional bandages to reveal more about the characters, their past, their hopes and their dreams for the future in a superbly crafted romance set in a scenic locality with plenty of family drama added to the mix!
Many thanks to the publishers for providing an ARC of this novel as well as the additional materials for this post in exchange for my honest review .
Here’s an excerpt to whet your appetite:
“So, how was the movie?” he asked.
She frowned and looked at him sideways. “Which movie?”
“Pretty Woman. I know you’d have gone and watched it after I told you about all the mistakes.”
Her eyes narrowed. “As a matter of fact I did watch it again and you’re totally, one hundred percent wrong.”
He shrugged. “Am not.”
She put her hands on her hips defiantly and heat flared through him. “Vivian could totally have been eating so quickly that she went from a croissant to a pancake, to another pancake in the place of a few minutes while Edward was talking.”
He smiled to himself. He’d been right. She was competitive enough that she’d want to prove him wrong. “Why would she do that? Unless she wanted a pretty mean case of heartburn.”
“She’d never been in a hotel room like that, not eating breakfast, anyway.” She waved her hands in the air as if she were speaking about a real woman, a friend, someone who she’d talked to at length about this. “Maybe she hadn’t eaten for days. Maybe she’d never seen so much food on the table before and she wanted to eat as much as she could before they took it away.”
“Maybe she’d burned up so many calories when she slept with Edward that she was starving.” He couldn’t resist, and the blush it brought to her cheeks was worth it.
Her eyes flicked to his, then suddenly away, and in that second Nick had never wanted anyone or anything more in his life. He cleared his throat. Living in a wedding hall must have caused his logical brain to stall. He kick-started it just in time. “Or the continuity guy was sleeping on the job.”
She made a growling noise. “I’ve never met someone so infuriatingly cynical.”
“You’re just angry because I pointed out a fact to you and now you can’t unsee it. In fact, you voluntarily watched the movie again, and you’re pissed because you know I’m right.”
She moistened her lips. “You still haven’t proven any of those mistakes, and until you do, I’m not going to believe any of them. Besides, the Rockwell painting is old and so is Pretty Woman. With all the advances in technology, mistakes aren’t going to be a problem anymore.”
He paused for a moment, wondering how far he could push her. No, it wouldn’t be fair, would it? But she was glaring at him, challenging, and he couldn’t resist making an excuse to have the same sort of passionate discussion with her again. “Seen The Fault in Our Stars?”
She spun back to him. “Oh no you don’t! I cried through that entire movie, and I am not going to have you destroy that for me. You’re sick, Nick Katsalos. Sick, sick, sick.”
He grinned. “I wouldn’t dream of telling you if you don’t want to hear. But you did ask.”
Barbara DeLeo’s first book, co-written with her best friend, was a story about beauty queens in space. She was eleven, and the sole, handwritten copy was lost years ago, much to everyone’s relief. It’s some small miracle that she kept the faith and is now living her dream of writing sparkling contemporary romance with unforgettable characters.
After completing degrees in Psychology and English then travelling the world, Barbara married her winemaker hero and had two sets of twins.
She still loves telling stories about finding love in all the wrong places, with not a beauty queen or spaceship in sight.
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Many thanks to Entangled Publishing for providing an ARC of this novel as well as the additional materials for this post in exchange for my honest review.