Title: Here Comes the Bride
Author: Hope Ramsay
Publication: August 29th 2017
There goes the groom . . .
For Professor Laurie Wilson, planning her wedding to longtime boyfriend Brandon Kopp has been a whirlwind. But somehow, between all the cake tastings and dress fittings, she never imagined being left at the altar. In the aftermath, she does what any sensible woman would – she swigs champagne and considers keying his car. Until someone knocks on her door with a much better idea for revenge.
Best man Andrew Lyndon thinks Laurie’s better off without Brandon. But Laurie’s father – and Andrew’s boss – isn’t going to accept anything less than a reconciliation. And he’s made it Andrew’s problem to solve. So Andrew decides to make Brandon jealous by setting Laurie up on a string of “dates.” After a couple of weeks, Brandon will be begging Laurie to take him back. But Andrew’s plan works a little too well because suddenly he’s the one falling for Laurie — and planning a proposal of his own.
MY RATING: 4/5 STARS
I was provided an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Where do I begin with explaining my love for this book?
Let’s start with the premise of this story. It’s basically about Laurie being dumped at the alter in the beginning of the book. Her ex, Brandon, tells her the classic tale that they should take a break so they can figure things out, find out what love really is, and date around before settling in with someone. Determined to not look like a heartbroken fool, Laurie takes up on the offer to make Brandon jealous, all planned by none other than Brandon’s best friend, Andrew, and our hero. What you shouldn’t expect is that Andrew will be going on a series of dates with Laurie but rather, he is the one setting up the dates for her. Of course, Andrew grows more and more uneasy, developing feelings for Laurie along the way. And vice versa.
What I really enjoyed about the story is the heat factor that came with Andrew and Laurie. You could really tell they had great chemistry together as friends first and then the slow burn of it all really made me keep reading to see them become the couple I wanted from the very start.
I also enjoyed the fact that this story told me multiple stories along with the main one. We got to learn more about the tense relationship between Laurie’s father and mother and why they separated. We dove into the super cute relationship between Courtney and Andrew’s brother, Matt. Which, by the way, I want a separate story for please. Unfortunately, the next story focuses on Amy Lyndon and her journey to find her HEA.
What frustrated me about this story was that Andrew was too nice. He was selfless, always thinking about others before fighting for what he really wants. And towards the end, I was very nervous, thinking he would be willing to give up his shot at true love to please others. I wanted to yell at him so many times to stop being afraid and just tell Laurie how he felt. How he wanted a strings attached relationship and not just friends with benefits sort of deal. I guess, in a way, it made me appreciate the story more because of how stubborn Andrew was.
A little thing that irked me about Laurie was that she became a little bitter and jumped to conclusions, questioning people’s characters. At one point, she was criticizing her date’s dating history and character and it made me really think wow, she’s a total bitch. However, I can see that it’s part of her character as someone who has just been left an alter. She has every right to be bitter but she should have at least recognized how ridiculously rude she sounded.
Finally, the ending. Man. Was it super angsty. While I enjoyed it, it felt like someone chopped off the last two chapters to the book or at least, the epilogue. I want to know what happened next. I want to know if they’re moving on well or if they’re going to have a true happily ever after at the alter.
READ IT! Hope Ramsay is definitely an author I’ll be keeping an eye on.