Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Brown-Eyed Girl by Lisa Kleypas

Happy Release Day!!!

Brown-Eyed Girl
Travis Family Series
by Lisa Kleypas
St. Martin's Press
Pub Date Aug 11, 2015

Wedding planner Avery Crosslin may be a rising star in Houston society, but she doesn't believe in love-at least not for herself. When she meets wealthy bachelor Joe Travis and mistakes him for a wedding photographer, she has no intention of letting him sweep her off her feet. But Joe is a man who goes after what he wants, and Avery can't resist the temptation of a sexy southern charmer and a hot summer evening.

After a one night stand, however, Avery is determined to keep it from happening again. A man like Joe can only mean trouble for a woman like her, and she can't afford distractions. She's been hired to plan the wedding of the year-a make-or-break event.

But complications start piling up fast, putting the wedding in jeopardy, especially when shocking secrets of the bride come to light. And as Joe makes it clear that he's not going to give up easily, Avery is forced to confront the insecurities and beliefs that stem from a past she would do anything to forget.

The situation reaches a breaking point, and Avery faces the toughest choice of her life. Only by putting her career on the line and risking everything-including her well-guarded heart-will she find out what matters most.

Kathie's Review:

Charming! Charming! Charming! Yep...about sums it up. I've always enjoyed Lisa Kleypas' writing style. It's very smooth, and reads "real", especially in her contemporary series. This is the 4th book in the Travis Family. You don't have to have read the earlier books, but I'm sure you'll enjoy them, too. The characters from those books make appearances here.

Avery has been hurt in love...jilted at the altar. But that hasn't stopped her from creating, and running, a very successful wedding/event salon with her sister. It has stopped her from wanting to give her heart to anyone. Her father, what a jerk BTW, pretty much told her at that point that no man was to be trusted, and love was a myth. So...she plans and executes beautiful weddings...believing that there really isn't an HEA out there for anyone. She rather thinks it's an HEA for the weddings...not for the marriages.

Then she meets Joe Travis. This wonderful man is in it for the long haul. I think Joe might be one of the top ten "book boyfriends" out there. When he thinks that their one night stand had left her wanting...something...he immediately insists that she let him have a second night...to give her whatever she needs. Yeah...he's good like that! And for that...he's really pretty swoony.

Besides trying to overcome Avery's trust issues, there are some secondary characters with issues of their own. And they were really fun to read. Her sister, Sophia, and her assistant, Steven...yes, good times there! While you will also want to smack Sophia's mother, I'm sure. And Coco? The old dog? Yeah...she was a great addition, too.

I truly enjoyed this romp, and now I want Ryan's story! He deserves some happiness, too. A very enjoyable read, and I hope you find your way to it, too!

Thank you,  St. Martins and Netgalley, for the opportunity to read this book.

Lisa Kleypas graduated from Wellesley College with a political science degree. She is a RITA award winning author of both historical romance and contemporary women's fiction. Her novels are published in fourteen different languages and are bestsellers all over the world. She lives in Washington State with her husband Gregory and their two children.

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