Arden Pearson loves planning weddings. Other people's weddings, that is. After her own engagement ended in disaster, she prefers to live vicariously through her work. But when she needs to persuade a big client that she’s capable of planning the celebrity wedding of the year, she’s willing to go as far as pretending to be engaged herself to her best friend’s older brother.
Soon their ruse has everyone in town believing they make the perfect couple—including Arden. She’s always been nothing more than a kid sister to Wade, and it might take a village to convince him otherwise...
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So, what can I say about this one?
Well, for starters...it belongs to the "best friend's brother" trope as equally as it does "friends to lovers", but either way you label it, it comes down to one simply phrase for me...I LOVED IT!
No, really. It was fantastic! Once I started, I couldn't put it down. I loved both of our leads, the predicaments they each find themselves in, how they attempt to win at the game of love on their own terms...and how they ultimately fall under its spell, for better or worse. (Get it? For better or worse...she's a wedding planner... *giggle*) It has so much going for it and then some!
Wade was such a sweetheart, and despite being scarred by love at an early age, he still has compassion, warmth, and more heart than some men with half his life experience. Just because he doesn't THINK he can ever love again, doesn't mean it's any truer than Arden's apparent repulsion of long term relationships. Oh she wants one, or rather did once upon a time before she was jilted at the altar, but it always seems that the one's SHE wants, end up wanting someone else. Sad really because Arden is truly a gem more than worth her weight in gold with a romantic heart hidden beneath the customer pleasing business woman exterior she's so carefully crafted after "the incident". Add in the crazy-but-well-intentioned ladies of the town playing matchmaker, over zealous (jealous and suspicious!) newbie's just looking out for the local organizations (yeah...riiiiight), celebrity power that brings an extra level of shine (and crazy!) to their already colorful charade...and you've got a story TOO GOOD TO MISS!
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