Wedding planner Caroline Duplessis sinks all her hopes, dreams and finances for the future success of her budding company Weddings Divine into the event of the year.
But when Brandon D’Estrahan’s intended leaves him at the altar, she also leaves Caroline holding enough debt that her fledgling company is on the edge of bankruptcy. And the second mortgage her parents took out on their home will leave them homeless.
So when the groom, who needs an arm ornament and hostess to further his business connections, proposes a way out, Caroline sees no other option but to take it.
Marriage to him for one year and she will walk away with financial security. But will their marriage last the year?
Or, like his former fiancee’, will she find the need to leave him, too?
“The wedding is off,” Brandon D’Estrehan announced as dispassionately as if he were ordering a cup of coffee. “My apologies for the inconvenience.”
For the hundredth time in two days, Caroline Duplessis pushed Replay on the DVD player to study the video of the world’s most respected and feared international corporate raider calling off his wedding from the altar rail.
The wedding photographer in the vestibule had picked up his deep baritone clearly in the huge St. Louis Cathedral in the heart of New Orleans’ French Quarter. D’Estrehan had looked over the diamond-bedecked crowd as stoic as if his face were chiseled from the same stone his heart must have been carved from.
Caroline zoomed in to study his eyes. No blink. No flicker. Nothing but black irises in dark brown pupils staring out over the distinguished well-wishers.
Ruthless. They had called him cold-blooded and ruthless as they filed out of the church.
Caroline just called him dream killer.
I really enjoyed this read, although on the short side, I liked the characters and the story line. Caroline is the wedding planner who thought she had finally found the jackpot wedding that would put her on the map, sadly the only map it put her on was the debt collectors. She used everything she had to try to get her business to work and nothing could prepare her for the groom calling off the wedding at the last second. Not worrying to much she goes to cash the check only to find out that there was insufficient funds. Behind on her bills and close to totally losing it, she works up the courage to go straight to the groom, Brandon, to try to get something for her troubles and as it turns out she gets way more than she thought. Brandon was close to closing tons of deals with his marriage looming and the playboy ways of his being in the past, but as it turns out his soon to be wife had a husband of her own waiting on her in Italy. Now with no time to waste he is on the hunt for a new bride, when in walks in wedding planner Caroline asking for the money his ex-fiancé didn’t deliver. Sparks fly between these two and a deal is set: after 6 months of marriage, Caroline will have her debt paid, extra money and new clients all she has to do is pretend to be married and happily in love. The problem? Neither of them actual expected to fall in love.
~REVIEW BY VANESSA~
Books have always been Connie Cox’s passion. Many thanks to her mom for that! Connie used to think authors were sophisticated creatures who lived in NYC, went to glitzy parties and wrote as the muse dictated. Then she met one. The writer looked a lot like her-jeans, a few extra pounds, a love of books and a quirky imagination.
Connie’s newfound love for running is taking care of the extra pounds. Her fascination with Jungian psychology takes care of her story lines. And her innate wild imagination does the rest.
People fascinate Connie, especially people who fall in love. Writing romance novels gives Connie the freedom (a lot of freedom!)to explore the chemistry that brings lovers together. It’s an exploration Connie takes seriously as she looks into that sexual spark that turns two singles into a couple. Her story people really have to work hard for that coupling as she sends her characters on a journey of discovery both within themselves and in each other. But the happily ever after makes the journey worth it. And there are often a few laughs along the way.
So why does Connie write? Because, now that she’s discovered the magic of letting loose the people in her imagination, she’s impossible to be around if she doesn’t let them have their way!
With many thanks for the encouragement of that first writer and many who have followed behind her, Connie now lives the dream, writing big stories from her little desk in her little Louisiana town. Even as you read this, she is working on a new story and living her own happily ever after.