Monday, March 17, 2014

Kiss the Bride by Jody Wallace

"Forget it, Caroline. I'm not wearing a dress at your wedding." - Herman Edward Heckley III

Kiss The Bride
Author: Jody Wallace
Publisher: Entangled Publishing Ever After
Published: July 29, 2013 
Source: author for judging

Purchase Links: Amazon - Barnes & Noble - iTunes

Herman Edward Heckley knows all about drywall, concrete, and nail guns. So what’s he doing fighting off taffeta in a bridal salon? He’s maid of honor for his best friend, Caroline Oakenfeld, in her wedding to a pencil-necked geek. But the closer he gets to the ceremony, the more he wonders if he’s been missing out all this time.

Caroline has been missing out, and she knows it. Shes been in love with Heck forever, but frittering her life away until Heck wises up isn’t part of her life plan. She’s agreed to marry her boyfriend so she can move on with her life. But the closer she gets to the ceremony, the more she realizes she has to resolve her feelings for Heck.

For some reason, when I first started Kiss the Bride, I thought "Ok, this will be a cute, clean romance." Apparently I totally missed the logo for Entangled's Ever After at the bottom of the cover. Holy cow! I originally received Kiss the Bride to judge and we were to read the first 30 pages only. I could not put it down! I had to force myself to close it on my Kindle long enough to fill out the judging comments. Once that was done, I went right back and finished the rest of the book that night. A new "new-to-me" author! Woot woot! Kiss the Bride was a mixture of funny, cute, and holy hotness. Heckley, Caroline, and the dinning room table? Can we clone Heckley just for that scene alone? Loved him! Caroline, on the other hand, had moments where I wanted to smack some sense into her. I still liked her, but I was peeved that she didn't tell her friends the truth right away. And then she gets angry when Heckley doesn't believe her? Girl! It was your own fault! As for the handful of secondary characters, Jhi was my favorite. Girl was hysterical and I loved her little plot to finally bring these two lunkheads together. You go girl! All in all, very cute book. It was well written and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

While collecting links for this post, I took 20 minutes to check out Jody's website. Oh my, gosh. Not only is she a talented writer, she is also a very creative crocheter and amigurumist. Go check her website! I dare you not to giggle while reading her FAQ.

Jody Wallace grew up in the South in a very rural area. She went to school a long time because there was always something new to learn and ended up with a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing. Her resume includes college English instructor, technical documents editor, market analyst, web designer, and general all around pain in the butt. She currently lives in Tennessee with her family: 1 husband, 2 kids, 2 cats. One of her many alter egos is “The Grammar Wench”, which should give you an indication of her character. She is a terrible packrat and likes to amass vintage clothing, books, Asian-inspired kitchenware, gnomes, and other items that threaten to force her family out of the house. She also likes cats. A lot.

Ms. Wallace’s approach to writing is to tell as many outlandish lies as she can get her readers to swallow. Her dream is to be moderately well-paid for this service. She is active in RWA and occasionally conducts writing workshops. Among topics she’s been known to cover are training sessions for contest judges (she coordinated her local RWA chapter contest for many years), point of view, dialogue punctuation and creativity enhancement.

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