Tuesday, January 2, 2018

A Wedding at Two Love Lane, by Kieran Kramer

St. Martin's Press, ISBN 9781250111067, January 2018

Greer Jones is one of the three partners at Two Love Lane, a matchmaking agency. For years she dated her high school boyfriend, and everyone expected them to marry--but when he proposed, she realized she didn't love him, and said no.

It's just as well her business is in Charleston, South Carolina, rather than her little home town of Waterloo, Wisconsin, because everyone, including her parents, thinks she did the wrong thing.

But now, on the same day she finds out her old boyfriend, Wesley, is engaged, she attends a charity auction and loses out on a beautiful wedding dress with a magical story to it, to one of the few clients she was never able to find a soulmate for. He makes it clear he's going to use it in some revenge plan.

At the same auction, she meets an artist, who is handsome, charming, and only in Charleston temporarily. He says his name is Ford Smith. He wants to paint her portrait.

Where is all this going? Crazy places! Fun places!

Only one of the Two Love Lane partners is married. Ford, of course, has a much longer name, and a romantic history of his own that left him standing at the altar--but his ex-fiancée is now pregnant, and he might be the father of twins. Or his ex-groomsman might be... Julie, sister of one of the other partners, has a secret love she's separated from for reasons that might seem silly to people who don't have any serious phobias. The ex-client that got the wedding dress, Pierre Simons, launches a contest to promote his bridal wear business. Greer, for no logical reason, enters the contest with her new friend Ford, only to find they're competing against her ex-boyfriend and his new fiancée, Serena, in the finals.

Can this get any crazier? Yes, Yes, it can. And it's a lot of fun. Silly, but fun. And I admit I can't figure out how Ford, with both parents living and a living older brother, is the Eighth Baron Wickshire. But perhaps that's just being picky. It's still fun.

Enjoy.

I received a free electronic galley of this book from the publisher via NetGalley, and am reviewing it voluntarily.