Wednesday, August 26, 2015

[Pat's Review]: "Brown-Eyed Girl"

Brown-Eyed Girl by Lisa Kleypas
Publisher: St. Martin's Press (August 11, 2015)
Series: Travis Family, 4
Genre: Contemporary Romance

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.

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Pat's Review:

Avery Crosslin, wedding planner, is hurrying to the venue for the wedding she and her half sister Sofia, have planned down to the last detail. The one thing she hadn't planned for was running into a scorpion in her path. She throws a glue gun, missed, now is aiming a can of hair spray when a deep voice informs her that scorpions can hold there breath for a week.  He than crushes the scorpion with a well worn boot.  Joe Travis, of the rich and famous Travis's introduces himself. Joe is a photographer, commercial and free lance. He is attending the wedding she has planned as a guest, and is fascinated by the wedding planner. Avery is a full figured woman, wears boxy, loose comfortable clothes, and is not interested in men. Ironically she was left at the altar for her own wedding, and she's much happier planning.

Sofia and Avery met a few years ago at their fathers bedside. He had a massive stroke and was not expected to live. He was a serial husband, married five times with children scattered everywhere. Sofia grew up in San Antonio, Avery in Dallas, and from their first meeting they were best friends, and the business they started was becoming successful.

This can be read as a stand alone, but I think you would love to meet the other Travis brothers. Joe is persistent in trying to convince Avery they would be good together, but, as in all good romances there are obstacles, some personal, some career choices. I totally enjoyed the characters, the romance and a second little romance working as a side plot. We also reconnect with some characters from the previous books.  All in all, a very satisfying read and I highly recommend it.


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Pat received an e-ARC of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for her honest opinion.

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Thanks for the review, Pat! I still need to start this series; I've heard great things about it, and I do adore Kleypas's HR. 

Have you read Lisa Kleypas? Do you have a favorite of hers -- in either genre!


Until Next Time,


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