Author: Christi Barth
Series: Book #1 in the Aisle Bound series
Release Date: 1 August 2012
Number of pages: 226 pages
Publisher: Carina Press
Purchasing Info: Goodreads, Author's Website, Amazon, Carina Press, Read an excerpt
Grade: 3.5 stars
~ Hopeless romantic Ivy Rhodes and anti-Cupid Bennett Westcott request the pleasure of your company for their disaster of a courtship ~
Wedding planner Ivy Rhodes is the best in the business, and she's not about to let a personal problem stop her from getting ahead. So when she's asked to star in the reality TV show Planning for Love, it doesn't matter that the show's videographer happens to be a recent—and heartbreaking—one-night stand.
Bennett Westcott admits he didn't handle his encounter with Ivy very well. But looking at her beautiful smile—and great body—through a camera lens every day? He can't be faulted for suggesting they have some no-strings fun.
The more time they spend together, the more Ben realizes Ivy isn't the wedding-crazed bridezilla he'd imagined. But if he doesn't trust himself to make a relationship last, how can he convince Ivy to give him another chance?
My Thoughts: I am a sucker for wedding romances. Have always loved wedding themed movies, even if they weren’t such great quality films I very much enjoyed getting a behind the scenes glimpse at the wedding industry and how wedding planners and all the little fairies work behind the scenes to provide the bride and groom with their perfect wedding. So when I glimpsed the cover of Planning for Love my interest was piqued, then I read the blurb and I was hooked and when I saw it was the latest novel of Christi Barth, whose two novels (Act Like We’re in Love and Cruising Toward Love) I enjoyed, I knew I would be reading it.
The blurb gives you a fairly good idea of what you can expect of Planning for Love: lots of pastel coloured frosting and wedding bells with a side of sexy banter and sweet romance.
“All kidding aside, I don’t believe romance is evil.”
“Really? ’Cause you do a pretty convincing impression. You see a guy walking down the street with a dozen roses, and you all but whip out the holy water, garlic and crosses.”
“I don’t know how anyone can stay dry eyed at a wedding.”
“Easy. Know the divorce stats.”
“We could tiptoe around for another hour, throw back a few more drinks. Give us both a chance to relax…and realize how exhausted we are. Instead of wasting that time, let me say that I want you. I want us to go upstairs to my room, right now. I want to take you, fast and hard. While you’re still coming down, I want to lick every inch and spiral you right back up to the stars. Then, if you’re still game, I really do want you on top.”
Why on earth was Daphne putting on lipstick and belting the oversized jersey?
“Or is there a hook-up potential here I don’t know about?”
“What?” Daphne abandoned her obsessive preening and whirled to face Ivy. “Of course not. This is our crew, our regular guys. We’re all in the trenches together. I wouldn’t touch any of them if they came laid out and oiled up on a silver platter.”
“Oiled up, huh? Methinks the horny lady doth protest too much.”
“My joy is standing right in front of me. You are my joy. The question is, will you be my wife?”
“I never planned for love,” Ben said. “But I’m so damn grateful you did.”
Ending: 7/10 - with a different, less rosy ending it would have gotten a higher rating
Cover: 10/10 - the cover is perfect, so frothy you can almost taste the bubbles in that apricot champagne!