Book #1 in the Aisle Bound trilogy
~ Hopeless romantic Ivy Rhodeandanti-Cupid Bennett Westcottrequest the pleasure of your company fortheir 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?
Thursday, 9 August 2012
Today I am happy to hos on Ex Libris Christi Barth, whose novels (Act Like We're in Love and Cruising Toward Love) you could have glimpsed on the blog before, but now Christi is celebrating the release of her latest book, Planning for Love, the first story in the Aisle Bound trilogy, a wedding themed contemporary romance series, yay! I just love this kind of films and novels, so I was delighted to read Planning for Love, and even more happy when Christi told me she'd bring by the hero and heroine for an interview! So please give Christi, Ivy and Ben a warm welcome, and toss your question into the hat, you could even win a copy of the book!
Christi: Ivy, you’ve been described as a hopeless romantic. Agree or disagree?
Ivy: Sorry to be a stickler, but you couldn’t be more wrong. I’m a hopeful romantic. You have to always be ready for love. Marriage is a miracle. In a world filled with billions of people, it is a miracle when two people find their soul mate. And there is one for everybody.
Christi: Yup, that’s pretty hopeful. On the other side of the coin, Ben’s been described as the anti-Cupid. I take it you don’t think Fate has a plan for romance.
Ben: Fate’s a two-timing bitch who doesn’t pull her punches. (Ivy shakes her head in dismay, her ponytail gently bobbing underneath a hot pink bow).
Christi: Wow. Pretty bleak world view there, Ben.
Ben: Well, that’s how I used to feel. Until I hooked up with this woman. She’s so sweet I now go to the dentist twice a year, just to be on the safe side. I can’t stop nibbling my way down her—(Ivy giggles and pushes him away as he buries his face in her neck).
Ivy: You’ll have to excuse my fiancé. When I met him, he allocated 60% of his brain to work, and 40% to really, really good sex.
Ben: What’s wrong with that? And last night you told me I was terrific. Why the downgrade to just really, really good?
Ivy: See what I mean? I’m trying to teach him that there is more to a relationship than sex. That’s why I refused to have sex with him for so long.
Ben (shakes his finger): Wait just a minute. Let’s not give people the wrong idea. I’m damn good at getting a woman to sleep with me. I managed to seduce you straight into bed in a matter of hours after meeting you. Well, not straight into bed. First the elevator, then the chair…but we wound up in bed eventually.
Ivy: All true. What’s also true is that we wouldn’t be engaged today if I hadn’t cut you off after that. (She waggles her ring finger, sporting a sparkly diamond). And isn’t having me forever better than just having me for one night?
Christi: Well, Ben? What do you say? Did she manage to reform a die-hard commitment-phobe? Turn you into a true romantic?
Ben: I’m never going to see the world through Ivy’s cotton-candy colored glasses. Falling in love with her doesn’t change the divorce stats. But it sure does make me ignore them.
Christi: How’d she do it?
Ben: Well, you’re just going to have to read our story to find out. I wouldn’t want you to shortcut your way around reading about my slick bedroom moves. And the stories of what happened at all the weddings we did together will definitely make you crank out a smile or two.
Ivy: He’s right. Not that I’m entirely comfortable with having the private moments of my brides exposed on national television. But if all of America is watching our show, your readers deserve to see even more of what happened behind the scenes. Here’s a glimpse to get you started:
Christi has generously offered an ebook copy of Planning for Love to a lucky commenter!
All you need to do is leave a comment or tell us: what would YOU ask Ivy and/or Ben?
Giveaway is open worldwide and ends on 17 August 2012!
Character interview by Christi Barth + Giveaway
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