Friday, 1 February 2013

Book Review: The Wedding Fling by Meg Maguire

Title: The Wedding Fling
Author: Meg Maguire
Release Date: 18 December 2012
Number of pages: 224 pages
Publisher: Harlequin
Source: ebook provided by publisher through NetGalley
Purchasing Info: Goodreads, Author's Website, Amazon, KindleBarnes and Noble, Book Depository US, Book Depository UK

Grade: 4 stars

Novellus superbus!
Goodreads appetizer: Celebrity Scandal! Inside the Runaway Bride’s Secret Rendezvous!

It’s been a busy week for actress Leigh Bailey. The stunning starlet reportedly ditched her cheating groom on her wedding day and ran off to enjoy a honeymoon-for-one at a secluded tropical island. But rumor has it that she’s not alone...

And we have the exclusive scoop on Leigh’s hush-hush hideout—right from the drop-dead delicious dude she’s been fooling
around with!

Resort pilot Will Burgess was just going to give us the basics—enough to earn some much-needed cash. But we never anticipated our intrepid insider getting up close and very, very personal.

It’s the most salacious celebrity story of the year...don’t miss out!

My Thoughts: I've read The Wedding Fling by total accident, due to the Russian Roulette my Kindle played on me, but I am glad I did because I discovered a new to me author whose writing style I very much enjoyed and will definitely check out Meg Maguire's next books.

The premise is pretty movie-like: Leigh is a B rate actress who doesn't enjoy all the media attention and speculation at all. On her wedding day after she discovers her fiancée has been cheating on her, she flies the scene and goes off alone to the remote honeymoon location she picked, and as fate would have it, the tactless pilot who takes her to the island is a handsome man and something develops between these two (anyone has any Six Days Seven Nights (with Harrison Ford and Anne Heche) déjá vu? lol).

Leigh was a likeable heroine, because besides the sympathy card (hey she just discovered on her wedding day that her soon-to-be-husband is an unfaithful, lying jerk) she was quite normal, not the snob, stuck up celebrity girl.

In the low light leaking from the villa, his smile tightened.

“I guess I want you to be what I expected—a bit more spoiled. Or shallow.” She relaxed.

“Sorry. I don’t see why that annoys you, though. Spoiled and shallow sound far more irritating to me.”

“It’s annoying because I like things in my life to be simple. It makes them complicated when people aren’t what you expect.” Dan’s face sprang immediately to mind.

“It’s annoying because if you weren’t so sweet and charming and weird, I wouldn’t be stuck struggling this hard to not find you attractive.”

What made this not unheard of story enjoyable and memorable was Meg Maguire's great writing. It flew smoothly and was both funny:

“Is this where you live, Captain?” She nodded to the cottage on stilts. “It’s adorable.”
Will glowered, faking insult.
“Sorry. It’s butch. Really butch.”

and heartfelt:

If I was a more eloquent man, I’d have come up with something worth your time to read. But we both know finesse isn’t my strong suit. So all I can do is say it again—I’m sorry. I’m sorry, and I meant everything I ever said to you, on the beach and in bed and on that dock, the day you left. If I manage to meet someone half as amazing as you in my next thirty-three years, it’ll be more than I deserve. Though for now, I’m still hopelessly, helplessly in love with you. It hurts like a bitch, but I guess that just proves karma’s for real. Best of luck with whatever you decide to do with your life. I hope you keep dancing. “Plain old Leigh” dancing on the sand is just about the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen, so I hope you let her call the shots from now on. She won’t steer you wrong.

Love (the really painful, torturous kind), Will

The descriptions of the setting were done beautifully, Meg Maguire's writing was so evocative I could easily picture the orange and purple sunsets and smell the coconut scented tropical breeze.

Verdict: The Wedding Fling is a nice escapist romance, perfect to read during these cold snowy winter months so that  you can take, at least virtually, a trip to a Caribbean paradise island and experience (= read about) the perfect sunset and enjoy the beautiful setting. A nice couple with some smexy time spent in paradise, I liked The Wedding Fling and read it in one sitting!

Plot: 9/10
Characters: 8/10
Writing: 8/10
Ending: 8/10
Cover: 7/10 - too generic

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