Happy Is the Bride
Love and trouble are in the air at a ranch wedding in Texas tornado country in this romance anthology featuring four New York Times–bestselling authors.
Opposites attract when a wealthy cattleman and a penniless artist decide to get hitched at a Texas dude ranch in tornado country—and the whirlwind festivities are as filled with surprises as their love . . . especially when the guest list includes: one pretty party crasher on a mission, a sheriff known as the One Night Stand King, and a workaholic event planner who definitely did not plan to fall for a laid-back cowboy. Toss in a shocking behind-the-scenes bet, a fateful power outage, and a Man of Honor and a Best Woman determined to see the worst in each other (between hot kisses), plus thrilling lessons in love at first—and second—sight, and the celebrations are going to go all night long!
“The lovers’ smart repartee is enjoyable, and each couple sizzles with chemistry. . . . There are plenty of heartwarming moments for fans of lighthearted fare.” —Publishers Weekly
Set against the backdrop of Ellie and Brady's cowboy wedding, this contemporary romance anthology is chock-full of clich s, starting with four couples who meet at the wedding. There are some nice twists, such as Air Force pilot Shane serving as Ellie's man of honor and wealthy rancher Meg as Brady's best woman. Shane and Meg are both skeptical about how quickly Ellie and Brady fell in love, but all it takes for them to believe is a tornado. City girl falling for country boy is standard romance fare, but it feels fresh when Austin wedding planner Erin and ranch hand Tanner grouse to each other about how they don't understand millennials. California sheriff Nate is lightning-struck by love when he meets photographer Della, but to make their romance work they need the help of a fairy godmother disguised as a country western singer. And horse breeder Lincoln gets a chance to win back his ex-wife, Tracy, but only if he gives up a three-year supply of tangy barbecued ribs and an excellent bottle of Kentucky bourbon. He doesn't hesitate, but Tracy doubts that Lincoln has truly changed and could be the husband she needs. The lovers' smart repartee is enjoyable, and each couple sizzles with chemistry. There's not a lot of emotional depth, but there are plenty of heartwarming moments for fans of lighthearted fare.