USA Today bestselling author Hope Ramsay proves that love arrives when we least expect it.
Courtney Wallace loves her job as a wedding planner, but she's almost given up on her own happily-ever-after. She certainly doesn't it expect to find it with Matthew Lyndon, the hotshot lawyer she overhears taking a bet to seduce her. She's not amused by the challenge, but she decides to play along--after all, what better way to beat him at his own game?
Matt never intended to take the bet seriously. And moving next door wasn't part of his strategy to win-it was just a happy coincidence-but the more he gets to know Courtney, the more intrigued he becomes. When fun and games turn into something real, will these two decide they're in it to win it?
Ramsay spins a thoroughly entertaining story for her fourth Chapel of Love contemporary (after A Small-Town Bride). Feisty, sensitive Courtney Wallace plans weddings for a living in a small, picturesque Virginia town. Having been hurt many times herself, she's dubious about the prospect of happy romance. When she hears that local lawyer Matthew Lyndon has a bet going with a friend that he can seduce her in less than two dates, she seizes on it as an opportunity to teach Matt a long-overdue lesson about women. Instead, she learns that Matt isn't the callous player she assumed he was, leading to a dramatic moment that could change their relationship forever. The clever plotting and skillful characterization lend an appealing depth to this story. The enjoyable subplots include Matt's attempts to help a group of low-income tenants dodge eviction and some glimpses of earlier brides. There's also a romance between a shy songwriter and an Irish bartender that neatly sets up the next book in the series. Readers will want to come back again and again.