No wedding is too much for the little town of Ido, Texas to handle…or is it?
Having successfully established themselves as a destination for weddings, the town of Ido is ready to kick it up another notch. Zina Baxter has stood on the sidelines during most of the matrimonial mayhem. But when a disaster at the pit bull rescue has her relocating the pups to share space with a winter wonderland scene, she finds herself smack dab in the middle of planning the craziest wedding yet.
Alex Sanders ran as far and fast as he could from his hometown—all the way to Antarctica. But a job opportunity as the penguin handler for an over-the-top wedding entices him back. Being home means he can finally help his overwhelmed sister wrangle their unruly grandpa—at least until the next opportunity comes around and he can hit the road running again. The last thing he expects to find in Texas is a shot at love…
Once Alex crashes into Zina’s life—literally—there’s no denying their chemistry. But are their feelings for each other enough to keep Alex in Texas for good, or will he follow the march of the penguins back to the South Pole?
Crush's disappointing second Tying the Knot in Texas romance (after The Cowboy Says I Do) throws two animal-loving loners together to stage an over-the-top winter wonderland themed wedding in southeast Texas in August. The premise promises frothy rom-com madness, but the plot never quite gels. After working in Antarctica for six months, Alex Sanders, a peripatetic Texan, receives a lucrative offer to train and house penguins in Ido, Tex., so that a wealthy socialite can bring her extravagant dream wedding to life. That and familial demands get him back to his home state, but it takes a multitude of additional mishaps to connect Alex with Zina Baxter, the proprietor of a struggling local pitbull shelter and his eventual partner in handling the wedding planning insanity. It's a lot of convoluted footwork just to get the two working together, and once they are, their forced proximity and banter can only take the relationship so far. Alex's immaturity, indecision about his feelings, and chronic wanderlust pose serious impediments to their romantic progress, and with such an overstuffed plot there isn't enough space for him to grow into a convincing partner. Crush's comic style remains, but many readers will be underwhelmed by the love story.