A little lie leads to delicious complications in the latest Cricket Creek romance from the USA Today bestselling author of Written in the Stars.
Heartbroken handyman Avery Dean can’t get away from his ex—who just happens to be the maid of honor in his sister’s upcoming wedding. As the best man, Avery has to grin and bear his sister’s misguided attempts to get them back together, until the perfect excuse presents itself in a pretty out-of-towner.
With her time in Cricket Creek, Kentucky, coming to an end, hair stylist Sophia Gordon can’t deny the town’s charms, or her attraction to Avery Dean. That’s why she finds herself saying yes to dinner, and then, a wedding date.
Sophia agrees to be Avery’s pretend girlfriend until the big day is over, but when their make-believe fling shows signs of real passion, Sophia starts to wonder if staying in Cricket Creek could make all her wishes come true.
Charming Southern Romance
Mix the tried-and-true premise of the fake wedding date with sweet, Southern charm, and you’ve got Wish Upon a Wedding by Luann McLane. Unbeknownst to me, this is book 10 in McLane’s Cricket Creek series. I will definitely be checking out the previous books!
Not being invested in the series or the characters, I found the beginning of the book a little slow, however, once I got a feel for the characters, I was engaged in the story. McLane has created a charming small town and filled it with quintessential Southerners. I liked almost all the characters. I say almost, because Ashley, the conniving ex-girlfriend, is one of those characters you just love to hate. She uses saccharine-sweet Southern double entendres and not-so-subtle bullying to push Sophia out of the picture. You can probably guess that Ashley is the primary antagonist in the story. Thankfully, smart, thoughtful Sophia is not a total pushover. She and Avery have genuine chemistry, and you just know they are meant to be together! I particularly enjoyed Carrie Ann and Easton; individually they’re great characters, and together they’re a sweet couple. Their later-in-life romance is a treat.
“You sure know how to kiss a woman, Easton Fisher.”
“No, not any woman…only you”
--Carrie Ann & Easton
There is a large cast of secondary characters that have probably been introduced in prior books. I didn’t have a solid feel for all of them, but there is a strong sense of a cohesive community and family. There are a couple scenes that embody that feeling. I loved the heart-to-heart conversation between Max and Avery at the bachelor-party weekend. Even though it is meant to be Max’s wild weekend, his sentimental advice to his best friend Avery is all about deserving true love and happiness.
“You deserve happiness. So start thinking about your own life, for once.” --Max
Avery gets a lot of advice that weekend—even his usually grumpy father gets in on setting things right when he “coincidentally” comes to Avery’s rescue with a ride home.
“How’d you get so smart?”
“Years of bein’ stupid. I got all those years of doin’ things wrong out of the way…” --Avery & his dad
Wish Upon a Wedding is filled with sweet Southern charm, sexy fun, and a few heart-tugging, emotional moments. The leisurely pace mirrors that of the South on a hot summer day—there’s no rush to get somewhere, and you’ll enjoy every moment of the journey. Grab yourself a glass of sweet tea and settle in with this sweet romance.