Author: EM Lynley
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages/Word Count: 230 Pages
At a Glance: Whether you did or didn’t read the original version of this book, I would recommend reading the new and improved version.
Reviewed By: Kim
Blurb: 2nd Edition
Of all the tiny towns, in all the world, he walks into mine.
Texas native Kieran Quinn has hit the big time, working in Manhattan as a columnist for Gloss, a national literary magazine. He’s well-known for his snarky, sardonic columns, but deep down he’s more interested in exploring what makes people tick than his editor would like. He keeps his desire to find his own Mr. Right hidden under a sexy, carefree persona that favors champagne and underwear models of the male variety.
Jaxon Lang loves being the high school principal in tiny Buckwheat Springs, Texas after relocating from Austin to pursue his relationship with Danetta Archer, despite her reputation for leaving grooms at the altar. So far, he’s avoided examining the questions he has about himself, certain that marriage will put them to rest. Then Kieran arrives in town. Kieran’s charm and unique attitudes about sex and attraction soon challenge Jaxon’s concept of what—and who—he wants.
While covering the latest wedding of a real-life “runaway bride,” Kieran falls hard for the gorgeous—and supposedly straight—groom, Jaxon Lang, despite that ridiculous X. Then Kieran discovers the bride’s hiding a shocking secret.
Review: I remember reading the original version of Sex, Lies & Wedding Bells when it was first published a few years back, and I liked it. Well enough that I’ve been a fan of EM Lynley since. And I must say even though there wasn’t anything wrong with the original cover of the book, the new one is an awesome improvement.
I’ve become wary of new versions of old stories, since authors tend to hack away at parts of the book that had originally drawn me in. I’m happy to say this didn’t happen with Sex, Lies & Wedding Bells. If anything, it’s now more detailed and the writing flows better.
As for the characters, I really like Kieran, even if he is a bit of a player. As I was reading the book, I got the impression that he was weary of the one night stands. It seems Kieran is at a point in his life where, as far as a relationship goes, he’s just ripe for the picking. Unfortunately, the one who catches his attention is engaged to a woman, Danetta. Almost right off the bat, after meeting this couple, I got the feeling that not all was well, especially after the dinner party with Danetta’s mother (I would run from this family and never look back!). But Kieran is there for a story for Gloss magazine, and his instant attraction to Jaxon keeps him digging into to what is going on between those two.
The plot of Sex, Lies & Wedding Bells is a slow build; then once the cat is let out of the bag, the second part of the story is what I really enjoyed. It’s no surprise that Kieran and Jaxon eventually end up together, but I did love how their relationship developed, and that Kieran does the ultimate of apologies! Who wouldn’t fall for a guy like that?
Whether you did or didn’t read the original version of this book, I would recommend reading the new and improved version.
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