Thursday, April 5, 2018

Book Review: The Texan's Wedding Escape

Meet the Author:

Charlene Sands is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary and historical romance. She has been honored with the National Readers Choice Award, the Booksellers Best Award, The Cataromance Reviewers Choice Award and Romantic Times Magazine's Best Harlequin Desire Award of 2014. She is an active member of Romance Writers of America. When not writing, she spends time with her four "princesses", enjoys sunny Pacific beaches and yummy chocolate mocha cappuccinos! Sign up for her newsletter for fun and exclusive prizes at and on FB and Twitter!

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About the Book:

From friendship to passion…to forever?

Only if she doesn’t marry the wrong man first…

Lauren never got over her childhood crush on Cooper, but she’s grown up now and ready to settle down. She even agrees to plan her upcoming wedding at his ranch, but in close quarters, she’s second-guessing her groom and yearning for Cooper’s forbidden embrace… Then she discovers the rancher’s ulterior motive. Will she walk down the aisle with the wrong man?

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Review:  Charlene Sands is one of my favorite writer's for the Desire line and though I haven't been reading much romance lately, I absolutely had to read this one.

I'm a bit on the fence about my feelings for this one.  That's not to say I didn't enjoy the book, because I did, very much, but I had some issues with Lauren.

Lauren was portrayed as a former boy crazy young woman, who has suddenly decided to settle down after only dating her groom to be for only 6 months. This groom to be is also her late brother's business partner. No chemistry can be found between the two of them at all. I felt that Roger should have at least pretended to like/love her if they were going to be married.

But then there's Cooper. Ah Cooper. He was the best thing about the book. I adored him. He was not your typical Harlequin hero. There wasn't a trace of alpha male to be found here. In fact, he was really just sweet. Any guy that would help his bff's mother to put a stop to her daughter's wedding, is just a sweetie, and he does it with good intentions. He's not overbearing or controlling. He's just the kind of caring guy you want in your life. He is definitely book boyfriend material.

Lauren's mom  is all kinds of awesome too. I love a mom that is motherly and not some evil or just bad mom type character. I like good mother/daughter relationships and this was definitely here, even though mom wasn't quite as trusting as she could have been.

I felt that part of the ending was wrapped up a little to neatly. I understand that Ms. Sands wanted a little bit of suspense at the end, but Lauren's change in behavior didn't seem to work well with her previous actions.

I did love the big reveal about Roger at the end. That was actually pretty perfect and it made me feel like Lauren finally grew a spine.

If you are looking for a quick, sweet read for a lazy afternoon.

Rating: 4 flowers


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