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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Brown-Eyed Girl by Lisa Kleypas - Book Review

About The Book:

Wedding planner Avery Crosslin may be a rising star in Houston society, but she doesn't believe in love-at least not for herself. When she meets wealthy bachelor Joe Travis and mistakes him for a wedding photographer, she has no intention of letting him sweep her off her feet. But Joe is a man who goes after what he wants, and Avery can't resist the temptation of a sexy southern charmer and a hot summer evening. After a one night stand, however, Avery is determined to keep it from happening again. A man like Joe can only mean trouble for a woman like her, and she can't afford distractions. She's been hired to plan the wedding of the year-a make-or-break event. But complications start piling up fast, putting the wedding in jeopardy, especially when shocking secrets of the bride come to light. And as Joe makes it clear that he's not going to give up easily, Avery is forced to confront the insecurities and beliefs that stem from a past she would do anything to forget. The situation reaches a breaking point, and Avery faces the toughest choice of her life. Only by putting her career on the line and risking everything-including her well-guarded heart-will she find out what matters most.

My Thoughts:

Single wedding planner meets handsome millionaire nice-guy Texan and she's not sure she wants to embark on a relationship with him??  Shaking my head!  To say I was a little frustrated with the female main character in Lisa Kleypas' latest novel, "Brown-Eyed Girl," is an overstatement. And I supposed that from an author's viewpoint that is a good thing as it brings out emotion and involvement from her readers. I understand that the character had a lot of past issues, but I still want to shake "Avery Crosslin" real good and tell her to "Snap out of it, girl!"

This novel is the fourth and final installment of Kleypas' "Travis Family" series, and it is the first of these novels that I have read. It is a fine story to read as a stand alone novel, but having a little more background about the previous three books would make some of the secondary characters' actions make more sense.

I did enjoy the male main character, Joe Travis - he seems like a very good guy who is ingenious, kind and ready to lavish Avery with all the love she has missed out on in her past. I liked the Houston, Texas setting, and the secondary stories that revolve in and out of this tale are good reading too.

I would recommend this novel, with the caveat that it is the last book of a four-part set.

About The Author:

LISA KLEYPAS is the award-winning author of thirty-seven novels and four novellas. Her books are published in twenty-eight languages and are bestsellers all over the world. She lives in Washington State with her husband and two children. Check out her website at www.lisakleypas.com

My thanks to St. Martin's Press for the review copy of this book. I was not compensated for my opinion.

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