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The Bride Next Door (Chapel of Love Book 4) Kindle Edition
Courtney Wallace loves her job as a wedding planner, but she's almost given up on her own happily-ever-after. She certainly doesn't it expect to find it with Matthew Lyndon, the hotshot lawyer she overhears taking a bet to seduce her. She's not amused by the challenge, but she decides to play along--after all, what better way to beat him at his own game?
Matt never intended to take the bet seriously. And moving next door wasn't part of his strategy to win-it was just a happy coincidence-but the more he gets to know Courtney, the more intrigued he becomes. When fun and games turn into something real, will these two decide they're in it to win it?
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"Ramsay spins a thoroughly entertaining story for her fourth Chapel of Love contemporary. The clever plotting and skillful characterization lend an appealing depth to this story. Readers will want to come back again and again."―Publishers Weekly
"Happiness is a new Hope Ramsay series."―Fresh Fiction
"Every story by Hope Ramsay will touch a reader's heart."―New York Times bestselling author Brenda Novak
"My favorite read of April 2017 is the sparkling gem A Small-Town Bride by Hope Ramsey. How Amy makes it on her own AND finds the man of her dreams is a fast-paced, occasionally poignant, always enjoyable story."―Heroes and Heartbreakers --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B073P4LY4D
- Publisher : Forever (April 3, 2018)
- Publication date : April 3, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 508 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
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- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 368 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #309,357 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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In this installment Courtney Wallace is a wedding planner but unlike most of her friends she is still single and looking for her own happily ever after. Being single is really starting to hit Courtney as it seems her married friends are all announcing their pregnancies at once.
When Courtney is out with her friends she finds out that Matthew Lyndon, a hotshot lawyer and local playboy, has taken a bet that he can get ice queen Courtney into bed. Courtney decides to turn the tables and teach Matthew a lesson but little did she expect loosing her heart to a man that doesn’t fit into Courtney’s neat little box of what she expects.
I have to say that Courtney was not my favorite lead female of this series so far. Her attitude of everyone is some type of stereotype was annoying to me so I can’t imagine how a man would feel to be put into her labels. However, I did absolutely love Matt and his breaking all of Courtney’s molds she tried to fit him into.
This one also featured Matthew as he is learning the ropes as a lawyer working with his family and I loved that side of the story as well. Another Lyndon steps out of the family’s shadow and goes against the rest to help some residents of an apartment complex before they lose their homes. Great story to weave a romance into as you can’t help but feel for the clients in this one.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
Matt is back in town after his job with an environmental lobbying firm was eliminated in DC. Unable to find more work in his chosen field, he’s returned to Shenandoah Falls and joined the family law firm – a job that most definitely isn’t what he hoped for. In addition, Matt’s reputation as a ladies man precedes him. He’s handsome and honestly wants to do well, but he’s riddled with insecurities at the law firm where the pro-bono cases have been dropped in his lap. But, like all boys – he’s made a bet with a friend that he’ll be able to take Courtney out – not really meaning anything more than that. He finds her attractive and intriguing – made only more so by her apparent untouchability.
Of course, Courtney finds out about the bet – with a bit of a warning-off by the town cop, and she’s decided she’ll play Matt to teach him a lesson. But things are much deeper: she’s unaccountably attracted to him, even as she repeatedly tries to fob him off with dismissive comments, a sharp and snide attitude and general unpleasantness.
Unlike others in this series: this story has plenty of outside input from other couples in town: with plenty of moments where Matt’s actual desire to do the best for the people he’s representing, and our realization that Courtney’s quick dismissal of him and ‘his type’ are more representative of her own insecurities and fears than anything he actually is. Matt is solid and strong – with a determination to make the best of the situation he’s in at the law firm, do the best for his clients, and wanting to make a real impression on his family where he’s always felt like the afterthought. Slowly, and with plenty of pushback, Courtney comes to see Matt for who he is – and her constant second-guessing of his motives and intentions do slowly slide away – but not until the frustration with her immature behavior had me (and some of those around her) more frustrated with her than supportive.
A bit of a difficult story – I was glad to see Courtney find a match: and Matt seems to be level enough – and strong enough in his own self to withstand her on again off again affections and maturity, but it just was a long road to the happy ending. It was nice to check in with others from the series and see their lives moving forward, and there is something rather comforting in the small town of Shenandoah Falls – a decent installment for fans of the series.
I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.