Series: Belmont Beach Brides
Published by Forever Yours on March 7th 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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From the author of The Wedding Date and The Family Man comes the final book in Kelly Eadon's Belmont Beach Brides series.
Event planner Ainsley Sloan spends her days creating perfect weddings for her clients and her nights wondering if she'll ever find her own happily ever after. So when her friend--and total manwhore--Ryan Lawhill starts making her skin tingle and her heart race, she's determined to shut it down. The last thing she needs is another broken heart. But when these opposites attract, can true love ignite?
The Belmont Beach Brides series is a standout in the contemporary romance. Kelly Eadon has managed to take what are some standard tropes and make them them feel fresh; a fake wedding date and a second chance, a single father and an unrequited crush, and friends becoming lovers, all feel decidedly unique by her hand. In this case, Ainsley and Ryan of the seem to find themselves in each others company more often then not, and a challenge is born. Can Ryan make Ainsley take dating without the intent to marry, and can Ainsley make Ryan see that commitment is doable. Basically make the uptight, rule focused Ainsley relax and make “for a good time only” Ryan take relationships seriously.
The story opens with the Ainsley licking her wounds after a breakup, and Ryan playing her knight in shining armor. The self professed Minister of fun has 3 weeks to convince Ainsley to loosen-up and let go of her dating rules.
“He glanced at her quickly. ÔÇ£ItÔÇÖs all about expectations. Keep them low, and nobody is hurt or disappointed. I could teach you, you know.ÔÇØ
Ryan comes to the fight with his own long endured battle wounds, the why behind his unwillingness to entertain the idea of an serious romantic entanglement, which is all the more reason that seeing Ryan transform is gratifying. He’s protective and considerate, but just a little jaded. The ever loyal Ainsley has weathered rejection and disappointment, hanging onto a relationship for way to long, but she’s a romantic, hopeful and stronger then she even knows. And Ryan knows a thing of two about romance.
The story unfolds at the perfect pace with the two of them valiantly fighting their attraction to each other. Challenges arise, communication breaks down, and I found myself completely enraptured by the potential of these two together. I’ve loved both of the characters throughout the series and Ryan is just the sweetest thing. He’s got a strong foundation, he just needs to be enlightened.
This is a fun and sexy 5 star read. I recommend the entire series but this one may have been my favorite. I’m already looking forward to Kelly Eadons’ next release.
~Review by Cyndi