Hi Readers! Yes, we are Clearing Off The Shelves for this weeks Book Club Thursday. It's when we BCT bloggers review something from our TBR pile that's at least six months or older.
Recently, my buddy Ann reviewed a romance book by Jennifer Blake. I loved her Louisiana Gentlemen series that she wrote starting in 1998 with KANE and I missed her books. LUKE and CLAY were a few more of the five book series and then Ms Blake aka Patricia Maxwell concentrated on historicals after that. The last few years, she has been back writing some contemporaries again, So I decided to check the magic TBR pile and came up with THE RENT-A- GROOM.
THE RENT-A-GROOM by Jennifer Blake
Steel Magnolia Press
Even though Gina cancels her wedding mere days before the ceremony, she’s determined to keep her reservation for a famous honeymoon suite in Dallas.
Enter Race, a Texas cowboy who cleans up rather well, and who declares himself her substitute groom for the week.
Thinking her best friend hired Race, Gina goes along with the fun – at first. But is Race really who he seems? Why is Gina’s ex-fiance staying at the same hotel? And just how far is Gina prepared to go with Race and that model-worthy face of his on their "honeymoon"?
THE RENT A GROOM is a cute novella about a woman who discovers that her fiance was cheating on her with her with one of her friends and she calls off the wedding. So what's a girl to do but spend her almost honeymoon by herself at the fancy hotel suite that she put on her credit card.
Before she left for her "honeymoon", Gina told another friend Diane that she wished she could rent a groom for a night, especially since her slimy ex wants to honeymoon at the same hotel. And wouldn't you know it, but a sexy good looking cowboy knocks on the door and says he is the rent a groom hired for Gina.
The story is breezy with the uptight Gina deciding to stick it out with Race, the groom. It seems like her ex has books the suite next door. The two have too many run ins with the ex, so they spend more time with each than Gina likes. Neither can deny that there isn't some attraction going on though. There is also a funny maid named Etta who has plenty of advice for Gina. Meanwhile, there are a few twists because "Race" has a couple of secrets.
I thought the story was a sweet little romance and a nice story for an afternoon read. It is an insta-love story, but I decided to just enjoy it instead of picking at the short time they knew each other.
And I know that I will be reading more of Ms Blake's stories in the future!
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