Review: Kiss the Bride by Jody Wallace

 

Title:  Kiss the Bride

Author:  Jody Wallace

 

May Contain Spoilers

From Amazon:

 

Herman Edward Heckley knows all about drywall, concrete, and nail guns. So what’s he doing fighting off taffeta in a bridal salon? He’s maid of honor for his best friend, Caroline Oakenfeld, in her wedding to a pencil-necked geek. But the closer he gets to the ceremony, the more he wonders if he’s been missing out all this time. Caroline has been missing out, and she knows it. She’s been in love with Heck forever, but frittering her life away until Heck wises up isn’t part of her life plan. She’s agreed to marry her boyfriend so she can move on with her life. But the closer she gets to the ceremony, the more she realizes she has to resolve her feelings for Heck. For better or for worse.


Review:

I have come to really like Entangled’s Ever After line.  There are times when I want a shorter read, and after reading many titles from this imprint, it’s become one of my favorites.  Kiss the Bride is a little longer than some of the other offerings in the Ever After line-up, clocking in at a little over 140 pages.  This was a fun read, too, with the perspective mainly told from Heck’s eyes.  Heck can be a self-righteous snot, especially near the end of the story, but he is an entertaining character, and his point of view kept me turning the pages.  How he did not realize he was in love with his best buddy is a bit beyond me, but I guess realizing that Caro was the woman for him late was better than never.  Thirty-four years late, but who beside Caro is keeping track of that anyway?

Heck has been best friends with Caro for his entire life.  When she agrees to marry Dan, her boyfriend for the last three years, he’s lassoed into being the maid of honor.  He thinks Dan is a pencil neck, and wants to kick his ass more often than not, but agrees to help Caro with her wedding.  He is leery that she and Dan are rushing the ceremony, and wonders why Dan is never around.  He hasn’t lifted one finger to assist with the wedding arrangements, but as long as Caroline is happy, Heck’s not going to say anything. Much. 

For her part, Caroline has only agreed to marry Dan to get on with her life.  She’s been in love with Heck for years, but he sees her as a sister.  He’s not physically attracted to her, and for fear of ruining their friendship, Caro stays silent about her feelings for him.  She’s not going to jeopardize their relationship by spilling her guts to him.  What she does want, though, is a family, and after going out with Dan for years, she decides that, while he’s not Heck, he will have to do.  Her clock is ticking away, and she doesn’t have time to waste on a guy who doesn’t even realize that she’s a girl.  She likes Dan well enough, and they have similar goals in life, so they should have a comfortable married life, if nothing else.

When Heck is helping Caro pick out dresses for the wedding, he suddenly realizes that she possesses a pair of ta-tas.  A large pair of ta-tas at that.  Suddenly, he can’t stop thinking about what’s under her dress.  He keeps having very un-friend like thoughts about her.  He is consumed with thoughts of getting her naked.  Uh-oh.  He can’t be having thoughts like this, not when Caro is getting married on Saturday! To the pinhead.

I think I what enjoyed most about this story  is the compressed time-line.  It starts at the dress shop, where Heck has his big revelation about Caro’s boobs, jumps to the bachelorette party he’s planned on Friday night, and wraps up on Saturday, the wedding day.  This is a romance on Red Bull.  It’s quick, it’s funny, and it’s a diverting read.  Both Heck and Caro have trust issues, and while it’s sad that they don’t trust each other, they eventually find the courage to admit their feelings.  It’s almost too late for both of them by the time they do, and I was pretty disappointed with Heck at first, but his run in with the law convinced me that his feelings were real.  If you’ve got some free time, sitting down with Kiss the Bride would be an entertaining use of your time.

Grade:  B

Review copy provided by publisher

Interview with Jody Wallace, Author of Kiss the Bride and Giveaway!

 

 

 

Please give Jody Wallace a warm welcome! She’s visiting the virtual offices to chat about her latest release Kiss the Bride.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.

[Jody Wallace] Wearing my PJs at 3 PM, multitasking on the laptop like a fiend, wishing we employed a chef. And a housekeeper. And a nanny.

You meant describe myself RIGHT NOW, right?

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Kiss the Bride?

[Jody Wallace] Best friends to lovers. Is there anything sweeter? Besides, you know, desserts. And certain fruits. And baby animals. And… Ok, there are all sorts of things sweeter than a best friends to lovers story! Come to think of it, Kiss the Bride isn’t as sweet as it could be either.

Kiss the Bride is set in the Southern United States. I like to think of it as a “hick lit”. The heroine, Caroline, has been in love with Heck since forever, and Heck is oblivious. Oh, he loves Caro, but he hasn’t connected his jealousy of all her boyfriends, his disinterest in other women and his true feelings for Caro. Kiss the Bride—when Caroline has decided to change her life and marry her boyfriend—is the story of when Heck connects the dots.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?

[Jody Wallace] I grew up in the South, so that setting is very near and dear to me – if done correctly! Also, in a romance novella, I tend to favor protagonists who already know each other so their relationship can have the kind of depth that lends itself to falling in love without me having to build it up as much in my abbreviated wordcount.

And that’s when the image of manly man Heck Heckley in a bridal salon with a bunch of female friends came to me. Why wouldn’t I want to find out the rest of that story?

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Heck?

[Jody Wallace] Stubborn, methodical, loyal

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Caroline had a theme song, what would it be?

[Jody Wallace] I’m so bad with remembering song titles – something about saving the Earth, maybe? Give a hoot, don’t pollute? Maybe readers can tell ME which song is Caroline’s!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Heck is never without.

[Jody Wallace] A multipurpose tool.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find in Caroline’s bedroom?

[Jody Wallace] Romance movies and books (she likes horror and thriller), white T-shirts with no stains on them, expensive make-up. Well, I guess there could be white T-shirts with no stains if they were still in the package.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?

[Jody Wallace] Meankitty and all the revenge fantasies that play out in my head like movies.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?

[Jody Wallace] Electricity, a laptop and silence.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What was your biggest distraction while working on Kiss the Bride?

[Jody Wallace] Meankitty and all the revenge fantasies that play out in my head like movies ?.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?

[Jody Wallace] I’m one book away from the end of Lindsay Buroker’s Emperor’s Edge series and it is wonderful! A steampunk / political thriller / Thieves’ World mashup of adventure and romance.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?

[Jody Wallace] The Cat in the Hat? I’ve always been a reader so I can’t recall ever getting “turned on” to it.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

[Jody Wallace] Reading, tap dancing, crocheting, collecting vintage clothing, foisting off new recipes on my family, and obsessing over my longing to have a tornado shelter in our house.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?

[Jody Wallace] I like high fives a lot, as long as you don’t hit too hard. Also, you can include as many or as few of these as you like:

Primary Blog: http://meankittybox.blogspot.com
Peddle Faster! Newsletter: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/jodywallace/ (infrequent releases & no spam!)
In Hell (only occasionally)
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jodywallace
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/JodyWallaceAuthor
GoodReads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1321322.Jody_Wallace
In the Recliner, with a laptop
Beyond the Veil Authors Blog: http://paranormalauthors.blogspot.com
Here Be Magic Authors Blog: http://herebemagic.blogspot.com/
My Other True Purpose in Life: http://www.meankitty.com

[Manga Maniac Café] Thank you!

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Kiss the Bride by By Jody Wallace

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC

Date of Publication: June 29, 2013

ISBN: 9781622662203

ASIN: B00DTDGJ3C

Number of pages: 140

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Book Description:

Herman Edward Heckley knows all about drywall, concrete, and nail guns. So what’s he doing fighting off taffeta in a bridal salon? He’s maid of honor for his best friend, Caroline Oakenfeld, in her wedding to a pencil-necked geek. But the closer he gets to the ceremony, the more he wonders if he’s been missing out all this time.

Caroline has been missing out, and she knows it. She’s been in love with Heck forever, but frittering her life away until Heck wises up isn’t part of her life plan. She’s agreed to marry her boyfriend so she can move on with her life. But the closer she gets to the ceremony, the more she realizes she has to resolve her feelings for Heck.

For better or for worse.

About the Author:

Jody Wallace grew up in the South in a very rural area. She went to school a long time because there was always something new to learn and ended up with a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing. Her resume includes college English instructor, technical documents editor, market analyst, web designer, and general all around pain in the butt. She currently lives in Tennessee with her family: 1 husband, 2 kids, 2 cats. One of her many alter egos is "The Grammar Wench", which should give you an indication of her character. She is a terrible packrat and likes to amass vintage clothing, books, Asian-inspired kitchenware, gnomes, and other items that threaten to force her family out of the house. She also likes cats. A lot.

Ms. Wallace’s approach to writing is to tell as many outlandish lies as she can get her readers to swallow. Her dream is to be moderately well-paid for this service. She is active in RWA and occasionally conducts writing workshops. Among topics she’s been known to cover are training sessions for contest judges (she coordinated her local RWA chapter contest for many years), point of view, dialogue punctuation and creativity enhancement.

Her headshots were taken by Cindy Sarlo Photography of Dixon, TN.

Website: http://www.jodywallace.com/

Blog: http://blog.jodywallace.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/jodywallace

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JodyWallaceAuthor

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1321322.Jody_Wallace

Waiting on Wednesday–A Hundred Horses by Sarah Lean

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

One guess why I’m waiting for A Hundred Horses by Sarah Lean…Yup, it has horses!  And magical adventures.  And a lot of fun, I hope!  In stores January 2014

 

From the author of A Dog Called Homeless, winner of the Schneider Family Book Award, comes a gentle tale with a touch of magic about the power of friendship, the truth of belonging, and the most special of a hundred horses.

Nell is not happy about spending her school vacation with relatives she doesn’t know. Expecting nothing more than silly little cousins and boring farm life, she sneaks along a special suitcase that once belonged to her father. In it, she knows, are the parts of a music box and sixteen miniature painted horses, and she thinks maybe she can fit them all back together.

But the countryside has unexpected surprises. When a half-wild and mysterious girl named Angel steals Nell’s suitcase, the two girls are tied in an adventure of Angel’s devising. Nighttime meetings and a horse that might just be magical pique Nell’s curiosity, and soon she must put together the mystery of who Angel truly is, understand the legends about the herd of a hundred horses, and also discover something special about herself.

 

What are you waiting on?