Review and Giveaway: Baiting the Maid of Honor by Tessa Bailey


Tessa Bailey is fast becoming one of my go to authors when I need a fun, sexy read.  I’ve enjoyed almost everything she’s written, and Baiting the Maid of Honor is one of my favorites.  Some of her heroes are too alpha-holey for me, but Reed, while certainly domineering, starts showing his softer side with a little help from Julie.  At first I didn’t think I liked them together because they are complete opposites, but halfway through the story I was totally convinced that she was the woman to make him happy and allow him to finally trust someone. 

Read more

Interview with Erin Nicholas, Author of Hitched

Please give a warm welcome to Erin Nicholas! Erin is the author of Hitched, the fourth book in the Promise Harbor Wedding continuity.  Erin is the final author to stop by to chat about this Samhain series, so please enjoy, and don’t forget to check out the links after the interview so you can order a copy of all four books for yourself!

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

[Erin Nicholas] Wife, mom, romance writer, wine lover, dark chocolate connoisseur, coffeeaholic, sarcastic, bossy Princess

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Hitched?

[Erin Nicholas] I’d love to! Hitched is the fourth book (of four) in the Promise Harbor Wedding series. The series starts at a wedding that goes all wrong and follows the members of the wedding party from that point. Book one is the jilted groom’s story, book two tells us what happens when the Maid of Honor disappears, the Best Man gets into trouble in book three and then book four is the bride’s story. The run-away bride’s story to be specific!

Gavin Montgomery is the hero of book four. He arrives in Promise Harbor just before the woman he loves says I do to someone else. He can’t let Allie get married without telling her that he’s still in love with her and the only chance he has is, well, in the middle of the ceremony.

From there they’re on a crazy adventure to see where their hearts take them and if they can make things work this time.

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

[Erin Nicholas] Three good friends and a glass of good wine! But seriously, our editor, Lindsey Faber at Samhain, first suggested a multi-author series with the four of us. We were all really excited, but we all had lots of other things going on and it took us awhile (2 years!) to really get a solid idea and to get going.

When we started brainstorming, we knew that we wanted a central event of some kind tying our characters and our stories together. We threw out lots of ideas, but the one that stuck and really got us all excited was a wedding. From there we each took a member of the wedding party and we were off and running!

I don’t know why, but I’ve always been intrigued by that part of the wedding ceremony where they ask “does anyone know of a reason why these two should not be wed?” I’ve always thought “what if” someone stood up and actually said “because I’m in love with her.” I eagerly volunteered to write the bride’s story, knowing that I wanted to finally use that “what if”! From there I got to create this woman, the bride, by asking things like “how did she end up the star in a wedding that she doesn’t really want?” “Who is this guy who’s interrupting the wedding?” “Why aren’t they together?” “What’s their history?” “Where has he been during this whole engagement that he’s just now showing up?” And a whole bunch of other fun questions!

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

[Erin Nicholas] generous, dependable, conflicted

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

[Erin Nicholas] I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) by the Proclaimers

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

[Erin Nicholas] Her cell phone and planner

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

[Erin Nicholas] Any other woman (or man) besides Allie, a suit and tie, anything flowery, ruffle-y or lacey

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Allie’s greatest regret?

[Erin Nicholas] Allie is a very practical person and when she makes choices the pros and cons are carefully weighed. So I don’t think she’s really aware of any regrets, until she has some new insights thanks to Gavin. Then I think she regrets not trusting the people around her to be stronger or braver or smarter than she’s given them credit for and taking everything on by herself.

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

[Erin Nicholas] People. I am so fortunate to know and get to be around amazing people all the time. Everyone has a story and it’s so wonderful to hear about true stories of enduring love and bravery and sacrifice and triumph. I love getting to know people and asking them about their lives and their experiences.

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

[Erin Nicholas] Coffee, a pink ballpoint pen (for notes or for longhand writing at times), and photos that act as inspiration for my characters.

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

[Erin Nicholas] Wow, that’s hard. I love to read, but don’t always have as much time as I’d like. And depending on my own deadlines there’s sometimes a big gap between a book’s release and when I actually pick it up.

Hmm… to me this would mean a book I was anxious to get back to when I had to put it down, a book that I thought about when I wasn’t reading, and characters that I can easily conjure even long after I finish it. One book that comes to mind in recent months is High Risk, by Vivian Arend. I always love Viv’s writing and the whole premise in this novel, with the search and rescue team, was just really fun.

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

[Erin Nicholas] LaVyrle Spencer’s Separate Beds

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

[Erin Nicholas] Hang out with my family, read, movies, lunch with girlfriends

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

[Erin Nicholas],,

on Twitter (

on Facebook (

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!

You can purchase Hitched and all of the other books in the Promise Harbor Wedding continuity from your favorite bookseller or by clicking the links below:


About the book:

And she thought the bridesmaids dresses were her biggest problem…

Promise Harbor Wedding, Book 4

Allison Ralston would rather be anywhere other than this wedding. Even ifthe wedding is hers. Especially since the wedding is hers.
But Allie’s determined to restore her family’s happiness, and if tying the knot with longtime family friend Josh Brewster is the way to do it, then she’ll walk down that aisle, toss that bouquet and drink that champagne. Oh, she’ll definitely drink the champagne.

There’s only one thing that could get Gavin Montgomery back to Promise Harbor. And she’s about to say I do to another man. Now he’s back to claim what’s his—even if he has to do it in the middle of her wedding.
Allie is shocked—and okay, a little turned on—when Gavin literally sweeps her off her feet. Safe in his arms, she succumbs to fatigue, stress, and yes, the champagne, only to wake up in his bed. In Alaska.

Now that he’s put four thousand miles between Allie and all her responsibilities, Gavin’s determined to show her that they can make a life together. If he has his way, the next wedding Allie will be planning will be theirs.

Warning: Contains a guy so in love he’s willing to break up the wedding of the season, a bride who just needs to get to, well, anywhere else, and enough hot sex to take them from New England to Alaska and back again

Mini Review: Tempting the Best Man by J Lynn


Title:  Tempting the Best Man

Author:  J Lynn

Publisher: Entangled Publisher

May Contain Spoilers

From Amazon:

Madison Daniels has worshipped her brother’s best friend since they were kids. Everyone thinks she and Chase Gamble would make the perfect couple, but there are two major flaws in their logic. 1) Chase has sworn off relationships of any kind, and 2) after blurring the line between friends and lovers for one night four years ago, they can’t stop bickering.

Forced together for her brother’s wedding getaway, Chase and Madison decide to call a truce for the happy couple. Except all bets are off when they’re forced to shack up in a tacky 70’s honeymoon suite and survive a multitude of "accidents" as the family tries to prove their "spark" can be used than for more than fighting. That is, if they don’t strangle each other first…


I didn’t realize that J Lynn is a pseudonym for Jennifer L Armentrout.  I would probably have read Tempting the Best Man sooner had I known.  I enjoyed Obsidian, though I thought it lost some stream near the end, but I didn’t find that to be the case here.  Tempting the Best Man clicks along at a rapid pace, taking place over the span of about a  week.  When a reservation snafu lands protagonists Chase and Madison together in the honeymoon cabin, Madison thinks she’s died and gone to hell.  She has been running away from her childhood crush on Chase, but no matter what she does, she just can’t get over her feelings for him.  Chase, on the other hand, treats her like a little sister, which drives Madison insane. 

While I found the setup improbable (Madison’s parents don’t blink an eye when the hotel’s management solves the room shortage issue by putting Madison and Chase in the same room),  I enjoyed the banter and conflict that kindled between the protagonists.  While Madison has always worn her heart on her sleeve, Chase has had to work hard at hiding his feelings for his best friend’s younger sister.   Chase is afraid of making any waves with Madison’s family; his parents’ relationship was so dysfunctional and his home life was so  awful that he found a much needed refuge at the Daniels’ house.  He is afraid of jeopardizing that, and so he rejects Madison at all turns, even when he knows that his actions will devastate her.  And they do.  Big time.

Tempting the Best Man is a quick, breezy read that’s perfect for an afternoon by the pool.   This is a very fast-paced story with one of my favorite romance tropes, and I zipped right through it. I enjoyed the conflict between the leads, and wondered why they were the only two who didn’t recognize the chemistry that zinged between them.

Grade: B/B-

Review copy provided by publisher

Subscribe in a reader