Sunday, June 19, 2016

Brief Thoughts: It Happened One Wedding

It Happened One Wedding

by Julie James
Book 5 of FBI/U.S. Attorney

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Rating:  3.5 Stars


After a humiliating end to her engagement, investment banker Sidney Sinclair is done with commitment-phobic men. But when her sister winds up engaged after a whirlwind courtship, she’s thrown in to close contact with exactly the kind of sexy playboy she wants to avoid—the gorgeous best man. She’s stuck with him, for better or worse, until her sister walks down the aisle, but that doesn’t mean she has to give in to his smooth advances, no matter how tempting they are...


Special Agent Vaughn Roberts always gets his man on the job and his woman in bed. So Sidney’s refusal to fall for his charms only makes him more determined to win over the cool and confident redhead. Only what starts out as a battle of wills ends up as a serious play for her heart. Because the one woman who refuses to be caught may be the only one Vaughn can’t live without...

Apparently I have self control issues when it comes to buying books and starting new books.

But that's beside the point.

It Happened One Wedding is yet another amazingly fun and entertaining romance starring two witty, mature, and intelligent individuals with their own fair share of relationship issues. To be totally honest, while I had a lot of fun reading this book, I couldn't help but notice that we are rehashing the same story line over again with the same type of "Friends With Benefits" trope with a set of almost the same type of people. The only thing that kept the book fun, as always, is James' use of witty dialogue and interesting personalities... despite all of the characters being basically the same type of people. The only difference from one story to the next (starting from About That Night onward) are the circumstances surrounding our couples.

Otherwise, these last three books in the FBI/U.S. Attorney series simply surrounds a couple who get together due to lust, become sex friends and slowly become closer friends with deeper feelings for one another, but due to their own personal issues, they refrain from taking the relationship any further. And then they finally decide that, yes, they DO love each other, make their confessions, and wrap up the story with a sappy (yet also heart-warming) Happily Ever After.

I have no complaints about these story lines and as long as they have their own personal touch, I tend to find lots of enjoyment. And of course, there were many laugh-out-loud moments, so I definitely enjoyed myself.

And so I still loved the story, which makes for an enjoyable, warm-hearted read. Of course, this couple does not quite trump the Brooke Parker and Cade Morgan love story from the previous book. Now those two were fun. In comparison, Brooke and Cade were much hotter, and Brooke is much sassier. Sidney came off a bit lukewarm sometimes, but likable nonetheless.

Vaughn Roberts and Sidney Sinclair together were just okay, to be honest, and the romance left a bit more to be desired.

This review was originally posted at Ani's Book Abyss / BookLikes in September 2014.

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