Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Review for An Unexpected Bride by Shadonna Richards

Emma Wiggins is about to marry her heart-stopping, gorgeous boss, CEO Evan Fletcher, in seven days—too bad he doesn’t know it yet!

Desperate to fulfill her ailing grandfather’s last wish to see her settle down and get married, Emma Wiggins, a 30-year-old, career-focused executive tells him a little white lie on his deathbed that she is in fact engaged--to her boss, deliciously handsome and emotionally unavailable, Evan Fletcher.

The situation takes an unexpected turn when her grandfather's condition improves slightly and to her shock, he goes ahead and arranges a wedding ceremony at his hospital bedside before he passes on. Now, all Emma has to do is convince unsuspecting, commitment-phobic Evan to tie the knot with her in seven days. Can love blossom in the most unlikely situation?

This is a sweetly written story from start to finish with a hero and heroine that are perfectly matched.  Both are trying to take care of ill loved ones while dedicating themselves to work.  Emma and Evan have always desired the other, but until Emma tells her little white lie they've never admitted the truth about their feelings.  Once they do, Evan has to work past his family's history of fear of commitment to reach the altar.

As I said, this is a sweet story.  The characters are sweet, their actions are sweet, and there's virtually no conflict to keep them from their sweet ending.  The description of Emma, which is reiterated often, is of a beautiful and sweet woman who would make the perfect wife.  She's loving, doesn't speak ill of others, and rises above adversity.  Evan too appears perfect with his buff body, his niceties to his employees, and the care he gives his father.  Because of the constant reminders of their perfection, I found it a bit difficult to relate to them and didn't see that spark when they finally came together.  They felt blandly sweet to me and I never felt fully invested in their outcomes.  They seemed to good to be true at times. 

The descriptions of New York and other surroundings do draw you in.  The author put in a lot of effort to make you feel like you were traveling with our sweet couple and I liked that feeling of being there without leaving home.  This is a well-written story that flows along nicely, but had an ending that I felt was a bit rushed with a conflict that was too quickly and easily resolved.  After making Evan's family curse when it comes to marriage such an important factor in his life, he certainly got over his fear quickly in the end.  The storyline is nothing new, but the author handles it nicely and it led to an enjoyable afternoon of reading.  For those wanting a sweetly inspiring story, An Unexpected Bride certainly fits the bill. 

My rating for this is a C+

*I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.

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