Thursday, January 11, 2018

Book Review: 'The Wedding Vow' by Cara Connelly


Do not be fooled by the title, The Wedding Vow is not about a wedding. This story contains a lot of hot, sizzling sex scenes, great characters, and beautiful places. During the course of this story one stray dog is saved from certain death, a hatchet is buried, two paintings are stolen, lot of Prosecco is drunk and two very stubborn people fall in love. Reading The Wedding Vow is really a great adventure.  This is the second book in the Connelly’s Save the Date series, but it can be read as a standalone.
This story moved me on so many levels. I felt all the emotions the characters felt, all their happiness and sorrow and disappointments. The way the hero and heroine’s relationship progresses is beautiful. The story starts when Adam LeCroix forces Maddie St. Clair to work for him. In a way he wants to get revenge because she almost put him in jail five years earlier. Because she pays for her sister’s education she reluctantly agrees. Soon they realize that there is a mutual attraction between them. And before long the attraction turn into passion. As they get to know one another they come to two conclusions: first that they have very similar life experiences and second that there is more to him and to her than meets the eye (or that some private investigator can dig up).
Both Adam and Maddie are wonderfully written characters. Maddie is in not a typical heroine. She is in her mid-thirties and is fighter who speaks her mind and she does not like to be bossed around.  She has some pretty ugly demons. Adam is a typical alpha, with demons of his own. But Maddie shows him that he is not always right and that he has to stop being so stubborn and that he has to let go of the past in order to enjoy future. But probably the most valuable lesson that he learns is that money can’t buy love, family and happiness. The set of secondary characters is also great; each one of them nicely complement the story.
The only small downside is that the story is a bit too long. And because of that the pace is uneven. So in the middle, the pace of the story lost some momentum, and starts to drag a bit. Fortunately, very soon it speeds back up.
I recommend you read The Wedding Vow if you like a kick-ass heroine, alpha males, great and highly emotional stories, seeing a hero and heroine slowly fall in love, interesting love scenes and stray dogs.

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