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Posted August 5, 2013
Herman “Heck” Heckley and Caroline Oakenfeld have been best friends for 34 years, which explains how he finds himself swamped in
taffeta in a bridal shop and planning a bachelorette party as Maid of Honor in Caroline’s wedding to a pencil-necked geek. So why isn’t Caroline happier and what are these odd feelings he’s having for his best friend? Caroline after loving Heck for years and finally giving up on having him return her feelings, finds a nice man to marry and move on with her life.
This was not your typical friends to lovers story. There were times I wanted to reach out and slap both Heck and Caro on their heads for being so dense. Both of them are scared to admit to their feelings for the other. Add in a conniving, delightfully evil bridesmaid and you have a hilarious read. Heck is a man’s man and is so out of his element dealing with various wedding chores. His confusion over his changing feelings for Caro is believable. Caro’s fear of losing Heck’s friendship kept her from declaring her love and leads her to accept Dan’s proposal. The highlight of this book is a riotous bachelorette party which will leave you laughing, just don’t eat the icing.
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Posted August 24, 2013
Me encantó. Simplemente fue fenomenal. Me gustó la forma informal de escribir que tiene Jody, la ironía, el humor negro que hay, y confieso que el personaje que más me gustó fue Jhi. LA AMO!
Nunca pensé que en una noche las cosas pudieran cambiar tanto como lo hicieron en este libro, me parece algo loco e improbable, pero me encantó. Sinceramente lo recomiendo a todos los que tengan la posibilidad de leerlo!
I loved it. It was just phenomenal. I liked the informal form of writing that has Jody, irony, black humor there, and I have to confess that the character I most liked is Jhi. I LOVE HER!
I never thought that in one night things could change as much as they did in this book, I find it something crazy and unlikely, but I loved it. I sincerely recommend it to all who have the opportunity to read it!
Posted August 21, 2013
As far as Novellas go, Kiss the Bride by Jody Wallace is just right. Just the right amount of back story to get to know the characters, just the right amount of drama to keep you sucked in, and just the right amount of miscommunication to keep you wondering what will happen next.
After being best friends for 34 years, you would think that Heck and Caroline would be on the same wave length of thought, and they are, for the most part, except for the important things like the l-word. Their interactions and responses to each other when their conversations get close to their true feelings were hilarious, frustrating, and definitely not what I expected; I loved every minute of it.
Jody writes Heck as a true man’s man that doesn’t really have a clue about women or recognizing what is in his heart. He is a very logical and rational thinker. While Caroline is the caring woman who will sacrifice her happiness to make sure others stay happy and don’t have to face anything they don’t want to. Their relationship is one-of-a-kind that no one understands except for them….or maybe everyone else gets it and they don’t.
But even though Heck and Caroline define the main story, the various other characters are incredibly memorable from their snide comments to their outrageous actions; each one has their own personality that you don’t usually get from a novella.
Kiss the Bride is a novella that I would love to read as a novel with more from the wonderful characters of this book :D
(I received an ARC for my review and this is my honest-to-goodness, straight from the heart review!)
Posted August 21, 2013
I'm a total fan of "Made of Honor," so I definitely had to pick up a book with a similar pretense. Although Heck's hillbilly attitude occasionally seemed a bit over-the-top stereotypical, I found him to be a kind-hearted hero, and Caroline definitely deserved her sweet man after dealing with her boring and selfish fiance.
Although Caroline's friends were borderline neurotic, they were all so well developed that I felt as if I were with them in the limo at the bachorlette party. Considering how short this book is, I'm a bit surprised at how well fleshed out all the characters are.
The romance is comfortable and sweet, making this a perfect book to read for a light and quick afternoon.
Note: I received a complimentary copy of this book for honest review.
Posted August 6, 2013
Kiss the Bride is a captivating and enchanting reader about to best friends that are meant for one another. Caroline has been in love with Heck forever, but unfortunately for her she will always be his friend. So she decides to move one and marry her boyfriend.
With the upcoming nuptials of his best friend, Heck starts to realizes that he has feelings that are more than friend like for Caroline. He just has to find out to make her see it as well.
This is a beautiful love story that shows that best friends came become lovers and fall in love. Heck is great. He is a good ol’ boy that you can’t get enough of. The fact that he agreed to be Caroline’s maid of honor was hilarious. Just imagining Heck in the Bridal shop as Caroline searches for the “prefect” dress has me rolling on the floor laughing. I really like Caroline as well. The fact that she can be honest with herself about her feelings for Heck and her need to find out once and for all if there is something more between them, is admirable.
The romance, the funny parts, the emotional ones, and the swoonworthy ones will have you wanting to check out more books by Jody Wallace!
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Posted August 5, 2013
I really liked this one, it was a short-ish read just perfect for this summer.
The first thing I noticed about this book is that it wasn’t as easy to read as expected, it was like the words were a bit forced. This story did not give me the impression that it was written by someone who enjoys writing that much, or the author was under a lot of pressure while writing this book thus making it hard for the reader to get into the story and truly enjoy it. Sadly, I was unable to connect with the characters until the end.
The book is interesting, the plot is nice and complex for a book of this size, but I felt like something was missing. What made the book more enjoyable were a few funny scenes that were inserted at the right moments.
I really liked the characters, especially the main ones – Caroline and Heck, but I found the so frustrating at times. I wish they were sitting in front of me so I could yell at both of them for being so stupid. Thankfully, they realize what they truly want just in time.
The cover is interesting, the title fits the story perfectly.
I recommend giving this book a try if you liked movies such as Made of Honor.
Posted July 31, 2013
I just finished Kiss the Bride by Jody Wallace. All right, I picked this book to read, because I thought the cover was really cute. If we all remember, I'm a cover whore.
Anyways, I started reading thinking this should be a lot of fun. First off I had a hard time getting into the whole story. You have Caroline Oakenfeld whose about to married some guy she shouldn't really, because he just happen to ask her. Hello, he propose over the phone, if that doesn't scream "say no", I don't know what will. Then she has her best friend, Herman Edward Heckley III, as her man of honor who opposes the marriage. Plus, he's not the only one.
As I said, I had a hard time getting to the story. I think a lot of it has to do with Heck finally realizes that he might have more feelings for Caro. Yet, he's willing help her marry some jerk. However, about the middle of the story the disastrous bachelorette party had me laughing out loud. I think that party save the story for me. I had tears streaming down my face, but other than that the story was an all right read. However, if Kiss the Bride appeals to you, you might want to give it a try.
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Posted July 29, 2013
Silly Friends to Lovers
This is a cute angst ridden friends to lovers novella where the hero needs to get clue but is wonderful anyway. This quick read has southern
charm and a great best friend who needs her own book. The sexy times are smoking and it is easy to tell the hero and heroine really love
each other. This isn’t a deep or complicated book that will linger but it’s a fun snack cake.
I was given this book for my honest review. So, there you have it!
Posted July 29, 2013
2 1/2 stars. Such promise, since it's one of my favorite troupes, but it never quite got there. Sooooo many things the characters did, said, and thought just made no sense. Caroline, Jhi, Heck...I really didn't understand their motivations throughout most of the book. So many things could have been fixed quickly and easily with just one honest conversation. Parts were cute, but overall it felt like most of the drama was fairly contrived.
I recieved an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Posted July 29, 2013
This book was a fun read. I really enjoyed the characters and the storyline. Heck is his best friend's maid of honor though he wasn't too sure about doing it. Caroline is struggling with feelings for her best friend and believes that he only sees her as a sister so when asked she agrees to marry her boyfriend. Heck is very unhappy about this. He doesn't like the boyfriend and thinks that this is a bad idea. He speaks up quite loudly about his disagreement to Caroline while also helping her out and supporting her. Heck is totally out of his comfort zone in this book as he tries to show that Caroline's boyfriend is wrong for her and that she shouldn't marry him.
I really enjoyed the characters in this story. They were funny and watching Heck figure out his feelings was very enjoyable. He had no idea why he disliked all of her boyfriends. Heck is man's man and so watching him in the wedding world was hilarious. He was the one planning and checking things out with Caroline and it was very entertaining. I laughed in this book fairly often and there were some twists that I wasn't expecting when I started out. This is just a fun, enjoyable read to sit back and relax with.
Posted July 29, 2013
Kiss the Bride, (A Tallwood Novella,) by Jody Wallace is a very well-written and interesting romance.
Environmentalist Caroline (Caro) Oakenfeld, is engaged to Dan, a pencil-necked geek. Caro wants to move on with her life, get married, settle down and start a family. However, Caro and Dan's relationship is already fraught with problems, including jealousy, living separately and celibacy. He didn't even give her an engagement ring. The wedding is being held in Caro's hometown and her friends and family are helping her put it together. Especially her best-friend Heck, her man-of-honor and second best-friend, Jhi Yuan. Dan is not well liked and his lack of interest in the wedding is very troublesome.
Caro is secretly in love with Heck, but after sending him subtle signals for thirty-four years, she has finally given up. She believes Heck thinks of her as a sister.
Local contractor Herman Heckley is in love with Caro and doesn't even know it. As Caro's man-of-honor, he has been involved in almost every aspect of the wedding planning. A light bulb flashes in Heck's head as Caroline is trying on her wedding gown for the final fitting. For the first time, Heck realizes that Caro is a sexy, hot woman and from that day on, he tries desperately to talk some sense into her and convince her that Dan is the wrong man for her. Heck knows that he is the one for Caro.
The engaged couple's issues come to head the evening before the wedding and they break up. Caro and Heck end up having mind blowing sex and both realize their love for one another. Once they work past a few pressing obstacles, they can begin their happily ever after.
The characters are well developed and the storyline is good. The loves scenes are hot and sensual. I enjoyed the quick wit of secondary character Jhi, but truly despised her belittling and malevolence toward Heck, to the point where I had to put the book down for a while because I was so disgusted by her behavior. Jhi's malice spoiled the story for me.
I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.