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Posted April 3, 2012
Loved it! Who can resist a story of a hopeless romantic journalist on the wedding beat who cannot find his own soul mate? Author Devan Sipher, who covered the beat for more than five years as a Vows columnnist for the New York Times, knows his material well. He uses his first-hand experience covering the beat to create characters who seem real and a story line that will keep you reading and yearning for more. It is fun, romantic and at times, hilarious.
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Posted March 21, 2013
Reviewed by: Ashleigh
Book provided by: Publisher
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book
Review: Gavin Greene is a peculiar man. Not just peculiar, he is definitely not what you would picture as a wedding columnist. As a man with a love for weddings and a strong desire to get hitched some day, he can’t seem to even get up the courage to be assertive with women. There is just something about him that makes you want to love him, while wondering how he has survived on the New York Streets so long unattended. When a chance meeting with a woman, named Melinda, at a house party where he was a +1, may just make his life finally come into focus. If only he hadn’t let her walk away without getting her last name or number.
With a burning desire to know this woman, and advice from a client on how to take charge, plus a best friend full of her own romance follies, Gavin is in for the ride of his life to find his perfect mate. Will finally finding her be everything that he wants or will he realize that fantasy may in fact be better than reality when it comes to love?
Melinda is the perfect woman, at least to Gavin. While she comes with her own secrets and a past that doesn’t lead to the best conclusions, she isn’t really introduced as more than a fantasy woman until the last half of the book. Her erratic and adventurous spirit would seem to be the perfect match for Gavin’s grounded and reality stricken behavior. But with her comes a slue of problems and hurdles these two much overcome to be together. With a hand full of lies, misinterpretations, a heart attack, cheating fiancee, and a best friend with a killer right hook, these two will have to really want it to make this relationship work.
This was a great story from an up and coming author that really showcased her personality and cheeky sense of humor. The story of Gavin and Melinda was well rounded, and while it did get a bit long winded in some parts, turned out just the way I had hoped it would. While the fun along the way really made these characters work for the ending, I found it enjoyable to have the HEA worked for instead of just a given. The suspenseful twist with Gavin’s best friend, Hope, was something that I had expected as a reader, and it made me love this book in the end. I can’t wait to see what is next from Devan. This book will be a re-readable one for sure.
Posted June 25, 2012
If you liked the movie "27 Dresses" then you'll love this novel. Gavin Greene is much in demand to write the wedding column for a prominent NY newspaper. Despite being at so many weddings, he has no luck at love himself. Then he meets "the One", only to see her slip through his fingers....or does she? The Wedding Beat is funny, sophisticated and well-written, a pleasure to read. Get this book if you want something that's a little more than just another chick-lit read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 23, 2012
It’s no coincidence that the hero in THE WEDDING BEAT reminds the reader of the reporter in the movie 27 DRESSES but the similarity between the stories ends there. Devan Sipher writes a witty, laugh-out-loud funny story about hapless reporter, Gavin Greene. Sipher’s humor is low key and wicked. Lines like - “It was a cross between wedding kitsch and animal cruelty.” (when speaking of a wedding’s petting zoo) and “I liked being spontaneous. I just preferred to do it with a little preparation.” are just two examples of Sipher’s sarcasm. Gavin spends the entire novel letting relationship possibilities slip through his fingers until I wanted to scream at him to man up. When it all becomes too much for even him and he decides he must go after the girl of his dreams, he finds himself making the ultimate grand gesture. His action’s when going after Melinda redeem him of all his former passivity and ensure his happily ever after.
Heat Rating: Sweet: No sex or scenes of physical intimacy except some kissing. No graphic violence or profanity.
Reviewed By: Jeanne Stone-Hunter for My Book Addiction and More
Posted May 2, 2012
Posted April 9, 2012
Delightful... This was a little out of my normal genre, which is Supernatural yet I was very pleased I checked it out after a friend/co-worker recommended it. Reading that men can also have some of the same anxieties about love and finding the right one was surprisingly refreshing and Devon Sipher delivers in this heartwarming humorous exploration. Looking forward to future books by this author!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 28, 2013
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