Never say never when it comes to love.
Greer Jones has made a real name for herself at the elegant matchmaking agency Two Love Lane. For a lot of reasonsincluding a past engagement she broke offpractical tech expert Greer is more interested in the business of love than the experience of it, but she can’t help but covet a gorgeous wedding gown that’s the prize in an upcoming cocktail-party contest. In a moment of brazen inspiration, Greer asks a handsome Brit she’s only just met to accompany her to the party. He agreesand Greer believes her date is a starving artist. Little does she know the truth. . .
Ford Smith, as he calls himself, is actually Stanford Elliott Wentworth Smythe, the Eighth Baron of Wickshire. Fresh off a breakup with a money-grubbing siren who deceived him all the way to the altar, Ford has no desire to fall in loveespecially with Greer who, like the desired wedding gown, is beautiful but only skin-deep. But soon Ford realizes that there’s more to Greer than meets the eye. Her professionalism is matched only by her passion for life and love. . .and, best of all, she has no idea that he’s to the manor born. Could it be that true love is priceless after all?
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Greer Jones closed the iron gate with the heart and lovers' initials wrought into it in front of the two-hundred-year-old house at Two Love Lane. "He wasn't the man for me, Mom," she said into her phone. Behind her the house stood tall and proud beneath a canopy of oak and pecan trees. Its windows — three stories of them — sparkled in the sunlight. Love is everywhere, it seemed to say. Come in and we'll help you find it.
It was Greer's job — and her passion — to help people find love. She was a very successful matchmaker. Every day she was lucky enough to work at Two Love Lane with her best friends and business partners Ella Mancini and Macy Banks, and their office manager and good-luck charm Miss Thing. Greer's specialty was tweaking the secret algorithms they used to make matches to make them as helpful and accurate as possible. She was the brain, the computer whiz, the one with a graduate degree from MIT.
No one knew about her secret hobby — not even her best friends. When she was stressed, she worked on planning her Perfect Wedding. She always thought of it that way: with a capital P and a capital W. At Two Love Lane she'd sit at her desk and happily cut out photos of her favorite wedding gowns, bridesmaid dresses, and wedding cakes, and glue them in a scrapbook. She also had a secret Perfect Wedding Pinterest page she'd stray to when the number crunching got to be a little much.
Her latest Perfect Wedding endeavor was coming up with a playlist for the reception on Spotify. She wanted a band, for sure, not a DJ. But the band had to be really good. The best, in fact. She was more worried about the music — and whether to have cupcakes or a cake — than she was about finding true love.
Perfect Wedding planning wasn't about that. You know, finding a partner. It was about the party stuff! And the girly stuff! The desserts, and the dresses, and the honeymoon location, and the invitations, and the bachelorette parties, and the showers. The list could go on and on.
It was nine in the morning in May, and she'd left the office empty and locked with a sign on the door — BACK AT ELEVEN — to attend a special charity event, an auction for the homeless shelter that Two Love Lane was partially underwriting. So she was anxious to go and support the effort. Ella, Macy, and Miss Thing were in California at a taping of The Price Is Right, celebrating Miss Thing's fiftieth birthday. Greer got stressed watching loud, hyper TV contestants who made ridiculous bids without even thinking about them — especially when they won — so she told the girls she'd stay behind and run the business and attend the auction. They agreed her idea was probably prudent, especially because the spring wedding season had just ended, and lonely people were calling them off the hook, looking for love.
She was walking down King Street toward Wentworth Street in Charleston, South Carolina, the spring sunshine warm on her face, and the scent of jasmine and gardenias filling the air. It was Wednesday, Hump Day. Yay! She was especially glad since she was running the office alone this week. On Monday, she'd had to ask Pete at Roastbusters to come down the alley and help her get Oscar, Macy's cat, out of a tree in the backyard. And on Tuesday, one of Ella's clients had had a huge meltdown about a terrible date. Greer had also forgotten to mail the electric bill Miss Thing had left out on her desk.
But she was surviving. And thriving. Who couldn't when you lived in one of the prettiest, most romantic cities in the world and you worked in the love business?
So on the phone, she gathered from her mother, Patricia, that it was forty-two degrees in her small hometown of Waterloo, Wisconsin. At first Greer thought that was why her mom was in a foul mood. But she soon came to find out it was something else entirely, something that had rocked Greer's world when she'd first found out on social media. Her ex-boyfriend Wesley — a guy she'd dated for ten years — was getting married to someone else.
"He was the one for you, I'm sure of it," her mom said. "And now it's too late."
Too late for what? To be happy? Greer didn't believe it. Her Perfect Wedding scrapbooking had completely stopped by the time she'd finished with Wesley. If that wasn't a sign to her he was the wrong man, she didn't know what was.
"What's your reason?" her mom asked. "Your father and I can't figure you out. Neither can the whole town of Waterloo."
"You'll just have to get over it, Mom. We broke up four years ago."
"And he's been pining away for four years! You know this woman he's marrying is his second-best choice. All you have to do is snap your fingers and he'll come running."
"I don't want to," said Greer, and peeked at the time on her phone. "We dated up close. We dated long-distance through college, my grad school, and his med school, and we tried to make it work. But it didn't. I have to go. I'm heading to an auction. Two Love Lane is one of the sponsors."
Her mother sighed.
"Isn't my success good enough for you?" Greer asked. "I'm doing really well."
"That's fine," said her mother with all the enthusiasm of a NASCAR driver being told to go under the speed limit.
"It doesn't sound fine. I know you worry —"
"You bet we worry."
"But you and Dad don't have to."
There was a miserable beat of silence.
"You match other people." Her mother sounded on the verge of tears. "Why can't you match yourself? You're thirty years old, Greer. You're logical. Organized. Brilliant, in fact. What's holding you up?"
Her words cut deep. "Mom, we're living in the twenty-first century. I can be perfectly happy without a man. But if a nice one comes along, of course I'll leave my options open." Her Perfect Wedding scrapbooking was in high gear again, after all.
"I hope so." Her mother sniffed. "But Greer ..."
"What?" She was running out of patience.
"Try harder. Weddings don't just happen by themselves." And with that, Patricia Jones, queen of patience and polite behavior, was gone.
Wow. Her mother had never hung up on her before.
Greer guessed she should have seen it coming. She'd felt a growing resentment from her parents brewing about Wesley for the last four years, which was a big reason she didn't go home often. Her parents were practical dairy farmers who didn't like conflict. All three of them pretended that everything was fine. Yes, over the dinner table they'd told her they were disappointed she'd broken up with Waterloo's favorite son, but they'd also never acted angry. Now Greer could see that it was because they'd still held out hope she and Wesley would get back together.
But that bridge had now burned, and burned completely.
Greer was long over Wesley, even if her parents and everyone in Waterloo couldn't forgive her for leaving him. It seemed that all her worth — according to them — was tied up in her getting married to him. And now that he was officially out of the picture, her mother had made it clear she wanted Greer to marry someone ... anyone.
Weddings don't happen by themselves.
At the auction, which took place at the beautiful Alumni Memorial Hall in historic Randolph Hall at the College of Charleston, she sat down and tried to get interested in the items up for bid. There was the Wedgwood blue china plate paired with the simple sterling silver candelabra. A butler to a contemporary British prince visiting Charleston had brought them to remind His Royal Highness of home when he had his morning toast. The prince had left the items behind as a gift to his hostess, a true Southern magnolia with a generous heart and an eye for the perfect donation to a fund-raiser. And then there were vacations and restaurant packages and lots of other home décor items: sofas, chairs, fine lamps, and some gorgeous original artwork. She sat through it all, bidding on nothing, buzzing all over with humiliation.
She was not a loser for being single!
So why did she feel like one?
And then an auction item came up that had just been added to the program. It was a wedding gown that had a name! She never knew dresses could have names. How had she missed that, especially with wedding dresses, which she looked at all the time in magazines and online?
It was called Royal Bliss, which instantly made her heart beat faster.
Royal ... Bliss. Two perfect words, put together!
The auctioneer, an energetic older woman in a purple suit, was Fran Banks, the famous New York talk-show host who'd moved to Charleston. She was the guest celebrity hostess at a lot of charity events in Charleston these days. Greer knew her well, since her nephew Deacon had married Greer's business partner Macy last spring. Fran didn't suffer fools lightly, however well she knew them, and let the world know it.
"There's a bit of extraordinary lore associated with this brand-new gown dubbed Royal Bliss," said Fran, "and it's sewn by one of Charleston's own designers who's making a huge splash in New York. She was kind enough to donate her exquisite creation at the last minute. A small heart-shaped patch of this gown's beading, on the center bodice ..."
And she explained that those beads were taken from a shorter bridal veil worn at the wedding reception of a late, great American icon and actress who became a European princess. The tulle on the veil tore that day, but recently the princess's grown children realized that even in its imperfect condition, it was valuable. The beads attached to it were divided into five groups and sold at auction to benefit the late princess's favorite charity. The provenance of this particular set of royal beads accompanied the gown, making it a one-of-a-kind garment and extremely valuable.
Fran let the crowd stir. Greer's heart pounded. What a story! She wished Ella, Macy, and Miss Thing were with her.
"But the best part of the story," Fran said into the microphone, "is that the beads for the original veil were handmade especially for the American princess by an elderly citizen of the prince's country, a woman who was known to be a good witch. She put a spell of sorts on the beads, a wish from the heart specifically designed to beckon true love to the wearer of the gown. And as you all know, the princess did, indeed, have her happily-ever-after with her prince. She lived to an old age and left behind a large, loving family, as well as her Hollywood acting legacy."
The crowd once again murmured its excitement.
"So," Fran said, "whoever wins this lovely dress tonight is going to be very fortunate. Do we have any brides in the audience?"
Only two women raised their hands.
"I've already got my gown," said one. "My mother's."
Everyone said, "Awwww."
And the other said, "It's so tempting, but my dream gown has always been strapless. Sorry."
Royal Bliss had capped sleeves.
"Perfectly understandable," said Fran, "but where are all the other brides?" She scanned the room. "I'll bet there are a few shy ones right here who didn't speak up."
"The rest are probably at the big bridal show in Charlotte," the bride wearing her mother's gown called out.
Fran shook her head. "My goodness. Bad timing for them ... no gown at a bridal show in North Carolina can compare to this one, can it, people?"
"No!" several audience members shouted.
Weddings don't happen by themselves.
Greer couldn't get that out of her head! Of course, she didn't believe the beads on that dress would guarantee the wearer true love, but ...
How could she be sure?
And the dress itself was so gorgeous — and those beads had been worn on the veil of such a famous American actress-turned-princess! Wow! That alone was amazing.
Greer got little tears in her eyes. If she were a bride, Royal Bliss was exactly the dress she would want. Part of her felt a twinge of regret that she'd given up her chance to live the fairy tale, at least for now. She'd never felt that way before. Not until her mother's phone call today, and now, this dress — this special, gorgeous gown.
Her wistfulness became discomfort, building and building into a sort of panic. ...
"Okay, let's start the bidding," said Fran, "at a humble five hundred dollars. Even if you're not a bride, you can bid on this and become a fairy godparent to a bride you know, or if you're extra generous, even a bride you don't know. And remember, every penny from this auction goes to adding beds to the homeless shelter. So think big, people!"
Greer might not have a partner, but she could have a bridal gown. Weddings didn't happen by themselves, right? She was normally so logical and pragmatic, but she was hit with a crazy feeling of utter determination and lust. If she could get this dress, she'd be one step closer to making a wedding come to her.
To heck with having a partner!
She wanted that gown. She wanted it so much, she threw off the voice of reason that usually led her docilely through life and let an impetuous part of her rule the day.
She jumped to her feet. "Five hundred dollars!" she cried.
Fran's eyes nearly bugged out of her head — she had to be wondering how there was even the slightest chance Greer was getting married when she wasn't dating anyone — but she recovered quickly. "That's a fine starting bid. We'll go much higher, I'm sure, but thanks for getting us going."
Greer nodded, aware that she was surrounded by about a hundred people staring at her. She hated being the center of attention, but she often was in Charleston. There was her neutral accent, for one, which had taken her years to cultivate. Now almost no one guessed she'd grown up in Wisconsin (she'd even stopped calling Coke "pop"), but it was clear she was no Southerner, either. She favored monochrome Stella McCartney pant suits and severe yet opulent Chanel briefcases. She didn't have a single monogrammed handbag — Southern women monogrammed everything, including their cars — and she wouldn't be caught dead in a vibrant Lilly sheath.
She smiled at the crowd without really seeing them, which she could do by looking over the top of her signature ivory eyeglass frames. She had four pairs through which she regularly rotated, the same way her mother regularly rotated through vintage farmhouse kitchen aprons she picked up at church jumble sales.
Greer plopped down in her seat. She would have to explain later to Fran that she wasn't engaged. But not now, not in front of all these people.
"Nine hundred," a mild, thin male voice drawled from Greer's left, like a sleepy kitten calling for its mother, and held up his right hand with the fingers spread to clarify the amount because he knew very well no one could hear him.
Greer's insides shrank. That was Pierre Simons — pronounced Simmons, which conveniently identified people who weren't local when they said it wrong. He was a Charleston native whose family arrived in the Lowcountry before the Revolutionary War, and the city's leading fashionista. His family's clothing store for women was called La Di Da. The store had been open in the same location on King Street for a hundred fifty years, although until 1949, when Pierre's mother took it over, it had been called nothing more than Simons Fine Apparel. Pierre was a world traveler and frequent visitor to Milan and New York, where he picked up extravagantly priced frocks and accessories to bring home to Charleston.
He was also a snazzy dresser himself, a lover of bow ties, tasseled loafers, fine shirts, and suits. He didn't own a single pair of jeans.
He hated Two Love Lane, the matchmaking agency Greer had started with her two best friends, because they'd never been able to find him his soul mate, and they'd tried three times.
But how do you find a soul mate for a pompous ass, especially one who spoke so softly you had to come close to experience his barbs and braggadocio? Charlestonians weren't pushovers. Even so, Two Love Lane's most spectacular failure of a client managed to have a gaggle of friends — mainly newly arrived social climbers who didn't know any better, and a few gold diggers — but the agency's famous soul-mate-seeking algorithms hadn't been able to locate anyone who was truly compatible with the man.
Oh, and Pierre also hated Two Love Lane because early on, he'd tried to pick up all three owners — at the same time — and failed.
Why would he want the gown? It was outrageous! He didn't sell wedding gowns at La Di Da, he wasn't getting married, and he was too hard-hearted to be any bride's fairy godparent.
"Nine hundred and fifty dollars!" Greer stood and called out. She held up her index finger, which trembled ever so slightly, and remembered to sit back down. She felt a stab of guilt. She was being rash and irresponsible. It was so unlike her. She didn't need a wedding gown.
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Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings This is book two and it centers around Greer jones who is the numbers person of the matchmaking agency and there are a few reasons why she has avoided love and enjoyed setting up others, but never focused on finding her soulmate for herself. Of course in the first few chapters you meet the probably main guy in the book and the journey sets off from here. I love the setting and the characters in this series, but the plot and the writing were just ok for me. At times the story jumps and was just a bit all over the place and then at other times it flowed just nicely. There were also a few moments where I felt as though there were plot points that didn't quite make sense or just didn't work.
A Wedding at Two Love Lane by Kieran Kramer is the 2nd book in her Two Love Lane series. Greer Jones, our heroine, is a partner in a popular matchmaking agency called Two Love Lane, which covers everything from start to finish; finding the perfect match for the client, helping pick out the wedding dress, and the planning and preparation of the wedding event. Greer loves her job, and helping everyone have their happy ever after; but she has not been successful in finding true love for herself. At an auction, Greer sees a wedding dress that is her dream, and she is desperate to win the bid. After a bidding war, a local business man and villian, hates Greer and her partners (because they couldn’t find him a match), wins the dress, much to Greer’s chagrin. Why does she want the dress, especially since there is no man in her life? She collects a wedding perfect dress album for one day, and this was it. Ford Smith, a British painter, happens to be at the auction and meets Greer. Later, they meet again, as Greer ex- fiancée is in town with his new fiancée, and they plan to stay in the same town as Greer. Ford, was going to paint the ex’s fiancée, but changes his mind; as he finds Greer to be the perfect person to be his muse and he wants to paint her. When the infamous wedding dress is put up in a contest, Greer is determined to enter and win it. However, they will only accept submissions from engaged couples, and Greer convinces Ford to pretend to be her betrothed. A friendship begins, which will eventually turn into a sweet romance. Ford is attracted to Greer, as she is smart, independent, brash and totally different than any other women he has met. Greer thinks Ford is a starving painter, only to find out later that he is wealthy, and his real name is Stanford Elliott Wentworth Smythe, the Eighth Baron of Wickshire. What follows is a fun sweet romance between two different people, from different worlds, and yet their chemistry together was sizzling. The contest, which had about 12 entrants, involved Greer/Ford, her ex-fiancee/his betrothed and other brides to be that was fun to watch, as they had to do different events over the course of a period of a few days, with people voting. Nearer to the end, things did get wild with some dishonest competition. Did Greer win? You need to read the book to find out. A Wedding in Two Love Lane was a nice sweet fun romance, a great couple and some good secondary characters. I thought though that the ending was very abruptly done, and I would have liked to see more. Overall, it was an excellent story, which I suggest you should read, especially if you enjoy fun romances.
Greer Jones is contented with her life in Charleston. After all it's a romantic city and she's a successful matchmaker. When she sees a beautiful wedding gown, Royal Bliss, it makes her dream of love and the perfect wedding. She deserves to be happy. Will this magic wedding dress help her find her HEA? Greer leads an orderly, organized life. I enjoyed seeing her go after her dreams. When she meets Ford, I could feel the attraction. She thinks that he's a struggling artist, not nobility. She's never felt such chemistry. I enjoyed watching them flirt, grow close and fall in love. Ford was a charmer. I fell for him. He was a keeper. Their love story was fantastic. It was filled with heartbreak and hope. Even though I enjoy seeing familiar characters from Two Love Lane, I was drawn to Ford and Greer. I really wanted them to overcome their problems and find love. I like Kieran Kramer's writing style and I enjoy the ladies of Two Love Lane. I received a copy of this book which I voluntarily read and reviewed. My comments are my honest opinion.
The refreshingly sweet book cover lured me in, folks. Greer’s sweet yet harmlessly impulsive at times demeanor kept me there, as I was intrigued how things would work out between her and Ford Smith, our Englishman in Charleston, handsome, secret Baron, painter hero. I certainly wasn’t expecting his unwelcomed/complicated, bombshell big reveal that got in the way before they could even come close to becoming a couple. Kudos to him though for being upfront about it, and not keeping it from Greer, who immediately offered encouraging words of support. Unfortunately, it came with some of my most dreaded OW type drama. Oddly enough, it remained in the background through most of the book. Resurfacing, however, at the worst of times. Greer’s got some ex issues of her own. Besides a little uncomfortableness about the best way to deal with it all, I felt she kept a decent handle on things pretty much all the time. Though her obsessiveness about obtaining a certain item had this book taking a turn towards a reality TV vibe I didn’t see coming, I found her initial heart’s desire in owning it rather sweet. Ford played along with it and the ball keep rolling at a leisurely pace as these two started spending time together and began falling for each other. Though posing for his portrait like she did made me a tad uncomfortable. Until around 85%, Ford had won me over. What happened? Well, this openly confesses he’ll never love again hero has a huge knucklehead moment. Sure, he comes to his senses eventually and makes a grand forever type gesture, but I would have liked to have seen him grovel longer. He got off easy, IMHO, folks. Meaning, Greer was quick to accept his apology and, well, something else. It was, however, sweet to see how he pulled everything together so quickly. Tite: A Wedding at Two Love Lane, Series: Two Love Lane (Book 2), Author: Kieran Kramer, Pages: 346, stand-alone but part of a series, ex drama on both sides, relationship angst, some steamy scenes, good guy hero who has a knucklehead moment, sweet heroine, maybe baby mama drama. 3.5 stars Book 1 - Christmas at Two Love Lane (Macy and Deacon) Book 2 - A Wedding at Two Love Lane (Greer and Ford) Book 3 - Second Chance at Two Love Lane (no details available yet) (I received an advanced reader copy via NetGalley. I was not given any payment or compensation for this review, nor is there any affiliation or relationship between this reviewer and the author/publisher/NetGalley.)
Rating: 4.5/5 First impressions can be so wrong - yet lead to something so right! This is a fairytale, contemporary romance in which the secret dreamer, Greer Jones, meets the artist and realist, Ford Smith, and wants to learn to dream himself! Greer is a techie who has been keeping scrapbook wedding plans for years but has never met the man with whom she’d like to put those plans into action. When she spots the wedding dress of her dreams being auctioned, she just has to bid on it, even though she’s not planning on marrying any time soon. Her arch enemy, however, is determined she won’t win it. She asks the handsome man next to her for help and to go to a party where there will be a raffle to win the dress, not realising he’s a member of the British peerage and not a penniless artist! Get ready for laugh out loud moments, dreams, a fake engagement, nightmares and romance in this delightful story. The characters are fun, believable and easy to relate to. It is a lovely story, a great addition to the series and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. I’m certainly looking forward to the next book in this series and have no hesitation in recommending this - and the previous story in the series, Christmas at Two Love Lane. I believe both stories may be read as a standalone though the ladies at Two Love Lane are key characters in both stories. I requested and received a copy of this novel, via NetGalley. This is my honest review after choosing to read it.
I so enjoyed the story of Greer and Ford. Greer works at a matchmaking agency and is always dreaming of her perfect wedding when she comes across a contest with a wedding dress that she must have. With a chance encounter with Ford Smith, a Brit that paints for a living. She asks him to be her fake date. Ford though is hiding the fact that he is a Baron. Ford is just coming out of a bad breakup and is not looking for love. Little do both know what is in the future for them. Loved how the relationship of Greer and Ford developed, finding love when you least expect it. Loved the southern charm of this story. A truly fun entertaining read that I highly recommend.
A Wedding At Two Love Lane by Kieran Kramer is a fabulous read. Ms. Kramer has delivered a well-written book. The characters are fun and lovable. Greer is a matchmaker and fell in love with a wedding dress at an auction. She is outbid by her nemesis, only to keep her from having it. He then puts the dress in his store as a prize in a contest. Ford is a painter and he wants to paint Greer. He offers to partner her in the contest. Their story is packed with drama, humor and sizzle. Did I mention the characters are outstanding? Yes, they're my favorite part of the book. A Wedding At Two Love Lane is the second Two Love Lane book I've read but I think I like this one best. This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger. I voluntarily read an Advance Reader Copy of this book that I received from NetGalley.
Greer is good at finding love for others but when it comes to herself she would just rather let fate happen when it happens. When she is after the wedding dress of her dreams it seems that fate may have other options for her. Ford is an artist first and foremost and when he sees Greer he knows he need to convince her to help him but how he goes about it he's not sure if she will help him or boot him to the door with out a backwards glance. Can they both come together and help each other or will it all be just a little to much for them and the craziness they have set out to obtained? I really want to like this book but I just couldn't. I found the story a little much, to much detail to drag the story out. I felt like the story was predictable as well more time then not. I loved Miss Thing she had this mama quirkiness about her and she was always a good laugh. I loved Jill she had this take not prisoner felling about her and she would stop at nothing even when fear seemed to much. I really didn't like Pierre he was super annoying and you wanted to punch him so the author did an amazing job with him. This story does has adult language so may not be suitable to for all ages.
A Wedding At Two Love Lane by Kieran Kramer is book Two in the "Two Love Lane" series. This is the story of Greer Jones and Stanford Elliott Wentworth Smythe, the Eighth Baron of Wickshire aka Ford Smith. I have read the previous book but feel this is easily a standalone book. Greer and her friend run a match making/dating agency business. Although Greer was once engaged she never found that spark with him or any other man. But she always had a dream book filled with wedding wishes and stuff. One day at an auction she spies the dream wedding dress and goes into a biding war but looses it. Then she finds out the new owner will be doing a contest for the winner to get the dress. Greer happens to meet Ford who she thinks is a poor fellow and sets in motion a pretend engagement to help set in motion her chances of winning the dress. Ford has just recently gotten out of a bad relationship where the women was just out for his money, has distrust in women now. So when he first meets Greer he thinks she is just another women out to get something and doesn't tell her who he really is. But the more he gets to know her the more he is finding out he was wrong....but how will she take the truth of his true self?
Most little girls (okay, older women, too) dream of their Perfect Wedding. As we are now in the digital age, there are Pinterest boards devoted to each woman’s ideal of what their Perfect Wedding should look like; many (most?) of them planning even before they have a groom. Such is the case with Greer Jones; she is up to 19 Perfect Wedding books. She is so moved by a wedding dress named Royal Bliss at auction that she decides she must have it. Such begins Kieran Kramer’s latest Two Love Lane book, A Wedding at Two Love Lane. Royal Bliss lives up to the promise to bring the wearer (or bidder) their own lifetime HEA as Greer literally falls into the lap of Ford Smith, aka Stanford Elliott Wentworth Smythe, the English Baron of Wickshire. Both Greer and Ford are wary and slow to trust. As they compete together to win the gown, Greer realizes that the Perfect Wedding doesn’t matter; it is the who, not the what, that is important. I really love Kramer’s writing style, it is sweetly southern. There is a solid cast of supporting characters who add richness and depth to the storyline. This novel feels very much to me like an old Hepburn and Tracy screwball comedy. The action and the dialogue are fast and witty. Once you start reading you won’t want to stop. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this novel.
A Wedding at Two Love Lane by Kieran Kramer Two Love Lane #2 Greer Jones is a matchmaker but she is also a dreamer. She has been planning the “perfect” wedding with pins and scrapbooks for a long time. When she sees the “perfect” wedding gown she tries to pick it up at auction and fails only to be given another opportunity to win it through a bit of game playing promotion put on by the auction winner of the dress. Wanting to win she shows up with Ford Smith, an artist, and begins to compete. Ford is more than she thinks he is while also being leery of love. The two do finally end up with a HEA BUT there are some twists and turns and hoops to get through before it happens. I had trouble relating to these characters and the idea of “perfect” dress, wedding, man, whatever…matches can be made but relationships take work. I didn’t see what Greer and Ford saw in one another and had trouble understanding their motivations. There were side characters and baddies and goodies and…maybe this book had the feel of a New Adult romance and that is what put me off…not sure. Anyway, I am sure some will love this story and find it a fun filled way to spend some time. It did not appeal to me, though. Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for the ARC – This is my honest review. 2-3 Stars
I enjoyed reading A Wedding at Two Love Lane by Kieran Kramer, book two in her new Two Lane series. Greer is the tech person among the ladies running Two Love Lane, creating the algorithms for love matches. One day, while the other three ladies are out of town Greer is out-bidded for a one-of-a-kind wedding dress at an auction, encounters her ex-boyfriend and his fiancé, and meets an Englishman. Ford, hiding the fact that he is a Baron, is an artist spending time in Charleston to paint the last picture for his show. When the winner of the gown runs a contest for brides, Ford helps Greer, who entered, try to win it in exchange for her posing for him. I love that both are honest with each other about their pasts but not their feelings. I also liked the way Ms. Kramer handled the ex-boyfriend as well as Ford’s epiphany about his painting and brother. There are a number of surprises and twists and turns before anyone can have a happy ever after. I really loved reading this book and had trouble putting it down, but I wanted, no needed, an epilogue telling me the answers to a couple of cliffhangers. Ms. Kramer wove a delightful story, drawing me in and not letting go until I read the last page. I definitely recommend this book to other readers and look forward to reading the next book in this series. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Greer Jones is one of the three partners at Two Love Lane, a matchmaking agency. For years she dated her high school boyfriend, and everyone expected them to marry--but when he proposed, she realized she didn't love him, and said no. It's just as well her business is in Charleston, South Carolina, rather than her little home town of Waterloo, Wisconsin, because everyone, including her parents, thinks she did the wrong thing. But now, on the same day she finds out her old boyfriend, Wesley, is engaged, she attends a charity auction and loses out on a beautiful wedding dress with a magical story to it, to one of the few clients she was never able to find a soulmate for. He makes it clear he's going to use it in some revenge plan. At the same auction, she meets an artist, who is handsome, charming, and only in Charleston temporarily. He says his name is Ford Smith. He wants to paint her portrait. Where is all this going? Crazy places! Fun places! Only one of the Two Love Lane partners is married. Ford, of course, has a much longer name, and a romantic history of his own that left him standing at the altar--but his ex-fiancée is now pregnant, and he might be the father of twins. Or his ex-groomsman might be... Julie, sister of one of the other partners, has a secret love she's separated from for reasons that might seem silly to people who don't have any serious phobias. The ex-client that got the wedding dress, Pierre Simons, launches a contest to promote his bridal wear business. Greer, for no logical reason, enters the contest with her new friend Ford, only to find they're competing against her ex-boyfriend and his new fiancée, Serena, in the finals. Can this get any crazier? Yes, Yes, it can. And it's a lot of fun. Silly, but fun. And I admit I can't figure out how Ford, with both parents living and a living older brother, is the Eighth Baron Wickshire. But perhaps that's just being picky. It's still fun. Enjoy. I received a free electronic galley of this book from the publisher via NetGalley, and am reviewing it voluntarily.
The well defined characters and the good storyline kept my interest throughout the whole book! Really good story
What an adventure! It all started at an auction with a wedding dress. Greer's mother is telling her that she shouldn't have broken up (4years ago) with her boyfriend. Now he is engaged again and Greer isn't. Greer doesn't regret saying no to her ex, but it has caused some problems. Then she sees the magical wedding dress at the auction. Problem is, there is someone else that wants it just because she wants it. When she loses the dress, she meets an Englishman. Ford has followed Greer because he wants to paint her. He doesn't want to get caught up in her fervor for the wedding dress. The problem is, he does get caught up. He was jilted at the alter and is not looking for a new love. There is too much heartache there. But, Greer is different and he can't help but go along with the quest for the dress. Greer is also competing for the dress with her ex and his new fiancée. Ford and Greer live on different continents and she isn't sure that she will be able to keep him. He is fighting love and isn't sure why.
This is the second book in the Two Love Lane series. After I finished Christmas at Two Love Lane which was Macy and Deacon's story I was very much looking forward to reading the stories of the other two matchmaker friends, Greer Jones and Ella Mancini. A Wedding at Two Love Lane is Greer's stroy. She meets our hero at an auction where she tries and fails to make the winning bid for a beautiful wedding gown even though she isn't engaged or even dating anyone. It turns out that a handsome Brit, Ford Smith who is really Baron Stanford Ellitt Wentworth Smythe, traveling as Ford Smith so he isn't recognized, is sitting next to Greer at the auction. And not just by chance! Greer and Ford both have some baggage from past experiences but there is a special connection between them from the first day they meet. I was totally engaged in the development of their relationship which kept me turning the pages to see what all would occur before they have their HEA. It's a fascinating story. I highly recommend it!
A Wedding at Two Love Lane is the second book in Two Love Lane series. While I wasn't a huge fan of the first book in the series, I truly loved this one. Greer and Ford just seemed to click right from the beginning. As love will do it sneaks up on these two even though neither is looking for any kind of relationship. Both have been burned in the past but it seems that what is growing between them is the real deal. Will Greer still accept Ford once she finds out he's not the starving artist she believes him to be?? This book is wonderfully written and I think you will enjoy the story and characters as much as I did. I highly recommend this one.
This novel takes us back to Two Love Lane for a second chance romance. Greer is one of the matchmakers at True Love Lane and takes pride in her achievements. Although she is good at matchmaking, it doesn't mean that she can just as easily find her soulmate. She has already walked away from a long term relationship. Ford is an English gentleman masquerading as a poor artist during his stay in Charleston. He too has been deceived by a money grabber and has no faith in love. When Ford sets eyes on Greer, he sees his muse in her. He attends a charity auction where Greer is set on bidding for a wedding gown with some history attached to it. Unfortunately, she is a partnerless bride. He steps in as the pretend groom and they find themselves having to compete with other couples for this prize. It ends up in a TV reality show and although they become friends and comfortable with the situation, things take a turn for the worse. On top of that, he receives some unsettling news. There is a connection between them, but their situation doesn't give them much room to explore further. Can they turn things around to have a happily ever after? I like the storyline and Ford's true identity makes it a bit of a fairy tale. Greer's obsession and the length that she is prepared to go to for the perfect wedding are a tad over the top. I felt that Jill's story interferes with the main story, but it’s an read enjoyable nevertheless. I was kindly issued with an eARC via NetGalley and the views expressed are my personal opinion.
It's stories like this that remind me why I love romance. Kieran Kramer reminds us why it's okay to dream. Modern day reality meets fairytale fantasy and creates unforgettable magic. Greer is a dreamer, whose lost the will to dream. Ford is a realist who wants to learn how to dream. A beautiful dress, a chance encounter and one night that rivals any childhood fantasy could be the beginning of something wonderful. Wedding at Two Love Lane is a sentimental tale that allows readers to escape into the world of classic romance and remember when.