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Almost a Bride
     

Almost a Bride

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by Jo Watson
 

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That awkward moment you catch your boyfriend in bed with another woman and then mistakenly get arrested #chargesdropped

Annie knows life isn't always fair. Sometimes you win. Sometimes you lose. Sometimes you get mistaken for a crazed intruder when you come home early and find your boyfriend wearing nipple clamps with a coworker on the night you thought he

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That awkward moment you catch your boyfriend in bed with another woman and then mistakenly get arrested #chargesdropped

Annie knows life isn't always fair. Sometimes you win. Sometimes you lose. Sometimes you get mistaken for a crazed intruder when you come home early and find your boyfriend wearing nipple clamps with a coworker on the night you thought he was going to propose to you.

The important thing is to move on, and for Annie that means treating herself to a tropical vacation. But when she runs into her ex and his new woman staying at the same resort, reason is washed out to sea. Caught off guard, Annie pretends she's with Chris, a cute screenwriter she meets on the beach. With his own writing blocked, Chris is happy to help Annie craft a story to save face. Soon Annie isn't just getting over her ex, she's getting under Chris. As her fictional feelings grow increasingly real, Annie has to decide if she's ready to risk her heart on a new relationship."

Top Pick! Almost a Bride put a smile on my face more than once. The dialogue was witty, the words were well-written and the heroine was one-of-a-kind." —Harlequin Junkie

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
01/02/2017
Watson continues her Destination Love contemporary series (Burning Moon) with this middling story set on the beaches of Mauritius, where heartbroken Annie Anderson tries to have some fun while making sense of her shattered life. When her boyfriend cheated, she lost not only her dream of becoming his wife but also her job, her home, and her self-esteem. When her friends are delayed from joining her on their group vacation, Annie finds herself alone of the beach, where she meets screenwriter Gemini “Chris” Christophersen. He doesn’t believe in love, though it’s all he writes about. Since neither is interested in a relationship, they embark on fully open conversations, feeling they have nothing to lose. Annie is drawn to Chris’s sense of humor and he finds pleasure in her straightforwardness. When they run into Annie’s ex and his new flame, Chris steps in and pretends to be Annie’s boyfriend. There are some laugh-out-loud moments, but the ages of the characters are out of sync with their juvenile antics, and readers will find the ultimate prank hard to swallow. The opening is cleverly creative, but the story doesn’t hold up to the hype. Agent: Erica Silverman, Trident Media Group. (Feb.)
From the Publisher
"Top Pick! Almost a Bride put a smile on my face more than once. The dialogue was witty, the words were well-written and the heroine was one-of-a-kind."—Harlequin Junkie

"Top Pick! This book is even better than the first."—Night Owl Reviews

"Full of pure-joy romance, laugh-out-loud moments and tearjerkers, Burning Moon has it all."—RT Book Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781455595501
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
01/31/2017
Series:
Destination Love Series , #2
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
165,067
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.20(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Jo Watson is an award-winning writer of romantic comedies. Burning Moon won a Watty Award in 2014. Jo is an Adidas addict and a Depeche Mode devotee.

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Almost a Bride 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Musings_of_Madjy 10 months ago
If you love some good laugh-out-loud moments with your romance, you will LOVE this! I certainly enjoyed the fun, tongue-in-cheek humor laced throughout this really fantastic story. :) Chris is a screenwriter who is staying at a tropical resort, hoping to overcome his writer's block. Annie is a woman who is on a vacation trying to get away from wallowing over the fact that she found her boyfriend (who she was so sure was about to propose!) having some kinky sex with his business partner. But she can't get away from them because they happen to be staying at the same resort... So Chris, practically a stranger, steps in and pretends to be her boyfriend. Chris and Annie both grow so much from start to finish in this, becoming better and happier versions of themselves, which is really just such an absolute joy to watch! I loved Chris's vulnerability and just how much of a sweetheart he was... and yet also how snarky he could be. Annie gets stronger and more confident, and you seriously cannot help but root for her plucky character. 'Cause, honestly, who can't relate at least a bit to how she handles things with her ex? The setting of this was wonderful, and I really liked that Annie was from South Africa, and that they went to Mauritius. As with everything else with this story, it was just different enough to be intersting while still being relatable. Their chemistry is hot & steamy, and undeniable basically from the first moment they meet. Add to that their adorably sweet moments and you've got a solid romance. There are some pretty outrageous things that happen in this, and it reminded me a lot of the Rom Coms "Just Go With It" and "Forgetting Sarah Marshall". The hijincks are so vivid and well-described that you can see them happening right in front of you and have no problem suspending a bit of disbelief. The only real criticism that I have of this is that it did drag a bit after the vacation is over. Though I won't deny that that also may have been because I was so impatient for these two to get their acts together. :) This is funny, sweet, and sexy, with some wonderful build-up and an amusing story. Definitely one that I would recommend!!
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jo Watson’s AMOST A BRIDE is a sweet, funny, sexy romp, a book that’s perfect for curling up with beside the fireplace on a Sunday afternoon. Annie arrives home early from work, she hears something unusual in her house. Grabbing a knife, she calls 911 and seeks out the sounds, only to find her boyfriend in bed with another woman—nipple clamps included. She’s angry and hurt; they see the knife and assume the worst. The police arrive, and Annie’s arrested. While the charges are dropped, Annie soon finds herself without a job, a boyfriend, and a home. She mourns and scrapes by, until her friends take pity on her and invite her to go on a tropical vacation with them. There, she meets and flirts with a screenwriter named Chris and then runs into—guess who—her ex-BF and his new GF. To save face, Chris offers to be her pretend fiancé. We know how that turns out! Romance ensues. I loved Annie’s voice! She’s smart, laugh-out-loud funny, and highly sympathetic. In no time, I was rooting for her and Chris, hoping they’d not only show up the ex-BF, but find their HEA. Full of twists and a few surprises, ALMOST A BRIDE grabbed me from page one and didn’t let go until I’d reached the end. I can’t wait to see what Jo Watson writes next. Thank you NetGalley, Forever, and Jo Watson, for giving me an ARC of ALMOST A BRIDE in exchange for an honest review.
amatate More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars Almost a Bride played out much like a romantic comedy movie, an ode to the hero’s occupation as a screenwriter. It was a cute standalone story with an upbeat vibe. The writing was detailed with a steady pace and flowing dialogue. The setting in the second book of the Destination Love series made this a bit more unique. The main character- Annie- is originally from South Africa. Therefore, a good portion of the book takes place in that location. After a troubling break-up, Annie and her friends plan a girls’ vacation to an island resort where the bulk of the story is set. The descriptive writing made this aspect wonderful in many ways. The location came alive with sights, scents, and sounds vividly described. However, the descriptions occasionally slowed the pace of the story. These moments didn’t last long, but did keep me from getting swept away. The plotline is fun, despite it being ripe with cliché. Perhaps the plot devices and humor would strike me as less original if the author hadn’t acknowledged the silliness of the situations through the dialogue and Annie’s thoughts. As it was, Chris’s and Annie’s humor and responses to the bizarre occurrences made it truly enjoyable. While the story did stray a little too far into the far-fetched territory for me to find humorous at times, it never discouraged me from reading. The characters themselves were also interesting. Although I didn’t love her at first, Annie showed a lot of growth which seems rare in contemporary romance these days. I liked reading about her character’s progression, and was rooting for her to find her HEA by the end. I thought Chris had a good amount of depth too, and appreciated that the ending gave him a chance to develop more as a character. I wish we saw them together as a couple longer, but I understood why the author chose not to focus on that part of their relationship. Overall, I enjoyed watching their personal lives and relationship blossom. I think this is a nice read for fans of lighter romances who also want their characters to have significant transformation throughout the story. * Alpha Book Club provided with eARC. The publisher and author had no influence over this review*
BookishThings More than 1 year ago
Almost a Bride is such a fun book. It’s definitely one that will get you out of a slump and laughing. I absolutely adored Annie. She’s fun, quirky, and gets caught in the most awkward situations. I couldn’t even imagine my reaction to some of the things that happen. I don’t want to say what they are because it’ll take away from the shock of it. I do have to say that I love when fake relationships turn into more. You basically start out as friends and things just blossom. I loved the easiness between Annie and Chris. It’s like they’ve known each other for years rather than days. There are of course a few bumps along the way, but it’s how you handle those situations that show the type of person you are. And can I just say that Annie is much better off without the guy who sent her into a downward spiral. Almost a Bride is a quick, fun read. You’ll be laughing, snorting, and just having a great time while you read about Annie and Chris.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
It's a thin line between love, hate and a jail cell. Or maybe she's losing her mind. Almost a Bride is a breath of fresh air. Author Jo Watson not only delivers hilarious moments of comic relief but shines with her message of positivity in situations that could break anyone's spirit. Annie may not be as optimistic as she pretends to be but she lights up each page with her antics and helps the story shine. I've just added Jo Watson to my one click collection.