Brown-Eyed Girl: A Novel

Brown-Eyed Girl: A Novel

by Lisa Kleypas


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Wedding planner Avery Crosslin may be a rising star in Houston society, but she doesn't believe in love-at least not for herself. When she meets wealthy bachelor Joe Travis and mistakes him for a wedding photographer, she has no intention of letting him sweep her off her feet. But Joe is a man who goes after what he wants, and Avery can't resist the temptation of a sexy southern charmer and a hot summer evening.

After a one night stand, however, Avery is determined to keep it from happening again. A man like Joe can only mean trouble for a woman like her, and she can't afford distractions. She's been hired to plan the wedding of the year-a make-or-break event.

But complications start piling up fast, putting the wedding in jeopardy, especially when shocking secrets of the bride come to light. And as Joe makes it clear that he's not going to give up easily, Avery is forced to confront the insecurities and beliefs that stem from a past she would do anything to forget.

The situation reaches a breaking point, and Avery faces the toughest choice of her life. Only by putting her career on the line and risking everything-including her well-guarded heart-will she find out what matters Lisa Kleypas's Brown-Eyed Girl.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312605377
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 08/11/2015
Series: Travis Family Series , #4
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Lisa Kleypas is the RITA Award-winning author of many contemporary and historical romance novels, including A Wallflower Christmas, Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor, and Love in the Afternoon. Her books are published in fourteen languages and are bestsellers all over the world. Kleypas graduated from Wellesley College and published her first novel at the age of 21. In 1985, she was named Miss Massachusetts in the Miss America competition. She lives in Washington with her husband and two children.

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Brown-Eyed Girl 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
never disappoints; however, this is not her best effort. It is sweet and funny but not one that I will return to often.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I waited far to long to be let down so dramatically. What a disappointment. The first two are in my top five favorite books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very short and simplistic compared to the rest of the books in this series, and with the author's other work. Predicable and formulaic. Joe had no character growth.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Joe is barely even IN the book! It's more about Avery and her friends than the actual "relationship"... if it can even be called that??? This is the first Kleypas book that I've been disappounted in and waiting SO long for it I really expected MUCH more than this bland excuse for a book. Did she even write this? Didn't even seem her style. Totally phoned this one in 100%. So bummed. So so so bummed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really a letdown compared with the rest of the series. Bummer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tepid and anemic compared to the rest of the series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked this book. I loved catching up with the characters from past books. Ella and Jack are my favorite but Joe's story was good too. I can agree that the writing style seems a little different but maybe that was needed to keep the series fresh. Joe and Avery are a charming couple. I liked the second plotline with Avery's sister as well. Although, i wasnt quite sure what was keeping her from her love interest. Everything considered the characters journey was a fun read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read and loved Lisa Kleypas books for years and was so excited to see she had a new book. Unfortunately, I was left disappointed and let down. This book left me extremely bored.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While not as engaging as the first books in the series, Brown Eyed Girl is an enjoyable wrap up to a diverse romantic quartet. The themes of love, family, and finding balance in life are blended with humor and hope.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Much too expensive for an e-book. Get it from the library.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loe the entire series! Her modern series are Great!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, It is my first time reading Lisa and I am disappointed that I had not read the previous books before it, Had no idea it was a series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read the 3 previous stories in this series multiple times. As this one came out quite some time later, I just got back to it. I should have read it sooner. I can't say it was my favorite but I can say that it is worthy of the series. I loved the characters. Ms Kleypas always does such a wonderful job with characterization. Would in fact love to see a story for Ryan and going back to the beginning, Liberties sister, all grown up. Kudos My Kleypas.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite Travis books
Buecherwurm161 More than 1 year ago
A Nice Read. I was a First Read Winner of this book, and I really liked it. I did not realize that this was Book 4 in the series, if I had known I would not have entered, but I never felt lost or confused as to who everybody was, I liked the storyline and the main characters and the only negative thing I have to say is that the ending felt rushed to me. It took so long for our heroine to come to terms with what she wanted from life that all of a sudden it was all wrapped up. I wanted a little bit more details, but that is just my own preference. Otherwise a very entertaining and lovely read.
Bigedsgirl1 More than 1 year ago
I am a huge fan of Lisa Kleypas's historical romances, but have been resistant to trying her contemporary romances. This book was recommended to me by an ebook retailer based on my previous purchases, so I gave it a try. What a wonderful story with well drawn characters, both primary and secondary! How could I expect any less from an author as gifted as Lisa Kleypas. This was the 4th book in her Travis Family series, but can be read as a standalone, and has no cliffhangers. I have already added the previous 3 books of the series to my TBR shelf and Brown-Eyed Girl will be placed on my favorites shelf along side my other favorites by Ms. Kleypas. If you have only read the historical romances written by Ms. Kleypas, give this series a try; I promise you won't regret it.
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Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
This is the fourth book in the Travis series (all standalone) and is the story of Joe and his love interest Avery. Avery is a wedding planner, a no-nonsense gal who runs a tight ship on everything, including her emotions. When Joe expresses an interest in her after she mistakenly assumes he's a wedding photographer and not a guest at the wedding she's in charge of, she's quick to politely turn him down. But he is persistent, a charming southern gentleman, and so she treats herself to a one of a kind, one night stand with the intention of never repeating it and just reliving the memories. But just like the first time they met, Joe won't take no for an answer and slowly but surely she is seduced by him into a relationship that excites and delights her at the same time as it scares her to death. Because a man like Joe couldn't really be interested in a curvy girl like her and she's braced for the day when he realizes it. Only, somehow, the tables get turned and she's got to be the one to decide whether she's willing to bet on a future with Joe or follow her dreams. Will she make the right choice? This was such a lovely story! I enjoyed every bit of it, from meeting up with Joe's family and his care and affection for them and they for each other, to Avery's quirky character that gets caught in alternating bouts of confidence and self-doubt. She's had a lousy time of it with men, from bad parental advice from her father to the disastrous ending of her past relationship. Joe seems too good to be true - friendly, charming, and interested in her when he could have his pick from high society. I loved Joe in this story as he doesn't give up on Avery, steadily working his way into her good graces (and her heart) and never giving up on her, even when her own doubts make her do things that would have the reader shake her by the shoulders and say "Are you crazy? This rich, handsome, desirable man wants you, and you're turning him down?!" Although the story is told from Avery's point of view, it's clear that Joe is the type of guy every woman can only dream of meeting, one who is supremely patient in the midst of adversity, a wonderful caring lover and someone who could be your best friend. (yes, he's now at the top of my book boyfriend list!). Their love scenes are sweet and sexy and humorous too, a wonderful combination. While the romance is going on, Avery is working hard at building her business and I really enjoyed the scenes with her and her half sister Sofia, as well as their staff (including Sofia's love interest Steven) as they navigate weddings of the rich (old money and new). When Joe's cousin Ryan is in need of a wedding planner for his upcoming marriage to his pregnant girlfriend, Avery must perform a balancing act between family loyalty and her job and I loved the way this part of the plot unfolded for the reader, making me very glad that wedding planning is not something I do for a living! Suffice it to say it added a lot of tension and drama to the story. When Avery has to admit to herself that Joe means more to her than she planned, she also must make some pretty heavy decisions about her future, especially when Joe makes it clear that a long distance relationship is not in the cards for him. As well, there are some serious moments involving the Travis family that tug at the heartstrings and make it clear how committed this family is to keeping each other safe and happy. From beginning to end, this was a delightful read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love thiscauthors work but this wasnt as great as the other stories. As much as I love the other siblings this novel barely invited them in. Id rather a follow up to Liberty, Haven, and Ella to hear how they are and if their families are growing. I was also sad nit to have Churchill. This story left out a lot of much needed Travis characters.
judiOH More than 1 year ago
this was the perfect ending in this series. we all needed to read joe's happily ever after.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Compared to the other novels in this series, I found this book to be predictable and boring. This was most definitely the worst book in the series, which I found very disappointing because Lisa Kleypas is my favorite author. If you are looking for a dramatic and romantic book with an exciting climax this will only disappoint.
SaraBetty More than 1 year ago
I loved it... I thought Avery and Joe were a delightful couple... Avery so up tight and wary; Joe so totally unflappable... Avery and her sister were so unalike and yet they ran a high end wedding planning business very successfully... It was humorous big business... When Avery was confronted with the biggest wedding ever she learned the bride was pregnant with other than the grooms baby... She had trapped a wealthy man who could support her into marrying her and planned to take him to the bank in divorce so she could marry the baby's father and live off her ex's money... What would Avery do??? Then when Avery had to choose between a BIG job in NYC or the man she loved in Texas.... What would Avery do??? Read this quirky book and find out... A fun read...
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars Reviewed by Suzanne and posted at Under The Covers Book Blog We finally get the last single Travis sibling, Joe’s book! Although this isn’t something I have personally been pining for I still couldn’t wait to read it, it is Lisa Kleypas after all. Up and coming wedding planner Avery Crosslin doesn’t believe in love, especially love at first sight, at least not for her; however, Joe Travis seems to be challenging her belief. As expected, I enjoyed the book, I don’t think Kleypas is capable of writing something I won’t like, her writing was fantastic and her characters were likable; what she has created is a light-hearted and sweet romance. But, this book lacked the intensity and impact the other books in the Travis series were packing. I will never forget Hardy and Haven; Jack and Ella and even Liberty and Gage, each story grabbed me and churned the emotions out of me. Brown-Eyed Girl lacked that same intensity of emotion and connection and instead of a captivating read it was just a nice one. But, in a market saturated with mediocre releases, this definitely shines, Lisa Kleypas seemingly effortlessly producing a quality book perfect for relaxing with.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story was just ok. It didn't have the same tugging of heart strings most of Ms. Kleypas' books have. Joe was a flat character. I had such high hopes for him. I'm a little disappointed.