Payton Vaughn's trip to Puerto Vallarta for her friend's wedding was her big escape from her ridiculously overbearing mother—oh, and that little matter with her cheating fiancé. Now, her flight's been cancelled, and she's crammed into a tiny car with the gorgeous-but-irritating best man.
Viva la road trip from hell...
Cruz Sorensen doesn't have time to babysit some spoiled socialite, even if she is the future daughter-in-law of the man who could change the fortune of his family's company. He has no business getting to know her better—not even for all the tequila in Mexico...until they wake up with grande-sized hangovers as man and wife.
Now Payton and Cruz must decide if they've reached the end of their journey...or the beginning of a new adventure.
Each book in the Sorensen Family series is a standalone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Book #1 Her Backup Boyfriend
Book #2 Her Accidental Husband
Book #3 The Playboy's Proposal
Book #4 Her Surprise Engagement
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Her Accidental Husband
A Sorensen Family Book
By Ashlee Mallory, Alycia Tornetta
Entangled Publishing, LLCCopyright © 2015 Ashlee Mallory
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What the heck is he doing here?
Payton Vaughn looked away from the familiar face with the chiseled jaw and lips that seemed to always be drawn into a frown — especially around her — and outside to the tarmac behind him where the plane was preparing for boarding. There was no chance that the best man boarding this particular flight from Dallas-Fort Worth to Puerto Vallarta was a coincidence. Had he been on the earlier flight from Salt Lake as well?
Undoubtedly, her best friend had something to do with this. Didn't think her maid of honor could make it to Mexico in one piece without a designated babysitter. Good thing Payton loved Kate like a sister or she'd be dead meat by the end of the night, whether it was Kate's wedding weekend or not.
Cruz Sorensen, of all people, as her chaperone?
The song from Psycho's shower scene erupted from Payton's cell phone on the seat beside her. She closed her eyes.
The possibility of letting it go to voicemail came and was quickly dismissed. If she didn't answer, her mother would call airport security and then the National Guard to put out a world-wide alert that her daughter was missing. Emily Vaughn hadn't taken Payton's plan to fly off to Mexico for a weekend by herself very well, and Payton had made the mistake of giving her mother a copy of her flight itinerary to ease her mind.
So she knew boarding didn't begin for another ten minutes.
Payton tried not to sigh as she answered her phone. "Hello, Mother."
"I only want you to know that I just hung up with the florist as you weren't here to take the call but, please, don't worry yourself. I'll take care of everything," her mother said in the martyred voice with a slight Southern twang Payton knew well. "Even if you'll be thousands of miles away gallivanting around Mexico because your friend didn't have the tact and graciousness to plan her impromptu wedding after yours. Despite the fact that yours has been scheduled for months."
Payton let the words roll over her as she watched Cruz Sorensen click away on the keyboard, engrossed in the screen. He was pretty hard to miss. Shiny raven-black hair clipped short and neat, never a hair out of place. A dark countenance adding to that mysterious, sexy allure, thanks to his half-Mexican heritage on his mother's side, something she had learned from Kate. And those dark brown eyes that, even though they weren't looking her way, she knew captured his intelligence and wariness.
Even in a simple black button down shirt and jeans, Cruz Sorensen emitted an aura of intelligence and passion and, most of all, ambition. From what Kate had told her, it was this same ambition that had brought his family's construction business from obscurity to recent fame in the skyrocketing Utah construction realm.
Too bad he was a certified ass-hat.
"Thanks, Mother. But you should let Camille handle all that. After all, she is the wedding planner. That's what we're paying her for."
"Please. Camille, pretty girl that she is, wouldn't know a dessert fork from a salad fork if the fate of the free world depended on it. The finer details of this event, I'm afraid, will be left to me. We wouldn't want to show our governor, state senators, or any of the other guests anything less than the best."
Yes, there was that. Lord. Payton couldn't wait for this whole event to be over with. But as the only Vaughn offspring, her mother wouldn't let her wedding happen without a grand and high-profile ceremony. She was just relieved she'd talked her mother down from an eight hundred-person guest list to a mere four hundred.
Payton glanced over to the row of seats against the window again. Cruz had paused long enough at the keyboard to look up and ... there. She met his gaze.
A-ha. He couldn't continue to pretend he didn't know she was there. She raised her fingers and waved to him, which only earned her a scowl before he dropped his eyes back to his keyboard.
"You know I won't be gone that long," Payton continued. "The ceremony is Saturday evening, with a special post-wedding brunch on Sunday. I'll be on a flight back Monday morning." The short weekend was especially a relief now that Brad, her fiancé, had to bail on going with her because of a last-minute business meeting. Somehow, the prospect of spending a long weekend alone in the luxurious Presidential Suite sounded a lot less romantic.
"Just be sure to drink only bottled water and hold the ice in every drink you order — remember what happened to poor Danielle Edwards on her honeymoon. And wear your hat and sunblock every minute you're there. With only a few more weeks before your big day you wouldn't want to be all splotchy and freckled in your wedding photos like you were in your senior high school picture." She sighed. "It's too bad Brad couldn't make it. I don't like the idea of you gallivanting around Mexico alone."
This time Payton did roll her eyes. "I'll hardly be gallivanting, Mother. This flight is direct to Mexico, and I'll take a cab to the hotel. But if you're so disappointed, you're free to call Brad and share your dissatisfaction with him." Payton couldn't hide the frustration from her voice. She didn't know why it surprised her when Brad bailed on her; he'd become so good at it as of late. She'd hoped this weekend would be a chance for them to reconnect, to remember why they were going through this elaborate planning in the first place — or her mother's elaborate planning, anyhow. Not going to happen now.
"Payton Vaughn," her mother chastised, "you know better than to get angry at poor Bradley. He's done nothing but show you over the years how much he adores you. If something called him away, then you can be certain he had a very good reason. Honestly, he's only trying to provide for you and the wonderful life you'll have together. A few sacrifices here and there will all be worth it. Just remember that gorgeous mountain villa he's building for you outside Jackson Hole."
Which was true. Payton had known Brad since his family moved to Salt Lake when she was in junior high. At twelve, she'd had little interest in the flashy seventeen-year-old who thought he was a gift to all woman kind. He'd gone off to college, and she hadn't given him a second thought until he'd returned two years ago for his parent's anniversary. Still arrogant and certain of his appeal, Payton had been immune to his charms initially. But his perseverance eventually paid off and three months later she relented and went on a date with him, discovering that underneath that shiny surface was someone who could make her laugh with his insight and wit. Plus, there was the fact that he knew what it was like living with overbearing parents who had your future planned since conception. His proposal a year later made sense.
Even if the news became the source of her mother's unbridled excitement, certain she'd been responsible for the union.
The announcement overhead gave her an out from any further lecture. "Mother, they're boarding now," Payton interrupted with a sense of relief. "My flight lands in Puerto Vallarta at six tonight. I'll call you when I arrive."
She felt a twinge of guilt as she disconnected and stared down at her phone. Brad had been working extra hard these past few months, true, but it was because he wanted to give her everything. How could she begrudge him that?
She thought of how angry and short she'd been with him when he called her last night from New York, telling her that he wouldn't make it this weekend after all. The arrival of two dozen roses hadn't softened her feelings, and she'd dumped them in the nearest garbage can as soon as they arrived.
Am I being unreasonable?
She'd heard about the dreaded Bridezillas who turn into egocentric tyrants and thought that everything revolved around them and their "big day." She'd never considered herself one of them, almost as reluctant as Brad to participate in all the planning her mother started. But maybe she'd been unreasonable ...
"We'll now begin boarding all first class travelers to Puerto Vallarta."
A glance over at Cruz showed him still furiously typing on his keyboard. Come on. No one typed that fast. He had to be showing off.
She only had a moment, so she'd have to be quick. Rising, she grabbed the handle of her carry-on, slung her purse over her wrist, and pushed her way against the crowd now heading toward the boarding gate — which left the space around the large pillar wide open. Perfect for some privacy.
She pressed the FaceTime button on her phone, wanting to see Brad and tell him she understood and was sorry.
It kept ringing. Three rings. Four.
She glanced at the time. It was four-forty Dallas time, putting New York at nearly six. He had to be finished with his meeting by now.
On the sixth ring, she was about to push cancel when the call was accepted.
It took her a moment to see what was on the screen in her hand. The picture was kind of dark and grainy, but the image of the long-haired brunette woman, lying back on a bed, naked — at least from the waist up — was hard to miss.
"Hello? Can I help you?" The woman asked in a sultry, albeit antagonistic tone.
"I'm — I'm —" Payton's throat felt drier than the dry Texas air, and she couldn't find words.
"Did I hear the phone?" It was a man's voice, somewhere off screen.
"I think someone's trying to reach you?" The woman on the screen was saying and, as she sat up, it was hard to miss the massive breasts that spilled forward.
Who answers someone's phone stark naked?
She really didn't want to see anymore. But at the same time, she needed to see his face. To confirm that this wasn't some mix-up. Confirm that Brad was the man in the room alone with this naked bimbo.
A hand on her arm tried to pull her attention up but she kept her eyes trained on the screen. Brad's tousled blond hair and naked upper torso came into focus just as the screen went dark.
"Is something wrong? I'm pretty sure they're boarding your class."
She finally looked up from the phone to find Cruz Sorensen staring down at her from his ridiculously towering height, a hint of impatience in his tone. As usual.
Was something wrong? She snorted. Only if you think having your fiancé screw around on you weeks before your nuptials was a problem.
She looked up into those sharp brown eyes, the brows furrowed in what some people who didn't know him better might call concern.
She bit her bottom lip. No. She would not cry. Not now. She couldn't. She was a Vaughn, and crying in public places — short of a funeral — just did not happen.
Not to mention that she'd never let this overbearing Neanderthal see her that vulnerable.
She took a step forward, ready to push past the arm that was holding too tight to hers and deliver a sly, breezy comment. Maybe tell him where he could take his fake concern.
Only her foot was falling forward into an abyss and she couldn't stop from falling into it.
The damn idiot was going to faint. Did people still do that?
Cruz reached out, half catching Payton as she spilled toward the floor. At least she hadn't totally lost consciousness, only stumbled forward with her eyes half-closed trying to right herself.
He eased her into one of the recently vacated seats and knelt in front of her. Either she was prone to theatrics or she had received a bit of a shock from that phone call.
He'd been watching her for some time, not because she was easily the prettiest woman in the terminal — which she very well knew — but because he'd promised his brother and future sister-in-law that he'd keep an eye on her. See that she reached the hotel safe and sound. Kate had worried that since Payton's fiancé had bailed, Payton's usual friendly and exuberant behavior — not quite saying naive — would send some wrong signals and get her in trouble as she traveled in a foreign country alone. Having met the woman on a couple of occasions, he couldn't say he blamed Kate for her concern.
Delaying his own trip down to Mexico by a day so he could catch the same flight as Payton had actually worked in his favor. With the final terms being settled with Eastman Motors, he'd been loath to leave with the deal not signed. But after yesterday's discussions, only a signature was keeping the deal from being final. He'd managed to snag one of the last seats on the flight, too, thanks to the frenzy of college kids heading out for spring break.
"Payton? How we doing?" he asked and studied her pale face. Her green eyes, which usually danced with laughter, looked back at him listlessly. "Payton?"
This time the sharpness of his tone seemed to reach her, and her eyes focused on him. Then her face almost turned green as she leaned forward. "I think I'm going to be sick."
But nothing spewed out at him, which gave him some relief, although her breathing was coming fast and shallow.
"Keep your head down, and take long, steady breaths. I'm going to get a wet towel."
He managed to get to the restroom and back with a paper towel in under three minutes. She was still where he'd left her. He folded the towel and placed it on the back of her neck.
They sat like that for a few more minutes, and he listened as her breathing slowed to a normal pace and her face turned a more natural shade. She sat up abruptly and looked around her. "Where are my bags? My ticket?"
"Here." He nodded to the seat next to her.
"Last call for American Airlines Flight 353 to Puerto Vallarta."
"That's us. Are you going to be okay?"
Something seemed to click in her eyes and in an instant, the smile she usually wore slid back into place, leaving two dimples beaming at him. "Just fine. I'm sure once I eat the PowerBar in my bag I'll feel much better." She stood, a little wobbly, but with a determined look as she leaned down to grab her ticket and gripped her carry-on. "But we'd better hurry if we're going to make this flight."
"Lead the way," he said.
Unfortunately, by the time they made it onto the plane, a glance around at the overhead bins, all closed, told him that finding a place for their luggage was going to be a problem.
A female flight attendant approached them. "I'm sorry, but we're completely full. We're going to have to store your bags below in holding."
Payton clung a little tighter to the handle on her carry-on. "I'm sure I can find some space under my seat for this, let me just —"
"I'm afraid not," the flight attendant said firmly and reached for Payton's luggage. He watched as Payton held on another second before finally releasing her grip and handed it off to the stern brown-haired attendant who took his as well and disappeared.
"I'll see you in Puerto Vallarta, Payton. You sure you're okay?" He didn't like the panicked look on her face.
She beamed her brightest smile. "Just peachy," she said and squeezed past the aisle seat to slip into the seat at the window.
Whatever news she'd received Payton clearly needed some time to process. And at least for the next couple of hours, she couldn't get into too much trouble. Right?
Cruz continued down the narrow aisle, keeping his laptop bag in front of him until he reached his own seat, several more rows back. The bag held some basic necessities as well as his laptop and phone charger, so it took a little effort to squeeze it under the seat in front of him. He managed, even if it made the already sparse legroom even tighter.
He clasped the seat belt and angled his head to get a better view of his charge. But other than the top of her head, he couldn't see anything. No surprise since standing, even in those modest heels, she barely grazed his chin. She was on board the plane, though. His babysitting duties were nearly over.
He closed his eyes, ready to relax.
But the image of that bright smile and those laughing eyes still burned in his mind. Once again.
Dimples were just the tip of the iceberg with Payton Vaughn. With that reddish-golden hair that could best be described as strawberry blonde, a pert nose, and wide, welcoming lips that tipped into a smile without the slightest provocation, she was hard to tear one's gaze from. And that was from the neck up. Because even with her petite frame, she was still slim but curvy in just the right way.
Fortunately for them both, Payton was not his type. He preferred his women tall and leggy, to match his own towering height, and without the regular vivacious commentary that Payton couldn't help but share with everyone, which, when she was around him, was usually about him.
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While I really enjoyed the first book, this one was even better. While the format was predictable, let's face it that's what we want, there was lots of fun, funny surprises. Definitely a 'read again'
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I loved this story between Cruz and Payton. I loved their walls they had built around themselves but somehow only the other was the one to get past them. The emotions I felt when reading this book were strong. I swear I had a lump in my throat during a couple of scenes. I love books that invoke such feeling from me. I loved that this book as well as the first one had such a strong family to welcome Payton and knock sense into Cruz. I hope Ashlee Mallory continues to do more in this series because I must know Benny's story and Daisy needs a happy ever after. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher.
An epic road trip through Mexico, ends up with tequila and a wedding makes for fun read. Payton and Cruz are opposites. Payton, a spoiled socialite, just found her fiance cheating. Cruz is a work alcoholic, and does have time for romance. They are both heading down to Puerto Vallarta for a wedding. With a few speed bumps on the way, they find themselves as man and wife. Payton's mother is a number class snob otherwise known as the dragon!, and does not approve, Ex fiance shows up and tries to change Payton's mind. Now Cruz has to prove, is he worthy of her love. I loved this fun sweet romance!! This book will leave you smiling well after you are done reading. Loved the chemistry and banter between Payton and Cruz. I am thinking that, Cruz has a few more siblings that will need HEA!! I received this book from netgalley for an honest review. I highly recommend this story to all romance readers.
A wonderful enemies to lovers romance. ~ 4.5 Stars Reviewed by Kim Her Accidental Husband, the second book in the Sorensen Family series is a standalone read. It brings together Cruz Sorensen and Paige Vaughn, who have a love-hate relationship. The two initially met in the first book, Her Backup Boyfriend, when Cruz unknowingly insulted Payton, resulting in her hitting him in the head with a vase. Now, the two are thrown together when they are forced to travel together from Texas to Puerto Vallarta via car to attend the wedding of Cruz’s brother Dominic and Payton’s best friend Kate. Over the course of their two and a half day trip, the two make surprising discoveries about each other. Cruz learns that Payton isn’t as bad as he thought she was and Payton realizes it’s even more fun to poke Cruz than she thought. They also realize their attraction to one another. Payton’s fun and games become more than she bargained for when she tells people she and Cruz are planning to get married in Mexico. When a fake engagement becomes a real marriage, the two have to decide what they really want. Immediately, picking up Her Accidental Husband reminded me why I was so excited to discover Ashlee Mallory earlier this year. My reading enjoyment continued and I was smiling throughout the book. I was even able to deal with Payton's snobby, holier than thou mother. I definitely wasn't expecting a character surprise. Even then, I could work with things. The book was simply fantastic and I found myself ranking Ashlee up there with one of my favorite authors. My issue with the story is that I felt like it dragged out just a little too long. The constant misunderstandings and timing of Cruz and Payton close to the end took away from the book for me. I get there has to be conflict in romance but I just wish I could knock some sense into Cruz. Even with my frustration with single minded Cruz, I still loved this story. I love that Payton discovered her self worth and what she wanted out of life. I love that Cruz discovered that he needed more out of life than just his rabid determination to be successful in business. Cruz has two sisters who are in need of finding their own happy ever after stories. I can’t wait to see what Ashlee has in store for them. **Received a copy from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest unbiased opinion.**
I don't often read sweet romances (ones with closed door bedroom scenes) but there are a few authors I make exceptions for, and Ashlee Mallory is one of them. I thoroughly enjoyed Dominic and Kate's story in Her Backup Boyfriend, where both Payton and Cruz were introduced and I was hoping I would find this one as interesting. Lucky for me, it held up just as well as the first one in the series. Cruz is a serious, solid guy, a businessman who is working hard to provide for his family by ensuring that their small construction company gets some good solid contracts. All he does is work, and now being stuck with Payton, a woman who he was initially attracted to when they met anonymously in a flower shop but whose subsequent meeting went all sorts of downhill when he found out who she really was (affianced, and a high society type) is putting a damper on his current negotiation - not the least of which is because it's her former potential father-in-law whose business he's trying to align with. This makes for all sorts of added complications for Cruz. And most assuredly, his attraction to her despite everything is inconvenient and annoying. Payton is a young woman who for her whole life has tried to live up to the expectations of her mother - a controlling woman who has influenced all of Payton's decisions, including putting off going to law school when her grandmother died and she was forced into helping out with all the society functions her family was involved with. Her life seemed to be planned out for her, including marrying a man from a good family who she was friends with and would be compatible as a partner. Discovering his infidelity throws Payton into disarray - her whole future that had been mapped out for her can be changed, and the first step is to get out from under her mother's thumb. I really liked Payton, and her realization that with her own marriage plans gone, her future could include anything that she wanted. When Cruz realizes how wrong he's been about Payton, that she isn't just a mindless society girl, his opinion of her changes, and along with it his unwanted attraction to her suddenly isn't so unwanted anymore. There is a great deal of sexual tension between them, and it's no surprise really that when they end up stranded in Mexico waiting for a car repair, a little too much tequila and a partying group of square dancers (and that was a hoot!) lead them down the path to a wedding - their own, and one Payton doesn't really remember much of in the morning (unlike Cruz, who is quite aware of what's happened including that he could have said no to Payton's impromptu proposal and didn't). There are lots of laughs in the story despite some more serious scenes, and the banter between Cruz and Payton as they travel made for a delightful read. But I really liked that Payton wasn't willing to compromise on what she would need from Cruz in order to move forward in their relationship - wedded or not. Cruz's business might be important to him, but she's not willing to be second choice anymore, something she's lived with her whole life, and she makes that clear to him. So it's not all sunshine and roses to get to their happy ending, but one where serious decisions must be made about what will ensure a bright and loving future for them. It was a thoroughly entertaining story, with lots of laughs and a sweet romance. 4.5 stars.
I. LOVED. This. Book!! I'm not even sure why I love it so much. But, isn't that the sign of a great story. It just made me happy and stays with me. Yes, there is great writing and Payton and Cruz were incredible characters yet it was the entirety of the book that sucked me in and had me glued to the pages with a silly smile on my face. This one has an unexpected road trip, a little white lie, and a whole lot of tequila! Always a combination for disaster. In the case of Payton and Cruz, it may be the best worst thing that ever happened to them!! This is one I definitely recommend.
Ashlee Mallory's Her Accidental Husband brought so much joy into my heart. This couple did everything backwards. Their interactions with each other was hilarious one minute and tension filled the next. Falling in love the way it should be. Received an ARC of this book for an honest review.
painfully predictable. Nothing worse than a book you can figure out before anything happens.
Her Accidental Husband was such a fun and entertaining book to read. It is the perfect book to read on the road as it gives the vibes of the perfect road trip. When Payton Vaughn finds herself traveling alone to her friend's wedding to Mexico, she never expected to find out that her so-called-fiance was cheating on her while she was away. Confused and without knowing what to do, she does the only thing that she could at the moment and that was to cancel her wedding. The wedding that her overbearing mother had been all over is now over, and with nothing to go back to Payton decides to move on. But that all soon changes when she finds out that her friend has sent her new brother-in-law, Cruz Sorensen, to watch over Payton on their way to Mexico without letting Payton know. Now she has to deal with Cruz and her mother, and that's when events starts to take off in the book. After having her flight cancelled, Payton and Cruz decide to get to Mexico by car and that soon leads to events that would end up bringing them closer. On the other hand, Cruz Sorensen has done everything in his power to provide for his family. Yet he still has a deal to close with a very prominent client, but soon his plans change when get embarks on an adventure that could potentially change his life. After spending time with Payton, and the closer they got, Cruz wakes up one morning married to a very confused Payton. Without knowing what to do they go on pretending that nothing happens, which that soon ends up changing. One of the things that I liked the most about the book was the characters, they both have pasts and people that they want to get their approval of, but that is what makes them understand each other. Their adventure on their way to Mexico is hilarious and sweet. From the things that they do, to the things that just brought them closer. Though the pace of the book was a bit slow at the beginning, things slowly started to escalate, which made the book that much more enjoyable to read. Overall, if you're looking for a story that mixes adventure along with romance then this is the book for you. I highly recommend it. :) ***ARC provided by Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review.***
Payton Vaughn just found out that her fiancée cheated. She's stunned, but she still plans to go to Mexico for her BFF's wedding. Her bad luck continues. Everything goes wrong. Now she finds herself with Cruz Sorensen, the best man, in a clown car as the try and make it to the church on time. What's next? I loved the attraction between Payton and Cruz. Sparks fly when they are near each other. Is it true that opposites attract? Payton is more than a spoiled rich girl. She's smart but has put her life on hold to follow the life her mother wants for her. I wanted to shake her and tell her to wake up and be your own person. Her mother is overbearing. Cruz is driven to be successful. He has endured too many slights growing up. He's determined to prove people wrong. Now he and Payton are together and he begins to see the real woman. He likes her and wants her. I wanted a HEA for this couple, but I could tell it would be a rough ride. Ashlee Mallory wrote a romance that has heart and humor. The characters were likeable. There were times I wanted to shake them, but I cared. I like the Sorensen Family. They are close knit and loving. I enjoyed Her Accidental Husband.
Payton Vaughn has spent her entire life living by her mother's rules. She is doing the work her mother wants her to do, presently herself a certain way, and even plans to marry the man her mother wants her to marry. Well, until she finds out through video chat that her fiance is cheating on her. She calls off the whole thing and decides to just focus on getting to her friend's wedding in Mexico. She didn't expect to be stuck with her infuriating friend's future brother in law, Cruz, for the trip. Eventually they start warming up to each other and spend a wild night drinking too much tequila, just to wake up together in the morning with a marriage certificate in their room. They come from two completely different backgrounds but both want to make it work. It was so much fun on their trip when they would start to bicker with each other and rile each other up. I loved how sweet they were with each other at times but towards the end of the book I just wanted to hit them both for acting like children. When the HEA came along I felt like it was too rushed and didn't answer some of the questions in the book. I didn't dislike this one but it probably won't be something that I remember a few months from now.
*I received an ARC from Entangled Publishing in return for an honest review.* They had a moment, the first time they saw each other, but that moment was lost when an unkind comment overheard, kept it from becoming more. Now Payton and Cruz co-exist warily in the world of her best friend Kate who is marrying his brother, Dominic in Puerto Vallarta. Cruz has been tasked with seeing Payton there safely but a plane malfunction forces them to rent a car and a drunken marriage ceremony en route provides another chance for them. I enjoyed this book and I liked the characters. This is a nice romance with some touching moments. There is no explicit sex in this book but it isn't needed.
Payton Vaughn finds herself on the same flight to her best friend's destination wedding in Mexico as Cruz Sorenson, the brother of the groom and the bane of her existence. As if that wasn't bad enough, she discovers just before boarding her flight that the 'pressing business meeting' her own fiancé skipped the wedding trip for was anything but business. The cherry on top of all this however is the mechanical malfunction of their plane that results in a road trip across Mexico with none other than Cruz, which may not be such a bad thing after all because she gets a chance to see a different side of Cruz as he goes from the uptight, reserved and taciturn businessman to someone enjoying the adventure of their trip. Cruz has always thought of Payton as a self-centered and high maintenance rich girl, an opinion which may be colored slightly by his own experiences with some of the country club set and the prejudices he faced both growing up as a half-Mexican and while building their construction company. Payton is actually hiding a smart, accomplished and ambitious person under her fun and bubbly personality and Cruz can't resist the pull between them. Too bad that he has a lot on the line and getting involved with Payton is a sure way of destroying everything he's worked so hard for and is on the verge of achieving. But driving through the beautiful countryside in the company of an attractive woman and indulging in some shots of tequila lead to some ill-advised choices and some funny moments. Payton clearly sees Cruz for the workaholic he is and he initially came off as proud and obsessed with success, with a chip on his shoulder about wealthy people, but as the story went on, I saw that his reason for working so hard was because he wanted to make sure that his family was taken care of and earn his father's approval. Payton has pretty much let her mom run her life instead of standing up for herself but I love that she took back the reins, starting with kicking her fiancé to the curb, refusing to settle for less than she deserved and choosing to follow her dreams. I had a lot of fun reading HER ACCIDENTAL HUSBAND because it was just that enjoyable. It has humor, adventure and romance but it was also sweet. I love Payton and her vivacious personality and I laughed so hard at her lack of a filter, especially the movie reference at the beginning of their trip. My only minor issue was the lack of communication and misunderstandings between them but I enjoyed all of it and I'll definitely recommend HER ACCIDENTAL HUSBAND. Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Payton Vaughn is travelling to Mexico for best friends wedding. She has left the stress of planning her wedding at home. Unfortunately, before the plane can take off, she receives a phone call from her fiancee and realizes he is cheating on her. After the shock wears off, she calls off the wedding. The plane almost crashes and after a safe landing in the wrong town, she and Cruz (the best man in the upcoming wedding) decide rent a car and drive to Puerto Vallarta. Payton breaks the news to her overbearing mother, and then focuses on supporting her best friend and getting to know Cruz. He is an attractive contractor, who while attracted to Payton, has generally avoided her. They become friends and after an amusing incident involving retirees and a bus that results in their car breaking down, husband and wife. They freak out, and make it to the wedding in time. Payton's mother crashes the wedding and tries to force her into old life. Will Cruz and Payton find their future together or be torn apart? I liked this book because it was fun to read, fast paced and funny. I would recommend to fans of Debbie Macomber. I was given a free copy for and honest review by netgalley.com
3.5 stars I enjoyed Her Accidental Husband. This was a sweet, fun and emotional read. I enjoyed watching Payton and Cruz relationship develop. They both were fun and likable characters and they had amazing chemistry. This was a quick and enjoyable read with a little drama thrown in. Payton and Cruz had to work through some personal issues to be able to give their hearts unconditionally to each other.
I really liked this story and it kept me turning the pages from the beginning. I loved that it had humor, romance and adventure. Aslhee Mallory did an awesome job with not making this your typical story about a trip gone wrong and the characters fall in love, this story had much more than other ones. I was holding my breath hoping that everything turned out good for Payton and Cruz. Payton is coming off of a bad engagement that she just cancelled the wedding for as she was boarding the plane for her trip. Brad, her ex-fiance had cheated on her and Payton was looking forward to attending her best friends wedding in Puerto Vallarta. Payton wanted to escape her overbearing mother as well as Brad. Payton knew that Cruz, her best friends soon to be brother-in-law, was on the same plane and was supposed to make sure that she got to where they were going safely. This aggravated Payton as well, she did not need a chaperon. Cruz is into his own business and is just ready to get back to what he has going on at his business as soon as he can. Cruz does not really know Payton yet, but he knows that when their connecting flight gets cancelled and they have no other options but to drive the rest of the way that he and Payton will get to know each other a little better whether they want to or not. So, Payton and Cruz set off on their adventure. When things get sort of crazy after a few drinks one night, Payton and Cruz end up married and neither of them knows really how it all happened. They try to keep things quiet until after the wedding they are attending. When Payton's mom shows up to talk her out of cancelling her wedding to Brad, things take a turn for Payton and Cruz. Neither one of them are really sad that they happened to get married and decide to give their relationship a try, only Brad shows up and talks to Payton. I am not going to give it all away, but you need to read this one to see how things turn out for Payton, Brad and Cruz. I really loved this story and enjoyed reading it!!
Payton Vaughn is headed to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico for her best friend Kate's wedding. Her fiance Brad was supposed to be there with her, but flaked at the last minute for some work problem. She was pretty rough on him when he cancelled, so decides to FaceTime him before she boards the plane. She's shocked to see him in a compromising position with another woman. Cruz Sorenson is sitting across the airport also waiting to board the plane to Puerto Vallarta. He's the Best Man, and it's his brother marrying Kate. Upon learning that Payton would be traveling alone, Kate twisted his arm to delay his flight a day so he could be there along with her. One thing after another happens to throw a wrench in them making it to the wedding on time. Their plane has problems and they have to end up driving, then they are almost in an accident and the car ends up being damaged and leaving them delayed longer. Along the way, Payton and Cruz realize the other one isn't as bad as they originally thought. She thought he was a workaholic jerk, and he thought she was an entitled trust-fund Princess. Will Payton stick with calling of the wedding to Brad once she's back home where her parents control her life? Can she convince herself to take a chance on Cruz even though he's consumed with work?
Payton Vaughn is in need of a little escape from reality, she is really looking forward to her little getaway to Puerto Vallarta for her friend Kate's wedding. This trip is not just an opportunity for some fun in the sun, but also a chance to escape the clutches of her overbearing mother. Her mother has certain expectations for her, and how she should live her life, including choosing the perfect mate for her daughter to marry. And while her fiance may look good on paper, he is actually a two time cheating dog that doesn't deserve Payton. When her fiance bails on their trip for work, and her flight is cancelled, Payton is about to bail on the trip all together. That is until her best friend Kate intervenes, and lines up a alternate travel plan for her, a road trip with Kate's brother-in-law Cruz. Payton isn't looking forward to a long car ride with Cruz, but she gives in and does it for the sake of friendship... Cruz Sorensen begrudgingly postpones his trip for a day, so that Payton can ride along with him to the wedding destination. He is not real thrilled about being trapped in the car with her and has reservations about it from the very beginning, but gives in and does it for the sake of family. When these two sworn enemies decide sharing a few drinks together may loosen up this tense situation and possibly make things for them a little bearable for them, it ends up going a little better than they thought...especially when they wake up married to one another the next morning. Now they must decide if they can make a go of this marriage, or chalk it up to very bad drunken mistake.. This was my first encounter with this author's work and I have to say that I enjoyed it, so much so, I plan to read more of her books in the very near future. This story was fun and very entertaining, and had me smiling and laughing the whole way through! Most definitely a refreshing change of pace for me, and good NetGalley find! ARC requested through NetGalley, and kindly provided by Entangled Publishing in exchange for a honest review.
its an ok read Payton Vaughn has spent her entire life living by her mother's rules- She does everything her mom wants her to do, even going to marry a man her mom finds acceptable until she sees a video of the man cheating on her. At that point, then all bets are off and she cancels the wedding and heads to a wedding of her friend in Mexico. She has to be driven down by her friend’s future brother in law and he did NOT like that –then when she is there, she is again partnered up with Cruz--her friend’s future brother in law. At first she didn’t like him but as the evening wore on, and as the liquor flowed heavily, they got hot and heavy with each other and found they did like each other more than they thought. The next morning comes and they find they have ended up married to each other. Cruz couldn’t believe he married the ice princess from the previous night- The story had some twists and turns before they had their HEA. Cruz had to come to the realization the Payton isn’t so stuck up and is a very nice person, not the person he thought she was and Payton needed to see that Cruz would be there for her and would never hurt her. There were some inconsistencies in this story –one is the relationship between Brad's dad and Cruz and the other is how they ended up back together and really no groveling to get back , in my mind, in Payton’s good graces. Other than that, it was a good read, just needed some polishing up and it would be been great. The MC did have great chemistry and I enjoyed their chemistry which was evident when they were together, but when Cruz let her go, I felt he didn’t work hard enough when she came back itno his world to earn her forgiveness. to equal the HEA for them . My rating: 3.6 stars *** ***A gifted copy was provided by the publisher for my honest review****