Marrying the Wedding Crasher: A Clean Romance

Marrying the Wedding Crasher: A Clean Romance

by Melinda Curtis

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This bachelor’s pretend girlfriend just made a shocking discovery—

She’s pregnant!

Although they dated for only a month, Harley O’Hannigan just agreed to be Vince Messina’s plus-one at a Harmony Valley wedding. Big mistake, given her deepening feelings for the tall, dark, unavailable bachelor. And what about Vince’s long-buried family history? Then there’s the growing secret that could transform this pretend relationship into the real thing…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781488084966
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 03/01/2018
Series: A Harmony Valley Novel , #11
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 460,475
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Melinda grew up on an isolated sheep ranch, where mountain lions had been seen and yet she roamed unaccompanied. Being a rather optimistic, clueless of danger, sort she took to playing "what if" games that led her to become an author.  She spends days trying to figure out new ways to say "He made her heart pound."  That might sound boring, but the challenge keeps her mentally ahead of her 3 kids and college sweetheart husband.

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Marrying the Wedding Crasher 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Joey442 6 months ago
I love a book that leaves me smiling. When I started it, knew I'd like it but didn't expect it to trigger so many emotions. Vince didn't want to go back to his home town because of the bad memories he had growing up there. But his brother was getting married so he had to go whether he wanted to or not. He could get through this. It was only for a week. But he needed a date and didn't have one. Harley agreed to pretend to be his girlfriend and go with him even though they weren't seeing each other any more. I liked Vince and Harley. It was fun to see them pretend to be in a relationship when they were around his family. I especially liked the older residents. They knew what was going on in town as soon as it happened. It was incredible how fast news travelled in Harmony Valley. I'm happy I won Marrying The Wedding Crasher. It was simultaneously heartbreaking and uplifting. It will have you tearing-up and chuckling. Romantic comedy fans will enjoy this book.
HumorMyWay More than 1 year ago
When you give everything you have and made to feel like you are nothing it can affect you no matter what age you are. This is what happens to both the main characters but in different ways. It is a story about hopes, dreams, sorrow, misunderstandings, pain, mending, filled with love, forgiveness, sometimes dreams do come true. This story touched me in so many ways the author knows how to reach in touching your heart with so many emotions come home to Harmony Valley where you will laugh, cry, cheer and say a few not so nice words as characters twist their way into your heart as they work on heartbreaking issues that have been out of their control with families that love them but might not always do it in the way they think they should. Vince comes off as somewhat of a jerk but truly he just doesn’t know how to say things right. Harley has a secret she can’t share as to why she isn’t doing the job she was trained to do. Vince said some things that really upset her making her feel like she is a failure. One date was one to many for her and poor Vince doesn’t even know what he did wrong. Vince makes a habit of putting his foot in his mouth one big one was telling his family he was seriously dating Harley not his family expects him to bring her home to a wedding he doesn’t want to go home to. Heck he hasn’t been home in a lot of years only for holidays and only when he is made to. A lot of things happens between these pages, a lot of issues will be worked out with a lot of pain hitting hard as misunderstanding are worked out things get very completed filled with strong feeling, passion and one baby on the way. The author gives a story of so much pain wrapped around humor, smiles and laughs taking you down a road that will twist you apart and finally bring you home to a loving family, a new life and some major issues worked out for two people to find their happy ever after. A very heartwarming clean read that really touched me in so many ways.
MeezCarrie More than 1 year ago
This is such a fun book! It’s swoony, yes, and truly heartfelt but there’s a lot of humor too. The town of Harmony Valley is full of quirky octogenarians with a phone chain that passes out gossip faster than…well… than gossip spreads through a small town. “Who does Irwin belong to?” Oh Irwin… I adore Irwin. The elderly man who wants to run with the bad boys and win his fair lady’s heart. The scene with the motorcycle – and the scene in the beauty salon – both had me literally laughing out loud. Vince Messina’s story is revealed in layers, each more heartbreaking than the one before. A little boy forced to take responsibilities that were never his to bear. A man still defeated by the hurtful words spoken over him. A man held captive by fear. And yet, there is healing here too. Family healing as well as the slow mending of a wounded heart. Curtis does a great job of framing Vince’s past pain with Harley’s warmth and big heart. He grows into his Disney hair (you’ll understand after you read the book) and at the center of this is Harley – the woman he’s terrified to love. Bottom Line: You will laugh a lot, cry a little, and swoon often in Marrying the Wedding Crasher by Melinda Curtis. I always love a trip to the hilarious Harmony Valley, and you’ll be hooked too in a matter of pages. Vince and Harley are both strong protagonists who are easy to love and easy to cheer on. They are surrounded by a solid cast of delightful supporting players who bring even more heart and humor to the mix. A great read all around. (I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book)
bellesmoma16 More than 1 year ago
Marrying the Wedding Crasher (2018) by Melinda Curtis is part of the Harmony Valley series, but does read as a stand-alone story. This book is set to release tomorrow, March 6, 2018, by Harlequin Heartwarming Publishers. This book will be available in all forms including eBook, and is 384 pages in length. With a full-time job and a very busy five-year old at home, this book took me two days to read. I received a copy of this novel from Harlequin Heartwarming in eBook form for review. In no way has this influenced my opinion. The opinions expressed in this review are my own. I give this novel 4.5 STARS. Marrying the Wedding Crasher is a Contemporary Clean Romance. Marrying the Wedding Crasher is a good, solid story. It has exactly what you look for when you want a Harlequin Heartwarming-type story. The characters are well written and realistic, the plot is very engaging, and the romance is sweet. I do very much recommend it for all of these standard qualities, BUT, I really recommend this book because of what it reminded me: words are SO very important, and they can be blessings or weapons. Of all the characters in this book, I relate to Vince Messina. Vince, of course, is the perfect Harlequin Heartwarming hero — he is gorgeous, he is kind, he is all man! So, I definitely cannot relate to his gorgeousness and his manliness, but I can relate to him in regards to this “words” issue that I’ve been discussing. When Vince was a teenager someone very important to him said something in an emotionally-drained moment and it completely changed the course of his life. Vince was never going to be the person he was BEFORE THE WORDS ever again. After my Valentine’s Day card fiasco in the second grade, I was never going to be the same bright-eyed, happy, blissfully ignorant girl ever again. We need to be SO careful with our words. This is an excellent reminder for me as a wife and mother, but also as a teacher. The words we use can have positive effects on those around us, or they can do great harm. Ephesians 4:29 states, “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” God wants us to use our words to build others up, not tear them down! Marrying the Wedding Crasher is a sweet romance. I definitely left the book smiling for the main characters, but I also left the book with a great reminder that I certainly did not expect. If you are looking for a well-written, sweet story that ends happily, and includes a great moral, then I highly recommend Marrying the Wedding Crasher. You will not be disappointed.
Phyllis_H More than 1 year ago
Marrying the Wedding Crasher was everything I’ve come to expect in a book by author Melinda Curtis. With a subtle sense of humor, her books are lighthearted and fun despite the drama. Vince is the protector of his family and always has been. Despite being the middle child, he took on the responsibility of covering for his dad’s inadequacies as a child. He also harbored a secret from his brothers that had the power to cause them to hate him, and so he avoided them. Until he had to return to Harmony Valley for his brother’s wedding. Harley had secrets of her own that had her working as a tile-installer instead of using her architectural degree. Though she didn’t want to be Vince’s wedding date, circumstances forced her to make the decision to go with him to California for a week to do just that. Though there was a level of predictability to the story (in a fun way), there were some twists and turns that kept it interesting. I didn’t expect the wedding crasher to be who it was! Moreover, there were some quirky small-town characters to add additional color to the story. Though this is part of a multi-book series, it stands alone. This is the first book in the series I read, and I am guessing that Vince’s brother Joe and his fiancée, Brit, were in a previous book. I suspect that his older brother, Gabe, will appear in his own story in the future. This review was originally posted on I would like to thank for giving me this item. My opinion and review were not influenced by this gift.
Guitarmomma19 More than 1 year ago
I love these types of stories. Fake wedding date to pull one over on the family. But are they just kidding themselves?? Secrets revealed and family ties broken and mended make for at least one happy ending. Will there be another? Vince doesn't want to go home for his brothers wedding. He never wanted to set foot there again. With his family and history along with secrets he just doesn't feel the need to go. But he has to and he needs a date. And who better than the woman he can't get out of his head. Harley.  Harley hates doing tile work. But with her failure and clause in her contract she can no longer be an architect. At least for four years. Unless she can come up with a way to make her design work. And she doesn't see that happening. But she needs money so any work will have to do. But Vince is a distraction. And he needs her help. But after their falling out a month ago she doesn't know. She agrees and that's where the fun begins. Vince and Harley are so compatible and their chemisty is another reason neither should be together. She wants a family. And he is set against a wife and kids. But things don't always go as you want. And Vince will get the surprise of his life in more ways than one. 
JerseyGirlBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Marrying The Wedding Crasher is a heartwarming contemporary romance story that follows the unexpected relationship of Harley O'Hannigan and Vince Messina. Vince Messina needs a date for his younger brother Joe's wedding. Vince has been able to keep his brothers at arm's length about his personal life for years. But there is no getting out of going back home to Harmony Valley, California, so Vince asks his ex-girlfriend and co-worker Harley O'Hannigan to be his date after he let it slip to his brothers that he has a girlfriend. From the day that Vince and Harley met there was a strong connection and mutual attraction between them. But a misunderstanding and Vince's personal baggage and tough exterior waylaid the development of their relationship. Can a seemingly harmless wedding invitation to a family wedding change Vince and Harley's pretend relationship into a real one ... or will family secrets and emotional baggage keep them from reigniting the romance that they once briefly shared? Author Melinda Curtis weaves a wonderful tale full of pain, angst, drama, humor, and tender romantic moments that easily draws the reader into Harley and Vince's story. The dramatic development of their relationship makes this story worth the read, as their connection is put to the test by serious personal issues in their lives. You can't help but feel for Vince as he struggles with his past emotional baggage, and cheer for Harley and Vince on as they try to move beyond a pretend relationship with a few surprises along the way! Marrying The Wedding Crasher has an intriguing cast of characters who are realistic, flawed, and easy to relate to; witty dialogue and engaging interactions; and a wonderful storyline that will take you on a beautiful journey towards a happily-ever-after. If you are looking for a hopeful and heartwarming love story that follows the unexpected journey of two people who learn to let go of their pasts and open themselves up to a healing and loving relationship, then Marrying The Wedding Crasher is the story for you! Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.
Jennann3 More than 1 year ago
Vince hasn't been back to Harmony Valley since he left many years ago. His younger brothers have tried to get him to visit, but he always comes up with an excuse as to why he can't make it home. Joe, Vince's younger brother, is getting married and wants him to be a part of the ceremony. So excuses won't work. Vince decides he may be able to make it through the wedding festivities if he brings someone along. Harley is a dreamer and an architect. The combination leads her to design structures that aren't necessarily "buildable", but can be entered into contests to gain notarity for her architecture firm. Instead, her boss sells and accepts payment on one of her designs. Upset that she can't come up with a solution, her boss harasses her and won't let her out of her contract. Therefore, she can't work in architecture until her contract is up or she finds a solution for her boss. So Harley works as a tiler on various construction jobs, where she meets Vince. After dating for awhile, Harley dumps Vince. Vince rescues Harley from her abusive boss, but couldn't salvage her saw. Harley needs the saw to work in order to pay bills. Low on money, she turns to Vince to see if he can fix it. He can't, but makes a deal with her. If she'll be his plus one at his brother's wedding, he'll get her another saw or fix hers. Harley agrees. I absolutely LOVED this novel as it was different from anything I've ever read. There were so many minor stories, woven together to reveal one complete story, seamlessly. A relatable, compassionate, encouraging, and funny story all combined into one wonderful novel! The surprise twist at the end just made the story even better! I can't wait to read about the rest of Vince's family. I read a gifted copy and all opinions stated are my own.
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
Marrying The Wedding Crasher has it all. There is love, pain and second chances. Harley O'Hannigan has a front row seat to the drama. She's agreed to go with Vince Messina to his brother's wedding. She and Vince had dated for a short time. Now they are pretending to be a couple. What could possibly go wrong? Harley is a sweet and feisty woman but she's hurting. Her dreams seems unobtainable. I felt her pain. I hated to see her give up. Vince likes Harley, but with his past he doesn't want anything permanent. He has family secrets that he can't escape. My heart broke. The chemistry between Harley and Vince is powerful, but he's so stubborn that he won't give into his feelings. Their flirty dialogue was sweet. These two made me smile. I loved coming to Harmony Valley. The residents are unique and good hearted. The Messina Family has endured so much heartache. I couldn't believe how rough life has been for them. I wanted them to get the closure they needed. I enjoyed this emotional story. Melinda Curtis has written characters that tugged at my heart. I received a copy of this book which I voluntarily read and reviewed. My comments are my honest opinion.
LynnB888 More than 1 year ago
4 1/2 STARS! Secrets abound as we head back to Harmony Valley! Melinda Curtis always brings us a heartwarming, sweet romance when we visit her make-believe world, and this time was no exception! The characters catch our attention quickly and the drama surrounding them intrigues us from the start. He seems like a nice guy, but she obviously broke up with him for a reason ... and she seems down-to-earth, but why all the secrets? The story unravels into a great exes reuniting and becoming better than ever type of story! Really enjoyed the visit to Harmony Valley! Vince Messina needs a date to his brother's wedding back home in Harmony Valley, CA ... but his best option dumped him! Can he convince her to play along with his ruse long enough to keep his family happy until he can hit the road and head back to Texas? Harley O'Hannigan thought Vince was a really nice guy, but his overhanded behavior when she admitted some secrets to him turned her off quickly. She'll go along with his happy relationship ruse .. but only temporarily! But who knew what being in close contact with him was going to reignite ... and what new revelation would come about while they were in town!
tiggeruoSO More than 1 year ago
Harley's life is turned upside down and nothing seems to be going right. When her ex boyfriend Vince makes her a deal and she try to find a solution that can work for both of them so that she can help him and get help to. Vince has to go home for a wedding but he has a list of secrets he's keeping and he knows it they come out they could destroy him. Can the both help each other and protect there hearts or will all the secrets come out and blow up in there faces? This is seriously the sweeter love story and book. I loved this story and the fun characters. I really enjoyed that this book was a good clean read and had some amazing fun through out. I also enjoyed the strong independent person that Harley is. I had a hard time putting this book down it just draws you in and I just seem like I couldn't get enough of it. The book does have some tough subjects that it deal with and it seemed nothing was held back. I just could not get enough of the fun town of Harmony Valley. If you are looking for the sweetest love story with some great adventures you will not grabbing this book.
jboehmke More than 1 year ago
I really liked this story. Vince and Harley were both wonderful characters. Vince has always avoided relationships because of a fear that he may turn out like his father. He and Harley had dated briefly, but then he makes a deal with her to take her as his date to a family wedding in order to keep his family from hounding him about settling down. There were certainly some tense and emotional parts to the story, but the sense of family really came through. I loved all of the characters in this story, and loved getting to visit Harmony Valley again.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
Marrying the Wedding Crasher is part of the Harlequin Heartwarming line that consists of sweet, contemporary novels. This book is one of a long line of fun stories in the Harmony Valley series, however, it can be enjoyed as a stand alone novel. I really liked this book. There were plenty of humorous moments, as in all of the books in this series. Yet, there were also some deep hurts and fears that the main characters had to overcome. I really liked watching them navigate around Vince’s family as they pretended to still be in a relationship. The tension skyrocketed upon the news that Harley was pregnant! I loved this story from start to finish and the epilogue was a great way to finish the book. I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
JuliaAD More than 1 year ago
I love Harmony Valley. The old people are so much fun. Vince and Harley tried to make a go of it before, but Vince isn't the marrying kind. Or is he? Vince is forced to confront a lot of old family secrets when he goes home to watch his little brother get married. He brings Harley to be a buffer against his family and people of Harmony Valley who like to be match makers. Harley is dealing with her own problems, but agrees to help Vince. Is she just setting herself up for heartache?