Maybe I Do

Maybe I Do

by Nicole McLaughlin

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Maybe I Do by Nicole McLaughlin

“Nicole McLaughlin is a wonderfully fresh voice in contemporary romance—sweet, sexy, and immensely satisfying.”—Lauren Layne,New York Times bestselling author

She doesn’t believe in fairy tales. He’s married to his job. Maybe whiskey is the secret ingredient that will bring them together—and give true love a shot?

Wedding photographer Charlotte Linley loves her work—even though she hates weddings. Sure, she still holds a grudge after being left at the altar by her high-school sweetheart. But today Charlotte is just happy to have complete control over her career, which is flourishing. Especially since she joined forces with one of the three gorgeous owners of The Stag, a boutique distillery that has become Kansas City’s hottest wedding venue.

Dean Troyer, bitter after the end of his own marriage, knows that Charlotte is the real deal—beautiful, talented, and successful. He may flirt with her every time she comes to The Stag but Dean is determined to keep his professional distance. . .particularly now that she’s helping him with his own sister’s wedding. The only problem? The more time Dean spends with Charlotte, the deeper their connection grows. Is this a rom-com cliché or could it be that these two jaded souls in the wedding business have finally found their real-life happily ever after?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250139986
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 08/29/2017
Series: Whiskey and Weddings Series , #1
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 296,203
Product dimensions: 4.21(w) x 6.73(h) x 0.95(d)

About the Author

Nicole McLaughlin wrote her first full length book (6 pages) about the birth of her baby sister, when she was eight years old. She only finished it because her mother bribed her with a Rick Astley cassette tape. Sad, but true. Now her characters are what keep her writing and her subject matter has gotten a little bit deeper and a lot more romantic. She resides in a small town outside of Kansas City with her husband and three sons. When she isn’t writing, she’s a wedding and portrait photographer, loves to cook, and watch historical dramas or documentaries. Nicole is the author of two series with St. Martin's Press, the Man Enough series (All I Ask) and Whiskey and Weddings (Maybe I Do).

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Maybe I Do 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Suze-Lavender 5 months ago
Charlotte is a wedding photographer and she frequently works at the same location, The Stag, a beautiful small distillery that has quickly become a popular venue for the most beautiful day of people's lives. Dean, one of the owners, makes Charlotte look forward to shooting weddings at The Stag every single time. Charlotte loves their easy banter and playful flirting. Dean is a little over a decade older and Charlotte doesn’t know if his interest in her is serious or just on the friendly side of professional, how can she find out? Charlotte photographs people’s most romantic moments, which isn’t always easy for her. Being left at the altar several years before still hurts and she’s reluctant to let anyone in again. Dean’s ex-wife broke his heart, so they’ve both been burned by love. Working together gives them a chance to slowly develop their bond, but then they need each other’s help and they suddenly have to spend a lot more time together. Can they break down their walls and are they ready to let love in again and give each other a chance? Maybe I Do is a wonderful story about a very romantic topic, weddings. I loved reading about The Stag, it’s a fantastic setting for a story. Charlotte feels at home at her favorite venue with the man she has a huge crush on, which is a fabulous beginning of an endearing romance. She’s a sweet and talented person and she’s always willing to help others. Dean has that in common with her, which is how the much desired opportunity to finally get to know each other better arises, by being there for someone else they have to open up and let love in again. I kept hoping these two lovely souls would find happiness together and this kept me glued to the pages. Nicole McLaughlin has a heartwarming writing style. I liked her skillful descriptions of the emotions her main characters are going through. Maybe I Do is a romantic story with plenty of depth and I admired the empathic way she handles difficult subjects. I loved the combination of strong feelings, secrets of the past and multilayered connections and the fun topic of weddings. I enjoyed reading about many truly special wedding days and Nicole McLaughlin definitely entertained me with a lot of charming details that are making her story come to life in a terrific way. Maybe I Do is a fabulous feelgood story.
DaneWeimMama More than 1 year ago
Maybe I Do is just a fantastic read- plain & simple. The characters are so well written, the story is so fun, & the sexy time is HOT!! Maybe I Do is the first in the Whiskey & Weddings series & I have already pre-ordered the next. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a pretty enjoyable contemporary romance, but I would definitely categorize it in what I like to think of as “real life romances”. I think of these reads as dealing with very real and tough situations and emotions and they often involve the characters having to make hard choices or compromises. I personally like a bit more distance from reality but I don’t mind these. The basis of the series was a cool and unique idea and I can’t wait to see more of The Stag. I really enjoyed Charlotte and felt like she was a very mature and likable heroine. I appreciated that even though she herself didn’t want to try getting married again, she wasn’t bitter about love and romance. I also got a kick out of her side job of doing photography for romance covers. Charlotte needed to learn how to take the initiative. She spent 3 years flirting with Dean and hoping it would amount to something. I can understand at first, being hesitant, but at some point she should have just asked him out. She wanted to be with him but was waiting for him to take all the steps. In some respects, Charlotte was very independent and strong but in others she was pretty meek. Though Dean’s insecurities sometimes got on my nerves, I liked that he wasn’t over the top alpha. Even when he was experiencing jealously he mostly kept it under control and didn’t try to dictate Charlotte’s life (though he had 1 green-eyed monster induced comment that was hurtful). I wasn’t crazy about the romantic/sexual connections between the characters. I found John, Charlotte’s ex, being around as very awkward and I personally would not have been comfortable with my ex working with my new guy. On top of that we had Dean’s ex-wife, Amy, around though I understand the circumstances that meant she would be. In particular, I found the fact that Dean slept with Jen (the bartender at The Stag) as completely unnecessary and just another reason to possibly cause problems in a future book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished this book and I loved it! It is a must read, I was invested in Charlotte and Deans relationship, the Stag, Alexis wedding, their past relationships and what they went through! I cannot wait for the second installment of the series.
etoile1996 More than 1 year ago
i really enjoyed maybe i do by nicole mclaughlin. it's the first book in her whiskey and weddings series, and gets off to a good start with charlotte and dean's story. they've been flirting for years. he's one of the co-owners of the stag distillery, which doubles as a wedding venue. and she's a photographer who specializes in weddings and sexy book covers. dean is an older hero, though at 41, and given my current age (i'm not 40, yet) it doesn't seem so old. even though a lot of fuss is made about his age. and she's 29, which is younger than him, but also doesn't seem so young. so in some ways it felt like there was a big deal made about this 12 year age gap that wasn't such a big deal at least not given the kind of people dean and charlotte were. both charlotte and dean had big life experiences behind them when they meet, and both had suffered their fair share of loss. so why not give in to the wanting they both feel? why not let that sexual tension break over them and bring them some bliss? dean puts up a lot of barriers to exploring anything, in part because he is trying to protect himself and charlotte from hurting. one thing that dean hasn't told charlotte is that it is extremely unlikely he will ever be able to father children. and his infertility issues and the resulting insecurities kind of drag down the romance. maybe it's because i have dealt with infertility, but it's one of my least favorite things to read about. i understand that it's a real world obstacle and can be a dealbreaker for many people. but i hate it when that kind of reality befalls my romance characters. i loved everything else about this story, and the characters already had enough baggage to deal with that this one extra thing made me kind of sad. and you know, i know that there are many ways to have children, it doesn't always have to be biological. but i shouldn't have to be managing my own feelings about infertility when i'm trying to escape the hard stuff. this is very much a me problem, and honestly, when i finished this book i was on such an emotional high that i was ready to give it five stars. dean is totally swoonworthy. he's a good person, kind, forgiving, honest about his own faults. it's no wonder that charlotte is head over heels for him. all of the characters in this novel are so well drawn, you see where the series potential lies, and i kind of can't wait for more. weddings have a way of heightening emotions and this plays well into the stories mclaughlin wants to tell. **maybe i do published on august 29, 2017. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/st. martin's press in exchange for my honest review.
blonde_betty More than 1 year ago
Maybe I Do is the first book in Nicole McLaughlin’s Whiskey and Weddings series. Charlotte is a wedding photographer and Dean is part owner of the favored reception hall. In some ways it reminded me of the Bride Quartet, by Queen Nora. The next two books in the series will be about the other two owners of the reception hall. Charlotte and Dean were fun as they planned his younger sister’s wedding for her. I loved Charlotte’s side business of taking photos for romance novel covers. I loved that Dean was an older hero. I wish that Charlotte had also been an older heroine. (I really, really wanted Charlotte to be older!) The age difference was really not the issue the hero made it out to be. They had far more realistic conflict that kept the story moving. I hope we get further glimpses of this couple as well as the younger sister in future books. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this novel.
nelriv More than 1 year ago
Received an ARC for my fair review for netgalley. I enjoy her books, they are always entertaining. This was sweet, and sometime emotional read. Like all couple Charlotte and Dean, had to go thru some up and down together to be able to have a life together, I felt Dean struggled the most. On to the next one.
nelriv More than 1 year ago
Received an ARC for my fair review for netgalley. I enjoy her books, they are always entertaining. This was sweet, and sometime emotional read. Like all couple Charlotte and Dean, had to go thru some up and down together to be able to have a life together, I felt Dean struggled the most. On to the next one.
CathyGeha More than 1 year ago
Maybe I Do by Nicole McLaughlin Whiskey and Weddings #1 Great introduction to a new series! Charlotte is a professional photographer… Dean Troyer is a distiller of fine whiskey… Charlotte and Dean like one another, flirt with one another whenever they can but never act on their interest in one another due to past events in both of their lives… …until… …things begin to change one day… Charlotte and Dean have been friends for a few years when Dean’s sister contacts him needing to have her wedding planned and ready to attend when she and her fiancé get home from their current military tour overseas SO Dean asks Charlotte to help and as they work together on the wedding their relationship begin to change. Everything is going fairly well until some truths appear, an accident occurs and communication and soul searching becomes paramount. Thankfully things work out for most in the story. At this point I know there are at least two and perhaps more books to come in this series as Dean has two partners, took on another person to work as his apprentice and there are a number of friends of Charlotte’s that could also have stories of their own…and…you know what…I am looking forward to reading whatever book comes next! I love the distillery, the story, the concept and the characters. Not being a guy I am not sure if I would relate to Dean’s situation as he does BUT wished at times he had been a bit more forthcoming and done so a bit earlier. Charlotte was very together and a strong female force that I would love to have as a friend. I liked the two together and see them happy in the future. Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for the ARC – This is my honest review. 4 Stars
ljtljtljt More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars! I really enjoyed Maybe I Do by new to me author Nicole McLaughlin. It is well-written, extremely meaningful, and fast-paced. This is the first book from the author's brand new series, Whiskey and Weddings, and it can be read as a standalone. I love all things related to weddings, so making time for this entertaining story was not difficult. Charlotte Linley loves being a wedding photographer, and her unique ability to beautifully craft lasting memories makes her a hot commodity. Although she has no intention of ever being a bride again, she is able to create amazing warmth and passion through her photos. One of her favorite places to shoot is The Stag, an up and coming distillery owned by three smart and good-looking men. Dean Troyer is the master distiller, and he and Charlotte have been flirting for years. Since his bitter divorce, Dean has focused all of his energy into his work. The Stag's anxiously awaited whisky and bourbon are all he can think about. Via Skype from somewhere in the Middle East, his sister Alexis and her boyfriend surprise him with the announcement of their engagement. They are both serving in the army and would like to get married when they both return home in a few months. Dean enlists Charlotte's help in the wedding planning process, and overtime they develop feelings for each other. 4.5 Stars! This is an absorbing and nicely written novel. Charlotte and Dean share an amazing chemistry, and Ms. McLaughlin does an excellent job of creating sexual tension, longing, and desire. The genuineness and strength of the secondary characters adds an extra believable quality to the story. In fact, I enjoyed their stories almost as much as Charlotte and Dean's. Overall, this is a captivating read that will keep you engaged from start to finish. Complimentary copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.
Barb-TRC More than 1 year ago
Maybe I Do by Nicole Mclaughlin is the first book in her new Whiskey and Weddings series. Charlotte Linley, our heroine, is a wedding photographer and loves her job. Because she had a bad experience having been left at the altar by her high school boyfriend, Charlotte isn’t really crazy about weddings, but is now considered one of the best photographers; and also has a side job photographing sexy men for Romance Books.  Dean Troyer, our hero, is one of the owners of The Stag, which produces their own whiskey, has a bar that is popular and it’s the also the most popular wedding venue. Dean at 41 years old considers himself old, and after having divorced his cheating wife, he swears off becoming serious again. Charlotte is at The Stag a lot, since she photographs most of the weddings there. She is friends with Dean and the other two owners, but secretly has a crush on the hot gorgeous sexy Dean. He also enjoys Charlotte’s friendship, and their banter together was fun. What Charlotte doesn’t understand is why Dean does not react to her constant flirting. This was a fun sweet story that becomes a friend to lovers romance. What makes this story so good is that both Dean and Charlotte were so likeable, and their chemistry together was hot. Even the secondary characters were good, including Charlotte’s ex who returns. Maybe I Do was an enjoyable romance, with the backdrop of the weddings. The issues that our couple have, plays a big part of the story. Charlotte makes no secret of her interest in Dean, even if he is 12 years older than her. She is gun shy to become serious, as she has not gotten over being left at the altar. When she finally convinces Dean that his age means nothing, their romance heats up and is very sensual. But Dean needs to get past his own issues regarding his previous marriage, some family issues, and to tell Charlotte the truth. This is my first book by Nicole Mclaughlin and I enjoyed it very much. She created an excellent story line with some wonderful characters. I look forward to the next book in this series.
mamalovestoread22 More than 1 year ago
Dean Troyer did the walk down the aisle, made the attempt at happily ever after, but it didn't work out, and he decided from that point on that he wasn't repeating that mistake again. After his own bad experience he isn't so keen on weddings, but when you own one of the most perfect venues to host them it makes it a little hard to completely avoid them, they bring in a lot money, money that keeps his dream afloat. With wedding after wedding, he has discovered one little bright spot along the way, a very beautiful and witty photographer, each event they work together the more her learns about her, and the more he would love to explore the sparks that constantly bounce around between them... but she isn't a fling kind of girl, she's more of a forever kind of girl, and that's just not something he wants or needs... or is it? Wedding after wedding photographer Charlotte Linley finds different ways to flirt with the venues owner Dean Troyer, he is gorgeous, funny, and a mystery that she would love the chance to unfold. But no matter how many hints she drops he doesn't seem to take the bait, so she is beginning to think it is a one sided attraction... then he unexpectedly asks for a favor. Now she is handed a golden opportunity to spend a little more time with the sexy distillery owner see just how one sided the attraction really is... Maybe I Do is delightful read that will warm the hearts of readers and have them swooning throughout! You do not want to miss out on an opportunity to meet Mr. Troyer, the moment that man waltzes onto the page your certain to fall under his spell, he is effortlessly sexy, charming, and certain to steal your heart! I really enjoyed this one, it is a very well rounded read full of humor, passion, heart, and some serious sexy times that had my toes curling!! I can't wait for the next installment, and the opportunity to meet more of Ms. McLaughlin's endearing characters, I am quite certain I will love them too! Highly recommend this one, it's sure to leave you smiling!! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this title.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderfully written sweet yet romance and I just loved these characters. Both Charlotte and Dean are disillusioned about love, marriage, and happiness. For Dean he has the ex wife to prove it and Charlotte has memories of the wedding that never happened. Yet they both work in places that have them seeing it day after day. Their attraction for each other is obvious but they allow little things to constantly get in their way. When Dean finds himself responsible for planning his sister's wedding, he knows the perfect person to help him is Charlotte. Will spending more time together finally get them past their reservations?? A really nicely done story and one I couldn't put down. I highly recommend this one.
bouncyberthaCR More than 1 year ago
2.5 - A man was never going to be her everything... Nicole Mclaughlin starts her Whiskey and Weddings series with two commitment-phobes who are attracted to each other and not sure what to do about it. So I am going to keep this review brief, because while I generally enjoy this authors work Maybe I Do didn’t really work for me for several important reasons. Mainly, I found the chemistry between Dean and Charlotte almost non-existent. The lengthy rambling inner monologues on their pasts and personal insecurities, and their feelings on pretty much everything just bogged down the flow of the story in general. Which in itself also took far too long to actually get going with any real development for a large part of the first half, which was surprise because this is something this author usually pitches perfectly. Unfortunately, I also struggle with irrelevant/over-the-top ex drama in my books, and it comes from both sides in this one, for me it was too much and really didn’t add much to the plot or help with my already waning enjoyment of the story. I liked Charlotte and Dean separately but they were pretty bland together, even the flirting came across a little stilted, and the constant internal references to their past relationship woes became extremely repetitive. Great set-up though with the Stag Brewery being the main location for a lot of the book, but I just found everything reminiscent of other romances I have read based around weddings/wedding planning, but for all the wrong reasons. That won’t stop me wanting to read the next book Maybe This Time due for release early 2018, I just hope that it is pared back a bit to reduce the internal rambling and overly lengthy explanations for things I didn’t really need in depth knowledge on, oh and 100% less ex drama would be a great plus as well.
CathyGeha More than 1 year ago
Maybe I Do by Nicole McLaughlin Whiskey and Weddings #1 Great introduction to a new series and new author! Charlotte is a professional photographer… Dean Troyer is a distiller of fine whiskey… Charlotte and Dean like one another, flirt with one another whenever they can but never act on their interest in one another due to past events in both of their lives… …until… …things begin to change one day… Charlotte and Dean have been friends for a few years when Dean’s sister contacts him needing to have her wedding planned and ready to attend when she and her fiancé get home from their current military tour overseas SO Dean asks Charlotte to help and as they work together on the wedding their relationship begin to change. Everything is going fairly well until some truths appear, an accident occurs and communication and soul searching becomes paramount. Thankfully things work out for most in the story. At this point I know there are at least two and perhaps more books to come in this series as Dean has two partners, took on another person to work as his apprentice and there are a number of friends of Charlotte’s that could also have stories of their own…and…you know what…I am looking forward to reading whatever book comes next! I love the distillery, the story, the concept and the characters. Not being a guy I am not sure if I would relate to Dean’s situation as he does BUT wished at times he had been a bit more forthcoming and done so a bit earlier. Charlotte was very together and a strong female force that I would love to have as a friend. I liked the two together and see them happy in the future. Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for the ARC – This is my honest review.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Whiskey and weddings. Not necessarily a good match, but in the case of Charlotte and Dean it proves a winning combination. As card carrying members of the broken hearts club, successful careers have made them unlucky in love. When work brings them together will the pain of the past tear them apart? Sparks fly, hearts break and hope springs eternal in this temptingly charming total eclipse of the heart.