Planning for Love

Planning for Love

by Christi Barth
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Planning for Love 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 88 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book has over six hundred pages. I found that it was too long and became boring. I skipped pages because there were too many repetitions and even then I couldn't finish the book. I did not connect with the characters and the story was not believable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book dragged on and on. I love to read but this one took me forever to get through. Def would not recommend.
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
Reviewed for Read Your Writes Book Reviews Planning for Love is the first book I’ve read by Christi Barth. I am SOOOO glad this book is part of a series. This will so NOT be the last book by Christi I will read. Ivy Rhodes is a twenty-nine year old wedding planner and co-owner of Chicago’s Aisle Bound, a wedding consulting company, with her best friend Daphne Lovell. Ivy is a hopeless romantic and believes in happily ever after, long-lasting love. Her parents have been happily married to each other for forty years. Ben Westcott is a cynic who doesn’t believe in marriages lasting past the “I Do’s”. Bennett’s entire family is full of un-happy ever afters. He believes his family has been cursed by his great-great-grandmother a hundred years ago. Interestingly enough, Ben is the cameraman for a wedding reality tv show. When I started reading this book, I actually found the author on Twitter and asked if I was supposed to be laughing as I was reading it. I was expecting a romance, but I wasn’t expecting to find myself laughing at the characters. This was one of those rare books where I actually liked ALL of the supporting characters. By the end of the book, Ben and I both realized that this statement was true, “Family isn’t always blood. It’s the people in your life who want you in theirs; the ones who accept you for who you are. The ones who would do anything to see you smile, and who love you no matter what.” I loved that the book started each chapter off with an advice quote like, “Life is what happens to us while we’re busy making other plans. - John Lennon” or “Love is an ideal thing, marriage a real thing. - Goethe”. Yes, I’m a planner and a hopeless romantic as well. This isn’t one of those books that’s going to make you cry. But it is one of those books which will make you go, “Awwww.” Ernest Hemingway said, “It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” To that I can say, Ivy and Ben do realize that they love each other and Ben is finally willing to put down roots and take a chance on love and the elusive happy ending that his family has never had. The journey that this book takes you on to get there is the magical part of romance that I love. Did I mention that I was doing the happy dance, when I found out that this was part of a series? I can’t wait for the next book, A Fine Romance. Source: Net Galley
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story line, a nice read for travel, vacation or destressing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked that the premise of the book was centered around reality tv. That made the story seem very current and relevant. However, it seemed to drag in places and i didn't like that it promotes the idea that people will change for love. In my experience, adults dont change dramatically and it is unfair to expect them to. If you want to spend the rest of your life with someone, it should be someone who is already a good match for you. Dont expect someone to become your perfect match just because they love you. That may work temporarily but you will probably be disappointed in the long run.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very sweet, well written story. I liked the characters and the plot was fun. If you are looking for sex scenes, this book isn't for you.
lucky42368 More than 1 year ago
I absolutely adored this book!!! I love the razzing between friends! I loved how they all helped out...especially in the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great characters. Looking forward to the next book.
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
Planning for Love is a light flaky pastry with heavy cream inside. Ivy and Ben are at the opposite ends of the marriage spectrum. She’s all about weddings and romance and love; he wants nothing to do with any of that, especially the love part. Ivy is wedding planner extraordinaire and just happens to end up featured on “Wild Wedding Smackdown”, a reality TV show about bad weddings, the worse the better, because of one of her brides. Ben happens to be behind the camera for it. After the wedding, Ben and Ivy burn up the night only for Ben to walk away. Now Ivy is being featured on a new reality TV show “Planning for Love” and is working toward her dream shop. Without warning, Ben is thrown back into her life as the stand in cameraman for her new show. Though hurt by Ben’s previous actions, Ivy can’t stop herself from falling in love all over again. But Ben has some skeletons in his closet – a family curse, a ruined career, and a whole lot of pride. Ben’s angsty brooding is more than a match for Ivy’s sweetness. It is this tug of war that keeps Planning for Love from becoming overly saccharine and too light and airy. Ben and Ivy complement each other very well. Along the way, we meet a set of secondary characters all of whom could easily be protagonists in their own books. They are as well crafted and finely drawn as Ivy and Ben. RATING: 4 REVIEWED BY: Monique Neaves,My Book Addiction Reviews
GHott More than 1 year ago
Hott Synopsis: How can a man who has no belief in the romance of life be the creative genius behind the most popular reality wedding shows on television? Ivy Rhodes was born to be a wedding planner – she picked her colors before she picked her college – even though the right man hasn’t walked her down the aisle. She not only sells romance she believes in it. So, when she finds that the man of her dreams just doesn’t have the heart for long-term she makes a plan to change her mind. It’s not devious when you’re Planning for Love. Hott Review: I devoured this book. I absolutely could NOT put it down!! I can’t believe I waited so long to read it!! What I liked: This book was just plain fun. It was a hilarious tale of a hopeless romantic and a cynic who both are smart alecks & sarcastic. What I didn’t like: The single tryst wasn’t terribly graphic but some of the language and the obscene references will turn some off. They weren’t prolific but definitely noticeable. More… Author: Christi Barth Source: Harlequin Reader Sruvey & Amazon Free Read 2/14/2013 Grade: A Steam: Adult + Setting: Chicago, Il Series: Aisle Bound #1
lrhubble More than 1 year ago
A Fun Read Contemporary, Chicago Ivy Rhodes is a hopeless romantic and the best wedding planner in the business. She isn’t going to let anything get in the way of getting ahead and most certainly not a personal problem. She isn’t about to let a heartbreaking and recent one-night stand get in the way when she is asked to star in the reality show Planning for Love. Bennett Westcott is a videographer that didn’t handle his encounter with Ivy well at all. Watching her smile and great body through the camera every day makes him want to try for some no strings attached fun with her. The more time they spend together shows Ben that Ivy isn’t at all what he imagined her to be namely a wedding-crazed bridezilla. He has never trusted himself to make a relationship work let alone last. Now he has to try and convince Ivy to give him another chance. This is a romance that takes the reader on a very fun ride. The situations at times are comical and seeing how the character react makes for a very enjoyable read. It is also interesting to see how the characters overcome their respective pasts to get the future that they find that they really want to have with each other. This story kicks off a series that if they rest live up to this one should prove to be a wonderful series to read and enjoy. It also gives a fun spin to both weddings and reality shows.
GailHollingsworth More than 1 year ago
I received this ebook free from Harlequin as a Tell Harlequin member.  I was not required to review it, only do an email survey, which I've completed.  However, I've made a policy for myself to do reviews on every book I read.  Planning for Love was hard to get through.  It wasn't one of those books that I just couldn't put down, as a matter of fact,I  put it down quite often!  The premise was a wedding planner, Ivy, who was good at her job, employed several people in her business and was interested in finding true love herself.  She also had a dream of starting another business, a romance shop.  Ben was a newsman that had been ousted from his job from a misunderstanding and was now filming weddings for a reality show.  Ivy was looking for a happily ever after just like her parent's marriage of 40 years, Ben was only looking for one night stands.  I didn't like some of the language the author used.  The story would have gone along fine without it. I also don't like to read explicit sex scenes, whether between married people or especially between singles.  The imagination is a wonderful thing that a lot of authors do not grasp.  This book wasn't one of my favorites, it was just an O.K. book.
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Great story
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Really enjoyed this book.
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Christi Barth is a new author for me. "Planning for Love" was a decent read. The story focused on a wedding planner who meets a man who she believes could be the "one". The story has the usual ups and downs that are in all romance stories with a few twists and quirks. I gave this book 3 stars as I felt the book would have been more interesting if consolidated into 300 pages or less. I haven't read a book that had more then 600 pages in a long time.
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