Kinni Corbet is the perfect bridesmaid. She’s efficient and has a to-do list for every occasion. When the bride-to-be adds “relax and have some fun” to Kinni’s schedule, Price Lyons seems to tick all the right boxes. He’s guaranteed fun, and it’s only for one week—what can it hurt?
Playboy hotel owner Price Lyons has wanted to break down Kinni’s walls for years. Her plan to relax for a whole week is the perfect opportunity to get to the one person he’s never been able to charm. And this time, she seems…receptive to his advances. Unexpected, but he’ll take it.
There’s just one problem. Kinni’s allergic to spontaneity, and the only thing predictable about Price is his unpredictability. There’s no way they’ll last beyond the week, and Kinni’s going to make sure of it…
Each book in the Wedding Favors series is a standalone story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Book #1 Bridesmaid Blues
Book #2 Random Acts of Marriage
Book #3 Properly Groomed
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Random Acts of Marriage
A Wedding Favors Story
By Boone Brux, Liz Pelletier, Jenn Mishler
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The crab cake hovered an inch from Kinni's mouth as her eyes riveted on Roxy, the bride-to-be. "What?"
Her friend's pouty pink lips curled into a smile full of white teeth, and her big blue eyes rounded. "Instead of you giving us a gift, I'd like to gift you with a favor." Her smile stretched a fraction wider. "A wedding favor."
"That doesn't make any sense. Besides, I already bought you and Kyle wedding presents." Kinni lowered the appetizer and shook her head. "I spent hours picking out the right item combination, gift wrap, and bow."
Roxy's sunshine smile pinched into a grimace, and she reached to pat Kinni's hand. "And I appreciate all your effort, sweetie, but ..." The tight lines of her face softened. "Hours? Really?"
This wasn't the first time Kinni's tenaciousness about details had raised a few eyebrows. Though her rigid personality was the reason she'd done well in law school, it had been the death of the only longtime relationship she'd ever been in. Her ex had constantly complained about her need to loosen up. She'd tried, she really had, but after three torturous weeks of ignoring the towels he left on the bathroom floor, not rushing to clean the kitchen after they ate, and waiting until he left before vacuuming up his chip crumbs, her true personality crept back in.
No matter how hard she tried, she couldn't escape her organized and responsible ways, and he'd ultimately ended things between them.
Now she could see it was for the best. She was who she was and wouldn't have been happy trying to be someone else. Life had taught her being impulsive didn't garner results. She'd accepted the fact that there probably wasn't a man alive who could put up with her idiosyncrasies, and vice versa, but she loved her friends, and they were worth bending for.
"All right, I'll bite. What do you mean 'gift me a favor'?" Discarding the crab cake altogether, she pursed her lips. "You've already given us our bridesmaid gifts and a day at the spa."
"I know, but this is different." As if cranking the dimmer switch to high, Roxy widened her eyes and her smile. "You've already done so much for us. Between the parties, wedding prep, and job hunting, I'm worried you're spreading yourself too thin."
Kinni lowered her voice and focused on her friend's face. "Meaning?"
"Meaning, I want you relax, have fun, be in the moment." When she didn't reply, Roxy pressed on. "Look, everything you've done is perfect, and we can't thank you enough for all your help, but I feel guilty about how much time you're putting into my wedding."
Kinni's gaze remained leveled on her friend. After all these years she would have thought Roxy knew how much she enjoyed helping out with an event like this. The charts and color-coding had given her weeks of pleasure, but making somebody who didn't have the same love of all things orderly understand that was damn near impossible.
"So, if I hear you correctly, you want me to relax. That's it?"
"Yes. I'm planning on only getting married once, and I want you to enjoy this last week of me being single. Really have some fun."
"Relax and have fun ..." The space between Kinni's brows pinched together. "That's the favor?"
"In a nutshell." Roxy's head bobbed from side to side, the blond ringlets bouncing like curly yellow ribbons against her cheeks. "I want you to say yes to relaxation and fun for a week."
The muscles in Kinni's jaw clamped down, repressing the NO! wanting to escape. Saying yes to the gifted favor wasn't a problem, if she thought everything through first, analyzed all the variables and possible outcomes. There was still a lot to do for the wedding, things she'd started and couldn't leave dangling unfinished. What Roxy didn't understand was that those dangling tasks would drive her crazy over the course of the week, and relaxing would be impossible. Maybe she could fake relax. But knowing Roxy, she'd probably spring surprise visits on her just to make sure she was in the moment.
Clearly sensing her resistance, Roxy clasped her hands together in a prayer pose. "Please." She touched her fingers to her lips, her eyes boring into Kinni's. "And you can still give us the gifts you bought."
Unable to say no, but still not compelled to agree, she tried to finagle more time. "I don't see how any of this is a favor." Especially to me.
"You've been such a great friend. Let me do something nice in return." Roxy gripped her shoulders, placing her face directly in front of Kinni's. "Please?"
Being caught in her friend's pointed stare was like hanging helpless in a spider's web. Instead of paralyzing and eating her prey, which might be a preferable outcome, the giant spider of perkiness was going to fun Kinni to death.
Her lips pressed together, but resistance was futile. "Fine." The instant the word was out, she wanted to shove it back in her mouth. "I'll relax and be in the moment, but only if it's not going to endanger my life or throw a wrench in plans I already have." She glanced around and lowered her voice. "And don't tell anybody. I don't need everybody telling me what I should and shouldn't do."
"My lips are sealed, not even to Kyle." Her friend mimed locking her lips and throwing away the key. Then she wrapped Kinni in a hug and squeezed. "You'll have a good time, I promise."
"Uh-huh." After extricating herself from the overzealous hug, she stepped back, needing space. "Okay then, this was fun." She enunciated the f-word. "But I need to use the ladies' room."
If possible, Roxy's mouth stretched into an even wider smile. "You won't regret agreeing to this."
Kinni mustered a single nod and a half smile before escaping to the bathroom. Though she'd already said yes, what she needed was a little reassurance that she wasn't going to regret her agreement. Roxy was always super supportive of everything she did and rarely asked for anything from her.
In college Roxy had not only befriended her, but insisted Kinni be part of the close circle that made up their group today. Even though she'd never totally fit, none of the women had batted an eyelash about accepting her.
No matter how painful Roxy's request would be, she'd do it. What was the worst that could happen?
* * *
Had he heard right? Did Miss Rigid, Kinni Corbett, just agree to relax for an entire week? Price glanced over his shoulder and watched her stride across the room to the exit. Her long black hair swung with purpose but still managed to remain neat, as if no strand dared fall out of ranks. His gaze drifted along her trim torso and settled on her firm rear end. There was no denying the woman was gorgeous — like smokin'-hot beautiful. She was dark and sultry like Kate Beckinsale, and lean like Gwyneth Paltrow. In his opinion, the perfect combination. Too bad Kinni's personality always got in the way.
Though the group had gone to college together, they'd never clicked, which in his opinion was a terrible shame. It wasn't like he hadn't tried — several times, but she'd shot down his attempts at flirting with a few well-targeted comebacks that had left no room for rallying. Even now classifying her as his friend was pushing it. She was standoffish and way too serious, and though he didn't know it for a fact, he suspected she disapproved of him. It was probably because he was everything she wasn't. Fun. Spontaneous. Outgoing.
Despite the fact that she was tightly wound and probably high maintenance, he'd had several fantasies involving Kinni. He couldn't shake the notion that a lot of pent-up sexual frustration hovered under all her buttoned-up perfection. A guy could dream, which was exactly all he'd done so far.
His gazed followed her until she disappeared around the corner. He popped the square of cheese in his mouth and slowly chewed, contemplating the unexpected opportunity fate had dropped in his lap. The one thing he did know about Kinni was that she was painfully literal and true to her word. If she told Roxy she'd relax, then she would go out of her way to keep her promise, even when it probably wasn't necessary. Maybe he'd be able to use this in his favor. All he'd have to do is offer her exactly what she wanted wrapped up in the guise of friendship.
A smile quirked the corner of his mouth while ideas raced through his mind. He could have a lot of fun finding out what made Miss Corbett tick and at the same time get her to loosen up. Keep it simple and friendly, otherwise she'd know something was up. He needed to be subtle, get her to spend time with him, and break down her defenses slowly. If things never progressed to the next level, he'd chalk it up to fate. At the very least they'd be better friends. It might not be the outcome he wanted, but it was better than nothing.
Having fun had always been one of his top three priorities in life, and he made sure to put the same effort into enjoying running his hotel business as he did his extracurricular activities. That was probably why he'd never connected with her. Their priorities seemed to be at the opposite ends of the spectrum, but that didn't mean he wasn't going to try to make a connection with her. He'd dealt with tough clients before and had always been able to win them over. "This just might work," he muttered.
"What will work?"
His head snapped up. Damn, he hadn't noticed her come back in. "My schedule." He scrambled for an explanation that might include her. "I have my final tux fitting tomorrow. I thought it was going to interfere with a conference call I have slated, but it's all good."
"You should use a time management app." She picked up her near-empty glass and downed the last drops of wine. "They really help. I'd be lost without mine."
"Great idea." He nodded and pointed to her empty glass. "Let me get you a refill. What are you drinking?"
Hesitantly, she released the glass. "Merlot. Thank you."
"My pleasure." He'd planned on getting the wine and returning, but she followed, stopping beside him at the bar. "One merlot and one vodka martini, please." After giving the order, he turned to her. "So Kinni, I was wondering if you would do me a favor."
Her lip curled at the corner. "Another favor?"
"Excuse me?" he said, playing dumb.
"Never mind." The set of her shoulders stiffened and she crossed her arms over her chest. "What's the favor?"
"Would you come with me to pick up my tux tomorrow? I need an honest opinion about the fit." He didn't, but figured it was a good way to spend time together. She'd get a chance to see him away from the guys and hopefully change her opinion of him. "How about it?"
"Why don't you take one of your" — she mimed air quotes — "'assistants' to help you."
"First of all, the women I date aren't my assistants. Secondly, my assistant is a he, not a she, and unfortunately, Larry's knowledge of fashion doesn't extend much beyond corduroy suits with elbow patches. Lastly, I need an honest opinion, and I know you'll give it to me."
It was true he had no shortage of women. Owning three trendy hotels in Seattle meant a constant stream of people in and out of his life. Some were genuinely nice, and others only wanted something from him. He didn't think he'd have to worry about Kinni falling into that category. On the contrary, from her narrowed gaze and ramrod-stiff posture he suspected any kind of genuine affection he could coax from her would be hard-won.
"What time is your appointment?"
"Ten." He waited for a response, but when she simply continued to peer at him, he added, "Is that a yes?"
"All right, I'll meet you there." She lowered her arms. "But I'm going to be honest about your tux."
"Great, that's what I need. And ..." He attempted his most innocent and nonthreatening grin. "How about I take you to lunch as a thank-you?"
She shook her head. "That's not necessary."
"Come on. You're being so nice by helping me out." He reached out and gently chucked her on the shoulder, which was totally lame and slightly embarrassing. "Let me do something nice for you."
Her eyes darted to somewhere behind him, probably at Roxy, held, and then cut back. She crossed her arms over her chest again, but this time she seemed to be shrinking away from him. Her shoulders lifted to her ears, and she grimaced. Her answer squeezed from her, as if it hurt to pronounce the word. "Okay."
"Great." He clasped his hands, making sure not to touch her again. The poor thing looked like she was ready to bolt. "I'll see you at the tux shop at ten. Do you know where it is?" She nodded, but didn't reply otherwise. "Great," he said again. "Thank you so much."
"It's fine," she muttered. A few seconds of strained silence stretched between them until she turned back to the room and rested her elbows on the bar. Her eyes leveled on the maid of honor, Dani. Kinni flicked her chin toward her friend. "How long do you think she and Jamie will stare at each other, pretending nothing is going on and hoping no one notices?"
He mirrored her pose, watching Jamie's gaze slide to Dani, hold, and then cut away. "Until they combust from the sexual tension."
Last year the two had broken up after several intense months of dating. Jamie had never given him any details, and he wasn't one to pry.
"I agree. It's like watching some primitive mating ritual." The bartender slid a glass of wine toward Kinni. She picked it up, sipped, and slowly swallowed, her gaze never leaving their two friends. "I hope she's not going to do anything stupid, like sleep with him."
"Why is that stupid?" Price twirled the olive around the glass. "They're both adults."
"On an emotional level Jamie is like a ticking bomb for Dani. She's still into him, no matter how much she denies it. And logically he's a poor choice for her."
"How do you figure?" He sipped his martini, his attention centered on Kinni. Hearing her views on the couple might give him some insight into how she approached relationships.
"Well, he lives in Florida, and she lives here in Seattle. It would be a bad career move for Dani to leave her editorial position, especially since she's been promoted to senior editor. And I can't imagine Jamie leaving the family business. So there's very little chance that anything could work out between them."
"Maybe they're still in love," he pressed.
An unfeminine snort slipped from her. "It's taken nearly a year for Dani to get over the two of them being in love. Something miraculous would have to happen for the result not to be the same if they tried to patch things up."
He couldn't argue with her, but he sure hated how cynical her opinions sounded. Call him old-fashioned, but he liked the possibility of rekindling an old love. "What about absence making the heart grow fonder?"
"Come on." She turned to him, shaking her head and giving him a pinched expression. "When has that ever worked? It's hard enough making things work when a couple are near each other. Toss in separation, and odds of failure increase dramatically. And —" She jabbed a finger in the air. "The longer the separation lasts, the less chance that things will work out."
"I suppose soul mates are out of the question?"
She turned back to the gathering. "Soul mates are just people who share common goals, values, and beliefs. There isn't anything magical or ordained by heaven about it."
"Call me a romantic, but I believe there are things about love that can't be explained away." He held his glass up. "No matter how eloquent the argument. That being said, might I suggest a little wager?"
She propped one elbow on the bar and leaned toward him a fraction, her interest clearly roused. "What kind of wager?"
"I bet they hook up sometime during the wedding week, and you think they won't, right?"
"Correct. And what does the winner get?"
"Let's say a favor from the loser, within reason." Making the prize generic gave him a little leeway on options depending on how their relationship progressed over the next week.
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The story was WELL WRITTEN and made me laugh several times. THAT is hard to do. I just couldn’t get that this could happen. Kinni needs to be on ocd Meds. A man would have to work to hard to get her to loosen up......everyday. No happily ever after for ever with someone like that. I really liked the cover art.
This is book #2, in the Wedding Favors series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. For reader understanding and enjoyment, I recommend reading this amazing series in order. Price & Kinni know one another through mutual friends. They seem to have trouble getting along. When he overhears her promising the bride she will try to have fun, he knows this is the chance to see if she can cut loose. Kinni has had heartache from the past in many ways. Trust does not come easy to her. When Price shows he wants to be her friend, she is uncertain whether he can be as good as his word. The heat between them is growing, and changing the tide. I loved that these characters had serious chemistry all along. They just had to learn what to do with it. I think this series is really great and this story fits right in. I cannot wait to read the next one! ***This copy was given by Netgalley and its publishers in exchange for an honest review only.
What a wonderful surprise this charming story became. What I'd thought to be just another RomCom, turned out to be funny and riddled with clever banter and dialogue. The characters of Kinni and Price are truly an entertainment, watching their give and take...push/pull maneuvering all in the name of the wedding favor and falling for each other. That they each had other priorities running in the background, just made their "dance" so much more delightful. This book was provided by the Publisher and Netgalley for my honest review.
Adorable read. If you are looking for a sweet & sexy story check out Random Acts of Marriage. It is the second book in the Wedding Favors series but can be read as a stand alone. It was fun watching Kinni & Price let their feelings grow from friendship to something more. I will be reading more stories by Boone Brux Advanced Reader Copy provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Awwwww! I loved this a lot! It was such a fun and quick read which I absolutely enjoyed and let me tell you I haven't enjoyed a book like this for a while. I loved the characters!! Price and Kinni were great to follow around in this story. It was super cute and made me smile throughout most of it. The Story: For Kinni everything has its place and order. People say she is a serious person and not at all fun and relaxed, which is why her best friend orders her to be exactly that. Having known Kinni for years, Price jumps onto this opportunity to get to know her better. Though Price never had troubles in having fun and saying yes to life, Kinni is quite the opposite and a real challenge for him. Never did he imagine that he would enjoy Kinni's company so much. And boy, was he in for a treat. Thoughts: I was captured by this super sweet story from the beginning. I fell in love with Price and Kinni and it was such a pleasure to read about their interaction and how their friendship grew . It's witty but never over the top. I would have loved if the book were longer but I believe it's just right to end when things are at their best. I highly recommend this book for those who aren't looking for a deep-meaning or thoughtful story but for a light, sweet and super great read. Just perfect for summer. I will definitely read the first book of this series and will also read the next! =) (Though I'm not sure if they can outdo Price and Kinni's story) =P -- I received an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. --
I read the first book in this series, so when I was invited to read this one, I was eager to see who was next. To be honest, I don't remember much about the cast from the previous book and I went into this thinking it was a companion. It turned out to be another couple in the group, during the same time frame. I liked the idea of that, but I wish I would have known beforehand so I could have gotten a refresher. It took me a chapter or two to figure that out. I liked Kinni and Price. They're both so different and that's half of the fun. He makes her spontaneous and she makes him responsible and it's amusing to see that all play out. Of course there are a couple of secrets and reveals and breakups, per the usual. My main complaint is that it was a little rushed for me. It was mentioned a few times that they've casually known each other through the group for years, I would have liked more time with them. Overall, a cute and quick read. I'll definitely be looking for the next in the series. **Huge thanks to LoveSwept and NetGalley for the invite to read**
A sweet acquaintances-to-friends-to-lovers story! Kinni Corbet and Price Lyons have been in the same friends group for years, but haven't really gotten along. She thinks he's a fluffy-headed playboy, and he thinks she's wound a little too tight (he's not entirely wrong). But their good friends are getting married, and they're both in the wedding party. When Price overhears the bride-to-be telling Kinni that she needs to spend the week of the wedding (gasp!) relaxing and having fun, he decides to step up to the plate and give her a hand. Sounds like fun, right? ;) In the week that follows, Kinni learns that Price isn't quite the guy she thought he was, and Price finds himself more drawn to Kinni than he ever could have imagined. The two are thrown together into quite a few amusing and entertaining situations which make this short, sweet story a lot of fun to read. There's a plethora of phallic-themed party favors! There's nudity (sadly, not all of it is fun sexytimes for our hero and heroine--but some is :))! There's moving and grooving on the dance floor, and fun drinks named after sex acts! Ah, if only I liked coffee-flavored liqueur! Though given Kinni's morning after, it's probably best that I don't... ;) Random Acts of Marriage, the second book in the Wedding Favors series, takes place at the same time as the events in book one, Bridesmaid Blues . It worked just fine as a standalone, though be warned: you see just enough of what's going on with that book's couple that you'll probably be adding it to your TBR before you've turned the last page on this one. Rating: 4 stars / B+ I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
Sweet Romantic Beach Read This is a good romantic read about a woman who is considered to be a bit of a control freak and one about a carefree man. Kinni takes her duties as the maid of honor very seriously and the bride tells her to take some times to unwind and relax—that is where another friend and member of their group, Price, another member of their group, and a hot playboy hotel owner , finally thinks he has a shot at getting Kinni to have fun with him. With the fun opportunities he gets them to have, and some of the emotional opportunities that come their way, will Kinni finally realize she has a shot at finding love? Will she finally see the attraction that she has been denying all this time? Oh and boy was she the queen of denial- For the the attraction between the two developed over time into one mutual, sweet and irresistible that combusted over time. By the end of the story, there was some ups and down but the ending was super sweet and one that I enjoyed reading by the pool in the sun. Price made Kinni a better woman, one who wasn’t afraid to take risks in the name of love and Price became a man who wasn’t afraid to show his woman that she was his one and only for now and ever. My rating: 4.0 stars **** **I was given an ARC by the publisher in exchange for an honest review***
ARC kindly provided by Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review. Review 'Random Acts of Marriage' was...okay for me but I found the characters a bit...well, not to my taste. They just weren't what I wanted them to be, and I guess that really brought down the overall rating for me. Just their whole personalities were subpar to me and didn't allow me to strongly connect with either the story or them. The novella was written quite well on the other hand and upped the ante for me. It was able to convey those emotions across to me (thank goodness or I would have perished a reader's death) and made reading worthwhile. I can't and shan't say anything negative about this aspect of the novel because it was so well done. I liked how simple and flowing everything was executed. A good setting and world-building for this instalment. I did feel confused at times because I started reading the second instalment instead of the first, (I know, I'm weird) so the fact that were was a wedding going on made me think that the couple getting married were the main characters in the first instalment but apparently they have NOTHING to do with the series. So, I guess this all the novellas are standalones through and through. I felt like the whole plot was a bit unoriginal and that there wasn't anything significant that made the novella outshine the others in the same genre. I mean, there was nothing that made me gasp or startle or laugh. It did garner some smiles and grins from me though! This novella could really use a splash of something exotic and spicy! The chemistry between Kinni and Price wasn't something to be marvelled at. I couldn't really feel it and I didn't understand why they got together and what made them tick together. I still don't. The characters weren't anything surprising and original. I just...they felt like worn out pieces playing their parts as best as they could. Overall, this was an okay, sweet read that was okay to get through but it didn't keep me gripped or fascinated or riveted. Honestly, I found it easier to put the book down than to keep reading. Congratulations to Boone Brux on publishing the second instalment in the 'Wedding Favors' series! Hopefully, book one will be better for me! Rating Plan 1 star : Strongly did not like the book, writing and plot was bad. Idea of the book was against my liking. 2 star : Didn't like it, didn't find it interesting or gripping. Seemed to drag on to me. 3 star : An average book. Wasn't bad or good. Everything else was well done. Original idea. 4 star : Like a 3 star but has potential to it as a series or the book grew on me as it progressed and certain scenes captured me. I Enjoyed it and read it in one sitting. 5 star : I LOVED IT! I stayed up late until 3 am. Author is a genius, characters, plot, idea, development, EVERYTHING was EXCELLENT. Nothing else can possibly be said except that its 5 STAR!
This was a fun sweet read of a book. It took me a little longer to read due to crazy overly busy days, but when I had taken the time to read it, it definitely kept my interest. I loved the interaction between Kinni and Price. He was quick to challenge her into fun, and she was fun to watch her let her hair down. By doing so, he then felt more responsible for taking care of her. He was actually a really great guy. I don't think there was a part of the story where I didn't not like him. Kinni was a little more complex, still likeable, but very OCD and task oriented. I truly appreciated the ending. It was not too far fetched, very realistic, along with a little heat. The secondary characters were very colorful, especially both sets of parents. His were incredibly outgoing and fun. Hers were very natural and I loved what they participated in during their visit. The friendships were great for banter and I really hope we get one more book for a certain girl and guy. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher through Netgalley.
Omg what is not to love about this book. The two families are HILARIOUS! Seriously I laughed so hard reading this. From Wild bachelorette parties to more serious moments it was a truly enjoyable read. The pace is perfect, and it leaves you complete with no questions. Lots of dialogue moves it along well with more experiencing than telling. My kind of book. Romantic comedy with a bit of a sexy edge. Thanks to the publisher for the copy in exchange of an honest review
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review. Random Acts of Marriage is Book 2 of the Wedding Favors Series by Boone Brux. Although this is part of a series, it can be read as a standalone. *Squeeeeeeeeeeee* I.Love.It! What a wonderful read. A totally entertaining rom-com that will have you chuckling from cover-to-cover. The characters are amazing and their chemistry is just fabulous. And the whole opposites attracts is so working, it’s working big time peeps. Kinni and Price are brought to life with Ms. Brux’s amazing writing style. Kudos Ms. Brux, kudos for a job well-done.
This is a lovely story where two folks who have been members of the same group of friends for almost a decade suddenly have all their preconceived ideas about each other and each other's backgrounds completely annihilated. When two of their group are planning to marry, Kinni Corbet is the ocd list orientated best organising bridesmaid a bride could wish for! She's so focussed on ensuring everything goes to plan, however, that she's likely to miss out on any fun opportunities - as usual! Well, that is until the bride makes her promise to have fun that week. . . . . This promise is overheard by Price Lyons, another member of their group, with a reputation now for being a playboy hotel owner who definitely knows how to have fun! He's never managed to get Kinni to take him seriously or to have fun with him. He sees this as a golden opportunity and he's going to make the most of that! Can he get Kinni to have fun with him? Can Kinni resist his charms? One thing is for certain, the week ahead will definitely be different - and hopefully fun for them all! Talk about opposites! Kinni is an over-thinker, over planner and over serious young lady - and Price is her complete antithesis! This was an enthralling read, with great characters, plenty of humour and quite a few surprises along the way. Meeting their parents was, in both cases, brilliant and eye opening experiences, knocking flat any assumptions as to their childhood history. The attraction between the two developed into mutual, hot and irresistible for them both. It was a great story to relax in the sun and escape into - I thoroughly enjoyed it and will certainly be looking out for more by this author in future! I was given a copy of this novel to read in exchange for my honest review.
Kinni and Price have been in the same group of friends for years but have never really been friends themselves. Kinni is an uptight planner who has to have everything in its place and Price is a fun-loving playboy who takes things as they come. They couldn't be more different. Except once they get to know each other, they learn that there's more than what's on the surface for both of them. Kinni has been given a "gift" from her friend to just relax and enjoy the wedding festivities. Relaxing is not something that Kinni does well. She's intense and has lists for everything. Price decides to help Kinni with her gift since he loves to have fun. This story was quick and fun. I was able to finish it in one sitting. It was hilarious watching these opposites try to break through their misconceptions of the other and really connect. Their attraction builds throughout the story and there was definitely some heat. I'll absolutely go back and read the first book in this series! *I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*
This is the second book In Boone Brux's Wedding Favours series, but don't worry it stands entirely well on it's own so you don't have to read the first one to thoroughly enjoy Random Acts of Marriage. Kinni and Price have known each other for years but she's never really given him much thought. He's a free spirit who's more interested in having fun than being serious. Definitely not her type. She's a focused, organized and compartmentalized fledgling lawyer, or she will be just as soon as she lands that first job. She's got a plan for her life, and having fun just isn't part of it ... until Roxy, the bride, asks her to have fun in the last week before her big wedding - as a favour. Price, a groomsman, is anxious to help "fun up" Kinni's life. What follows is a light hearted romp through budding relationships and pre-wedding shenanigans that is guaranteed to make you smile of you, particularly if you've ever been in a wedding party. Random Acts is well written with a cast of memorable characters you can't help but love, but more importantly it's great light reading for a summer afternoon at the beach or lounging on the deck with a tall, cold drink
I went into this one unsure of if I was going to like it or not because I felt like I read a similar story before, but I ended up enjoying this one a lot. This is the first Boone Brux book that I've read and I would definitely read more from her. This is the second book of her "Wedding Favors" series but can be read as a standalone. I really enjoyed the characters in this one so I want to go back and read the first one soon! Kinni is an extremely OCD person who has trouble having fun. She is often described as being way too serious. He friend asks her as a favor to her to let lose and have some fun for a week, which is where Price comes in. Price is a fun-loving ladies man. He's been attracted to Kinni since he first saw her but she's always turned down his advances, and frankly, acted like she wasn't too fond of him. When he overhears Kinni's friend asking her to let lose, he decides that he is the man for the job. I thought he was so sweet to Kinni. He was always trying to help her. I liked how there was more to these characters than meets the eye. Kinni sees his sports car and knows he owns a few motels and automatically assumes he comes from money. He actually worked his way up to where he is on his own. Price expects Kinni's parents to be just as serious as she is....and we'll just say he is also really surprised. They had fun playful banter between the two of them and a ton of chemistry. This was a super quick read but I didn't feel as if it was too rushed. ** I received an ARC of this title via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. **
Random Acts of Marriage A Wedding Favors Story by Boone Brux What a great read! So much fun! I loved Random Acts of Marriage, a fast paced story with great characters. Kinnie Corbet has a wedding to plan and was determined to work hard and have no fun. That was until the bride to be Roxy gave Kinnie a wedding favor. Price Lyons playboy hotel owner Kinnie's friend for years overheard the favor to Kinnie from Roxy and tries his best to make it work. These two have great chemistry throughout the story and I loved every word. My favorite parts of the story are when Kinnie meets Prices parents and when Price meets Kinnie's parents. I can't wait to read more of this author's work. I give Random Acts of Marriage 5 stars for its fun loving story and great characters. I would recommend this story to Adults who enjoy Romance.
I liked this book - especially the premise of it. Kinni is a bridesmaid that raises OCD to a whole new level. She is a slightly (?) neurotic unemployed attorney who agonizes over each detail of her friend's wedding. Price is a groomsman that projects a very carefree attitude and acts like nothing ever bothers him. They've known each other for years, but without actually knowing each other. Price takes advantage of a chance overheard conversation to get closer to Kinni. The reason for three stars is that the characters didn't connect with me. I'm not really sure why, but I never really felt invested in them. So, while I loved the premise, I didn't love the book. The premise was so good, though, that I wouldn't hesitate to try another book by the author.
I really enjoy this very entertaining book. It was a fun, sexy, opposites attract story that kept me chuckling. It's full of witty banter and an emotional roller coaster as Kinni and Price both try to get the other to bend to their way of thinking. Kinni's determined to be the best maid of honor ever. Price is just as determined to get Kinni to relax and have a little fun. Kinni knows there is attraction there but she isn't about to let things get too out of control but Price as other ideas. Definitely a fun read that I highly recommend.
Kinni is a tad overzealous. Okay, who am I kidding she's a neurotic control freak. She color coordinates, her planner. That's a red flag! She may be wound a little tight but she feels deeply and wounds easily. At first introduction, I knew she would be a irresistible character. Boone Brux brings a comedic flair to the table with Random Acts of Marriage. The concept of a friendly intervention and opposites connecting brings a smile whenever I think about it. Kinni is a planner without a plan, Price is a fly by the seat of the pants type of guy. He lives by the motto: "Active now, plan later." Can he convert uptight Kinni over to his spontaneous point of view? Ms. Brux brought the funny and mixed in the honey. Another new author to add to my growing list of favorites.