Chad Walker may be a take-no-chances man with a plan, but there's no way Amelia Snyder is going to let her best bud marry Mean Girl #1—even if the wedding is solely so he can secure the controlling shares in his family's company. But free-spirited Amelia's at-the-altar groomnapping scheme takes a surprising turn when she ends up as the blushing bride instead.
Suddenly, with Amelia living in her handsome husband's home—in his bedroom, no less—she starts to reconsider their strictly platonic arrangement. But Chad's always been strictly anti-risk and definitely anti-love, and betting a lifetime of best friendship on the chance at forever might be the biggest gamble of all.
Each book in the Stealing the Heart series is a standalone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Book #1 Stealing the Groom
Book #2 Resisting Her Rival
Book #3 Stealing the Bachelor
About the Author
From the time she was a child, Sonya knew she was destined to be a writer. If she didn't like the ending of a book or movie, she would write her own ending. When her children were young, she often wrote stories to entertain them. At the urging of one of her daughters, she submitted a short story and to her surprise and delight, it sold.
Sonya loves writing all things romance whether it's writing contemporary adult or teen fiction and still hasn't lost the wonder that she gets to do what she loves.
She enjoys reading, movies, chocolate, and laughter and credits her daughters as being the sweetest blessings in her life.
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Stealing the Groom
A Stealing the Heart Novel
By Sonya Weiss, Shannon Godwin, Rima Jean
Entangled Publishing, LLCCopyright © 2014 Sonya Weiss
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"For the last time, you can't steal a man!"
"Chad is my best friend — it's not the same as stealing," Amelia Snyder whispered in response to her sister Ann's warning. Besides, how was she supposed to steal the groom if he never showed?
Amelia crouched by a row of evergreen bushes on an incline above the majestic red-brick church and aimed her binoculars at the limousine pulling into the long circular drive.
"Finally, he's here," Amelia said, darting a look at her reluctant partner in crime. The close sister bond between them was the only reason why Ann was here, by her side, offering support as she always had. When their parents were killed in a car accident almost fifteen years ago, her oldest sister Abby had just turned seventeen, Ann was fifteen, and Amelia was ten. Even when the siblings didn't agree, they were always there for one another.
"Thank you for helping me with my plan," Amelia said, giving her sister's hand a little squeeze.
Ann clamped her lips tightly together, her way of showing disapproval for what she'd referred to repeatedly as "Amelia's Folly." "We should forget this wild scheme and go inside. We still have time to change into our dresses before the ceremony begins."
Ignoring her older sister, Amelia focused all her attention on the scene below. Her sister didn't understand what was at stake if this wedding proceeded to the "death do us part" ending.
Camouflaged in the thick, prickly underbrush, Amelia kept her gaze glued to the entrance of the imposing building, afraid to blink lest she miss something important.
She had one shot to save her best friend from a life of sure misery. She didn't intend to blow it.
With a little bit of luck, the element of surprise would be on her side. She'd be in the limousine with Chad and on her way out of their quiet little town of Sweet Creek within seconds.
Though she hadn't slept more than six hours combined the last two nights, alternating between worrying over her sister Abby and worrying over Chad, her senses were on full alert. She knew the ramifications if she didn't succeed.
Chad would end up miserable married to Claire, the bridezilla. She would bleed him dry financially and drag his name through the mud. His finances and his reputation would be ruined. He'd become a broken man exactly like his father. Bitter. Angry.
Well, Amelia wouldn't allow it, not if she could help it.
She couldn't forget how Chad was the boy who'd punched the bully teasing her after her parents' death. The one who'd taken her to prom when her date had chicken pox. The one who taught her to how to fish, how to change a tire, and how to defend herself against boys who wouldn't take no for an answer.
She had to do whatever it took to prevent Chad's life from spiraling downward.
Therefore, failure was not an option. Friends did not allow friends to marry the wrong woman.
And without a doubt Chad Walker would marry the wrong woman unless Amelia took matters into her own hands. If she didn't act fast — in the next twenty minutes — she would have to go into the church, change into the dress she'd brought along, and watch her best friend ruin his life.
Okay, so maybe stealing the groom was a little drastic, but she'd tried everything else.
But he'd held steadfast in his decision. Even if he'd looked a little sick to his stomach doing it.
Due to some of his father's unwise business decisions before his death, Chad's family's company was at risk and he'd do anything he could to save it. Even offer himself up as the sacrificial lamb.
"All this skulking around is ridiculous, Amelia. Just tell Chad you love him so I can get out of this heat," Ann said, breaking the stillness of the moment.
She wiped the perspiration away from her eyes and settled her plump form more securely on the in-need-of-rain ground. "May is too hot a month to sit around outside and play I Spy."
"Who said anything about love? Our grandparents and his have been friends forever. You know how Chad and I were always thrown together at the holidays and vacations our families shared. We're friends, Ann, and as his friend, I'm simply worried about his future if he marries that barracuda."
She'd told Chad as much, except she'd left off the barracuda part.
He'd thanked her for watching out for him, and then assured her that his heart wasn't on the line because his upcoming marriage was simply a business arrangement.
She'd been too stunned to reply.
Business arrangement? Amelia had wanted to pursue the conversation, but his fiancée had called him on his cell phone at the exact moment to whine about ruining a pair of shoes.
Amelia had heard the woman's nasal voice before Chad switched off the speaker.
Oh, the horror of a pair of ruined shoes, Amelia scoffed inwardly. Claire was the most materialistic woman she'd ever known. The woman could smell money the way trained police dogs could sniff out contraband.
A fat bumblebee hovered around Amelia's head and she shifted her weight, ignoring the droning buzz as she kept her gaze focused on the limousine.
Though it was a very small wedding with only family and a few friends — unlike the event-of-the-decade reception she was sure Claire would have preferred — she needed the parking lot completely cleared before she could act. The fewer witnesses, the better. She knew Chad's family was already at the church, so Chad should be alone.
"Seriously, you've gone overboard this time." Ann waved her hand to ward off a bevy of gnats and lifted her shoulder-length brown hair away from her neck with a sigh of frustration. "This is probably the dumbest thing you've ever done."
"I haven't done anything yet."
"The yet is what worries me," Ann muttered, letting her hair fall back into place. "How I let myself get talked into tagging along on this fiasco I'll never know."
"Whatever. You know you secretly love the drama. Plus someone will need to tell everyone Chad has run off with me — after we're safely away from here, of course."
"If you say so." Ann pulled at the thick material of her blue jeans. "I should've put on a pair of shorts."
"Shh," Amelia said, "I need to pay attention."
So far, there was no sign Chad was attempting to exit the limousine. Maybe he was having second thoughts. Amelia's hopes crept upward. She wouldn't have to resort to such drastic measures if Chad would pull a disappearing act on his own.
Then she could enjoy the rest of her long-awaited vacation secure in the knowledge that her best friend was safe from the clutches of yet another woman hungry for his wealth. Amelia frowned. At least until the next gold digger surfaced.
There was always someone waiting in the wings to try to take advantage of him. Women flocked to him because of his good looks and then stuck around once they realized his net worth.
The driver's side door opened, the black paint glinting in the sun. Chad's aging chauffeur lumbered from the car and headed toward the back intending to open the door for Chad.
Leaving the car running.
Amelia's heart pounded.
Now or never.
Amelia made her move. "Don't forget to call and let the woman Grandpa hired to care for the cabin know that I'm on the way," she said over her shoulder as she leaped into action.
Amelia ran down the sloping incline and headed for the car as if it was the last piece of cream cheese red velvet brownie left on a tray at Great American Cookies.
Skidding to a stop by the driver's door, she yanked on the handle and slid behind the wheel. The keys dangled in the ignition, a sure sign she was doing the right thing.
Astonished, the chauffeur moved his hand away from the rear door and took a hasty step back.
After hitting the button to engage the locks, Amelia put the car in gear and pressed the gas pedal. The tires squealed and she cringed as she made her escape from the church parking lot.
So much for sneaking away unnoticed.
She turned right and made a beeline down Main Street. The powerful car bumped over the rarely used railroad tracks and flew past the flower shop with its striped green-and-white awnings and the bookstore advertising a sale.
Even though it wasn't quite noon, Frankly Eating, the hot dog diner made famous by a mention on America's Best Eats, already had customers lined up out front.
Behind her, she heard an abrupt, muffled exclamation and a body tumbled sideways. A couple of seconds later, there was a knock on the large black privacy window.
Exhaling, Amelia wiped her clammy hands down the sides of her grass-stained shorts and forced her breathing to regulate. She'd done it. She'd actually saved Chad from marrying Claire!
Amelia lowered the window halfway and braced herself for what was to come.
Judging by the scowl marring his handsome face, Chad didn't appreciate her good deed.
"What's going on?" he asked. "Who are ..." His shocked blue eyes caught and held hers in the rearview mirror. "Amelia?"
Amelia stalled answering until she eased onto Interstate 26 and headed west toward Columbia. Then she chose her words carefully. "Bet you're wondering what this is all about."
No response. Just that oh-so-familiar raised quirk of one brow. His gaze continued to bore into hers until Amelia focused once again on the road.
"I can explain," she began, darting another glance at him. Her stomach twisted at his what-the-hell-have-you-done-now expression. "In fact, I have a rational explanation for what at first might appear to be a completely irrational act."
Chad folded his arms across his chest. "You? Irrational act?"
She ignored his gibe. "Do you want me to explain or not?"
Hell yeah, he'd want her to explain! She'd known him long enough to know he'd want a detailed justification for what she had done, paired with an equally thorough briefing on what she was about to do. But for now, he drily said, "I can hardly wait to hear what you were thinking."
"I did it for love."
Chad stilled and something flashed in his gaze, gone as quickly as it had appeared. He swallowed hard, speaking cautiously, "Love?" He drew the word out, turning it into a question.
"Remember? We swore we'd only marry for love."
He winced as if in pain. "Oh, for crying out loud, Amelia, we were what? Eight years old?"
"You made me promise again when I was fifteen, remember? We were standing beneath the oak tree in my backyard."
Chad raked a hand through his closely cropped dark-blond hair, his breath escaping like a leaky tire. "A childhood promise. That's what this is all about." He rubbed his firm jawline.
The same jawline she knew looked devastatingly sexy with a five-o'clock shadow. The way it had looked two nights ago when she'd tried to talk to him about Claire.
She'd noticed how handsome Chad was years ago, but she'd been a teenager then. It had been a harmless crush that she'd outgrown.
Amelia gripped the steering wheel until her fingers cramped.
She hadn't seen him in over a year but they'd been friends forever. She wasn't attracted to Chad. Sure, he was good-looking. Hot even.
But he was like her brother.
She sneaked another peek into the mirror. She could have sworn she saw an expression of disappointment on his face, and guilt surged through her. He wasn't a man who liked his plans thwarted.
His thumb rubbed the corner of his lip and Amelia remembered the silly things she'd done when she was younger to try to get his attention because she'd wanted him to be her first kiss. But that was then, when she was a teenager with raging hormones. Now she knew better.
Chad was her friend, which made him off-limits with a capital OFF.
"Big-time OFF," Amelia muttered out loud, slowing to compensate for a car practically crawling in front of them. Not that she wanted him to be within limits. She liked her freedom too much to ever tie herself down permanently, especially to a man who didn't understand the meaning of spur-of-the-moment living.
"Have you been drinking your grandfather's special juice again?"
Amelia lowered her gaze from the rearview mirror. "That was a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence." Her face warmed. Trust him to remind her of an incident best left undisturbed. "I barely remember it."
Liar, liar, pants on fire.
Okay, Amelia caved. What if she did remember the scene as though it was tattooed on her brain? Finding the jar of homemade liquor when she was fourteen, helping herself to a hearty glassful, wanting only to find some courage and then ... Amelia nearly groaned.
Laughing, giddy beside the heady scent of honeysuckle, she'd danced, twirling in the soft, summer rain before she'd clutched the front of Chad's fit-him-like-it-was-glued-on T-shirt and asked — correction, begged — him to kiss her. She'd wanted to get her first kiss over with to see what all the fuss was about and ... he'd refused.
He didn't think of her "that way," he'd said. He'd pried himself free and walked away, his back rigid, not once looking back.
Oh God, the humiliation!
"Stop the car." Chad leaned forward and touched her shoulder, his fingers setting firecrackers off on her skin.
She shrugged away from his touch. "No. I'm stealing you for your own good. Now will you please cooperate?"
Chad's brows lowered but he didn't back away from the dividing window. "And exactly what are your plans for me? You do have plans, don't you? Or is this another one of your infamous fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants moments?"
"I have plans." Amelia let slide his reference to past escapades and carefully negotiated around an eighteen-wheeler.
"Care to enlighten me?"
"No." Chad didn't need to know her plans for him. Not yet.
Honestly, he could be a little uptight without a plan.
The car phone shrilled and Amelia's heart beat faster. She'd known he wouldn't have his cell with him for the ceremony, but she'd forgotten about the phone in the car.
As if sensing her thoughts, Chad met her gaze again, one eyebrow lifted in a question. "Am I allowed to answer the phone? Just wanted to check since I haven't studied Groomnapping 101."
Amelia bit her lip. The truth was, other than grabbing Chad and having a place to retreat for the night to gain more time to talk him into his senses, she hadn't thought this nab-a-groom through as well as she should have.
Her grandfather and Chad's grandfather were best friends. No doubt they'd both be ready to kill her once they learned what she'd done.
She'd let panic overrule her common sense. All she'd thought about as she'd tossed and turned last night was preventing Chad from making a huge mistake.
Huge? Ha! With Claire as his wife, it was more like an astronomical mistake. She'd known Chad's fiancée back in high school, and Claire had a reputation among the other girls as the Queen of Mean. A reputation she'd rightly deserved.
Not that any of the boys ever saw it.
Now that they were both adults, Amelia tried to reason that maybe Claire had grown up, that perhaps high school Claire had seen the error of her ways and changed her behavior.
But she simply did not trust that the Queen of Mean had undergone a personality transplant.
The phone quit ringing but restarted immediately after it had stopped.
"This might be Claire. I should let her know what's going on. No doubt everyone is freaking out right now." Chad prompted, jerking his head toward the phone. "I'll talk to her."
When Amelia heard him lift the phone in the back, she reacted. She pressed the button on the front console to end the call and put the phone on lock.
"What the hell are you doing?" Chad demanded as he looked from the phone in his hand to her.
"I know you might be a little confused as to why I interrupted your wedding." She took a deep breath, wanting to make him understand her desperation.
"A little confused? That's the understatement of the century." Chad slammed the phone down. "Everyone is going to wonder what the hell happened to me. What if they think I've been in a wreck getting to the church? Or if this might actually be a real kidnapping?"
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I just finished reading this book and I loved it. The characters are sweet and made me smile all the way. This is a story about finding your one true love, and never letting go. I was given this book by Entangled Bliss for the purpose of a review and all opinions are my own.
What do you do when your best friend is marrying the wrong person? You kidnap the groom of course! That's the beginning of this truly wonderful friends to lovers story. It was highly entertaining with great secondary characters and a nice pace. Recommended read!
Enjoyed the story. Fun read for a rainy day.
"Stealing the Groom" by Sonya Weiss was a very comical story. Chad is getting ready to get married to Claire, when Amelia, his best friend, kidnapped him from his own wedding. Amelia wants to convince Chad that this wedding is a mistake. Amelia assumes that Claire is only after Chad's money, which isn't completely false but the situation is much more complicated than that. Chad has to be married for six months before his grandfather gives him his inheritance of the company shares. Chad had a business arrangement with Claire so that they could get married and collect on the business shares. Amelia didn't know that this was going on at the time, but she still wanted a chance to convince her best friend that he should marry for love instead of money and company shares. Amelia doesn't want to see Chad miserable. When everything goes wrong after Amelia kidnaps Chad, she ends up in her own predicament that she has to try to find a way out. I think that the storyline in "Stealing the Groom" is quite cute. Weiss had me laughing for the majority of the time. It seemed like something would go wrong and then the problem was fixed and then something else would go wrong. I was pretty entertained. I do have to say like most "Bliss" books that "Stealing the Groom" was a light read. If readers want to read something before bed or maybe have a lovely beach read, this would definitely be the book. It is cute and funny. Has budding romance and a little bit of heartbreak. What is a good romance novel if there isn't some sort of heartbreak in there? I was able to follow along with the book and where the plot was going quite nicely. Weiss had my attention within the first chapter to where I didn't put this book down until I completed it. Chad's character was hard to like at first. I could tell that he cared for Amelia but he seemed too much of a workaholic to be given much credit from me. I didn't like how he was always telling Amelia how foolish she was and how she doesn't think things through when all she wanted was to try to save her best friend from making a terrible mistake. I think Chad was focused more on the unimportant things in life rather than what truly mattered. There is a point to everything that happens in life and Chad was missing those points, in a way Chad was just trying to get by in life. Amelia may not be the best planner in life but she has good intentions. She wants to see her best friend happy and doesn't want to see him make any big mistakes in life. I can't blame her, I would want to see my best friend make those kind of mistakes in their life. I wouldn't want to see anyone live a miserable life. Amelia goes into this mess with only her heart on her sleeve regarding her feelings for Chad as a friend. What Amelia soon discovers is she may like Chad more than just a friend, but does she want to take the risk and possibly ruin their friendship? Amelia was easy to love right away. She is that spunky, adventurous, careless female that seems to get everything she wants but on the other hand she really doesn't. Amelia is the type of girl that anyone would love to have as a best friend. In all I think Weiss did a great job with "Stealing the Groom." I recommend checking it out, I don't believe you will be disappointed.
Stealing the Groom is a nice, easy-read, angst-free romance. Chad and Amelia are lifelong best friends and complete opposites; he the safe businessman with everything planned out, she the flighty, live-life-by-the-seat-of-your-pants type of girl. She can't watch her best friend marry for convenience so she kidnaps him on his wedding day and suddenly finds herself standing at the altar... Their journey flowed well however it pretty much panned out as I expected it to. It didn't hold any real surprises but they were a cute endearing couple, with great banter and whilst Chad didn't steal my breath away, he was a sweetie and both he and Amelia brought out the best and the worst in one another. Whilst I liked it, I have to confess it didn't wow me in the way many other Bliss books have in the past. Nevertheless, I look forward to reading the next books in the series (which have been set-up nicely) , if you're after an easy sweet read then it does the trick and I'd recommend. I received a copy of this as an ARC courtesy of Entangled Publishing for an honest & unbiased opinion
This was a cute book, but I would never read it again. The plot wasn't very mature and dragged out for too long. There were some cute moments, but not enough where I'd trust another purchase from this author.
I'd recommend this book to anyone looking for a light, fun romance as it fits the bill perfectly :-))) I really enjoyed this friends-to-lovers romance. It had my favorite elements: romance, humor and an awesome, happy-ever-after ending. The kidnapping of the groom at the very beginning of the story had me laughing out loud. It was truly an hilarious comedy of errors as it seemed to go from one unexpected blunder to another. If anything could go wrong, it seemed to when our heroine, Amelia, had her hand in it. She was so adorable! On the other hand, Chad, our hero, was a straight arrow, inflexible to a fault, and the complete opposite of Amelia. I wanted to shake him and tell him to loosen up! Bottomline: I loved how both the characters evolved as I turned the pages and you will too. I'd recommend this book to anyone looking for a light, fun romance as it fits the bill perfectly :-))) Very Good! 4 Stars!!!!!
The blurb for STEALING THE GROOM sounded like a fun, lighthearted read and I was hoping it would be just what I was looking for. It was. It was a funny, wonderfully romantic friends to lovers adventure with some opposites attracting thrown in to spice things up. There was plenty of emotion and passion between Chad and Amelia, but no actual "love" scenes. Didn't matter. Actually, it's part of the humor and building tension as they struggle to keep their relationship at that friendship level that makes the story work so well. I love a steamy sex scene as much as most, but what really makes me fall in love with a book and it's characters is (1) believing the emotion behind their actions, (2) witty, playful banter and (3) a connection level that makes it clear the lovers are meant to be. Sonya Weiss gives us all of this artfully and with flawless style. I recommend you pick up a copy while it's still only $.99, because this is a 5 star read.
This review pertains to Stealing the Groom, by Sonya Weiss. Thanks to Entangled Publishing and Netgalley for the chance to read and review. Stealing the Groom was a fun and entertaining read. Well-written with laugh out loud moments which will warm the heart. Amelia and Chad have know each other forever and have been best friends even longer. They made a pact years ago to never marry without love. When Chad is about to marry a women who is all wrong for him, what else could Amelia do, but steal the limo with Chad still inside. Chad needs to get married to save the family business and ends up marrying Amelia instead. IT’s the classic marriage of convenience, but Stealing the Groom was fresh , fun and a great read. Highly recommended to romance readers. It was a sweet lighthearted story that will not disappoint.
Looking for that cute sweet story, Stealing the Groom by Sonya Weiss is that story. We have Chad Walker and Amelia Snyder who have been best friends forever. Amelia hears that Chad is going to marry the ultimate mean girl, so she decides to intervene. Basically, Amelia goes in to rescue the groom from the biggest mistake of his life. However, Chad isn't too happy with Amelia half-cocked idea. He's willing to go along with her plan, but along the way it gets messed up badly. Chad has vowed he never wanted love in his life, because of his parents disastrous relationship. So, when his grandpa was trying to force him to find a wife, he decides to make an arrangement with the mean girl. Which causes Amelia to snowball into her crazy plan. Plus, it didn't help that they have meddlesome grandparents. Anyway, an adorable read. We have two polar opposites needing to come together because two crazy grandparents. Both of them fighting love, but of course we know love conquers all. However, with a marriage of convenience story line, you wonder how and when they are going to fall? Will they fight to keep the love or try to wash it under the rug. So, if you are looking for a cute read that has a marriage of convenience theme, you might try Stealing the Groom. Copy provided by the publisher
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This book is how a marriage of convenience gets derailed by a "fly by the seat of her pants" best friend, Amelia, who promised Chad, the groom, at 8 yrs. old they would only marry for love. She can't stand the idea of Chad married to "the mean girl" Claire, and what ensues is a twisty tale of how these two wind up together. Amelia is impetuous and Chad plans everything with lists. His upbringing has him a non-believer in love, hence the intended marriage to Claire, as a business decision. While Amelia is an adventurous person and a bit of a daredevil, I didn't find her to be a truly memorable female character. I guess I also tend to like Alpha males, and Chad didn't strike me as that. I would recommend this book as a fun, lighthearted read, and most certainly a bargain @ .99 p
This is a enjoyable story that pairs Drake, a duke who wants the perfect society wife with Penelope a socially awkward botanist. Drake is arrogant lord who has grown up in a loving but chaotic family. Penelope loves plants and has kept up her fathers study of plants while avoiding society. They meet when Penelope's aunt asked Drakes mother to sponsor her for her season in London. They eventually become engaged and marry. Much of the tension in the second half is between Drake's request that Penelope give up science and her continued pursuit of her dream. This provided conflict but puzzled me because it contradicted the hero's growth into a lovable husband. That aside, it was a fun read and an entertaining story. I received an arc copy for an honest review.
Stealing the Groom by Sonya Weiss a great book by a new to me author. I really enjoyed the likable characters and great dialogue. I'm looking forward to reading more in this series and by this author. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a spicy romance.
Childhood best friends, Amelia kidnaps Chad when he arrives at the church for his wedding. Knowing he is marrying the wrong person. Friends to Lovers story. Loved the humor and the banter between these two characters. I loved this story. This will be on my reread pile. I received this book from the publisher for an honest review.
Clean and fun romance! A good read for a good afternoon. The main plot of Stealing the Groom is not exactly unique, but somehow reading the old “best friend turned lovers” story in a different angle is still entertaining. If you’re one of those kinds of readers who don’t mind finding the same kind of plot in books, but with different characters and labyrinth of situations, then this book is for you! Whenever I feel so overwhelmed reading too dark and too heavy YA books, I relinquish my inner romance goddess and read light and clean romance! It definitely lifts my spirits up.
Someone needs to sit on me before I float away on a cloud of sappy giddiness. I’ve read quite a few books with the “marriage of convenience” trope, but none of them left the impression this one did. I laughed until the tears came. Fast-paced, well-written, witty dialogue and comical situations made this a wonderful read. Chad and Amelia had been best friends since childhood. Personal tragedies bonded them but also made them grow up as adults so opposite, it was a wonder their friendship had never suffered. But the impulsive act of Amelia kidnapping Chad on his wedding day could change their relationship forever. For the better or for the worse? Amelia always lived life to the fullest–taking risks and flying by the seat of her pants. Her job as a freelance photographer kept her on the move, just the way she liked it. She called it being independent and enjoying freedom. Her friends and family, however, called it running. Chad had watched his father both drink himself to death and die of a broken heart when Chad’s mother had left them for another man. With a little manipulation from Chad’s grandfather, the responsibility to save the family business rested on his shoulders. Chad didn’t believe in love and fought the idea tooth and nail. The glimpses of their entire history through anecdotes and memories painted a very solid picture of who their characters were. I understood their fears and why they were so reluctant to cross a line that could change their friendship. Despite there being nothing racier than steamy kisses and sexual innuendos, I enjoyed everything else about them too much to be bothered about not seeing them give in to their desires. Stealing the Groom charmed the pants off me! This romantic comedy had loveable characters, drama and great dialogues. Heck, I wouldn’t mind spending time with them in Sweet Creek.