In the glittering first of a new contemporary romance series, London (Material Girl) gives us the pleasure of a celebrity tabloid without the guilt. At the request of Eli McCain, a stuntman/adventure travel coordinator, newbie wedding planner Marnie Banks tries her hand at orchestrating the vows of self-obsessed movie stars Olivia Dagwood and Vincent Vittorio. As if organizing a million dollar-plus wedding in the remote San Juan Mountains isn't hard enough, Marnie also has to decipher whether sexy, commitment-phobic Eli appreciates her spunk-or just her curvaceous, size 10 body. London's quick dialogue and swift changes of scene are smooth, and it's impossible not to anticipate-and then savor-the bridezilla's inevitable meltdown in the face of a wedding disaster. London succeeds in painting gender without using too heavy a hand: Eli uses a kitchen towel, calling it a "rag," to wipe up spilled beer, and Marnie polls all the women in her life about whether Eli's "into" her. A few clichEs slip in: Eli shies from the "complicated," and Marnie insists she truly "knows" Eli. In movie-speak, the novel is xXx meets Legally Blonde: witty and sweet with plenty of sparks. (Oct.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.