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Wife for the Weekend
A Sugar City Novel
By Ophelia London, Stacy Abrams
Entangled Publishing, LLCCopyright © 2016 Mary A. Smith
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To say the line was "out the door" wasn't correct, since the door in question led to the tarmac and was definitely not headed that way.
If Jules had taken that course at the Mystic Center on how to read lips, she'd at least know what was going on. The outlook was pretty grim, though, due to the combination of the late hour, the electrical storm lighting up the runway, and the intuitive loathing in her stomach that had nothing to do with the long line.
The last flight out of Las Vegas was going to be canceled.
Jules cinched her beaded carry-on over one shoulder when it looked like the line was about to move, all the while eyeing the first customer at the airline's counter. He did not look happy. But, hello? Were any of the other fifty would-be passengers in line overjoyed?
No one seemed as worked up and stressed out as the guy in the dark blue suit. He pounded a fist on the counter. Sheesh, even the back of his neck look tense.
What he needed was a good massage, full body, classic Swedish. Maybe she should slip him her business card and tell him to come see her when he came back to Vegas. Whoops. After giving her notice at the spa last week, she didn't have cards anymore.
Anyway, Jules didn't want to think about work or the potentially canceled flight or where she was supposed to be flying tonight.
Instead, she simply closed her eyes and breathed, allowing her brain to drift to another place ... full of golden retriever puppies and wind chimes and never-ending blank canvases waiting to be covered in thick brushstrokes.
Nothing could be done about the delay. Not even shouting and pounding fists could stop Mother Nature from being a meanie. At least Jules lived in Vegas and could turn around and go home. Surely they'd put her on the first Pennsylvania-bound flight in the morning.
Blue Suit said something gruff to the airline attendant, then gestured to the length of the line. No need to get agitated, sunshine. Take a breath and find your happy place. The guy ran a hand through his hair, picked up his slick leather carry-on, and stepped to the side.
A second later, Flight 3318: Canceled flashed in bold red across the screen.
In unison, the line groaned. The attendant got on the loudspeaker and said the airline was automatically rebooking the passengers individually online, and they would receive an email within the next hour about tomorrow's flights.
Another group groan, though Jules was just a tiny bit relieved.
Until guilt struck.
The canceled flight was only prolonging the inevitable. She'd eventually jet to Harrisburg, then grab a bus to Hershey. One side of her brain looked forward to returning to her summer stomping grounds, though it was coupled with sadness — Grams wouldn't be there this time. Not to mention Jules would have to deal with that semi-huge, ridiculous clause in Grams's will ...
The other side of her brain was surprised by how much she was dreading the trip.
If only she were the type of girl to drink away her problems. But ever since that night in ninth grade when she and her best friend, Kate, had sneaked shots from Kate's parents' liquor cabinet, Jules and alcohol never really got along.
Wedding parties were her thing, though. Despite how she wasn't a fan of the whole "till death do us part" crap, she loved them, all the color and flowers and sparkles and smiles. It wasn't like she was hung up on Vince or anything. They'd dated one summer when they'd been fifteen, and that was eight years ago.
It was her yearly summer trips to Hershey to visit Grams that had kept them so tight over the years. And she loved Vince — as a friend. His fiancée was even cool, and very suited to marry into the über-rich, finely pressed Elliott family.
Shouldn't she be excited to celebrate their marriage?
Marriage. Ugh. Whatever. Not only had her best friend just gotten divorced, but Jules's own parents split up right after she was born, and her mother had remarried three times before she died. For many reasons, Jules was far from gaga over the conventional institution.
At the conclusion of the airline agent's announcement, the people in line began drifting away. Jules was about to join when she was nearly run over.
"Ow." She gasped, moving to rub her shoulder where she'd been bashed. But somehow — midbash — the arm of the other person slid between her arm and the strap of her carry-on, tangling them together. As she tried to pull back, her purse strap joined the tangling party.
"Pardon me," her assailant said, now trying to disentangle himself from her by something close to a complicated swing dance move. "Sorry — wait, this way."
It was the guy in the blue suit, the one with the attitude. When he lifted his arm and tried to lead her under it, Jules glanced at his lowered head. Nice hair, dark and with curls, probably hints of auburn under natural sunlight. A way more conservative cut than she preferred, but not tragic.
He exhaled a low laugh, thankfully not as frustrated as he'd been at the counter. And what was that mouthwatering aftershave, for heaven's sake? He smelled how she imagined George Clooney would.
"Hold on," Jules said, when it seemed Clooney Blue Suit was making their predicament worse. "Let me just ..." She released her grip on her purse and carry-on, and they immediately dropped to the floor.
But she still wasn't free from Clooney Blue Suit, since his jacket button had snagged the bodice of her peasant top, twining them together — front to front.
"Don't move," he said.
Like she could or would. This was her favorite shirt and she wouldn't let a designer suit ruin it, even one that smelled like Cloonz. He moved a hand between their bodies, and when his finger expertly looped around the knotted fringe, it touched skin, causing her breath to catch. Was he trying to cop a feel on the sly or be a gentleman?
"Almost ... got it ..." he said.
Since Jules didn't reach five three, he was nearly a head taller, and she inconspicuously lifted her eyes to see a chin speckled with a twelve o'clock shadow. When she realized she'd been holding her breath, she was forced to take in a deep inhale, helplessly aware that the front of her low-cut shirt strained extra tight, and that the guy could probably see directly into cleavage.
Don't think about it, don't think about it, she inwardly chanted. It was an accident and most likely the guy isn't an airport creeper. Although it did seem to be taking an awfully long time for him to undo the snag.
"I have scissors in my —"
"There!" he said, then blew out a breath. As he stepped back, Jules almost swayed forward to follow him, a bit off balance. "I'm so sorry about that," he added, stooping to pick up her bags. "I was trying to figure out what to do about my flight, and wasn't looking where I was going."
"No harm done. Have a good night. Namaste." She reached out to take her purse from him. When she tried to pull it back, it wouldn't move because he was holding it in place.
Clooney Blue Suit was staring down at her. His eyes were blue, with the longest lashes she'd ever seen. When he blinked and a notch formed between his eyes, he totally reminded her of ... someone.
She almost said, "Vince?"
It couldn't be him, though. Her childhood ex was in Hershey preparing to get married. But the canceled flight they'd both been booked for was going to Harrisburg, right across the river from Hershey.
"Isn't that your name?"
Jules nodded, still in a blank haze, but about to come out of it any second ...
"Oh. Hi," she said, after inspecting him from a different angle.
No, it wasn't Vince, but definitely one of his brothers. Which one? He had three, and they looked alike — dark-haired and chiseled and skyscraper tall. This was even the case when they'd all been kids.
She quickly ran each Elliott brother through her head. Wasn't Danny, Vince's twin. He had a scar on his eyebrow. Wasn't the oldest, Luke. He was built more like an NFL quarterback than the other brothers. That left ...
Jules considered his lingering hand on her tangled shirt fringe and knew exactly which brother this was.
"Dexter." She took a full step back, away from those handsy hands. "Hey."
"Hey." He motioned to the gate. "You were on this flight, too?"
She nodded. "Sucks that it's canceled."
"I know." He ran a hand through his hair. It was really rather nice, despite the unadventurous cut. "You're going to the wedding?"
The question was surprising. Though she and Vince hadn't been a couple for ages, everyone in his family knew they were friends. Jules knew this because she knew how close the Elliotts were. They were in and out of each other's personal lives like the characters on Friends. Jules never understood that. The only happy family memories she had were with Grams.
Now that was gone.
It wasn't that big families intimidated her; she'd just rather stay free and do her own thing.
"Of course I'm going to the wedding," she replied. "Why wouldn't I?"
Dexter loosened the knot of his gray-and-black-striped tie. "Strange you'd come to your ex's wedding." He shrugged. "I think we even had a bet going about it at one point."
"Hmm." Jules knew about the betting, too. The Elliott siblings were always daring each other to do crazy stuff. Even Roxy, the only daughter in the family, was into it. Jules recalled when Roxy lost a bet and had to hitchhike home from a party in Philly.
Again, Jules didn't get that kind of family dynamics, but it worked for the Elliotts, and what did she know about non-dysfunctional families, anyway?
"Looks like we're stuck here for a while," Dexter said, glancing around the airport as the place emptied out.
"Not me. I live here."
He slid his hands in his pants pockets. "That's right."
His "that's right" wasn't because he actually knew her, but because of the Friends relationship. In fact, it had been years since she and Dexter had seen each other. Which was fine — they'd never meshed. He was all stiff and analytical, bored her to tears. Right after high school, he'd moved to Manhattan for college and to work in the family's tech business. Vince was always making fun of his brother's power suits and high-roller business lunches.
The persona fit Dexter. He was born wearing a dark suit. Reincarnated Alex P. Keaton in the flesh.
There were other things about him that Jules knew. Starting from when she'd met him that first summer, eighteen-year-old Dexter Elliott already had a reputation for being a major serial dater. If the rumors were true — which they were! — his womanizing behavior had grown over the years.
Any woman involved with a known player like Dexter deserved what she got.
Jules never asked for that kind of hassle. Her life was about freedom and beauty, living your dreams, following your passions, no matter where they led. Personally, her dreams revolved around oils and watercolors, and painting whatever she wanted, wherever she wanted. Of course her favorite place to paint was on Grams's back deck facing the lake. It had better light than any studio she'd ever used. Since art didn't pay the bills, massage therapy was her fallback.
But she was done with the safety of a fallback.
"Do you have a car here?" Dexter asked.
"I took the bus."
He sighed and raked a hand up the back of his head. "Damn. Then we're both stuck."
Instead of answering, he gestured to the window, at the light show rivaling Independence Day. "The weather caused wrecks up and down the freeway," he said. "No buses, and apparently the taxi queue is more than an hour wait. I was on the phone before the cancelation was announced and not even the car services I use can make it out here until close to midnight."
"That's not for two hours."
He nodded. "I made a reservation, though. The first car available."
"Seriously?" She bit the inside of her cheek and tugged the fringe on her shirt. "How will I get home?"
"I can drop you off, if you don't mind waiting. Not that you have much choice. You can always sleep in the terminal."
They both let out a weary laugh. "Not when I have a nice bed at home."
Dexter glanced over his shoulder. "There's a Mexican restaurant by gate three. Open late and good service. We can wait it out there."
Skeptically, Jules took in his hair, his blue eyes, the tailored suit. Okay, she could see how some women fell for it. His basic looks weren't unappealing at all — to those other women.
"Sure. Why not?"
Dexter turned in that direction, reaching for her carry-on. Yeah, he might be a big old player, but at least he had good manners. When he bent to pick it up, Jules got a healthy eyeful of his butt. The guy could certainly fill out a suit like Clooney — he had that going for him, too. Add the amazing Elliott good looks and no wonder he was a lady-killer.
Good thing Jules was big-time against his type, right down to the suit and Bluetooth earpiece.
"Thanks," she said as they headed through the terminal.
They must've made a ridiculous pair. Dexter in tailored Armani and polished shoes strolling beside Jules in her fringy peasant top, flowy vintage skirt that hit the floor, and lace-up sandals. People probably thought he was her social worker.
This made her want to laugh. She didn't give a flip what other people thought. That was one of the first lessons Grams had taught her, and it completely saved Jules from becoming an insecure preteen bound for neurosis and low self-esteem.
One thing Grams hadn't taught her was how not to lose her independence when she fell in love. Even though it was more than three years ago, the memory of how she'd lost her identity, herself, by becoming so unhealthily entwined in someone else's life still haunted her. A rock-solid reminder to never let that happen again.
Even if that meant never falling in love. No long-term relationships — period ... to be on the safe side.
She loved her life and what she'd become. And she'd never lose that again over a man.
They didn't speak as they walked. Dexter was reading his phone, tapping the screen, adjusting the earpiece. All business, all day. When did he have time to be that notorious ladies' man?
Sure, he was hot — in the traditional, GQ magazine way. But except for the tangled fringe, he hadn't given her so much as an appraising look. She was a female, however, and judging from past experiences, she wasn't at all on the uninteresting-to-men side.
As an amateur student of the human psyche, Jules was curious about when he'd turn on his legendary, supposedly-panty-dropping charm.
"Here okay?" he asked as they got to the restaurant, gesturing toward two stools at the end of the bar. He waited for her to sit first, which was a nice gesture, but certainly not enough to make her start tearing his clothes off.
"Are you with the canceled flight?" the bartender asked, sliding coasters in front of them.
"Yes." Dexter dropped his carry-on and put his phone in his pocket.
"First round's on me, then."
"Round of what?" Jules asked.
The bartender was filling a pitcher with something green and foamy. It smelled strongly of citrus and something sharp. "A special for passengers who really need it," he replied. "I call it the Vegas Sunrise. Takes the edge off, smooths the corners. I should start charging the airlines for it."
"Sounds perfect," Dexter said with a sigh. He probably did need a massage, and definitely needed a drink more than she did. But she'd sip to be polite.
The bartender filled two glasses and pushed them across the bar. "Tell me what you think. I'm Shoopy," he said, leaving to help another customer.
"Your name is Shoopy?" Dexter said under his breath, then winked at Jules.
"My neighbor had a hamster named Shoopy," she replied, her voice just as low. "It died a horrible death during a Vegas sunrise. I'm sure that's just a coincidence."
They laughed quietly, then Jules turned to her drink, sniffing it suspiciously. She couldn't detect any alcohol besides rum, but she'd seen the bartender add shots from miscellaneous bottles.
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"Wife for the Weekend" by Ophelia London is book three in the "Sugar City" series but can be read as a standalone. This is Jules Bloom and Dexter Elliott's story. This is a cute story of two people, that are long time family friends. Jules is a free-spirited person and Dexter is quite the opposite. They end up stranded together at an airport both trying to fly in for Dexter's brother's wedding. They haven't seen each other in awhile and have drinks while catching up. The next morning they wake up with a hangover and discover that they had gotten married. Dexter and Jules decide to continue with this marriage until after his brother's wedding. As they spend time together can these opposites have a happily ever after? This is a light, cute, funny, and passionate read. I really enjoyed this book. The supporting characters also added to this story. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley/Entangled Publishing for an honest review. Even though the intimate scenes are closed door there is sex talk, innuendoes, and mild language.
I have mixed feelings about this cute and sweet romance from Ophelia London and Entangled Bliss. On the one hand, it is – as already stated – cute and sweet and romantic. On the other hand, I just couldn’t relate to Jules at all. Dexter? Now, he completely reminded me of Ryan Reynolds in The Proposal and that’s never a bad thing. Besides my lack of connection with Jules and as much as I did enjoy the romance and the progression of their relationship, it lacked the character development I was hoping to see. There is some, particularly in Dexter’s case, but I would have enjoyed more focus on this aspect of their relationship growth. Frankly, I would also have loved more time devoted to the well-written banter. Picture Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds from The Proposal, and you get a pretty good sense of the back-and-forth between Jules and Dexter. Except… substitute Phoebe Buffay instead of Sandra Bullock for Jules. But, no matter who is in each role in my head, the fact remains that I could hear their voices because London is skilled at writing chemistry and banter. The dialogue and asides and – especially – the rehearsal party scene all made me smile and drew a few chuckles from me too. In short, Wife for the Weekend is a cute, light read – nothing heavy, but also nothing terribly redemptive either. Its theme, its characters, its dialogue will certainly appeal to chick flick fans. (I received a copy of this book in exchange for only my honest review.)
This was such a sweet and entertaining story to read. I pretty much grinned from ear to ear while reading this and at times they had me laughing out loud. The two main characters are pretty much polar opposites. But their sarcasm, quick wit and flirty banter with some touching, heart warming vulnerability made this story work as they bring out the best in each other. Their relationship slowly develops as the story progresses. As they spend more and more time together, they both start to see that they just might be perfect for each other, but will they speak up or let it fall apart? You will have to read to find out. Wife for the Weekend is a great romantic story that was filled with sweet and entertaining scenes with a small amount of angst. This story will not disappoint. Loved it. Received a complimentary copy through NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.
I loved the two previous books in the series, but I didn’t like this one as much as the other two. The chemistry between the two main characters, I just wasn’t feeling it. The book was cute, but it was also missing from Dex and Jules relationship. Overall, I thought it was cute, and a little angst-y. There was something missing from Jules and Dax’s relationship for me. I will continue to read the series though because I loved the first two books in the Sugar City series.
Fantastic Romantic Read- temporary to forever love What a fantastic story that shows two different people who end up being lovers at the most inopportune moment in their lives but it shows it can happen anywhere. The connection endures and the story is sweet and humorous with some emotional drama thrown in. Jules Bloom is a sweet, funny woman who is outspoken and feisty who is a “ outside the box” person. She is going to her ex’s wedding-they are more friends that enemies and she is fine to attend his wedding. On the way there, her flight gets canceled and she accidentally bumps into the groom's brother, Dexter Elliott. As they are waiting for a new flight, they share a few laughs as they catch up . Now Dexter is more of a workaholic type- oh he is serious but a nice guy. He is more of a “in the box” thinker. As they wait for the flight, they share drinks and one thing led to another –like the type where passion plays a part. They wake up the next morning married to each other. They do not remember the wedding but they are wearing wedding bands and are married. They do not see the need to hurt their families by not going to his brother’s wedding with this between them causing trouble so these two make a deal to stick out the weekend as a married couple and after the wedding- well after the wedding ,they will get a quiet and quick divorce. But as we in life know, plans always never go according to plan. I loved their passion and I liked how they were all faking at first their feelings for his family but when the feelings turned real- that’s when it got real. Jules and Dexter will have you rooting for them all the way. What was somewhat disheartening was when the MC turned on each other and said some cruel things to one another. That made me tense up and the angst was loud at that point in the story –but the ending was good and was wrapped up nicely. . My rating: 4.3 stars **** *A gifted copy was provided by the publisher for my honest review*
This is an Entangled Bliss novel, so you know it is going to be a lighthearted romance. I liked the story - the only thing that downgraded it for me was that I thought both Juliet ("Jules") and Dexter ("Dex") were a little overdramatic when things got tough and Dex was a little too dense for me at times when he could be so insightful at other times. This is part of the Sugar City series, but can be read as a stand alone. Juliet is headed to her best friend's (and ex-boyfriend) wedding when she runs into his older brother, Dexter. They share a 'Vegas Sunrise' and wake up married with the congratulatory texts and pics to prove it. For various reasons - they decide to prolong the charade through the wedding weekend. What's the harm right?!? Of course a fake romance turns into something more, but neither is fully willing to admit that and words are said, feelings are hurt, and things go south. There were parts of the book that really touched me, but then I could throw things at Dex's head (him in particular). It was also laugh out loud funny and Jules was a free-spirit in style, demeanor, and humor. Can two opposites really find true love? This is an Entangled Bliss novel after all. Received ARC from the Publisher via Net Galley for an honest review.
3.5 stars Wife for the Weekend was a fun and entertaining read. I really enjoyed watching Dexter and Jules relationship develop. They were total opposites in every way but together they just worked. I loved how Dex was when Jules was around, he was a totally different man and imo a much more likable one as well lol Jules was a fun & cool girl, she loved with all her heart and tried not to let anything negative touch her soul, loved her. Wife for the Weekend was a heartwarming read and I highly recommend it.
When her flight is cancelled and Jules Bloom is left stranded, she bumps into Dexter Elliott. She dated his brother in high school. In fact they are both headed to her ex-boyfriend's wedding. They decide to get a drink and catch up which leads to them getting married. Las Vegas will do that to you. What happens next is a fast paced and romantic adventure. Jules is a free spirit who lives for her art. She's kind and loving. I liked her laid back attitude. Dexter is a driven workaholic who is attached to his cell phone. He is constantly on the go. These two have nothing in common. Or do they? Their chemistry is powerful. I enjoyed their easy banter. They complimented each other. I wanted them to realize they needed each other. Dexter's family may have meddling down to an art form but I liked them. The setting was beautiful and tranquil. It highlighted the characters. I enjoyed Ophelia London's writing. It combined romance with heartbreak to give this couple a HEA. I received a copy in exchange for an honest and unscripted review.
This is a sweet, light story that is also a quick read. It is well written with many funny moments. The characters are well developed and likable. Jules is quirky and adds humor. Dexter is stuffy but shows growth and change throughout the book. This is an cute, enjoyable story. ARC received from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
I truly truly loved this story. Jules had me laughing and smiling from the very beginning. She was quirky, free spirited, charming, sweet, funny and feisty. Dexter was a workaholic man genuinely drawn to Jules after getting reacquainted with her. I loved the friendship that they forged, as well as their flirtations. The family scenes they had with the Elliott family were hilarious. Jules was witty, sarcastic and sharp. But through the angst portion of the story, I could feel my heart race and tears in my eyes. The things said were heartbreaking and cruel, not truly meant, but felt nonetheless. The epiphanies made and issues resolved made the heartache better. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and now want to read the previous ones in the series. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher through Netgalley.
Jules is an artist that has been working as a massage therapist in Vegas, but she recently quit her job to pursue her dream of painting for a living. When she is at the airport to catch a flight for her best friend/ex-boyfriend's wedding it ends up getting cancelled and she runs into her ex's brother, Dexter. Their flight ends up being cancelled so they decide to share a couple drinks, but they end up drinking way too much and wake up the next morning in bed together with rings on their fingers. They decide to pretend to be happily married for his brother's wedding weekend so they won't detract from the wedding, but the more time they spend together the more they start to fall for each other. I really enjoyed this one. I read the previous book in this series and was really excited to read this one when it came out, and I wasn't disappointed. I love how different the characters were from each other. Jules is a free-spirited artist who hates technology, and Dexter is a professional businessman that is attached to his cellphone or laptop constantly. I thought they balanced each other nicely. I had a few laugh out moments when Jules was trying to figure out how to lie to people about their relationship. There was also a time where I could feel the pain they were in. Great story with great characters! ** I received a free copy of this title via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. **
Wife for the Weekend was such sweet and hilarious book to read. Having read London's previous works before, I was excited to read yet another story by her. In this particular story we get to meet Jules Bloom, a free-spirited artist whose friend/ex is about to get married and as his friend she has accepted the invitation to go to his wedding. But on the way there, her flight gets canceled and she accidentally bumps into the groom's brother, Dexter Elliott. As the two wait at the airport, they headed to the bar, and after a couple laughs and drinks they both end up getting a little too close. The next day, Jules wakes up wearing nothing but a wedding ring on her friend. Now she has to figure out what she is going to do before anyone finds out that she is already married to Dexter. With his brother's wedding coming up, Dexter just wants to have a good time and be with his family. But nothing could have prepared him when he discovered right after seeing Jules at the airport. Now she is his wife and without knowing what to do before the wedding, he strikes a deal with Jules to continue their marriage through the weekend. Yet, everything seems to be going a little differently than he originally thought, because his family happens to like Jules, and they are thrilled to have her as part of the family. Now he has to find a way to get a quiet divorce before anyone's feelings get hurt. I really like the cover of the book, it has the playful vibe of the story. The characters, especially Jules is fun and smart. She knows what she wants and is determined to keep fighting for her dreams. Whereas Dexter is a bit more serious, yet protective over Jules. Their relationship slowly grows as the story progressed, but as secrets start to come out they both have to find a way to protect the ones that they love. As both of the characters start to spend more time together, the more they start to realize that they might just be perfect for each other. Overall, if you are looking for a romantic book filled with sweet and funny scenes than I highly recommend reading this book, it will not disappoint. : ) ***ARC provided by Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review. ***
Wife for the Weekend is a sweet opposites attract story with more than a few laugh out loud moments. (When Juliet takes Dex's suggestion to divert overly inquisitive people's attention at a party by being "inappropriately personal" a little too far had more than a few LOL moments in it alone!) I think this one's my favorite of the series so far :) Jules and Dex seem at first to be the last couple that should ever end up together, but as the book--and their real-fake marriage--continues, they slowly begin to have a positive influence on each other, and it's soon clear to everyone (but them, of course!) that they should be together for good. I loved that they each began to have quick (but hot! in a safe, Bliss way, of course) flashes of their wedding night as the story went on...hopefully it will come back to both of them in its entirety eventually, because it seems just to fantastic to be forgotten for good. Dex's family dynamic was a lot of fun to watch too; I vote that more of his unattached siblings will get their own stories just so we don't have to say goodbye anytime soon :) I have to admit, though, that I was a teensy bit concerned that Ms. London wouldn't be able to pull off a convincing HEA for these two--things got to be pretty shaky there for a while--but in the end it was all good, and there were warm fuzzy feelings all around. Wife for the Weekend worked well as a standalone; allusions were made to book two ( Kissing Her Crush ) since Luke is Dex's older brother, but you don't have to have already read that one to enjoy Wife. Rating: 4 stars / B+ I received a complementary copy in exchange for an honest review.
Book 3 of the Sugar City Series, Wife for the Weekend by Ophelia London, is a light and fluffy romantic read and totally cute. I found it to be an enjoyable way to fill an hour or two on a lazy day. Polar opposites, Jules and Dex are a crack up to watch as they maneuver their way through the shenanigans that arise after one drink too many leads them down the marital aisle saying “I do”. I only wish the connection between the couple was more there, more apparent and yes, more heated. I was left feeling a bit lacking in that area but other than that, this was a good read. First time reading this author’s work and I wasn’t disappointed.
Ophelia London always gives us a sweet, sexy read with lots of humor and heartache. This one was no different. I loved Jules and Dexter's story. Another great read from Ophelia London! Jules is on her way out of town when her flight gets cancelled due to bad weather. Jules can just go back home and catch her flight the next day, but when Dexter is making his way back away from the ticket counter, he literally bumps into Jules. The two recognize each other and realize that they are on their way to the same place, Dexter's brother's wedding. They decide to grab something to eat and drinks before they call it a night, but what they didn't expect was to get wasted and wake up married to each other with no recollection of what happened. Jules and Dexter were just out to have a nice dinner together and drinks, but they both got so much more when they had a little too much to drink. They decide to not tell anyone until after the wedding, but little do they know that they texted their family and friends in the midst of being wasted and getting married the night before. What are they going to do now? Jules and Dexter do not get along at all in the beginning. Dexter gets on Jules's nerves and there is just no connection there, except for the romance. Will these two be able to stick it out together and get the divorce one Dexter's brother's wedding weekend is all over? Will they even want the divorce when they can actually get it, or was this accident on of the best things that could have happened to the two of them? You need to read this cute story to find out. Such a great read!! I was given a copy of this book by Entangled Publishing and Netgalley in exchange for my hones opinion.
ules Bloom tends to take the laid back approach to life, never taking anything in life too seriously, or making the mistake of tying herself down to anything permanent...including men! She prefers to spend her days expressing herself through her artwork and painting beautiful creations, one blissful brushstroke at a time. The idea of being tied down to a desk in a stuffy corporate office is completely unsettling to her, and she just can't fathom why anyone would want to do that to themselves, so, when she reconnects with her ex-boyfriends brother Dexter and finds out that he is one of those people she makes it her mission to get him to let loosen up a little. But after doing a little too much loosening up, a few too many drinks and lots of fun the two wind up in the same bed together...and unexpectedly married! Dexter Elliott spends his days in a suit and tie, surrounded by corporate big wigs, in a stuffy office and spends his nights letting off a little steam between the sheets with one of his many one night stands. He doesn't do relationships or love, mainly because he doesn't have time for it, he's too busy trying to tackle all his big dreams in the business world. He's not real keen on taking time off for his brothers big wedding, but knows missing it is not an option, so heads to the airport, but soon finds that flights are canceled due to weather, so he tries to make the best of it by heading to the bar. Once he's there he ends up running into his brothers ex and they decide to share a few drinks and talk...but after a few too many drinks they find themselves waking up in the same bed together both sporting wedding rings! After reading the synopsis for this one I instantly knew it would be a fun little read, and I am happy to report that my instincts were spot on, it kept me giggling and smiling the whole way through!! This was my first experience with Ms. London's work, and I have to say it made a very good first impression, the story line was inventive and highly entertaining and her uniquely crafted characters captured my attention and heart almost immediately! If you like light-hearted romance stories with a touch of humor mixed in then this read will be right up your alley! This charming little read is sure to warm your heart and have you smiling the whole way through!! ARC requested through NetGalley, and kindly provided by Entangled Publishing, LLC in exchange for a honest and unbiased review.
Loved this one! This is such a beautiful sweet read and the relationship between the carefree Jules and buttoned up Dexter just made me chuckle. Both Jules and Dexter are trying to get to Hersey to attend Dexter's brothers wedding. When bad weather strikes though they find themselves stranded in Vegas for the night. A couple of pitchers of a bartenders special concoction and a wedding chapel later, they find themselves in bed together - Married!! Determined not to mess up the wedding weekend they agree to a marriage charade for the weekend. Soon it's easy to tell there is a lot more on than line than the wedding weekend. And it's quite possible a weekend won't be enough. For either of them! Definitely one you want to read, I highly recommend it.
Opposites Really Do Attract If you travel enough, you’re bound to end up being stuck at an airport due to a weather delay. Wife for a Weekend by Ophelia London begins with that scenario and hilarity ensues. Wife for a Weekend is a fun, breezy read. Juliet Bloom—a fabulously evocative name for this character—is known to her friends as Jules. It is easy to picture artsy, flighty Jules with her long hair, flowy long dresses, and bare feet. She’s a free-spirit and an artiste. Compared to her, Dexter Elliott is a stone sculpture. He is stiff as a statue, always in a suit, and always on his cell phone. Being all about business leaves him little time or energy to pursue more than a friends-with-benefits relationships. While these two main characters start-off as polar opposites, they eventually find some common ground. Jules’ has a great rapport with Dexter’s family. Her sentimentality and commitment to her dreams is touching. I did find some of her responses to be a bit juvenile, but other than that, she is a likable character. I loved Dexter. He is also dedicated to his vision…his just involves a start-up. His character grows steadily thanks to Jules’ influence, and he morphs from a caterpillar to a butterfly. The deal between Jules and Dexter is interesting and convenient, but it does make for some fantastically funny scenes. As Jules and Dexter manage his family for “one weekend”, feelings develop between the two. When situations arise that extend their “weekend marriage”, both are secretly happy to get a little more time together. On the way to their HEA, Juliet and Dexter experience the usual ups and downs of a romantic relationship as well as become the yin to the other’s yang. Wife for a Weekend is a sweet, contemporary romance, and delightful respite from reality!
It's stories like this one that remind me why I love romance. Wife for the Weekend is full of surprises that are laugh out loud funny but also has those moments that tug at the heart. Jules is a free spirit and Dexter is a stuffed shirt. These two have nothing in common but the wedding their trying to attend. Who knew that wedding would end up being their own? I received an ARC of Wife for the Weekend in exchange for an honest review. This was such a fun read it was hard not be charmed by it.