[Spoilers, as usual]
Meg Maguire’s The Wedding Fling. It will be published by Harlequin Blaze on December 18, 2012.
It’s been a busy week for actress Leigh Bailey. The stunning starlet reportedly ditched her cheating groom on her wedding day and ran off to enjoy a honeymoon-for-one at a secluded tropical island. But rumor has it that she’s not alone…
And we have the exclusive scoop on Leigh’s hush-hush hideout—right from the drop-dead delicious dude she’s been fooling
around with! Resort pilot Will Burgess was just going to give us the basics—enough to earn some much-needed cash. But we never anticipated our intrepid insider getting up close and very, very personal.
I got this as an advanced reader copy (ARC) from Net Galley and based on this cheesy description, I was apprehensive.
I ended up enjoying this book very much. If a romance novel has two believable characters, a sizzling attraction, and good writing, odds are I will like it.
Leigh and Will work. Of course, the chemistry between the main characters is always going to be critical to whether a romance novel works. Leigh, saddened (sort of) by her breakup on the day of her wedding and exhausted by the suffocation of her family and career, can’t deny her attraction to a man in a tropical paradise who seems to live disconnected from everything. It’s believable.
The worst part of the story is Will’s back and forth on whether to keep a secret from Leigh that he knew would devastate her. He, being an idiot, keeps it from her. She eventually finds out and the way that reveal affects their relationship makes the the annoyance of his indecision less annoying.
The best part is the ending. They fall in love quickly (something I normally roll my eyes at even in the best novels). But then, after Will’s secret-keeping comes to light and Leigh flees, time passes. And when they do come back together in the end, Maguire does not write it as some sappy, cliched moment. Leigh is measured and she is careful and she acknowledges her fears at the same time that she decides that her happiness is wherever Will is. Will is not exonerated for what he did but Leigh does forgive him. It just felt real and honest.
I give The Wedding Fling 4 out of 5 stars.