What happens when “the happiest day of your life” turns into a nightmare? Forget the drunken best man or the bridesmaid dresses from the ’80s… none of these wedding day disasters can compare to a cursed bride determined to make it down the aisle, or a vampire who is about to disrupt you wedding.
My best friend is getting married this year. Which made it
feel like kind of a fun time to read this collection of four wedding themed
novellas. After all, I get to be a bridesmaid, and this collection will
definitely put into light the ways in which things can go seriously and
drastically wrong. Especially since none of these things are going to happen at
I was honestly expecting these to be four novellas about a
couple getting married and things going drastically wrong for them. Instead, it
was four tales of mayhem and magic where the weddings just happened to be the
backdrop event, or, in some cases, the instigating event. It made the storylines
so much less predictable and just that much more fun…
Payen Carr has reappeared at a most inconvenient time: on the eve of Violet’s wedding. But Payen desperately needs her help, for his immortal life is suddenly at stake… and Violet’s mortal one as well.
This was a bit slow to start with. A little too typical and
vampire-y. A theme that I don’t completely love, and one that I do tend to take
quite a while to warm to. Luckily for me, this does heat up pretty quickly and
it sucked me right into the storyline and pages.
I really enjoyed the Victorian era setting in which this
story takes place. The fact that it acts as a backdrop for a strong,
independent woman who is quite determined to get what she wants (once she
figures out just what that is) makes it an even better timeframe to place it
I’ve been a little obsessed with historical romances lately,
and more than a little fascinated by secret orders. Both of these play heavily
on the storyline, and now I can’t wait to find the rest of the books in this
series and find them a nice, snug place on my overflowing bookshelf.
Nicki Styx sees dead people. Worse, she’s a replacement bridesmaid forced to wear a hidesouly yellow dress. If only the chatty ghost of the original bridesmaid will just leave her alone, Nicki may survive this ceremony yet.
So I maybe shouldn’t have read this novella right before
going to bed. Alone. Normally urban fantasy tales don’t really bother me right
before bed. Because, well, they’re so obviously make believe. But, this one
involves a dead woman who was sexually attacked right before being killed off. That
hit a little too close to home… and made it a little difficult to get to sleep
(even with my giant dog sleeping across my feet).
This is one of those stories that sinks beneath your marrow
and lingers for a long while. In the best way possible. It is fun and
adventurous, with a healthy dose of revenge and action. There’s also a little romance
thrown in for good measure, which just made me happy and tingly on the inside.
Although this was a bit of a whodunnit / find peace for the
dead girl kind of story, I really liked the secondary storyline of a honky-tonk
redneck wedding. It’s a reminder that you don’t get to choose your family, so
you may as well jump in and enjoy their company. Even if it does make you kind
To save her brother, Isabella is about to reluctantly walk down the aisle with Mr. Dangerously Wrong.. unless Chance, a dashing vampire, can derail this wedding of the beauty to the beast.
My best friend is getting married this year. And I’m so
happy for her, but I’m kind of loving a collection of novellas with the theme “weddings
from hell”. I hope none of her big day ends up like that… but it’s still kind
of fun / funny to read these paranormal romance stories. Especially one in
which the bride doesn’t want to be married and gets her own beautiful revenge
for being forced into such a situation…
Isa is exactly the kind of heroine that I tend to love – independent,
strong, kind of protective and with just the right amount of sass. Which really
comes through in the end of the story (in case you can’t tell, I love how this
story ended). Isa is able to stay in control of who she is, even when placed in
a situation that I would find incredibly and intensely horrifying.
I might have loved Isa, but I love her grandmother far more.
She is ten times sassy, far more pithy and had me laughing out loud. Especially
when she constantly shocks her poor granddaughter with her saucy-ness. There is
just something great about having such a spicy old woman in a storyline that is
about a romance between a vampire and human.
Years ago, a heartbroken McLellan witch placed a curse on the would-be brides of her family. But Kira McLellan doesn’t believe in curses. Then she falls in love with Ian Stewart and is determined to break the spell…. Or die trying.
I absolutely loved this novella. It had everything in it
that makes my heart go… romance, curses, and a woman that is not happy to take
things as status quo…
From the very beginning of the story, it is obvious that
Kira is a little lost and unsure of her role in the world. And, since this is a
paranormal romance collection of stories about weddings, you knew that she was
going to find her man… and probably get married at some point throughout. It’s
a little cliché that she doesn’t really feel complete until she finds her
partner, but it was still just a cute and easy read. One that had me smiling at
Although this is a pretty predictable cliché of a story, I
still really enjoyed it. Throwing in an ancient curse and reconnecting with family
members that have never been met just made it all the more engaging, not to
mention entertaining. I always enjoy a good romance, but one with a little
extra spice and challenge thrown in works even better…