Monday, March 2, 2015

Crashing the Congressman's Wedding by Elley Arden

Title:  Crashing the Congressman's Wedding
Series:  Harmony Falls #1
Author:  Elley Arden
Published:  July 15/13 by Crimson Romance
Length:   200pgs
Format:  Ecopy
Genre: contemporary romance
Shelf:  bought
Rating: ★★★★★

Back Cover Blurb:

Alice Cramer is tired of being pitied for her family’s transgressions, so she resolves to break out of the gutter and into the spotlight. As long as her local congressman can forget about their checkered past and help her secure a federal grant to open Harmony Falls Little Theatre, she’ll be the brightest star in town. But when Alice stands up in church and stops the congressman’s wedding, she dives headfirst into fresh scandal.

Why is Harmony Fall’s golden boy, Justin Mitchell, speeding down the interstate sans a new wife but with the local drama queen he’s been trying his whole life to avoid? Alice Cramer may have saved him the hassle of an arranged marriage to a woman he didn’t love, but she’s also put a business transaction big enough to save an entire town in jeopardy—not to mention his reputation.

Soon Alice and Justin are dredging up and indulging in an attraction that threatens all their dreams and aspirations. But what if life together is the dream that matters most?

My Review:

I absolutely loved this story. Arden combines the best of romance with the realities of life in a completely captivating and utterly unforgettable manner. The plot was unique yet approachable. This author writes in a voice that brings her stories to life. Her descriptions paint this town before your eyes, allowing you to walk alongside the characters.

The characters really brought this novel to life. Arden’s leading couple were so lifelike and endearing that I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know them. It was their quirks and idiosyncrasies that kept me hooked. They also drove the story forward. Simply being themselves, with each other, was the ultimate, even if getting there took a little (or a lot of) effort. These two really shone and stood out amongst the other characters in the novel. Don’t get me wrong, the supporting cast was great as well, but they didn’t come close to overshadowing what may be one of my favourite quirky leading couples.

Arden definitely puts small town romance in a big city picture with this one. It was a fantastic novel and the perfect start to her amazing Harmony Falls series.

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