Title: Kiss the Bride
Author: Jody Wallace
Publisher: Entangled: Ever After
Release Date: July 29, 2013
Buy Link: Amazon | BN
Herman Edward Heckley knows all about drywall, concrete, and nail guns. So what's he doing fighting off taffeta in a bridal salon? He’s maid of honor for his best friend, Caroline Oakenfeld, in her wedding to a pencil-necked geek. But the closer he gets to the ceremony, the more he wonders if he's been missing out all this time.
Caroline has been missing out, and she knows it. She’s been in love with Heck forever, but frittering her life away until Heck wises up isn’t part of her life plan. She’s agreed to marry her boyfriend so she can move on with her life. But the closer she gets to the ceremony, the more she realizes she has to resolve her feelings for Heck.
For better or for worse.
I like the way Heck absolutely objected to Caroline marrying Mr. Pencil Neck. Agreeing to marry her fiance just because she felt she was running out of time was not the best idea. In real life, that would be tragic. Thankfully, this story gave the two a chance to spend time with each other. Once Heck started noticing Caroline as a real woman, everything started falling into place. The normal routine of sharing an ice cream cone became erotic.
I also enjoyed the character Jhi. She was basically a witch and a thorn in Heck's life. However, they had to put up with each other for Caroline's sake. At times, she was very cunning and manipulative, but it was all for the good of her friends.
Finally, I absolutely enjoyed the fact that Heck was the maid of honor. I mean, it's just adorable! The stripper? Oh my. That was awkward. Very realistic, indeed!
About the Author:
Jody Wallace grew up in the South in a very rural area. She went to school a long time because there was always something new to learn and ended up with a Master's Degree in Creative Writing. Her resume includes college English instructor, technical documents editor, market analyst, web designer, and general all around pain in the butt. She currently lives in Tennessee with her family: 1 husband, 2 kids, 2 cats. One of her many alter egos is "The Grammar Wench", which should give you an indication of her character. She is a terrible packrat and likes to amass vintage clothing, books, Asian-inspired kitchenware, gnomes, and other items that threaten to force her family out of the house. She also likes cats. A lot.
Ms. Wallace's approach to writing is to tell as many outlandish lies as she can get her readers to swallow. Her dream is to be moderately well-paid for this service. She is active in RWA and occasionally conducts writing workshops. Among topics she's been known to cover are training sessions for contest judges (she coordinated her local RWA chapter contest for many years), point of view, dialogue punctuation and creativity enhancement.
Her headshots were taken by Cindy Sarlo Photography of Dixon, TN.