Sunday, July 19, 2015

Crazy Little Thing Called Love (Destination Wedding #1)
Published by Howard Books
Released June 30, 2015
5 Stars 
The hardest decision you will ever face in life is choosing whether to walk away or try harder. 
Brief Description:
 Wedding bells and storm clouds collide in the first engaging novel in a brand-new series about destination weddings, the power of love, and the possible mishaps and missteps that happen on a couple’s journey down the aisle to “I do.”
Paramedic Vanessa Hollister has put her adolescence behind her, including the unwanted label of being the new kid in town over and over again, thanks to her father’s military career. She’s overcome what her mother called “the biggest mistake of her life” and is planning an elegant destination wedding in Destin, Florida with her new fiancé. But will the reappearance of her first husband from her what-were-you-thinking teenage elopement disrupt her dream of an idyllic beach wedding?
As a professional storm chaser, Logan Hollister is used to taking risks. However, a reckless decision during the last tornado season has him questioning the future of his team, the Stormmeisters. Coming face to face with his ex-wife eight years after their divorce compels him to confront his greatest regret: losing Vanessa. Does their past give him the right to interfere with her future?

A fast-moving, powerful hurricane throws Vanessa and Logan together as they evacuate to a storm shelter along with other residents of the Florida Gulf Coast. Forced to spend time together, the pair battles unexpected renewed feelings for each other.
I loved this book!!!
This is a story about choices and trust, but it's also about so much more. It's a romance interwoven with a little suspense that is truly hard to put down until the last page is turned. 
Vanessa Hollister grew up as a military child moving from post to post and never putting down roots which is something she longs for.  She hated being the new kid at school and her senior year of high school was not different, but yet turned  out to be the year that changed her life. 
Vanessa met and married Logan Hollister her senior year of high school and truly thought their futures were set.  Unfortunately love does not conquer all.  A marriage takes communication and work by both people if it is to succeed. Was it youth, miscommunication, selfishness, or distance the downfall of their marriage?  I suspect a combination of all that and then some.  Regardless a mere two years after the "I dos" are spoken their marriage ends in divorce.   
Vanessa learns a valuable lesson, or so she thinks, and tries to put Logan and his betrayal in the past where it belongs.  After college she move to Colorado and begins a new life.  Fast forward 8 years and she finds herself engaged to Ted Topliff and planning her wedding.
  Ted is an ER physician and she is a paramedic so they have a lot in common.  One of the the things she loves about Ted is that he is practical, but sometimes maybe a little too practical, especially when he suggested a destination wedding. Ted wants to combine their wedding with a medical conference so he can obtain some educational credits.  The best conference was located in Destin, Florida and that's the one he wants to attend.  Even though Vanessa doesn't want to be married in Destin, Ted convinces her and encourages her to take a trip down to plan the wedding of her dreams. 
Vanessa decides going to Destin early to plan the wedding will be perfect after all.  She would be able to plan her dream wedding and at the same time she would finally face her past with Logan and put it to rest once and for all.  What she doesn't expect is to run into Logan after all these years or the Cat 2 hurricane to hit the area.  Needless to say both wrecked havoc on her plans.
This is a sweet romance that will tug on the heart of any reader. I was immediately drawn to the characters, but the engaging storyline kept me turning the pages until the end.  The bible tells us to pray about everything and to follow where God leads us.  The spiritual journey of the two main characters take is as important to this story as the romance. I would recommend this book to anyone.
I received this book as a gift from the publisher and author for a honest opinion  without bias or outside influence as stated above.  I would like to thank them for this opportunity. 
Meet the Author:
Beth K. Vogt 
 Beth K. Vogt is a non-fiction author and editor who said she’d never write fiction. She’s the wife of an Air Force family physician (now in solo practice) who said she’d never marry a doctor—or anyone in the military. She’s a mom of four who said she’d never have kids. Now Beth believes God’s best often waits behind the doors marked “Never.” A 2015 RITA® Finalist and a 2014 Carol Award finalist, Beth is a contemporary romance novelist with Howard Books. Her 2014 novel, Somebody Like You, was one of Publisher’s Weekly’s Best Books of 2014. In 2015, Beth introduced her destination wedding series with both an e-novella, Can’t Buy Me Love, and a novel, Crazy Little Thing Called Love. Her e-novella, A November Bride, was part of the Year of Wedding Series by Zondervan. Beth enjoys writing contemporary romance because she believes there’s more to happily-ever-after than the fairy tales tell us. Find out more about her books at An established magazine writer and former editor of Connections, the leadership magazine for MOPS International, Beth is also part of the leadership team for My Book Therapy, the writing community founded by best-selling author Susan May Warren. She lives in Colorado with her husband Rob, who has adjusted to discussing the lives of imaginary people, and their youngest daughter, Christa, who loves to play volleyball and enjoys writing her own stories.
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1 comment:

  1. I'll be starting on this one in another week or so and am really looking forward to it, thanks to your review, Katrina!