Monday, July 20, 2015

My Best Friend's Bride 
Released June 9, 2015
5 Stars
Ginny Baird brings us a delightful, romantic comedy.  When I first saw this book cover I knew the story within was going to be wonderful. Yes, I was swept away by the romance and really didn't want it to end.  
Brief Description:
Relationship expert Jillian Jamison is in a bind. While her first book was a successful bestseller, her second tome tanked. Now, her publisher wants a spin on the third book, Married Love: Keeping Those Home Fires Burning, that's up close and personal. With financial pressures mounting and sole responsibility for her aging grandfather, Jill feels forced into wedlock. But it's only for a year and she's devised a plan with her long-term friend. When Brad backs out, Jill fears she'll be left standing at the altar. Then Brad offers a solution: Jill can marry the one man on earth she despises...his handsome best friend.

Hunter Delany is a confirmed bachelor and that's how he likes it. When his best friend Brad approaches him with an unusual contract, he's determined to run for the hills, especially since the name on the paperwork is international celebrity Jillian Jamison, the woman who spurned him in high school. Hunter would rather do anything than spend twelve months of his life saddled with her. But he has a soft spot for Brad who's in a predicament, so Hunter agrees to consider Brad's proposal. When Hunter learns he's getting passed over for a job promotion, because the client only wants to work with those in a family way, this clinches the deal.

Hunter is "in" for as long as he can stand it. Jill is not thrilled with the arrangement either. But really, what choice does she have? Even if it has to look authentic on the outside, between her and Hunter it's just pretend. Besides, she reasons rationally, she's already got the dress... 
Have you ever made a bad decision for the wrong reasons?
Of course when you make a decision you hope for the best, but what do you do when doesn't turn out the way you hoped?
Author Jillian Jamison was at the top of her game with the release of her first book, but the second didn't do so well. Okay let's admit it, it sort of tanked.  Jill writes books on maintaining relationships, but as was pointed out by the media, how could she be an expert on relationships when she couldn't keep a boyfriend longer than 6 weeks. 
Her agent, Morgan Swift, explains that her publisher is somewhat nervous about her third book and without their full backing the book wouldn't have a chance. Morgan thinks she has come up with a career saving strategy, Jill would get married and her new book title would be  "Married Love: Keeping the Home Fires Burning". 
Just one little problem, she wasn't in a relationship or even dating as Jill readily pointed out.
Bad Decision #1
Agreeing to get married to help your career.
 Hunter Delaney and Jill have a history dating back to high school and it was not good. Needless to say neither Hunter or Jill are the least bit approving of this marriage, but both feel their backed into a corner.  If this marriage is to take place negotiations and contracts had to be dealt with, but that proves easier said than done.
Bad Decision #2
Negotiating and signing contracts on a fake marriage. 
Both Hunter and Jill sign a marriage contract, but will they be able to fulfill the contract as it states?
This is a wonderfully written romance.  I loved both characters even though at times I wanted to talk some sense into them at times. Their flaws and insecurities made them more real to me.  The storyline pulled me in and I kept turning the pages until the end.  I would recommend this book to anyone who loves humor in a romance.  
Meet the Author:
From the time that she could talk, romance author Ginny Baird was making up stories, much to the delight -- and consternation -- of her family and friends. By grade school, she'd turned that inclination into a talent, whereby her teacher allowed her to write and produce plays, rather than write boring book reports. Ginny continued writing throughout college, where she contributed articles to her literary campus weekly, then later pursued a career managing international projects with the US State Department.
Ginny's held an assortment of jobs, including school teacher, freelance fashion model, and greeting card writer, and has published over twenty works of fiction and optioned ten screenplays. She's additionally published nonfiction and poetry, and admits to being a true romantic at heart.
She's a member of Romance Writers of America (RWA), the RWA Published Authors Network (PAN), and Novelists, Inc. (NINC). When she's not writing, Ginny enjoys cooking, biking, and spending time with her family in Tidewater, Virginia.

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