Sunday, March 27, 2011

The Convenient Groom by Denise Hunter

Rating: 4.5 stars

Based on appearances, celebrity marriage counselor Kate Lawrence has it all.  She has a successful career, and she is about to marry her fiancée, Bryan, on the beautiful island of Nantucket.  Hours before her highly publicized marriage ceremony and upcoming book release, her well-planned future comes to a shocking halt.

Without Bryan, Kate is faced with the the embarrassment of admitting that she has been left at the altar or secretly entering into a marriage of convenience with Lucas Wright, her landlord. Taking what appears to be the easiest route at the moment,  Kate makes the spontaneous decision to marry Luke; and both Kate and Luke have a lot to learn about themselves, each other, and the consequences of their deceit. 

While I have read quite a few marriage of convenience stories that have been set in the past, The Convenient Groom is the first modern day story that I have read, and I thoroughly enjoyed it! The Convenient Groom takes it readers on an emotional, and often humorous, roller coaster ride as Kate mourns the loss of her future with Bryan, while establishing her life with Luke.  Since Kate has a type-A personality and feels that Luke is her polar opposite, the scene is set for tension and humorous situations.   Regardless of when the story takes place, a novel that is centered around a marriage of convenience is one of my favorite.  In order for the scenario to work and pull me into its pages, it must be well-written.  Denise Hunter successfully crafted a story that kept me turning the pages as Kate meets her in-laws and goes around town acting like a happy newlywed.  But, there is often a fine line between pretending and reality.  It is enjoyable to see the plot unfold as Kate, the marriage counselor, works through her own relationship. 

I highly recommend The Convenient Groom, and I am looking forward to reading the other three books in Denise Hunter's Nantucket Love Story series (Surrender Bay, Seaside Letters, and Driftwood Lane.)

I  received a complimentary copy of this book from BookSneeze (Thomas Nelson Publishers) through their book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed above are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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