Audience: Contemporary Romance
Length: 352 pages
Author: Denise Williams
Publisher: Berkley Books
Release Date: September 6th, 2022
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After butting heads, an event planner and a wedding officiant begin an enemies with benefits arrangement as wedding bells chime around them in the newest rom-com from acclaimed author Denise Williams.
Divorce attorney RJ would never describe herself as romantic. But when she ends up officiating an unplanned wedding for a newly engaged couple in a park, her life is turned upside down. The video of the ceremony goes viral, and she finds herself in the unlikely position of being a sought-after local wedding officiant. Spending her free time overseeing “I dos” isn’t her most strategic career move, but she enjoys it, except for the type A dude-bro wedding planner she’s forced to work with.
Former pro-football event manager Lear is a people person, but after his longtime girlfriend betrayed him, he isn’t looking for love. He knows how to execute events and likes being in control, so working with an opinionated and inflexible officiant who can’t stand him is not high on his list. He’s never had trouble winning people over, but RJ seems immune to his charms.
Surrounded by love at every turn, their physical attraction pulls them together despite their best efforts to stay an arm’s length apart. Lear refuses to get hurt again. RJ refuses to let herself be vulnerable to anyone. But when it comes to happily ever after, their clients might not be the only ones saying “I do.”
I’m not a super spice loving gal. BUT I can overlook it whenever the plot and characters beside it are strong. Unfortunately the spice really took over here and I had a hard time looking past the friends with benefits motif.
The characters were good. I did love the dual points of view between RJ and Lear. The banter was seriously FIRE. I was cracking up and it had a very good enemy to lovers vibe. New workplace rivals that butted heads and felt the heat between them.
I’m sadly realizing while writing this that I don’t remember a lot of the plot. This goes back to the heavy physical relationship over anything emotional that came late in the game.
I loved Williams first two books and I’m bummed this one was a miss. I’m still hopeful about whatever book is coming next!
Overall audience notes:
- Contemporary Romance
- Language: some strong
- Romance: multiple open door; high explicit
- Trigger/Content Warnings: sexism, cheating recounted, death of parents mentioned