This review is based on a complimentary book I received from NetGalley. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.A Wedding at Two Love Lane by Kieran Kramer
Series: Two Love Lane #2
Also in this series:Christmas at Two Love Lane
Also by this author: Christmas at Two Love Lane
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Release Date: January 2, 2018
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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Never say never when it comes to love.
Greer Jones has made a real name for herself at the elegant matchmaking agency Two Love Lane. For a lot of reasons--including a past engagement she broke off--practical tech expert Greer is more interested in the business of love than the experience of it, but she can't help but covet a gorgeous wedding gown that's the prize in an upcoming cocktail-party contest. In a moment of brazen inspiration, Greer asks a handsome Brit she's only just met to accompany her to the party. He agrees--and Greer believes her date is a starving artist. Little does she know the truth. . .
Ford Smith, as he calls himself, is actually Stanford Elliott Wentworth Smythe, the Eighth Baron of Wickshire. Fresh off a breakup with a money-grubbing siren who deceived him all the way to the altar, Ford has no desire to fall in love--especially with Greer who, like the desired wedding gown, is beautiful but only skin-deep. But soon Ford realizes that there's more to Greer than meets the eye. Her professionalism is matched only by her passion for life and love. . .and, best of all, she has no idea that he's to the manor born. Could it be that true love is priceless after all?
A Wedding at Two Love Lane is the second book in the Two Love Lane series and I really liked Greer and Ford’s characters in this story. Greer may have worked at an agency that brought love into the lives of their clients but Greer herself had accepted that maybe love was not for her. After all she had already had the perfect guy but she knew that he was just not for her. A choice that was still haunting her years later in the form of her mother trying to cajole her to make amends with her ex. Greer knew that she had made the right choice in ending that relationship and even though it seemed that she might be alone forever, that did not stop her from dreaming. Dreaming of the perfect wedding, even going so far as to make several scrapbooks with the central theme being her dream wedding.
It was her scrapbooking obsession that led Greer to make choices which would out her secret. When Greer saw a wedding dress that she knew had to be hers, despite not having a groom, she entered into a contest to win her dream dress. It was also because of the dress that Greer gained the notice of artist Ford Smith. Ford had come to town in order to find his muse for the upcoming show he had scheduled. It was while out and about that Greer had caught his eye and he knew he had to paint her. The problem was that she was not interested in anything as much as she was in winning her dress, so they came to a deal of sorts. He would do his best to help her win the dress and in return she would allow him to paint her.
Both Greer and Ford had their own reasons to guard their heart and despite their attraction to each other they decided that friendship was all the could ever have. I loved that aspect of this story. They really did build a friendship and it was completely enjoyable. They also had quite an attraction to each other and that was a nice smolder to the story. As things got serious between them there was always something holding Ford back. That something had to do with his past and the uncertainty of his future. There was also the fact that he had been badly burned in love and was unwilling to take a chance, or so he thought.
I really did enjoy reading A Wedding at Two Love Lane so very much but there was a point where plot elements were introduced and I had no idea why?! They could have been left out entirely and the story would have functioned well without it. In fact, the inclusion of the story within the story almost ruined this book for me. I spent too much time wondering why it was even there, it made no sense. Then there was the fact that this story had no epilogue and I really felt that there should have been one. There were story threads that were left undone and I wish that I would have known what happened. So very frustrating to me, especially because I thoroughly enjoyed reading A Wedding at Two Love Lane up until it went all wonky. I definitely have mixed feelings on this story.
*Thank you to Netgalley & St. Martin’s Press for this eARC of A Wedding at Two Love Lane*