11 May 2015

His Blushing Bride by Dani Collins

His Blushing Bride
by Dani Collins.
Audience/Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance.
Publication: May 11th 2015 by Tule Montana Born.
Wedding fever has hit the little town of Marietta...

Piper Tierney is busy wrapping up the school year and planning the music for Marietta’s Wedding Of The Century. She does not need one of her parents’ backpacking hippies under foot. Except the guy they let stay in their house is so much more than the California couch-surfer he resembles. Before she knows it, she’s making time to make time, even though he’s only in town for a couple of weeks.

Taking a break from working on his doctorate in political science, Sebastian Bloom wants to reassure himself his sister isn’t making another mistake with her upcoming wedding to a Marietta rancher. He’s definitely not looking for a bride for himself. Marriage and family are a trap. But Piper is cute, funny, and wants to move on from her ex.

They agree to a no strings affair, but will they wind up tying the knot?

Montana Born Brides Series
Book 1: The Fairy Tale Bride by Scarlet Wilson
Book 2: His Blushing Bride by Dani Collins
Book 3: Bride by Mistake by Nicole Helm
Book 4: Finally His Bride by Maisey Yates
Book 5: Kiss the Bride by Rachael Johns
Book 6: Two Nights with His Bride by Kat Latham

Reviewed by Kelly.

Piper has lived in Marietta all her life. She now teaches high school band there. She has what sounds like a port wine stain birthmark on her side the face. Because of it, she always felt guys were never interested in her and didn't pay attention to them much. Her last boyfriend wanted her to “fix it”, while he become a fit and muscular man. She didn’t and he dumped her. Actually, she is still a virgin.

Her parents are roaming the world and are currently in South America. They have been known to house and feed any stray they picked up. Now, they sent this guy, who they met in South America, to stay at their home while they are away. Piper isn’t having it. She lives in the garage upstairs. She sees he is cute and is attracted to him and him to her. She thinks he is poor. Well as she gets to know him she finds out he is quite well to do and is working on his doctorate and some of his family also resides in Marietta.

They start out with deciding on a no strings attached fling. He is leaving after his sister’s wedding. Piper waits till the last minute to tell him she is still a virgin. He has never been with one and is just a little hesitant, but only just! He wants it to be special for her. His name being, Bastian. Bastian’s niece is in Piper’s class and isn’t stupid and picks up on the two of them after several well timed incidents.

Here is the main jest though. Bastian hadn’t had a great family growing up with divorces and military and PTSD all rolled up into marriages don’t last so I will never marry or have kids attitude. Where Piper has a loving family and wants to have one of her own some day. Right there is disaster if she should fall in love, which you can tell she is heading in that direction. Because Bastian is the first guy to not seem to notice the birthmark and notices what is just Piper.

As there time together involves walking the dog and some family functions and a lot of people who I got confused who was who (I haven’t read the other books in the series and I know that this can be read alone but my mind started wandering because I gave up trying to figure out everyone was) and their ravenous sexual activity they both are over their heads in caring for the other but of course neither will admit it. But men are stupid and Bastian falls right along with every other male and walks away after the family wedding . I repeat; men can be so stupid! After that, you have to read the book to find out. But I like this little piece of inner monologue from Bastian right after Piper left to go somewhere, I can’t remember where but this is how he felt:

“Yay,” she said in a whisper before she tapped his mouth with a kiss and zipped out. Which made him smile, but feel odd after she’d gone. Like she’d taken all the sunshine with her, leaving the house feeling very empty and silent. He frowned.

And then this piece from Petra, Bastian’s niece who is a teenager and saw more than Bastian and Piper did.

“I don’t understand why you won’t even try." Pet had said. Because loving-and losing-hurt. Not having it, when you wanted it felt even worse.

So, now what did I think of it? The chemistry was definitely there in the story. I got lost with so many people to keep up with. I had an arc so I expect errors but there were a lot of two words that were bunched together as one and the chapter headings weren’t spaced it just went into the next chapter and in one instance, I didn’t understand what was going on in this scene as it appeared to be way off and I reread it three times to realize it was a new scene. So that irritated me a little. The ending seemed kind of abrupt and out of left field. I mean I could see it coming but it was too fast for me. I wish it would have been a little longer.

It was a cute story with finding what love really is, second chances, family and families that are dysfunctional, teenagers, dogs, music, and weddings!

After a brilliant debut in the UK with No Longer Forbidden, a Mills & Boon Modern Book Of The Month in January 2013, Dani Collins saw her first Harlequin Presents, Proof Of Their Sin, win the a Reviewer’s Choice for First Series romance by Romantic Times Book Reviews.

When her Fantasy Romance, The Healer, was named an Epic eBook Award Finalist it was icing, and much appreciated validation after Dani spent two decades writing and submitting before making her First Sale.

While Dani’s settings span from glitzy Greek islands to imaginary medieval worlds, she always delivers alpha heroes squaring off with spirited heroines with passion and humor.

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