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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Addicted to Love

Addicted to Love by Lori Wilde
Publisher: Warner Forever
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4.5 Books
Review by Hibiscus

Growing up in Valentine, Texas, can make anyone believe in happily ever after. But newly declared recovering romantic Rachael Henderson has decided that love stinks. After having not one but two grooms ditch her at the altar, she announces her disenchantment in an uncharacteristic act of rebellion. She feels liberated...until she's arrested by Sheriff Brody Carlton. Once upon a time, being hauled against the taut, rippling body of her first crush would have had Rachael planning the wedding of the year. Now it spurs her to created Romanceaholics Anonymous, a twelve-step program for love addicts. Soon all of Valentine is divided as die-hard romantics clash with antilove cynics. But when Rachael starts fantasizing about a lust-filled affair with Brody, she goes against everything the program stands for. Should she protect her fragile heart...or find a way to have her wedding cake and eat it too?

I loved this third book in the Wedding Veil Wishes Series. Never having read the previous books, I can say I did not need to in order to thoroughly enjoy this story. It takes place in Valentine, Texas, where love is in the air and everyone has happily ever after on the brain. From heart-shaped parking meters to a diner that has every love thing known to man decorating it, Valentine is the love tourist attraction in the country. Unfortunately, not everything in the story starts out all loving.

I liked the character of Rachel Henderson. Unfortunately, she has bad luck with weddings. Twice she was stood up at the altar. This leads to a few very hilarious scenes. I thought it was great when she was on top of the billboard at the beginning of the story with her spray paint. This act led to her re-introduction to Sheriff Brody Carlton. The almost wedding video, with creative editing, winds up on You Tube in the story. Next comes National News and Rachel become a star of sorts. It is just too funny for words. I believe that Rachel really cares about the town of Valentine and believe that the aura that living there weighs on everyone negatively. I don't think she would have formed Romanceaholics if she wasn't serious about her convictions. I loved her inner struggle when she starts to have more than just friend feelings for Brody.

Sheriff Brody Carlton is a hometown boy also. He went off to war and was wounded. I felt his insecurities throughout the book as he dealt with everyday situations that I would not have given a second thought to. He has to deal with his growing feelings for Rachel along with protecting her from someone who is against her Romanceaholics Anonymous. The conversations between them were very witty and I hung on every word. I loved how Brody figured out how to settle things at the charity fishing tournament. It proved that a mental strength is just as important as physical strength.

The book had so many things going on it it and most of them involved a small love story as well. There is a mayoral election that is about to happen between the forever male incumbent and the female running against him in which Brody referees the two of them through the story. Rachel's mother and father and their marital problems which she referees. There is a copy cat defacing the love-a-bilia that makes up the town of Valentine which also puts a strain on Brody.

I loved this story of some of the many loves in the quirky town of Valentine, Texas. It was a very intricate tale that at times tugged my heart strings and at others had me rolling with laughter. I highly recommend reading Addicted To Love.