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Thursday, July 30, 2009

The One That Got Away by Kathryn Gerbert

The One That Got Away by Kathryn Gerbert
Publisher: Wild Horse Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short (64 pages)
Heat: Sweet
Rating: 3.5 Books
Reviewed by Fennel

The day of her wedding, Jennifer finds herself boarding a plane - alone. Her perfect day had ended up not so perfect, leaving her to go on her honeymoon alone. Or so she thought.

Jared, an old boyfriend from days gone by, has always carried a torch for Jennifer. Hearing about her wedding, or lack thereof, he decides to hop on the same plane and keep her company during her honeymoon; and hopefully get to know her again.

After the callous way her fiance has just treated her, can Jennifer trust another man? Especially so soon? Will she be willing to give Jared another chance, and in the process give herself a chance at love?

The bride held an auction! After the groom failed to turn up for the wedding, and the guests refused to take back their gifts, Jennifer, the bride auctioned them all off for charity, then still in her wedding dress, took herself off on her honeymoon holiday. But...

Oh yes!! There's almost always a 'but'! This time when she presented her credit card, or at least her missing groom's credit card, she didn't know it bounced and went on some serious retail therapy.

The reason Jennifer could enjoy her expensive revenge lay at Jared's door. Jared had never stopped loving his high school sweetheart, and regretted the silly argument that parted them all those years ago. He'd heard about Jennifer's betrayal through a mutual friend and hopped onto the same plane and invited himself along as her companion.

Several passages of extensive description tends to slow the pace of this charming and at time highly entertaining story, but Kathryn Gerbert's characters come across as fun loving, hard working and loveable characters who's cares and concerns endear them to the reader.

This is a lovely short story and well worth the read.