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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Brodie's Bride by Amie Louellen

Brodie's Bride by Amie Louellen
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (252 pages pgs)
Heat Level: spicy
Rating: 5 Books
Reviewed by Sunflower

Waking up next to a beautiful golden-haired stranger isn’t the worst thing that has ever happened to Brodie Harper, but staying in a fake marriage in order to gain a new construction contract could very well be.

Savanna Morgan just wanted a way out of an engagement to a man she didn’t love. Marrying Brodie seemed liked the perfect answer at the time. Less perfect the next morning when she finds herself disowned by her father and flat broke. Now she must make it through the weekend. Monday they can get it all annulled and forget it ever happened.

The real problem may be keeping their hands off each other until then.

Married? Savanna was married, and she doesn't even know the man's first name. Or last name, for that matter. In fact, she doesn't recall the wedding! Yet she wakes up in bed in the morning with this man next to her. Okay, what a night. Now it's time to regroup and remember. It takes a reminder from the man who performed the wedding ceremony for it to sink in for both Savanna and Brodie.

So things are a mess and the two are hungover. And sure enough, they are married. Oh boy. Brodie has an important meeting he can't miss. Savanna thinks she can fix this...until she's disinherited! Things keep getting worse as the day goes on. And now, Savanna and Brodie are caught up in a charade and lie that they must keep up for a few days. What's a few days, right? After the weekend, they can get an annullment and get on with their lives. If only it were that easy. What started out as a mistake turns into something more emotional...

I'll admit I didn't like Savanna at first. She's spoiled, hasn't worked a day in her life, and could be considered a Pampered Princess. The kind who can just run to Daddy and he will fix everything for her. Not this time, though, and Savanna gets a taste of having to deal with life on her own. But further into the story, the author sheds some light on the reasons for Savanna's actions and attitudes, and she goes through a major change. More and more into the story, Savanna redeems herself, becoming more grown up and responsible, and definitely likable.

I loved Brodie from the start. His family -- Nan and Blair -- are hilarious and their presence in the story gave me plenty of laughs and heartwarming feelings. This deliciously funny and touching story kept me up long into the night. I wanted to devour every last page but at the same time I didn't want the story to end, either. I fell in love with the dynamic characters and the fun plot. Ms. Louellen's sparkling debut is one to remember.

If you love a tender romance, characters that make you laugh and cry, and an all around good feeling, then get ready to fall in love with Brodie's Bride. And Brodie, too.