Published by St. Martins Press on August 11, 2015
Genres: Contemp Romance, Contemporary RS, Romance
Source: Advance Reader Copy, NetGalley
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Wedding planner Avery Crosslin may be a rising star in Houston society, but she doesn't believe in love--at least not for herself. When she meets wealthy bachelor Joe Travis and mistakes him for a wedding photographer, she has no intention of letting him sweep her off her feet. But Joe is a man who goes after what he wants, and Avery can't resist the temptation of a sexy southern charmer and a hot summer evening.
After a one night stand, however, Avery is determined to keep it from happening again. A man like Joe can only mean trouble for a woman like her, and she can't afford distractions. She's been hired to plan the wedding of the year--a make-or-break event.
But complications start piling up fast, putting the wedding in jeopardy, especially when shocking secrets of the bride come to light. And as Joe makes it clear that he's not going to give up easily, Avery is forced to confront the insecurities and beliefs that stem from a past she would do anything to forget.
The situation reaches a breaking point, and Avery faces the toughest choice of her life. Only by putting her career on the line and risking everything--including her well-guarded heart--will she find out what matters most.
To begin, let me make it clear that I LOVE Lisa Kleypas, she is an all-time favorite author of mine and I have loved all of her books. The first Lisa Kleypas book I ever read was Sugar Daddy, Travis series book 1. I absolutely adored Sugar Daddy and from that book on, Lisa Kleypas was a favorite author. So, when Brown-Eyed girl released and I had the opportunity to review, I was ecstatic and began reading right away.
With my love of Lisa Kleypas established, I have to admit that Brown-Eyed Girl was not my favorite Lisa Kleypas read. I didn’t feel very invested in the characters. Avery is a sweetie and I liked her okay, but I didn’t really connect. The same goes for Joe, he didn’t have the same magnetism of the male protagonists in the previous books. The story was nice, it was enjoyable and fun to read. Avery is a wedding planner and her event planning adventures made for entertaining settings.
Part of my disconnect with this book may just be time. It has been six years since the last Travis Series book released, so that may be a contributing factor to my lack of enthusiasm and connection to the characters. Brown-Eyed Girl jumps right back into the Travis world without much re-introduction to the Travis history and background.
To sum up my thoughts on Brown-Eyed Girl: This is a very enjoyable romance read, although not the most memorable of the Lisa Kleypas collection.