Claire Davenport is a hopeless romantic who shared her first kiss with Alex Murphy during a game of Spin the Bottle. Only Alex never pursued her after their kissing session and Claire regrets not telling him about her crush. At twenty-seven, no boyfriends have captured her heart in the same way. Still, she hasn’t given up on finding the one. Unfortunately, Forever Designs, her boutique wedding dress business, is accumulating more bills than invoices so love has to take a backseat for now.
When a famous model books Claire to design her wedding dress, she jumps at the opportunity only to find out the client is her childhood best friend and rival, Missy Peters. Claire and Missy’s friendship imploded when Missy stole Claire’s high school boyfriend. To save her business, Claire has no choice, but to work with Missy. To Claire’s surprise, the best man turns out to be Alex Murphy. Gone is the skinny boy with the awkward-but-endearing kisses. Alex is now a sexy scientist, who for some reason seems determined to stop the wedding, which Claire can’t let happen.
Now, Claire must design the perfect dress for demanding Missy, while at the same time countering Alex’s attempts to break up the bride and groom. Can Claire convince Alex to give Missy and her fiancé a chance, and that true love is possible? And can she do it without him breaking her heart all over again?
Susan Hatler's books make me happy. I know exactly what I'm going to get every time I open one of her books. She has a way of writing characters, dialogue and settings that feel natural and easy. Love.
All the books in this series somehow include the legend of the bay in a small coastal town and I also love that. It connects the stories in a small way and adds a bit of the magical.
Claire is a fun character, a romantic at heart who believes in true love. She has never forgotten her first kiss with Alex (way back when!) so running into him, in her own wedding dress shop of all places, makes her heart pitter patter. Alex swears he doesn't believe in forever love. He is actively trying to stop a wedding and Claire is determined to save it. It makes for some fun, sparky moments. Claire and Alex begin to spend time together and learn more about each other. The build up was great and I loved the easy way the story progressed. Like I said before, Susan Hatler has that way about her writing. It makes me happy.
This book is on KU if you have that!
Content: kissing, mention of cheating
-I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.