Regina Cole returns to the blog today with the start of a new contemporary series, Bikers & Brides. Please read on for my review and excerpt, and don’t forget to enter the giveaway where you could win one of five (5) copies of the title.
To Have and To Harley
A twist on the usual biker-romance, we have Trey, leader of a club and ashamed to share that fact (and all of the associated baggage) with his long-lost mother, he claims to be a wedding planner. OK – a stretch, but the ‘never disappoint Mama” vibe is strong in Trey. Even though his club is far different from the ‘hell raisers’ that most people associate with it. Unfortunately, he didn’t know that the reason all of the wedding stuff is scattered about the house – his long-lost sister is getting married – and who better to plan her special day than her brother? OK – lead right into it – and yes, the deception is strong here – but rather than Trey being gruff and half-assing the job – he’s gone all in. Even if that means ‘all in’ is more than uncomfortable and contradicts everything in the party-planner book for the MC’s events.
Bethany is the Sarah’s best friend, and views all the Yelvertons as family. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that Sarah’s brother is in town, but Bethany sees instantly that wedding planner he is not, but not wanting to add yet another on the long list of ‘to dos’ for Sarah (finishing pharmacy school, upcoming board exams, a returned family member long thought gone, finding THE dress, and of course, wedding decisions) she steps up to take on some of the load. It doesn’t hurt that Trey is attractive, and the guys (his staff) are often more perplexed than productive, but these two have something special.
So – we have a fish out of water romance that showed plenty of potential, and gave Bethany and Trey a chance at love amidst the chaos that was a wedding. With Sarah’s commitments, I had no real sense of her ‘needing’ the marriage right now, and then, perhaps understandably, she melts down over the ‘attention’ Trey is receiving from her parents. He was stolen years ago, dumped, placed in foster care and grew up believing he was unwanted – when nothing was further from the truth. His getting to know his parents, and dealing with the angst of a wedding, learning about his family and falling for Bethany were never in the cards. And it was cute, and occasionally funny with too many slapstick moments added for laughs, and not quite enough balance (or honesty) from Trey about his club and their mission. Like others I’ve read from this author, the premise is lofty and marvelously clever, it’s just the execution that fails to rise to the challenge, leaving an ok book rather than a great and funny one.
Title: To Have and to Harley
Author: Regina Cole
Series: Bikers & Brides #1
Genre: Contemporary Woman's Fiction, Romantic Elements
Published by: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Published on: 7 August, 2018
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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You may now kiss the biker
Bethany Jernigan owes her bestie. Big time. So when wedding planning overburdens the bride-to-be, Bethany steps in to handle the nitty-gritty. But the guy in charge isn't anything like she imagined. He's gruff, tattooed, and 100% male. His staff is even rougher around the edges, and it's not long before she feels as if she's stepped into some kind of crazy alternate reality.
Are those...bikers? Arguing about wedding favors?
Trey Harding never wanted this to get so out of hand. One little lie somehow snowballed into a world of dresses and flowers and food and holy-hell-he's-in-over-his-head. But it's not like he can confess he's not the wedding planner he's pretending to be--especially now that he's falling for the maid of honor! His charade is becoming a farce, and as engines rev and ribbons fly, Trey's running out of time to figure out how to tell the truth without losing his new family, his crew...or the woman of his dreams.
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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