Saturday, July 6, 2013

REVIEW ~ Kissing the Maid of Honor by Robin Bielman

Kissing her best friend's brother never felt so right…

Sela Sullivan is resolved to be the best maid of honor ever, even if it means tolerating the best man. Insufferable, too-handsome Luke Watters is not only the guy who humiliated her at a kissing booth in high school, but he also happens to be her best friend’s older brother. Positive he’s the same arrogant jock, Sela vows to focus on her duties and steer clear of the frustrating—and frustratingly tempting—Luke.

As a world-renowned extreme-sports photographer, Luke is used to undertaking life-risking adventures. But risking his heart for the beautiful Sela Sullivan, who clearly still hates him for his rejection all those years ago? He didn’t see that coming. Sela inspires a passion he’s never known, and the more time they spend together, the more he craves her. But can he prove to the maid of honor he’s become a man of honor?

Luke Watters is a world renowned extreme sports photographer.  Luke thrives on adventure.  The riskier, the better.  Unfortunately for Luke, his job has almost cost him his life.  Forced to take some time off, he uses his sister's wedding as a chance to recover from his injuries and spend time with his family.  The last thing Luke expected was to come face to face with one his biggest regrets, Sela Sullivan.  
Living in small town Cascade, Oregon your whole life is not so bad.  Being a pediatric nurse at the local hospital can be rewarding at times.  Being the maid of honor at your best friends' wedding, a dream come true.  Being the BEST maid of honor a girl could ever have, easy peezy.  Having the best man get stuck in a war zone, not so good.  Having the best man be replaced by your high school crush turned nemesis, Luke Watters, calls for desperate measures.  Welcome to the life of Sela Sullivan.
KISSING THE MAID OF HONOR is the story of two people who have been interested in each other for years, but because of who they are, they have to keep their distance.  Sela Sullivan is the best friend of Vanessa, who happens to be the younger sister of Luke Watters, Sela's teenage crush.  Luke is also the best friend of Sela's older brother, Shane.  In high school, Sela got her chance to kiss the guy of her dreams.  Unfortunately, the guy didn't say, "Wow, that was fantastic".  No, no, Luke said, "You kiss like a corpse".  So for ten years, Sela has despised Luke.  
The story starts off with Sela making a wish at Cascade's notorious wishing well.  Sela's wish is a little different from most.  She's not looking for love, long-term happiness, or wealth.  No, Sela is wishing that Luke keeps his distance from her and that their interactions are kept to the minimum.   
This is what I love about this book:  KISSING THE MAID OF HONOR allows you to watch two people fall in love against the wishes of those who are supposed to love them.  Sela and Luke are great together.  They allow the other to discover new things about themselves.  They have a teasing relationship, which quickly becomes flirtatious.
What I didn’t like about the book, was Luke and Sela's families.  Vanessa and Shane, Sela's older brother and Luke's best friend, don't want the two together.  They even go as far as to say that they can’t have anything to do with each other, outside of the wedding.  
Bottom line.... If you’re looking for a wonderful romance, this is the book for you.  Luke and Sela are people who you would want to know and will root for them to be together.  Assuming this is the first book in a series, there are several characters I can't wait to read more about (Shane and Kagan, Erin, the younger sister of Vanessa and Luke).
Some of my favorite quotes:
"Life is short.  Sometimes you have to live for today and not worry about tomorrow."
"There's no settling down with Sela Sullivan."
"Love isn't always easy, but it is simple.  Respect each other.  Be kind to each other.  Listen.  Know you can speak freely and the other person won't judge."
"Damn, you've got an irresistible mouth. - You should hold it against me more often."
Rating: 4

Release Date: May 13, 2013
Book Length: 230 pages
Source: Entangled Publishing via NetGalley
Reviewed by: Kim
Reading Format: Available only in eBook

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