Review: Confessions of a Wedding Planner by Michelle Jo Quinn

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☆☆➹⁀☆ 4 stars☆➹⁀☆☆

 

What it’s about:

He may be the best man, but he’s the worst man for her…

Wedding planner, Veronica Soto-Stewart believes everyone deserves a fairy tale–even her ex-boyfriend. Unable to refuse his request, and with the help of Bliss Events motley crew, she finds herself creating the most magical event for the perfect couple.

But nothing is ever perfect…

And not all happy ever afters can be planned…

Levi Laurent can’t believe his luck. Thanks to his best friend’s wedding, he finally has a shot at the woman he’s always wanted–Veronica. From San Francisco to Paris, and back, he pulls out all the stops, so she knows where she really belongs–with him. But Veronica wants nothing to do with the rich, sexy, irresistible playboy.

Can Levi convince Veronica that her perfect happily ever after is closer than she ever realized?

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Review:

Confessions of a Wedding Planner by Michelle Jo Quinn was not exactly what I was expecting, but I was pleasantly surprised by the story.  It is a sweet love story that you know from the start will have a HEA, but you might not guess how it will come about.

Ms. Quinn’s story layout was perfect.  Each chapter is titled something about a wedding (i.e., cake, bridesmaids, the dress, etc.), and in that chapter, the character interaction surrounds the titled activity of planning the wedding.  There was a natural flow to that layout since the lead female character, Veronica, is the wedding planner who has only a month to plan the wedding of the season for her ex-boyfriend and his fiancé.  The author’s descriptive writing makes the story locations pop; whether the characters are in San Francisco or Paris, you are enveloped in the scene by the sights, sounds and tastes described in the story.

The characters swept me off my feet.  Veronica is the sole narrator of the story, and she does a little internal confessing, but not enough that one sees the tie into the title.  Aside from being a bit melodramatic (mourning the loss of the love of her life when they only dated for six months), Veronica is a reliable narrator.  Her attention to detail, and obsessive tendencies were a bit annoying to read about, but I’m sure those characteristics make her an excellent event planner.

Jake, the ex-boyfriend, doesn’t have a huge role in the story aside from setting up the situation.  His presence makes Veronica miss the relationship she has romanticized.  Frankly, I couldn’t figure out the attraction to Jake aside from his money and looks.  He is rather an insensitive louse at the zenith of the story.  Levi Laurent, Jake’s best friend and best man, does a lot of standing in with the wedding planner.  This might make the situation less of a trial if Veronica had ever liked Levi.  Alas she considers him to be an arrogant, self-absorbed “man-whore”, and she looks for every interaction to prove herself correct.

Secondary character, “Delicious” Diego, the fitness trainer, is an excellent addition.  The addition of this character adds some laughs and interesting possibilities.  His charm, wisdom, and thoughtfulness, make him a character I’d love to get to know better in a book of his own.

As the story evolves, Veronica gets to know the real Levi.  It takes her quite a bit of time to realize that she has made many bad assumptions about Levi and Jake.  Although one has to wonder what sort of a doormat would agree to plan the wedding of a man who dumped you three months prior, it was delightful to read Veronica’s path to enlightenment.  Veronica can’t help but analyze her relatively short relationship with Jake when she sees how he behaves with his fiancé, Sandrine, as well as compare Jake’s behavior to that of Levi.

By the time the last angsty conflict comes into play, I was ready for the story to be done, but not because I wasn’t enjoying the book.  There didn’t seem to be much value-added by the final conflict, the resolution felt anticlimactic, and I was ready for the HEA.  That aside, it was an enjoyable, romantic read.

 

“I am far from perfect, but with you, I feel whole.”

 

Confessions of a Wedding Planner is a light, clean, romance.  It is charming, and has enough little twists that it is not completely predictable.  It is a perfect read for a hopeless romantic.

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