Don’t Call Me Sweetheart

Weddings are big business in picturesque Sweetheart, California, and Something Borrowed’s rent-a-bridesmaid service is thriving among the Hollywood elite. For the women who work there, a walk down the aisle is just a paycheck—until the right guy makes it priceless . . . 
Marley Stevenson never imagined her stint as a rented Maid of Honor would practically become a career. Then again, nothing in her life has gone according to plan. At least the money’s good—and she needs it to pay off student loans and help out her mom. But the job has rules, which have never been an issue . . . until one encounter with a gorgeous best man—and his swoon-worthy Southern accent—sends Marley reeling.

Determined to get through the weekend with her professional reputation intact, Marley grits her teeth and sends out her best “unavailable” vibes, but Luke Jessup doesn’t give up that easy. A former Marine and a current SWAT team officer, his focus is legendary—and it’s on Marley. Jeopardizing her job is bad enough, and starting a relationship based on half-truths is worse—yet Marley is beginning to wonder if certain risks are worth taking, especially in the name of true love . . .

This was a sweet and easy story to read that helped past the afternoon in a relaxing way thanks to some charming characters and a heartwarming plot that painted women in a positive light. The idea of ‘renting a bridal party’ was not something I had come across before and was definitely an interesting twist to standard wedding planning. By the time I got done it had me wishing I could visit Sweetheart, CA thanks to the way the author painted her settings.

For a Romance novel it was really good on the character development and creating a detailed, fleshed out storyline with realistic relationships and an easy pace. Gary has a way of writing in such a manner as to truly engage the reader.

Thank you to Netgalley and Kensington Books for allowing me to review this book.

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