Emi Harrison hasn’t been feeling particularly lucky lately.
Ever since her ex-fiancée, Jack Cabot, successfully shattered her heart into a million pieces. She’s managed to avoid him for a whole year, but all that’s about to change at her brother Evan’s wedding…
She will have to face Jack, Jack’s sister, Jack’s parents, and Jack’s new girlfriend: a mean girl that just won’t quit. What could possibly go wrong?
With her lucky dress on, all bets are off, and maybe Emi will find her happily-ever-after at last?
Guest Post: Why I love writing romantic comedies – Aimee Brown
I was a teen in the 90’s when the classic romantic comedies filled the theatres. I laughed, I cried, and I fell in love with so many of those movies. I craved falling in love right alongside Meg Ryan, Julia Stiles, Katherine Heigl, Julia Roberts, and so many more. I laughed at the ridiculous parts and swooned at the romantic ones. I wanted a Valentine date on top of the Empire State Building, and I wanted a proposal in a crowded restaurant with a giant sparkling diamond.
Not many of us get romance as big as the movie industry makes us crave but I’ve been able to keep experiencing it through books. I wish I could experience it through the big screen still, but they just don’t make romantic comedies like they used to.
Romantic-comedy has always resonated with me because I’m not a very serious person and I adore romance. I can find the humour in just about everything, even when it’s not appropriate. I’m the funny one. The one who says the most inappropriate thing as the least appropriate time. The one who shocks people with the words coming out of my mouth. Yet, I love the happy endings. I swoon at romantic commercials, shows, movies, YouTube videos, if it’s over the top romantic, I’ve probably fallen in love with it. I’m sure Disney set me up to love HEA’s as a young child, and that’s quite alright. Unrealistic as happily ever after’s may be at times, I fall for it every time and don’t regret a single second of it.
Reading romantic comedies allows me to escape. I’ve been married for twenty plus years so when I read, I hope to God that it’s not the realistic romance of a hero holding a fart under the bed covers to surprise his heroine. That’s the ‘reality’ I try to escape, and romantic comedies do that for me.
I don’t know if I’ll ever write a really serious book. I don’t know if I’ll ever write a really sappy book either. The humour comes with me and all that I am. Romantic comedy is me in some kind of perfect storm, created by Disney at an early age and topped off by the classic 90’s romantic comedy. It’s just who I am.
An ex, a wedding and snarky, mean girl provide the perfect ingredients for a summer rom-com.
Faced with the ultimate dilemma, Emi has to attend her brother’s wedding, no question, but he’s marrying her ex’s sister. The ex in question cheated on Emi, and so the romantic and often humorous story begins.
The story tells Emi and Jack’s story through a series of flashbacks, which introduce the secondary characters and give insight into Emi and Jack’s emotions, throughout their love story and at the break-up.
There are the requisite wedding disasters, and a cast of characters, which add depth to the story, which is unashamedly romantic and a lovely summer read.
I received a copy of this book from Aria via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
Aimee Brown is a writer of romantic comedies set in Portland, Oregon, and an avid reader. She spends much of her time writing, raising three teenagers, binge-watching shows on Netflix and obsessively cleaning and redecorating her house.
She’s fluent in sarcasm and has been known to utter profanities like she’s competing for a medal.
Aimee grew up in Oregon but is now a transplant living in cold Montana with her husband of twenty years, three teenage children, and far too many pets. She is a lot older than she looks and yes, that is a tattoo across her chest.
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