The Almost Wives Club by Nancy Warren
Kate Winton-Jones is marrying one of America’s most eligible bachelors. Edward Carnarvon III is rich, handsome and hers. But at the final fitting of her wedding gown, one of the seamstresses pricks her and a tiny blood spot appears on the outrageously expensive gown. Its famous designer fires the clumsy seamstress on the spot, whereupon the girl puts a curse on the dress and storms out. Kate doesn’t believe in curses. She’s modern, American and in love with the perfect guy. What could go wrong?
But that very evening she meets a man who makes her question her future. And then she discovers that Edward has been hiding a secret or two… and before you can say, “This dress is so cursed,” she’s on the run from Edward, his family, her mother, the paparazzi and the person she thought she was.
When the man who discovers her hiding place turns out to be the last man she should trust, it’s time to throw her cautious good sense out with the satin shoes she won’t be wearing. Playing it safe hasn’t done her much good. Maybe it’s time to play by a new set of rules. Her rules.
Sometimes Prince Charming is the one who turns out to be the frog, and true love appears in the most unexpected places.
This book was such a fun read! I blasted through the book, enjoying every word on the page! Nancy Warren has started a great series. The cursed wedding dress is the prelude to a story of a runaway bride.
Kate is set to marry Ted. It’s a big society wedding with all the bells and whistles. From the start you get the feeling that the ‘wedding’ has taken over the relationship. They seem like an old married couple rather than almost newlyweds. Kate discovers that she has been duped by her fiance, his family and her mother. Not only did she have to sign a prenuptial agreement, she had to pass a fidelity test.
And so begins the adventure. Kate runs away to get her mind in order. She isn’t broken hearted which is a revelation. She settles into a sleepy seaside town south of LA to figure out what to do next with her life.
The man she met during her fidelity test was Nick. He was hired to seduce her. It almost worked as they have immediate chemistry. They were so fun together. They have the best first date that is not a first date. But there is something there between them and Nick wants to explore it desperately.
Nick tracks her down after she runs away and they spend an amazing week together. The relationship they develop is what a couple in love should have. Of course they have created a bubble for themselves. The wedding hasn’t been called off by the family as they refuse to believe that Kate is serious. This has to be dealt with before Nick and Kate are free.
Kate is an awesome character. She has spent her life trying to be perfect and polite. Nick gives her the freedom to be herself and to enjoy life like she never has. Kate displays great courage in giving up all the comfort and security that marriage to Ted would bring, yet she feels like a coward for hiding instead of dealing with the fall out from the break up.
I adored Nick. He’s hot, he’s funny, he’s intelligent and he is a good person. I loved how he interacted with Kate. He asked her about the important things in life. When he realized how he felt about her, he tracked her down, apologized and pursued her with dogged determination. It also really helped that he was sexy as hell and had the confident swagger only found on men who are the real deal.
The author created a great story. It was filled with great characters, an interesting plot and beautiful scenery. Her writing style was very well done. It felt like I was reading a Emily Giffin novel – fun dialogue, some uncomfortable scenes and characters who make you laugh. This is a lighthearted book that I really enjoyed.