Brown Eyed Girl by Lisa Kleypas
Overview by Amazon:
Wedding planner Avery Crosslin may be a rising star in Houston society, but she doesn’t believe in love-at least not for herself. When she meets wealthy bachelor Joe Travis and mistakes him for a wedding photographer, she has no intention of letting him sweep her off her feet. But Joe is a man who goes after what he wants, and Avery can’t resist the temptation of a sexy southern charmer and a hot summer evening.
After a one night stand, however, Avery is determined to keep it from happening again. A man like Joe can only mean trouble for a woman like her, and she can’t afford distractions. She’s been hired to plan the wedding of the year-a make-or-break event.
But complications start piling up fast, putting the wedding in jeopardy, especially when shocking secrets of the bride come to light. And as Joe makes it clear that he’s not going to give up easily, Avery is forced to confront the insecurities and beliefs that stem from a past she would do anything to forget.
The situation reaches a breaking point, and Avery faces the toughest choice of her life. Only by putting her career on the line and risking everything-including her well-guarded heart-will she find out what matters most.
I am SO excited to write this review. Since I started this blog (and loooong before that), there hasn’t been a new Lisa Kleypas book to review. I am especially excited about this book because it features the Travis family. I have been reading this series for a long time, in fact my copies of the Liberty and Gage’s story is in hardcover! So it must have been before I got a kindle!
This book seems like it will be the last in the series, as everyone has their happily ever after now. If you are a fan of the Travis’ then you will really enjoy this book because the family is a big part of the story.
I was a little nervous when I started this book. I am a huge fan of Lisa Kleypas’ historical novels and the Travis series, but her latest contemporary novels just didn’t connect with me as much as I had hoped. That is not to say that I didn’t devour them – of course I did, but they didn’t draw me in like her other series.
Well, no need to worry. This book is great! I loved the characters and only Lisa Kleypas can create alpha men who just smoulder off the pages. What I really loved about this book was that the lead character, Avery was not a petite, tiny little wisp. She was full figured! Too often the women featured in romance novels are described as supermodels and it’s an ideal that is hard to relate to – or in some cases it really makes the book a fantasy. Avery struggled with her body image. She wore dowdy clothes and hid her figure. It took Joe’s attention and praise to make her feel comfortable in her own skin. You may be thinking – wait, she needed a man to make her feel good about herself? But it’s not like that. He makes her realize that she is sexy and strong and desirable. Too often men make women feel ashamed of their bodies, when the stretch marks and scars and curves we wear are a part of the story of our lives. If this book leaves nothing else in a reader’s mind, I hope it emphasizes that women should feel confident and happy with who they are on the outside as much as the inside.
So, back to the plot. Avery is totally type A. She runs a wedding planning business with her sister. She comes from a family background that defines dysfunctional. It is no wonder then that she has a hard time believing that a normal, healthy relationship is what she deserves. She poignantly points out to Joe that she has no idea what a real relationship is like because all she has ever experienced is disappointment.
Joe is definitely the guy to set Avery straight. There is something just so sexy about the Travis men. Lisa Kleypas creates these characters who are gentlemen, yet they are so sexy that your underwear might burn off just by standing near them. The sly looks, the winks, the innuendos and the blatant sexuality that Joe (and his brothers) project make him such a compelling character. What I really liked was that Joe was fun! He had a charisma that made it enjoyable to read about him whether he was chasing Avery, taking photos or seducing her.
There is no evil family member lurking to do the couple harm in this story. The complications occur due to Avery’s distrust and her career. For women who have to make choices everyday, such as daycare or commuting, this is a completely relatable plot line. I enjoyed the wedding planning sagas that Avery takes on and the twists and turns of her career are really interesting.
Overall, this is another winner for Lisa Kleypas. She has a new historical romance coming out soon and I am breathless with anticipation to get my hands on it!