Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Early Review of Brown-Eyed Girl (Travises, #4) by Lisa Kleypas

Title: Brown-Eyed Girl: A Novel
Classification: Adult Fiction
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format: Hardcover; 304 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Press (August 11, 2015)
ISBN-10: 0312605374
ISBN-13: 978-0312605377
Author's Website: http://www.lisakleypas.com/
Notes: I received an ARC from the publisher. I am a huge fan and part of Lisa's Divas which means I will give an honest rating, but shameless let you know her books are out so you can buy them.

Avery Crosslin is one of the best wedding planners in the business, and she's starting to get noticed. She goes above and beyond the call of duty to make sure everyone gets the wedding of their dreams, but ironically never had one of her own nor feels it's in her future. She believes happy endings, like those in fairy tales, are a possibility for everyone but herself.

Joe Travis comes from a very wealthy family and is a hard man to say no to. He's one of Houston's most eligible bachelors, and as one of Avery's employees points out, he's everyone's type--rich, single, and a Travis. While she tries not to admit to it, she's attracted to the handsome, charismatic man. He's the type that once he decides he wants something goes after it wholeheartedly and he's decided to go after her. Will she be able to resist his charm and perseverance? Perhaps the bigger question is will she want to?
This book reminded me of why I fell in love with Lisa Kleypas' romances. They're charming, sweet, witty, humorous, and full of a warm and fuzzy goodness that leaves you smiling long after you've finished reading. This is the fourth book in the Travises series, but you can read it out of order and not feel lost. I will admit, however, it will kick the up the level of charm by a notch if you read the novel's predecessors because many of the characters from previous books make an appearances in this one.

Avery is a  warm, smart, and caring individual whose job includes making sure all the details, both big and small, go according to plan during her clients' weddings. If that includes talking a hesitant groom into going through with the wedding, so be it. She tries to stay out of the limelight by wearing oversized outfits, not because she afraid of hogging the spotlight from the bride, but because she doesn't want to encourage any attention from the male population. Three years ago she almost walked down the aisle and the break up had a profound effect on her. She hasn't dated since. When Joe Travis meets her, she intrigues him and he realizes there's more to her than meets the eye.

Joe is more approachable then you'd expect someone of his pedigree to be. When Avery meets him she accidentally mistakes him for one of the hired help. Years ago, Joe decided to go against the family tradition of working for the family business, as his father wanted him to, and pursued a career as a photographer. Since then, he's gained a name for himself and even managed to win an award or two along the way. He's the type of man everyone notices and is a full out alpha male.

I loved watching Joe's pursuit of Avery and her slow realization that maybe letting Joe go would be a huge mistake. The chemistry between these to was scorching. I couldn't help but give it 5 out of 5 roses. I loved that the central theme permeating through the story was about taking a chance on love and letting go of the fear that it won't work. With so many marriages failing and people making light of the sanctity of marriage, taking the plunge is a scary prospect, but if you're lucky enough to find that special someone, the gain well out weighs the risk. Putting your emotions and well being in the hands of another is not always an easy thing to do. It requires a leap of faith and a commitment to one another. On the Lisarenee Romance Rating Scale, this one earned a STEAM rating--too hot for a fan, but you still have a handle on things. You should use extreme caution when reading a book with this rating in public. People may inquire as to why you looked flustered and flushed.

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