Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Groom Says Yes (Brides of Wishmore Book 3) by Cathy Maxwell

    Title: The Groom Says Yes
    Classification: Adult Fiction
    Genre: Historical Romance
    Series: Brides of Wishmore
    Format: Paperback: 384 pages
    Publisher: Avon (September 30, 2014)
    ISBN-10: 0062219294
    ISBN-13: 978-0062219299
    Author's Website:
    Notes: I bought this one.

Sabrina Davidson is a twenty-nine years old and has never been kissed. Caring for her ailing mother when her father would not, she missed her chance at finding a husband and is now considered to be on the shelf. She thought all would be well, as her father had no plans to remarry, but when a widow with a rather seedy reputation springs upon her that her father has proposed, her plans for the future become questionable.

Cormac Enright is a down-on-his-luck nice guy who is accused of a crime he didn't commit--one with a death sentence attached. He wants answers, and the man who lied to put him behind bars is the one who holds them. He's hoping to persuade him to tell the truth so he can clear his name, but as he sets out to find the man, he takes ill. 

Now as these two paths collide one kiss, made in a moment of weakness, will change everything.

This was one of those cute stories that makes you smile, but I have to admit the initial kiss made me cringe a bit. I don't care how handsome a guy is if they're sporting a potentially life threatening illness that is contagious, my lips are sealed. lol Other than the initial kiss, I enjoyed the book. Sabrina was the type of character to normally do what is expected of her while trying live up to her family's expectations and reputation. Some might think her snobbish or snooty, but I felt she just didn't fit in well with others. When she's confronted by her father's fiance I couldn't blame her for doubting the woman's claim. Her father had given her no indication he was involved with anyone, and what he had said about the woman in question had not been the least bit complimentary. What I enjoyed about Sabrina is that she starts to grow a backbone right before our eyes and begins to live life on her own terms not the terms of others. While her behavior was rather reckless, I rather enjoyed it.

Cormac is a former captain in the army and a nobleman who doesn't feel worthy of his title. He got himself into a bad situation by trying to run away from who he is and his past. The problem is you can't usually find what you're looking for while running. You have a tendency to pass by that which you truly want. While finding one's self sentenced to death is no walk in the park, it gives him an opportunity to exorcise old ghosts and get his priorities straight. It also gave him the opportunity to start truly living again.

Overall, I gave this one 3 1/2 out of 5 roses. It was a fun read that had a good pace and happy ending. I enjoyed watching Sabrina and Cormac grow as individuals and fall in love. On the Lisarenee Romance Scale, this one earned a STEAM--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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