Romance Review | Brown-Eyed Girl by Lisa Kleypas

OverviewWedding 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.

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Publishing Date: August 11, 2015
Stars: 4.5
My Review: I have to start by saying I've been reading Lisa Kelypas for over six years and love her stuff. I started because of her historical romance books. I've never read any of her contemporary work but have to say I really liked this book. You don't need to read the previous ones in the series in order to completely get wrapped up in this plot and the characters which I love. Brown-Eyed Girl gets 4.5 hot and bothered stars from me. 

Joe Travis is my kind of man from his slow way of speaking to his impeccable manners. He is clever, witty, down-to-earth, sweet, tender, giving, and patient. I would move to Houston if it meant I would find a Joe Travis and  I strongly dislike the state of Texas as true Northeasterner. 

Avery was a really well thought out character. She's a modern woman who has been scorned by love and so is scared to ever consider dating again. She's career driven, smart, sweet, caring, and fun. Joe is exactly what she needs and in turn she gives him, after a bit of a struggle, what he needs. 

The story does a good job of showing both Joe and Avery as they are without one another and as they are with each other. The family drama from both ends only further adds to the coming together of the two and makes for an even more interesting read. Of course, Joe's a sexy fucker and quite amazing in bed which is always pleasing to read.