As acting mayor, Annika will do anything to revive the economy of the town that’s been her refuge ever since her art career imploded and her fiancé walked out. Even if it means crashing an engagement party to talk business with the bride’s billionaire father. But the evening starts with a kiss from a gorgeous stranger—and ends with a night in jail.
Finn Callahan can’t believe his sister is getting married, not after their parents’ disastrous track record. And he’d rather be anywhere than working from his family’s vacation home. Until he catches a leggy blonde sneaking in the window, and suddenly telecommuting for the season is very appealing.
Unable to resist their mutual attraction, Annika and Finn are soon mixing business and pleasure—just for the summer. Too bad Annika’s heart missed the memo about not falling in love…
I am a massive fan of Fiona Lowe’s previous book set in Wisconsin, Boomerang Bride. When I heard there were more books of a similar vein on the way, I made some very happy book noise.
This was such a good book. I love that it has a really unique American setting – not a lot of romance novels are set in Wisconsin. However, as with BB, there was an awesomely cheeky Australian vibe to this book that I just loved.
Saved by the Bride has such a wonderful humour and sense of fun about it. I loved Annika and Finn as a couple, they were such a gorgeous match. Annika was klutzy and prone to bizarre accidents (getting a black eye from a rogue wedding bouquet, anyone?), but Ms Lowe has managed to make her a strong, capable woman and not a ditz. Finn had that stubborn, arrogant business guy vibe going on, but you just knew there was a guy who was going to fall HARD when he found the one.
One thing I really loved was that they didn’t simply wallpaper over any issues that stood in the way of their HEA – each needed the time it took to discover themselves that little bit more before taking that next step.
The secondary stories that are woven into Saved by the Bride add to and enrich the story of Annika and Finn. The jail scene cracked me up – only in a small town could something like that happen! Whitetail is like so many other towns everywhere, just looking for that little kickstart to bring the town back to life. It’s a place you wouldn’t mind visiting and I, for one, can’t wait to go back and read more about the adventures of Whitetail’s townspeople.
Fiona Lowe, you have created a couple, and a town, that you just can’t help but cheer for.
My rating: 5 out of 5
Release date: 15 April 2013
Note: I was provided with an advanced reader copy of this book by Carina Press via NetGalley in return for an honest review.