Author: Linda Howard
Publisher: Random House
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Number of Pages: 340
Available Formats: Hardcover, paperback, E-Book, Audio
Rating Scale: 2Q, 4P
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Weddings can be murder. Literally.
This is a humorous romantic suspense novel centered on a wedding planner named Jaclyn Wilde who owns a business with her mother. She is having problems with one of her brides, who is one the worst bridezillas she has ever come across. In the midst of stressful planning, she accidentally runs in to a cop named Eric Wilder. The two have a one-night stand but both secretly hope that they can start up a relationship. However, the next day, the bride throws a huge tantrum, slaps Jaclyn and fires her. After she leaves, the bride is found murdered. Detective Wilder is called on the case and has to lead the investigation. Unfortunately, Jaclyn was the last person to see her alive and, because of their altercation, is the prime suspect for the murder. Eric must put a halt to their relationship while he conducts the investigation. Eric must uncover the truth while stifling his feelings for Jaclyn.
I must confess that I was a little disappointed with this book. I used to be a big fan of Howard, but had noticed a drop of quality in her books of late and stopped reading them. This book seemed like it had the old Howard flair to it. The beginning was extremely good. I loved the scenes where Jaclyn and Eric met. The description of their one-night stand was steamy and exciting. The characters both had great chemistry from the start. However, once the murder occurs, the book begins to go downhill. The truth behind the death was very obvious. I kept waiting for a plot twist that never happened. In addition, Jacklyn became very annoying. Her anger at Eric was overdone and bordered on ridiculous. She also was very snobby when it came to the weddings she put on, which distracted from building sympathy for the character. There was one extremely long scene that depicted a hillbilly wedding that was at times boring and made Jaclyn come across as mean and pretentious. I really hope that Howard gets her groove back with future novels and begins writing like she used to.
Significance of Book
Linda Howard is a big name in the romantic suspense genre. Her books have spent a lot of time on bestseller lists and she has even won the Career Achievement Award from the Romance Writers of America in 2005.
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Awards and Lists
New York Times Bestseller
- Discuss Jaclyn’s idea of a perfect wedding
- Discuss the Bridezilla cliché
Justification of Selection
One of the reasons I chose this book is that I used to read Linda Howard’s books a long time ago. I loved Kill and Tell, Mr. Perfect and Open Season. However, I stopped reading her books, both because I wasn’t liking what she was publishing and because I was mainly reading YA. When I saw this book during my research, I jumped at the chance to read it because it reminded me of the old Linda Howard books.