The Bridesmaid and the Bachelor by Kris Fletcher | Calypso Falls #0.5
Published on November 15th, 2016
ARC from Negalley
| Book Review |
I was initially drawn to The Bridesmaid and the Bachelor by the blurb – a second chance love story with a hero who’d know his heroine anywhere despite the fact she was masquerading as her twin? Yes, please. To say that Ben is a little mistrustful and bitter after Kryie skipped out him following their week of bliss would be an understatement. But Kyrie has never been far from Ben’s mind, and he’s surprised when she shows up at the events preceding his brother’s wedding as one of the bridesmaids. She claims to be her sister, but Ben isn’t buying it. Nor should he. Kyrie hasn’t forgotten the week she spent with Ben, or how close they became in such a short time.
Every line he’d ever dismissed about eyes meeting across a crowded room had stood up and laughed at him when he saw her. There hadn’t been a shred of doubt in his mind.
Kyrie and Ben’s story was so sweet and tender. Ben was a science geek who didn’t have a lot of game, and I adored him. Kyrie had never had the guts to go after what she wanted, but the week she spent with Ben and the encouragement he gave her changed the course of her life. But Ben’s life had been altered, too, and man wasn’t it hard not to be mad at Kyrie for not having been there for him during that time. I always adjust my expectations when I pick up a shorter story – there’s just no way it’s going to be as developed as a full-length novel, but I do wish we’d gotten more information about the event that changed the path Ben was on, and I think Kyrie’s abandonment issues may have been resolved pretty swiftly. And yeah, there were times this story veered into cheesy, but I like cheese. Especially when it comes with a side of Ben. And I will say that while this story is short, Ben and Kyrie’s reconciliation doesn’t feel rushed at all.
The only issue I really had with this book was that when the groom found out Kyrie wasn’t who she claimed to be, he agreed to keep it a secret from his bride. I don’t feel like that bodes well for their marriage, and I think it could have been solved by (instead of having Kyrie take her sisters place,) some minor catastrophe happened with another bridesmaid and Kyrie’s sister brought her in to replace her. That still brings Kyrie and Ben back together, and no one has to lie to their significant other. BUT I think we’re being set up for Kyrie’s sister Paige’s book, and it sounds like it’s going to be a doozy! I loved the chemistry and tenderness between Ben and Kyrie, and I’m looking forward to the next book in the series.
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