Saturday, May 12, 2018

Blog Tour Review: The Wedding Date by Zara Stoneley

Book info
TitleThe Wedding Date
Author:  Zara Stoneley
Genre: Adult contemporary romantic comedy
Release Date:  April 20th, 2018
Source:  Digital copy from Rachel's Random Resources book tours
My rating:  4 stars

The Wedding Date

One ex.
One wedding.
One little white lie.

When Samantha Jenkins is asked to be the maid of honour at her best friend’s wedding, she couldn’t be happier. There are just three problems…

1) Sam’s ex-boyfriend, Liam, will be the best man.
2) His new girlfriend is pregnant.
3) Sam might have told people she has a new man when she doesn’t (see points 1 and 2 above)

So, Sam does the only sensible thing available to her… and hires a professional to do the job.

Actor Jake Porter is perfect for the role: single, gorgeous and cheap! Sam is certain it’s the perfect solution: no strings, no heartbreak and hopefully no chance of being found out.

But spending a week in the Scottish Highlands with Jake is harder than she imagined. He is the perfect boyfriend, charming, sexy and the hottest thing in a kilt since Outlander! And his dog Harry is quite possibly the cutest things Sam has ever seen!

As the wedding draws closer, Jake plays his part to perfection and everyone believes he is madly in love with Sam. The problem is, Sam’s not sure if Jake is acting anymore…

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My Review:
This romance is as sweet as the piece of cake on the cover suggests.  But it's not just a sweet story, it is also very real, and very funny.  It was hard to put down.  I was a little disappointed that there weren't actually any steamy scenes because it pretty much faded out as they began.  It was just a little disappointing as there was a lot of really good sexual tension and build-up throughout, so I'd have loved to get the relief our characters did by at least reading about it.  Other than that, I loved the story.  Sam is so much like me in many ways, one line from the story that fits me perfectly was:

"I'm never quite sure that anything I eat or drink should be green. Apart from M&M's." 

If you ask anyone in my family, they'll tell you I don't eat anything green.  I loved her take on life, and how she felt also fit what it feels like to be single these days.  And then there was Jake.  I couldn't help but love him and want my very own Jake.  He was playful, and perfect in how he thought Sam was perfect just as she was.  The way the author played off the secrets he kept was perfect, and even kept me on the edge of my seat as I read, trying to figure out just what could actually be going on with him and his back story.  The author also got me at the end with what I assumed meant there was not going to be a happily ever after, even though I just knew there had to be.  And that made how it came about even better.  

I'll probably go on to read more books by this author when I get the chance, and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys a sweet romance with a build-up of the sexual tension, but without getting into the actual sex itself.   

Author Bio –

Born in a small village in Staffordshire, Zara Stoneley wanted to be James Herriot, a spy, or an author when she grew up. Writing novels means she can imagine she is all these things, and more!

Zara’s bestselling novels include 'The Holiday Swap', 'Summer with the Country Village Vet', 'Blackberry Picking at Jasmine Cottage' and the popular Tippermere series - 'Stable Mates', 'Country Affairs' and 'Country Rivals'.
She lives in a Cheshire village with her family, a naughty cockapoo, and a very bossy cat, and loves spending time in sunny Spain.


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