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REVIEW: Inconveniently Wed! by Jackie Braun

Dear Ms. Braun,

I couldn’t resist the miniseries title “Girls Weekend in Vegas.” It conjures up all kinds of fun images as well as makes me wonder what went on and did it stay in Vegas? You actually spent very little time on the actual weekend in question and more on what happens next. And what started in Vegas definitely doesn’t stay there or at least it takes a San Diego detour before heading back.

Inconveniently Wed!  by Jackie BraunSerena Warren is only in Vegas to help her jilted friend Jayne over her heartbreak. When she and fellow helper Molly Hunter go out, Serena never expects to feel the instant connection she does with the hottie who also wants to claim a table at the Bellagio. Especially since she’s something of a free spirit while Mr. Hottie looks more the button down type. But they decide to spend the rest of the evening together and before it’s over, the rest of their lives.

The next morning all Serena can think is, “what was I thinking?” Jonas Benjamin sends sparks shooting through her nervous system but delightful chills up and down her spine but the note Serene leaves before bolting for home offers him an easy way out of their Vegas wedding chapel nuptials – which were thoroughly and amazingly consummated. So she’s surprised when the man himself arrives in San Diego with a proposition.

Jonas only wants to follow in his politician father’s footsteps so far and his limit is mayor of Las Vegas. He’s in a dead heat with an older, experienced candidate and getting a quickie annulment to go with his quickie marriage isn’t going to win him any votes. If Serena will be a pretend wife and help with his campaign, he’ll help her get started in the cake decorating business she wants to start. And while at first their platonic arrangement seems to be working, will they be able to deny what they truly feel for long?

I like that the book doesn’t waste time on lots of subplots but since it’s a concurrent series, I imagine most of those are taken care of in the separate books. The other three heroines are present at various times but mainly to take part in this story and not to blatantly curry interest in their books.

Serena doesn’t have the best family life but she doesn’t throw pity parties about it nor does she mope that her parent’s bad marriage has *ruined her for life* as far as finding her own true love. From what her friends say, she might be subconsciously avoiding commitment but she doesn’t throw up barriers before even giving a guy a chance. But I was very pleasantly surprised by most of Jonas’s family – well his mother and sister – and how warm and welcoming they are to this woman who is the exact opposite of what they must have been expecting. Brava.

I also like the fact that for the most part, Serena decides to just be herself. No, she’s not the perfect candidate’s wife and she doesn’t stick to boring taupe and granny pearls but she’s honest, sincere, listens well and does try to keep up her end of their campaign bargain. Meanwhile, Jonas does what he promised by getting Serena’s name out in the confectionary world as he backs her up against anything negative said by his manager or father. Oh, and thank you for not giving the Other Woman a larger platform in the story. She serves her purpose and then is gone.

The Big Mis at the end is also handled nicely. It makes sense, could easily happen and be misconstrued just as it is. But I like that Jonas insists on knowing what has gone wrong, doesn’t try and lie about what upset Serena and seizes the opportunity to set things right in a way Serena can’t possibly ignore. Their public reconciliation will probably be the talk of Vegas for years.

I’m having luck with the Harlequin Romance line. The heroines aren’t doormates and the heroes aren’t bastards – as plainly seen in “Inconveniently Wed!” Jonas is a sweetie and I think the wilder Serena will be good for him and his tie wardrobe. B

~Jayne

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Another long time reader who read romance novels in her teens, then took a long break before started back again about 15 years ago. She enjoys historical romance/fiction best, likes contemporaries, action- adventure and mysteries, will read suspense if there's no TSTL characters and is currently reading very few paranormals.

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  2. Dana
    Sep 20, 2010 @ 17:42:14

    Thanks for the review. I’ve been eyeing this on Harelquin’s website. I’m a total sucker for the “waking up in Vegas, and surprised! you’re married plot.” I just finished reading Tall Tales and Wedding Veils by Jane Graves and was looking for something to read next.

    Do you think this works as a standalone or should I read the series in order?

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  3. Jayne
    Sep 20, 2010 @ 18:29:16

    @Dana: I think you could try just this one and do fine. The book starts with one romance already finished and ends with (another) surprise wedding but the romances aren’t really covered in this story. There are a few references to something going on with the friend who lives in Vegas (whose surprise marriage is mentioned at the end) but this book is mainly about this romance.

    Does that make sense?

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  4. Sunita
    Sep 20, 2010 @ 18:42:30

    Jayne, I’m so glad you reviewed this! I read it and liked it as well; I’d probably give it the same grade. The hero and heroine mostly behaved like sensible people and Braun made the opposites attract thing work pretty well. I’ve only read two of her books, but I enjoyed both of them. I need to check out her backlist.

    I read this first and then read Jayne’s book. I haven’t read the third one yet. I concur with (our) Jayne’s take on it; you don’t need to have prior info to enjoy them.

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  5. Jayne
    Sep 20, 2010 @ 19:40:04

    @Sunita:

    and Braun made the opposites attract thing work pretty well.

    Sometimes I have a lot of problems believing this type of plot but here, when it works, it is wonderful to read.

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  6. peggy h
    Sep 20, 2010 @ 19:42:44

    Thanks for the review, Jayne! I haven’t read a book from the Romance imprint in a while, but I did enjoy a couple of Jackie Braun’s books in the past. This may be a good time to reacquaint myself with this line!

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  7. Dana
    Sep 20, 2010 @ 19:45:38

    Thanks Jayne and Sunita. Just bought this one.

    If anyone wants to try this one. You can buy it from Kobo with this promo code: twodollars and get it for a $1.79. I love that Harlequin doesn’t do Agency pricing.

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  8. brooksse
    Sep 20, 2010 @ 21:58:50

    Jayne – I was just browsing ebooks over at Amazon and noticed a different ebook by Jackie Braun (Confidential: Expecting!) currently listed for $1.20. After reading your review, I went back and bought Confidential: Expecting!. $1.20 was too good to pass up.

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  9. Jayne
    Sep 21, 2010 @ 09:01:04

    @peggy h: I have really enjoyed the “Romance” imprint. Not too many babies, the heroes are nice and the characters act like adults.

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  10. Jayne
    Sep 21, 2010 @ 09:01:44

    @Dana: Wow, that’s a great price for it. Thanks for letting us know.

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  11. Jayne
    Sep 21, 2010 @ 09:02:45

    @brooksse: And $1.20 is even better. $1.20 for a book? That’s amazing.

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  12. brooksse
    Sep 21, 2010 @ 12:48:42

    @Jayne: I’ve been having fun stocking up on free and discounted ebooks at Amazon this week waiting for my new Kindle to arrive. $1.20 was the best price of the ones I bought (other than the free ones). Next best priced one was Strange Bedpersons by Jennifer Crusie for $1.61.

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  13. brooksse
    Sep 21, 2010 @ 13:14:54

    @brooksse:
    I take that back, the next best priced one was A Conflict of Interest by Anna Adams at $1.24. These prices are a great excuse for trying out new authors.

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  14. peggy h
    Sep 21, 2010 @ 20:30:58

    I seem to save a lot of money by buying more books each time I read a post on DA…haha!! Thanks!!

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