Stand-In Groom by Kaye Dacus

Stand-In Groom is Book 1 of the Brides of Bonneterre Series. This debut novel has proven the author’s ability to bring out heroic qualities in her characters when the going gets tough. I’m looking forward to Book 2 of this series: Menu for Romance.

Anne Hawthorne, a wedding planner and owner of Happy Endings Inc., gets ideas about a very handsome English man to whom her cousin introduces her. She sees the man again when he walks into her business with his fiancé. Poor Anne doesn’t realize that the man, George Laurence, is employed by a wealthy celebrity who doesn’t want the media to get in the way of his wedding plans. George is only standing in for his employer and has had to sign away his right to tell Anne the truth.

How will George live with himself after masquerading as the fiancé when his heart is falling for the wedding planner?

Personally, I think it would be fun to be a wedding planner whose job is to create a wealthy celebrity's dream wedding. Reading about how it turned out was fun. Anne did her job well, but as in life, something always goes wrong at a wedding.

Kaye Dacus has done a wonderful job writing these characters. Anne is quite capable of making a success of almost any wedding. George is appealing even in his misery. His job places him between a rock and a hard-to-keep contract, but he manages to make good decisions.

This plot kept me wondering if a happy ending was possible. The journey to the wedding was chaotic and fun, but it stretched my hope for a future between the hero and heroine. Even though I hadn’t expected the final twist, those pages hit the mark. The exciting and heart-warming last moments made perfect sense.

Believe it or not, Dean Martin’s music plays a role in this story. Miss Dacus spent time putting Dean Martin videos on her blog because of the link between her characters and his music. View her blog post here.

If you go to the last video, you’ll see John Wayne come out onto the stage on a horse and tell what he wants for his new daughter. Very patriotic and appropriate for today. I’d love to hear someone of today’s generation say that on TV!

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