Happily Ever After-Lori Wilde

Happily Ever After
Lori Wilde
Forever, Dec 17 2013, $8.00
ISBN: 9781455549924

“ADDICTED TO LOVE”. Jilted for the second time, frustrated Rachael Henderson disfigures the Valentine, Texas billboard as happily ever after is a fairytale. Her first crush Iraq War veteran turned town Sheriff Brody Carlton arrests her for defacing public property. The court gives Rachel community service; while she sentences herself to set up an Internet site for Romanceaholics Anonymous so they can save each other from the addicted destruction of romanticism. The townsfolk are irate; at least the Austen crowd and those who sell the concept of romance in Valentine; although some cynics toast their new heroine. Brody, who lost a leg in Iraq, thinks the woman he is falling in love with is overreacting to the rejections; as he believes she has not found the right groom until now.

“ALL OF ME”. Struggling to cope with the death of his wife Aimee two years ago, architect Tucker Manning leaves for his self- imposed exile to Salvation, Colorado. He hopes to grieve in peace at the lake house his father-in-law Blake gave him. Houston attorney Jillian Samuels arrives to find Tucker there. She insists the lake house is hers as her beloved mentor Blake meant for her to inherit the Salvation home. Jillian and Tuck reach an agreement to co-share the house for now until they can come up with a more suitable arrangement. Both are stunned by the attraction each feels from the first encounter. Whereas Tuck feels betrayal of his beloved Aimee; Jillian takes a chance on love if he allows her.

This reprint of two charming Wedding Veil Wishes tales are amusing lighthearted fun with strong protagonists though All Of Me also contains plenty of pathos.

Harriet Klausner

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