Title: STAND-IN GROOM
Author: Kaye Dacus
Publisher: Barbour Books
Falling in love with a client could cost this wedding planner her business: Learning the true identity of the groom could cost her heart. (from the back cover)
Professional wedding planner, Anne Hawthorne is enthralled when she first meets Englishman George Laurence, and she really believes God has at long last answered her prayers for a groom of her own. But the next day, Anne’s dreams are crushed when George enters her shop as a groom-to-be in a wedding to end all weddings.
George isn’t really happy to be lying to Anne, but as a personal assistant for a very wealthy man who wished to keep his identity and his engagement a secret, George is forced to go to Louisiana to plan the wedding and pose as the groom. But how can he continue the ruse when he is falling in love with Anne? If the secret gets out, George will not only lose his career, but also his American work visa. Not something he wants to happen before he has a chance to apply for citizenship.
STAND-IN GROOM is the first book in debut author, Kaye Dacus’, series Brides of Bonneterre. I thoroughly enjoyed the romance of this book as well as the deep seated secrets George was forced to adhere to. Anne is a real heroine, surrounded by family she was extremely close to, and working in a career she loved. George was more conflicted, not really happy with his position, but willing to do most anything to remain in America.
I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series, Jenn’s story entitled Menu for Romance, coming in the Fall of 2009. Don’t miss STAND-IN GROOM. It is the perfect romance to read for the busy wedding month of June. $14.95. 299 pages.