3/18/15

Book Review~ See Bride Run!




Title: See Bride Run
Genre: Fiction, Romance, Contemporary
Author: Charlotte Hughes
Purchase Links: Amazon,              









Atlanta’s billionaire heiress Annie Hartford has been under her father’s thumb her entire life. At 29, he is now forcing her to marry a man she doesn’t love in front of 600 guests. With only moments to spare, she hijacks the family limo, which breaks down in small town Pinckney, Georgia. Annie, who has never wanted for anything, suddenly finds herself homeless, penniless, and with only the clothes on her back: a designer wedding gown and diamond tiara.

There she meets small town lawyer and restaurant owner Sam Ballard. Unlucky in love, the last thing Sam needs is a red-hot waitress who seems hell-bent on breaking every dish in his Dixieland Café. Still, he can’t very well fire her; she has already won the hearts of everyone in town.
After a lifetime of riches, can Annie find happiness in a garage apartment, second-hand clothes, and making her way around town on a borrowed bicycle? And how can Sam be certain that Annie won’t run home to daddy when her new life presents one obstacle after another?








See Bride Run is hilarious, gripping, and engaging. I loved all of the characters and how well developed most of them are. There's a lot of back and forth between Sam and Annie from the get go that is really fun to witness. Charlotte captures the heart of small town characters really well.

I do, however, worry that her "small town" is a little too big. Not sure if that make sense, but in parts it's painted like the towns of less than 3,000...okay, less than 1,000 if we're being truthful, that I've lived in my entire life. However, there's a Piggly Wiggly, a K-Mart and a community college? Not likely in a town where they know that someone purchased a new garter belt! The way the characters and the town were painted for the most part spoke of a much smaller town, so having the larger chains and multiple shopping options just didn't fit. I don't think that would be overly distracting though, unless you've only ever known real small town life.

The characters are eccentric, loving, and pull together in a time of need. The way small town people are. I enjoyed watching Annie adapt and grow into small town life, though a little more struggling on the front would've made it more realistic.

Overall, I really enjoyed this one and highly recommend it to any of you that enjoy a funny, lighthearted romance with an independent and entertaining cast of characters!


  



Sex? Yes, but not written in an erotic way, fade to black mostly, but you know what's happening. 
Language? A little, nothing too serious.
Drugs and alcohol? No.
Religion? No.
Anything else? No.

Charlotte Hughes published her first category romance in 1987, a Bantam Books' Loveswept, titled Too Many Husbands, which immediately shot to #1 on the Waldenbooks Bestseller list. She went on to write almost thirty books before the line closed in 1998.

Although Charlotte is widely known for her laugh-out-loud romantic comedies, she went on to pen three Maggie-Award winning thrillers for Avon Books in the late nineties, before resuming her first love, funny stories about people falling in love. She thrilled readers with her hilarious books, A New Attitude and Hot Shot, the latter of which won the Waldenbooks Greatest Sales Growth Achievement in 2003.

Her books received so many accolades that she was invited to co-author the very popular Full House series with mega-star author Janet Evanovich. 

With that series behind her, Charlotte began her own, starring psychologist Kate Holly; What Looks Like Crazy, Nutcase, and High Anxiety, creating a list of somewhat kooky but always loveable and funny ensemble characters.


*I received a free e-copy of this book in exchange for my honest review, all opinions are 100% my own.
*Thank you to The Indie View for connecting me to this author.