Author: Lisa Kleypas
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Publication Date: August 11, 2015
Stand alone or series: Series
How did I get this book: Review Copy
What made me want to read it: I love Lisa Kleypas! Her writing is amazing and her love stories give me FEELS.
Wedding planner Avery Crosslin may be a rising star in Houston society, but she doesn’t believe in love-at least not for herself. When she meets wealthy bachelor Joe Travis and mistakes him for a wedding photographer, she has no intention of letting him sweep her off her feet. But Joe is a man who goes after what he wants, and Avery can’t resist the temptation of a sexy southern charmer and a hot summer evening.
After a one night stand, however, Avery is determined to keep it from happening again. A man like Joe can only mean trouble for a woman like her, and she can’t afford distractions. She’s been hired to plan the wedding of the year-a make-or-break event.
But complications start piling up fast, putting the wedding in jeopardy, especially when shocking secrets of the bride come to light. And as Joe makes it clear that he’s not going to give up easily, Avery is forced to confront the insecurities and beliefs that stem from a past she would do anything to forget.
The situation reaches a breaking point, and Avery faces the toughest choice of her life. Only by putting her career on the line and risking everything-including her well-guarded heart-will she find out what matters most.
Nobody does fun and sexy heartfelt romance better than Lisa Kleypas! She has been a must-read author for me since I read When Strangers Marry, the first book her in Vallerands series. Kleypas’ characters pulled me into her story and I could not put it down. So naturally when given the opportunity to review her new book I jumped on it.
Brown-Eyed Girl is a sweet feel-good romance about family, learning to trust again, and following your heart. Avery Crosslin is a wedding planner that believes happy endings do not really exist, at least for her. Joe Travis is a wealthy photographer and a man that knows how to get what he wants. This time he has his sights set on Avery. The two meet when Avery mistakes him for a wedding photographer at one of her events. Sparks ignite between them instantly, but can Joe convince Avery to take a leap of faith and give him a chance?
Avery has been let down by two of the most important men in her life, so understandably she has some major trust issues. The woman has inner-walls set up to protect her heart tighter than Fort Knox. Thanks to her past, Avery also has self-image issues and doesn’t see her self-worth. She struggles with the idea that anyone would be interested in her period, especially a man like Joe Travis. I connected with Avery instantly. Her backstory has certain parts to it that I can relate to on a personal level, so I found it easy to see things from her perspective. I won’t go into too much detail about that though, because I don’t want to spoil anything. I really enjoyed watching her come into her own as an individual and learning to accept that she deserves a happy ending of her own too.
Joe Travis needs to exist in the real world, please tell me where I can find him. Trust me, Joe Travis is definitely book boyfriend material. He’s talented, smart, sweet, funny, so very patient and down-right sexy. I totally loved him from the start. He is so confident, and relentlessly persistent in his pursuit of Avery. He knows a good thing when he sees it, and refuses to let go. Poor guy, Avery puts him through so much, but he never gives up.
Overall, Brown-Eyed Girl is a fun, at times emotional, and sexy read. It’s a great way to spend a rainy afternoon and evening. Although, this is the fourth book in the Travis Family series it can be read as a standalone. I actually have not read any of the previous books, but I plan to soon. I had a great time visiting Avery and Joe’s world. I think you will too, so go grab a copy and read it!
“That’s one of the great things about being a guy: Sometimes we fix things by deciding it was bullshit and ignoring the hell out of it.”
“That’s not fixing,” I had protested.
“Sure it is. Like Civil War medicine: Amputate and move on.” Joe had paused. “Usually you can’t do that with a woman.”
“Not usually,” I had agreed dryly. “We like to solve problems by actually facing them and working out compromises.”
“If I’d manhandled you just a little longer, honey, you’d be a hell of a lot happier right now.”
“I’m the guy who’s right for you. I may not be what you’re looking for, but I’m what you want. You’ve been alone long enough, honey. It’s time for you to wake up with a man in your bed. Time for the kind of sex that lays you out, owns you, leaves you too shaky to pour your morning coffee.”
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars – I freakin’ loved it!
**An advanced reader’s copy of the book was provided by St. Martin’s Press via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.