Wednesday, September 24, 2014

"an august bride" by debra clopton

Do you believe in love at first sight? I don't ... but perhaps I'm just cynical because it hasn't happened to me. "An August Bride" sure made me want to believe, though.

Kelsey vowed never to love a cowboy again. But then she meets Brent.

After a cowboy broke her heart, Kelsey Wilcox traded in her boots for flip-flops and a bistro on the beautiful sandy beach of Corpus Christi. Two years later, still not believing in happy endings, she is about to endure a weekend of torture at her cousin's beach wedding. Not only will she be forced to watch yet another wedding, but her great-aunt and her two best friends-aptly nicknamed "the matchmaking posse of Mule Hollow"-are coming to the wedding, and Kelsey is sure to be on their radar.

Brent Corbin has had his share of bad luck with women and isn't looking for love or looking forward to the weekend of wedding festivities as a groomsman for his friend. When he sees a commotion on the beach and what appears to be a mermaid in distress, he doesn't hesitate to dive to the rescue. His attention is instantly captured by the woman he's saved and it turns out they're part of the same wedding party. But the instant Kelsey spots his soaking wet boots she wants no part of him.

Thrown together through the weekend and with the meddlesome encouragement from the matchmakers, Brent is determined to pursue Kelsey and change her mind about cowboys. Sparks fly at this August wedding as Kelsey and Brent dance a rocky Texas two-step toward a beach wedding of their own.

Debra Clopton isn't a new-to-me author, but "An August Bride" is the first of her contemporary work that I've read. (I previously read her entries in the A Bride for All Seasons and Four Weddings & a Kiss historical romance anthologies.) I must say, I enjoy her contemporary cowboy romance much more than her historicals! While I generally don't care for the love at first sight/relationship moves at the speed of sound romances, "An August Bride" won me over. Brent is the epitome of a heroic leading man, and Kelsey's hesitancy to get involved with a cowboy is understandable. Put them together, and you have a great couple with sizzling chemistry. Yes, the romance moves quickly, but it also feels realistic. The novella length felt like the perfect space to tell this couple's story, and I'll definitely be checking out more of Clopton's contemporary romances! 4-1/2 stars.

Buy the novella.
Read my reviews of A Bride for All Seasons and Four Weddings & a Kiss.
Read my reviews of the other "Year of Weddings" entries: December, January, February, March, April, May, June and July.

Bestselling author Debra Clopton has sold over 2.5 million books and her holiday story, OPERATION: MARRIED BY CHRISTMAS has been optioned for an ABC Family Movie staring LeAnn Rimes. Debra writes cowboy romances, inspirational, Christian romance, contemporary and western romances set in Texas. She is known for her snappy dialogue, cowboy heroes and spunky heroines. Her awards include: The Book Sellers Best, Romantic Times Magazine's Book of the Year. She's also a Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Finalist, and a triple finalist in the American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award.

A sixth generation Texan, Debra lives on a ranch in central Texas with her husband Chuck. She loves to travel and spend time with her family. She is the author of the much loved Mule Hollow Matchmakers series where you never know what the Matchmaking "Posse" is going to do next! She writes for Harlequin Love Inspired and Thomas Nelson/Harper Collins Christian. She is currently working on her 30th novel surrounded by cows, dogs and even renegade donkey herds that keep her writing authentic and often find their way into her stories. She loves helping people smile with her fun, fast paced stories.
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