Friday, August 7, 2015

Review - Brown-Eyed Girl by Lisa Kleypas

Brown-Eyed Girl by Lisa Kleypas
Series: Travis Family #4
St. Martin's Press
Publication Date:  August 11, 2015 
Date Read:  July 21, 2015

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.
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I really enjoyed this book.  It seems like I have been waiting forever to get my hands on this book.  Okay, I know that it has only been six years but it has felt like forever to me.  I read Sugar Daddy right after its release and immediately fell in love with Lisa Kleypas's storytelling.  I was at the book store to buy the next two books in the series on the day they were released.  When I found out that there was going to be a fourth book after all these years, I was thrilled.  I am so happy that this book turned out to be worth the wait.

This book focuses on Joe and Avery.  Joe is a part of the Travis family, a wealthy yet down to earth family living in Texas.  Joe is really just a nice guy doing a job that he loves who happens to be a part of a wealthy family.  Joe is a wonderful Hero.  He is kind, sexy, and seems to understand Avery better than she understands herself.  He knows exactly what he wants and is not afraid to take chances to achieve his goals.

Avery is a wedding planner who does not have the close family ties that Joe has but she does have a sister that means the world to her.  Avery along with her sister run a wedding planning business that is just starting to take off.  Avery is a no nonsense kind of person who is focused on work and getting things done.  She isn't able to see herself the way that other people do and hides in loose unflattering clothes.  She has had a very difficult past that has tore her self esteem apart.  

I liked Joe and Avery together.  They seem to really fit together nicely.  There was a lot of chemistry and sexual tension between the pair.  I liked that Avery, who was very guarded, seemed to open up to Joe very easily.  Joe was able to understand Avery and not put any pressure on her.  He was really the man that Avery needed him to be.  He didn't push anything and was more than willing to be a patient as necessary.  He was also very honest with Avery and let her know what to expect without trying to change her mind.  He was willing to support her and wanted her to be happy even if her choices were not what he would want.

I was so excited to see the Travis family again.  Hardy, Gage, Liberty, and the whole gang do make a couple of appearances in this book but this story stands on its own.  This book can be read as a stand alone but I would encourage anyone who has not read the earlier books to go ahead and pick those up as well...not because you need them to understand this story.  I just think that the earlier books in the series are excellent books that should not be missed.  This book is a solid installment in the series but I have to admit that the first two books are still my favorite.

I would highly recommend this book to fans of contemporary romance.    Lisa Kleypas is one of those romance authors that stand out.  All of her historical and contemporary romance novels are wonderful stories with characters that find a way into your heart and leave a smile on your face.  I can't wait to see what she comes up with next.

I received an advance reader edition of this book from St. Martin's Press via NetGalley for the purpose of providing an honest review.


About the Author

LISA KLEYPAS is the RITA award-winning author of 21 novels. Her books are published in fourteen languages and are bestsellers all over the world. She lives in Washington State with her husband and two children.


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