Title: The Bride Next Door
Author: Hope Ramsay
Publication Date: April 3, 2018
Page Count: 368
My rating: 4 stars
About the book:
USA Today bestselling author Hope Ramsay proves that love arrives when we least expect it.
Courtney Wallace loves her job as a wedding planner, but she’s almost given up on her own happily-ever-after. She certainly doesn’t it expect to find it with Matthew Lyndon, the hotshot lawyer she overhears taking a bet to seduce her. She’s not amused by the challenge, but she decides to play along–after all, what better way to beat him at his own game?
Matt never intended to take the bet seriously. And moving next door wasn’t part of his strategy to win-it was just a happy coincidence-but the more he gets to know Courtney, the more intrigued he becomes. When fun and games turn into something real, will these two decide they’re in it to win it?
The Bride Next Door by Hope Ramsay is the fourth full length novel in the romantic Chapel of Love series. There is also two novellas that fit into this same series but like the full length titles all of these move onto new main characters as couples so they all could be read as a standalone if choosing to do so. There are however updates of former characters involved for those that follow the entire series.
In this installment Courtney Wallace is a wedding planner but unlike most of her friends she is still single and looking for her own happily ever after. Being single is really starting to hit Courtney as it seems her married friends are all announcing their pregnancies at once.
When Courtney is out with her friends she finds out that Matthew Lyndon, a hotshot lawyer and local playboy, has taken a bet that he can get ice queen Courtney into bed. Courtney decides to turn the tables and teach Matthew a lesson but little did she expect loosing her heart to a man that doesn’t fit into Courtney’s neat little box of what she expects.
I have to say that Courtney was not my favorite lead female of this series so far. Her attitude of everyone is some type of stereotype was annoying to me so I can’t imagine how a man would feel to be put into her labels. However, I did absolutely love Matt and his breaking all of Courtney’s molds she tried to fit him into.
This one also featured Matthew as he is learning the ropes as a lawyer working with his family and I loved that side of the story as well. Another Lyndon steps out of the family’s shadow and goes against the rest to help some residents of an apartment complex before they lose their homes. Great story to weave a romance into as you can’t help but feel for the clients in this one.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Hope Ramsay is a USA Today bestselling author of heartwarming contemporary romances. Her books have won critical acclaim and publishing awards. She is married to a good ol’ Georgia boy who resembles every single one of her Southern heroes. She has two grown children and a couple of demanding lap cats. She lives in Virginia where, when she’s not writing, she’s knitting or playing her forty-year-old Martin guitar.