Monday, October 27, 2014

G458 Book Review of Married One Night by Amber Leigh Williams

Name of Book: Married One Night

Author: Amber Leigh Williams

ISBN: 978-0-373-60878-2

Publisher: Harlequin

Type of book: one night marriages, romance, building relationship, fear of commitment, adult, love story, Alabama, friendships, changing minds, bets

Year it was published: 2014

Summary:

What happened in Vegas…followed her home!

Olivia Lewis is not the marrying type. So when a wild weekend in Vegas leaves her with a surprise husband, she's happy to sign anything to erase her mistake—even if that mistake is handsome, charming and comes with an English accent. Fortunately, her groom has other plans.

Bestselling author Gerald Leighton knows he can make his new bride fall in love with him—he just needs time. In exchange for a quickie divorce, Olivia grudgingly gives him a few weeks to attempt to woo her. And whether Olivia likes it or not, Gerald plans on using every second to win her heart!

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Characters:

The main characters include Olivia Lewis who is looking after her family's bar and is scared of commitment. (I would guess she's a bit similar to Samantha from Sex and the City?) She reminds me of a cactus and has little to no desire for a permanent relationship. Gerald Leighton is a British man who is seeking commitment and will do whatever he can to try to break into Olivia's shell. He's romantic, cares for animals, and a talented writer. (I really liked the British slang in the story.) Olivia's friends such as Adrien and Briar also played in the story, Adrien a close friend with a small child and is also as sour as Olivia when it comes to relationships; Briar is happily married and was probably a heroine of the previous novel.

Theme:

Sometimes things that are wrong can be right

Plot:

The story is in third person narrative from both Gerald and Olivia, although once in a while Olivia's friends also play a role in the story. I also liked the fact that a dog is included in the story. What does make the story memorable for me is exploration of Gerald's personality, and I liked how consistent he stayed along with the dog and Olivia's friends. I also enjoyed when Olivia's parents showed up and wished that more space would have been devoted to them. What didn't make the story memorable is there seemed to be lack of tension for me and for some odd reason I had a very difficult time understanding or sympathizing with Olivia. Also as well, I don't feel that Gerald really broke through her wall, and I wish that more pages would have been devoted to her change of heart.

Author Information:
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About the Author

Amber Leigh Williams lives on the Gulf Coast. A southern girl at heart, she loves beach days, the smell of real books, relaxing at her family’s lakehouse, and spending time with her husband, Jacob, and their sweet, blue-eyed boy. When she’s not running after her young son and three, large dogs, she can usually be found reading a good romance or cooking up a new dish in her kitchen. She is represented by Joyce Holland of the D4EO Literary Agency.

Her latest book is the contemporary romance, Married One Night.
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Opinion:

To be honest, my rating for the book is 3.5, but since I tend to round up the numbers, I will be giving it four stars. I think I understand what the author was trying to go for when I read it, and I did appreciate the fact that its a woman that is having commitment issues while a man just wants to commit, and there is a big exploration of Olivia's thoughts and feelings during the time Gerald tries to woo her, which I liked. Very often throughout the book, I often felt like Gerald, trying to knock over the wall in Olivia's heart and to just help her see the treasure in front of her. Yes, I couldn't really relate to Olivia. I understand that the story is super romance category, which means more focus is on building a relationship rather than "bam bam thank you ma'am" but I have to admit that there seemed to be some sort of lack of tension in the story, and the issues seemed to repeat over and over, at least from Olivia's point of view. If Gerald had problems, they were paid little attention and only merited the barest mention.

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4 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)

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