Series: Promise Harbor Wedding

HITCHED by Erin Nicholas

HITCHED by Erin Nicholas
by Erin Nicholas

Series: Promise Harbor Wedding #4
Published by Samhain Publishing Genres: Contemporary
Source: Publisher




Allie would rather be anywhere else on the planet than at her own wedding.  But she’s sure marriage to longtime family friend Josh will be the key to making both of their families happy.  So, sick and miserable at the altar, Allie gets the shock of a lifetime when the man she loves – not her groom – literally sweeps her off her feet and out the door.


Gavin has loved Allie for years and when she drunkenly calls him before her wedding, he knows she’s unhappy.  Gavin let Allie go once, but he’s not about to stand by and watch her marry someone else.  What can a man in love do, but steal the bride from a wedding and take her thousands of miles away from her life?


For Allie, a trip to Alaska with Gavin feels like a break from reality, but she knows she has to return to Promise Harbor and her family soon.  Still, she can’t resist the freedom living with Gavin offers, and she’s determined to enjoy it while she can.  But will Gavin be able to convince her that – despite all their differences, the weight of the past, and the pressures of the future – he’s the only man she should be marrying?


Even true love needs a helping hand in Hitched.  The Promise Harbor Wedding series comes to a satisfying end when the runaway bride is swept off to a beautiful, small town that’ll make you want to fly to Alaska.


Of all the books in the Promise Harbor Wedding series, this is the only one I was wary of reading.  I liked Josh so much, I wasn’t sure how author Erin Nicholas would make me like the woman who ditched him at the altar.  Fortunately, Ms. Nicholas was more than up to the task of making Allie a likeable heroine.  Allie wants to do the right thing, wants to make her family happy, but she’s been doing so at the expense of herself.  Her tumultuous relationship with Gavin was something she always kept separate from the rest of her life, and she even sacrificed that to try and do what she thought would please others.  Running off with Gavin is the first thing she does for herself, and it’s a good thing (and not only because we know that Josh found his true love in Jilted).  In Alaska, Allie not only reconnects with Gavin, she finds her inner strength and comes into her own.  Though at times she almost hits martyr territory, it’s part of the journey.  Watching Allie grow as a character was quite possibly my favorite thing about Hitched.


Gavin and Allie’s romance is filled with ups and downs as Gavin pushes Allie to choose a life with him when she’s not ready to change her life so dramatically.  Gavin is pushy, but he’s not selfish.  He can see that Allie is better away from her family and the responsibility that’s literally making her sick.  All in all, Gavin is a pretty fantastic hero and I was cheering for him every step of the way.  Love has never been a problem for Gavin and Allie, but it takes both of them finally opening up their minds to each other’s points of view that gives them what they need.  That, and a little help from secondary characters, makes Hitched a satisfying story.


BOLTED by Meg Benjamin

BOLTED by Meg Benjamin
by Meg Benjamin

Series: Promise Harbor Wedding #2
Published by Samhain Publishing Genres: Contemporary
Source: Publisher

Reviewed by Shayna

Sometimes you have to get lost before you can find yourself. Promise Harbor Wedding, Book 2Greta Brewster McBain is in a bind. Two, if she’s really counting. First there’s the can-barely-breathe bridesmaid’s dress from hell. Second, the stranger who just carried her “perfect” brother’s fiancée out the church door has made it impossible to tell her own mother about her own divorce. Rather than confirm her reputation as the family screw-up, Greta takes a drive to clear her head. Trapped in a hole and unable to reach his cell phone, Hank Mitchell is resigned to becoming a permanent part of his own archeological dig when help arrives—in the form of a woman who looks like a Gone With The Wind refugee. Behind the ruffles and lace, though, is something he appreciates: a woman who isn’t afraid of a little dirt. Their instant connection draws Greta into the eccentric world of the Hotel Grand, where she impulsively trades her hoopskirts for an apron. Soon things are getting hot—not only in the hotel kitchen, but in Hank’s arms... Warning: Contains hot moonlit sex, a melancholy turtle, two wisecracking seniors, and the world’s ugliest bridesmaid dress.

Greta Brewster really isn’t looking forward to coming home to Promise Harbor.  Her mother sees her as a screw-up and she’s afraid news of her recent divorce will just cement that viewpoint.  When her perfect brother’s wedding turns into a catastrophe after the bride runs off with another man, Greta can’t bear to stick around for the fallout, never mind tell her mother about the divorce.  She bolts, going for a drive, armed with only a few credit cards and the bridesmaid’s dress from hell.


Archaeologist Hank Mitchell isn’t having the best day either.  His foot is stuck and it looks like he’ll be spending his night in his dig site.  Then a beautiful woman in a hideous dress comes along and rescues him from rocks and rainfall.  The attraction between Hank and Greta is instantaneous, and when she decides to take a vacation from the chaos in Promise Harbor in order to work as a temporary chef at the worn-down Hotel Grand where Hank is staying, things only heat up.  But what will happen when the week is up and Greta has to decide what she’s going to do with her life?


Bolted is a fun, light-on-its-proverbial-feet romance that I practically devoured in one sitting.  I adored Greta, Hank, and the quirky cast of characters at the Hotel Grand, and just thinking about Bolted makes me smile.


Greta is a woman trying to break free of her past.  Coming home puts a big dent in her self-esteem and she can’t help but be reminded of all the times she’s messed up in the past.  I loved watching Greta come into her own both personally and professionally over the course of the story.  As for Hank, he’s a smart, nice guy, the kind of hero who’s often underrated.  He and Greta have stellar chemistry and the pages of their story flew by as the two fell in love.  Add in a healthy dollop of good humor and the endearing Dubrovnik family at the Hotel Grand and there’s simply nothing not to love about Bolted.


Bolted is the second book in the multi-author Promise Harbor Wedding series, but it can be read as a standalone.  There’s just enough information about the series’ other heroes and heroines to pique your interest, and if I hadn’t already been planning on reading the rest of the series, I definitely would be after enjoying Bolted.  Greta and Hank’s book is the first story of Meg Benjamin’s I’ve read, but I’m looking forward to glomming up her backlist!

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