Book: Four Weddings And A Break Up
Series: Cape Hope #1
Author: Elyssa Patrick
Page Count: 590
Published: May 12th, 2014
One fake relationship . . .
Ginny Michaels has always been a good girl and—ever since surviving a school shooting a little over a year ago—hailed a hero. Except she doesn’t feel like a hero. She can’t even have a one-night stand with sexy Wes Dalton properly. When her big city fling resurfaces in her hometown with an intriguing proposition, she’s powerless to resist. A fake relationship is exactly what’s needed to keep her small town’s matchmakers at bay during the upcoming wedding season. If only her attraction to Wes were as easy to ignore.
Too many real kisses . . .
Wes Dalton doesn’t have many regrets, and that includes his night with Ginny. But he’s always hoped to strengthen his relationship with his estranged family. When his father’s health takes a bad turn, Wes puts his life on hold and moves to the meddling seaside town of Cape Hope. With his barriers in place—and a beautiful woman to help him hold them up—he’s prepared for anything. Or so he thinks. Despite his determination to leave as soon as the summer is over, those fake kisses are starting to feel an awful lot like the real thing.
Ah, pretend relationships..Why do they even try? Especially when the characters are as deserving and desperate for love as Wes and Ginny is. Having their first encounter at a bar, up against a wall-yep-, their relationship goes through many stages, starting with that one wild night, and then going over the pretend love affair and finally ending up with the real deal.
I liked this book. I’m a lover of contemporary romances that have a small town for a setting. It gets me every time. So when I got a chance to read this book and be introduced to yet another new town, I leapt at the chance. It helped that the main couple was to fake it till they made it. Makes a fun plot line, and mix that up with a small town, I got a recipe for a good time.
Having to move on from a traumatic event that recently had shaken her life, Ginny had some emotional baggage she needed to load off her chest. She was a changed woman who tried to make peace with her new self while trying to rebuild her life. She wasn’t by any means a wild woman, but she wasn’t completely timid either. I think we established that with her first meeting with Wes-damn, but I get why she did that. I liked her character, her struggle for normalcy and her need for letting go and moving on. I could relate to her in all that. She was more introverted to Wes’ outgoing character, and that was okay, they formed a good balance between them.
Wes, with his own personal baggage to carry around, was a good match for Ginny. Whenever Ginny tried to take a step back, he was willing to take one forward, and push her to be more open with her emotions.
Aside from the romance, the book also had a mystery subplot that, if I have to be completely honest, could’ve been told in more detail. I like a good mystery as the next gal, so even if it wasn’t supposed to be the main theme of the story, I would’ve loved for it to be more challenging and prolonged since it was introduced to us already.
This was a sweet story where, after four weddings and a break up, our couple finally makes it to each other. Theirs was a fun ride, filled with-hopefully- potential heroes and heroines. I wonder if any of those Dalton brothers will be left single by the time I can make it to Cape Hope?
I’m adding three spoonfuls of this story of sexy hook ups and a whole lot of weddings into my hodgepodge, and move over to the kitchen table to listen to Elyssa Patrick talk about the small town of Cape Hope. I already feel like I know every corner, and I’m sure you’ll feel the same.
ADD THIS BOOK:
Thank you so much for having me on your blog during the FOUR WEDDINGS AND A BREAK UP blog tour! FOUR WEDDINGS AND A BREAK UP is about what happens when a fake relationship becomes all too real.
FOUR WEDDINGS AND A BREAK UP takes place in a fictional seashore town located in New Jersey called Cape Hope. Cape Hope is a Victorian town with charming Victorian houses and vacationers who flock there during the summer months. It has a small-town feel, even though it has a medium-sized population of around 4,000 people. It’s one of those places where if you lived there, you would know people through other people type of thing.
Like most seashore towns, it has a boardwalk with amusement park at the end. At the other end of the beach is the lighthouse. Hotels and Bed and Breakfasts can be found in the area, along with a shopping area. The ritziest hotel in Cape Hope is The Worth Hotel, currently owned and managed by Liam Worth, scion of the Worth empire. And then there’s Flaherty Construction Corp., founded and owned by Nick Flaherty, but his sons, Jake, Seth, and TJ are currently helming that, and his oldest son, Wes Dalton, is coming home to help out since Nick’s health took a turn for the worse. Not much is really known about Wes, other than Nick used to be married for his mom for a short time before leaving her to marry another woman.
If you have a sweet tooth (and who doesn’t), then you’ll want to check out Just Desserts, the local bakery/cupcake shop, owned by Julie Michaels. Her older sister, Ginny, works alongside her. Ginny used to be a high school teacher but had something really traumatic happen to her; it was all over the news but Ginny doesn’t like to talk about it much.
Of course you might see Ginny and Wes walking along the beach . . . or at the various weddings that happen so often in the summer. And while Wes and Ginny team up to have this pretend relationship and fake date, they soon realize that nothing is fake about their feelings. How will they manage to keep this strictly business? How will they manage to fool everyone when they can’t even fool themselves? You’ll have to read FOUR WEDDINGS AND A BREAK UP to find out and enjoy the Cape Hope setting.
What do you like about small town romances?
Books by Elyssa Patrick:
- Stay With Me (With me #1)
- As You Wish (Rock Stars In Love #1)