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You Say It First

You Say It First, September 2017
Happily Inc #1
by Susan Mallery

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384 pages
ISBN: 0373799330
EAN: 9780373799336
Kindle: B01NCYK11R
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"Shaky Foundations for New Series"

Fresh Fiction Review

You Say It First
Susan Mallery

Reviewed by Kristen Donnelly
Posted March 23, 2018

Romance Contemporary

Lawd jaysus, I did not enjoy this book. If I weren't being asked to review it, I wouldn't have finished it. None of it worked for me, and I have read Susan Mallery's books for years.

First of all, I found the idea of a town named Happily, Inc. so twee and off-putting. How the town received its name, or why it's a wedding destination town isn't explained until far into the book, so I spent the first bit very confused. Who would name a town this? What are the schools called? Surely there have to be things in the town that don't support weddings, so what do they do?

Second of all, I wasn't invested in the hero or heroine. They both read as wooden to me - he as cold and she as clueless. They didn't read to me as folks in the generation they're supposed to be a part of (mine, hypothetically), and I didn't really understand their motivations.

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SUMMARY

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Fool's Gold romances invites you to visit Happily Inc., a wedding destination founded on a fairy tale

Sculptor Nick Mitchell grew up in a family of artists and learned from his volatile father that passion only leads to pain. As he waits on a new commission, he takes a day job as a humble carpenter at a theme wedding venue. The job has its perks—mainly the venue's captivating owner, Pallas Saunders. Although he won't let love consume him, for ecstasy with an expiration date, he's all in.

Pallas adores Weddings in a Box. But if she can't turn the floundering business around, she'll have no choice but to cave to her domineering mother and trade taffeta for trust funds working at the family's bank. Then when a desperate bride begs Pallas for something completely out of the box, her irresistible new hire inspires her. Nick knows she doesn't belong behind a desk, and she knows in her heart that he's right—where she really belongs is in his arms.


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