It Happened One Wedding by Julie James
Series: FBI/US Attorney #5
Also in this series: Suddenly One Summer
Published by Penguin
Publication Date: May 6th 2014
Genres: Romance, Contemporary
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SHE KNOWS BETTER THAN TO SAY “I DO”
After a humiliating end to her engagement, investment banker Sidney Sinclair is done with commitment-phobic men. But when her sister winds up engaged after a whirlwind courtship, Sidney is thrown into close contact with exactly the kind of sexy playboy she wants to avoid—the gorgeous best man. She’s stuck with him, for better or worse, until her sister walks down the aisle, but that doesn’t mean she has to give in to his smooth advances, no matter how tempting they are…
BUT HE MAKES IT HARD TO SAY “I DON’T”
Special agent Vaughn Roberts always gets his man on the job and his woman in bed. So Sidney’s refusal to fall for his charms only makes him more determined to win over the cool and confident redhead. Only what starts out as a battle of wills ends up as a serious play for her heart. Because the one woman who refuses to be caught may be the only one Vaughn can’t live without…
Vaughn is in a coffee shop when he sees a gorgeous woman walk in and sit down with another man. Vaughn can tell within moments that it’s a first date and watches the pair for a bit. He can tell that the man is completely full of himself, as he can’t stop talking about himself, and Vaughn knows the guy is gonna strike out…which he does. After the man leaves, completely confused as to why the woman wouldn’t give him her number, Vaughn decides to turn on the charm and approach the woman himself. He, strangely enough, strikes out as well. Not only is she not open to his charm, she actually profiles him telling him what a womanizer he is. Well! Of course she’s right, but Vaughn brushes it off and heads to the restaurant where he’s meeting his brother, Simon, and his girlfriend of 3 months, Isabelle. Vaughn’s more than a bit peeved when Isabelle’s sister, who was invited as well, turns out to be the woman in the coffee shop, Sidney Sinclair.
When Simon and Isabelle announce that they’re getting married and that Vaughn and Sidney will be the best man and maid of honor, Sidney and Vaughn realize that they’ll be spending much time together and to try to make the best of a bad situation. Neither likes the other, though they each think the other is hot, hot, hot.
As time goes on Sidney gets into her job as a director of a private equity fund and Vaughn heads off to do his undercover work for the FBI that he’s so good at.
Sidney decides that she’s going to step up the dating (she’s got her profile on an online dating site) and comes up with a list of bullet points that are either a “must or must not” pass for each date. It seems that there’s no one out there that can pass everything on her list. While doing wedding things Sidney and Vaughn kind of become friends, and then end up sleeping together. They think that it’s only the one time but then it keeps happening and even then Sidney just thinks of Vaughn as Mr. Right Now – not Mr. Right. On top of that Sidney keeps asking Vaughn questions about her dates when she wants to know if she’s being scammed by the men she’s dating. Since Vaughn is a ladies man she figures he’s the go-to guy. But Vaughn, the more he hangs around Sidney, isn’t looking at other women any longer and only wants to be with Sidney.
I don’t even know where to begin to share my thoughts on this one. I think I loved just about every minute of reading this book and couldn’t put the darned thing down. Dishes didn’t get done, kids didn’t get fed (ok, their father fed them) and nothing much happened while I was reading this book because I was so entranced. I’m not usually one who goes in for couples who don’t like each other at first and continue to fight their feelings but this was different for me.
Vaughn – OMG what can I say about the guy? He was awesome. Yes, he’d been a womanizer in the past but we didn’t really see that in this book because even though Sidney shot him down he just couldn’t seem to get the woman out of his head. I loved the relationship between Vaughn and Sidney and how they became friends. It cracked me up seeing the texts between the couple when Sidney went on dates. I think I enjoyed it so much because it showed me how much Sidney was thinking about Vaughn even though she was out with another guy.
Sidney was a wonderful heroine. She was a tough woman on the outside but had a soft inside. She really wanted a man with the whole package and never in a million years thought that was Vaughn but as she got to know him she realized that maybe she was wrong. Seeing Sidney come to this realization was pretty satisfying.
I won’t tell you everything about the book but know that it’s damned good. James gives us a great story, great characters and family, humor and romance all rolled into one fabulous book.
Rating: 5 out of 5