Beauty and the Billionaire: The Wedding by Jessica Clare
Series: Billionaire Boys Club #6.5
Also in this series: Beauty and the Billionaire, Once Upon a Billionaire, The Wrong Billionaire's Bed, Romancing the Billionaire, One Night With A Billionaire, His Royal Princess
Publication Date: November 15th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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In this all-new novella in the New York Times bestselling series, Hunter and Gretchen are finally tying the knot—but their wedding may not be the easy fairy tale they’ve dreamed of...
Someone's out to ruin Gretchen's happy-ever-after on the eve before the big day. Can she trust Hunter, the man she's given her heart to? And can she rely on her sister Daphne (the least reliable person of all!) to help her salvage things? Or is this marriage going to go down in flames before Gretchen and Hunter ever get to the altar?
Gretchen is getting married soon – on Christmas Eve no less – and she’s stressed! She’s fired umpteen caterers for one reason or another, she keeps gaining weight instead of losing it because she keeps sampling her own baked goods and then when she visits her fiancé at his office she starts to think he’s being blackmailed! Could nothing go right in her life?
Daphne is Gretchen’s famous singer sister and is six months out of rehab. She’s doing really well with her life coach, Wesley. He’s incredible and she’s madly in love with him but he keeps her at arms length and keeps telling her she’s just a job to him. She’s upset and really missing her sisters as it’s the holidays. She knows she screwed up royally and they deserted her but she’s willing to give it another try and hopes they’re willing as well. She heads to Gretchen’s house and is surprisingly welcomed with open arms. Her twin, Audrey, isn’t so welcoming but she’s been hurt so much by Daphne it’s understandable.
Both Gretchen and Daphne are looking for support in their time of need and that might come from each other but it may also come from the men they love.
This was a cute story. We’ve been hearing about Gretchen and Hunter’s wedding for so long in so many books that we just knew that it was going to be the event of the century. Opening this book and realizing that she’s a mess and so is the wedding was kind of a breath of fresh air. Even fiancé’s of billionaires can fall apart and have things go wrong. In this case it made Gretchen and Hunter that much more “normal” to me.
With Daphne we saw a woman who was trying to get her life back after screwing up so badly that her family gave up on her. Daphne had had told them many times that she was going to do better but she always slid back into drugs and alcohol. I loved that she wanted to do better for her family and for Wesley, but mostly she wanted to do better for herself. She knows she can’t slide back to her old ways and Wesley was helping her. I almost wish that Wesley hadn’t been her shadow for the last six months, however. Yes, he’d helped her so much but I also know that addicts tend to latch on to things (obviously) so it made me think that if Wesley hadn’t been the one keeping her on the straight and narrow for so long would she have fallen in love with him? I know that’s my cynicism shining through but I admit that thought crossed my mind when she made it clear she was in love with him. I tried to push those thoughts aside and focus on the relationship. We didn’t see any of them falling in love so it was hard for me to get into their romance but I was still happy that it all ended well for them.
While this was a pretty short novella but it was still worth reading. Hopefully Clare’s next revisit these characters in future books.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5