Book 4, The Travis Family - A Novel
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Wedding planner Avery Crosslin may be a rising star in Houston society, but she doesn't believe in love-at least not for herself. When she meets wealthy bachelor Joe Travis and mistakes him for a wedding photographer, she has no intention of letting him sweep her off her feet. But Joe is a man who goes after what he wants, and Avery can't resist the temptation of a sexy southern charmer and a hot summer evening.
After a one night stand, however, Avery is determined to keep it from happening again. A man like Joe can only mean trouble for a woman like her, and she can't afford distractions. She's been hired to plan the wedding of the year-a make-or-break event.
But complications start piling up fast, putting the wedding in jeopardy, especially when shocking secrets of the bride come to light. And as Joe makes it clear that he's not going to give up easily, Avery is forced to confront the insecurities and beliefs that stem from a past she would do anything to forget.
The situation reaches a breaking point, and Avery faces the toughest choice of her life. Only by putting her career on the line and risking everything-including her well-guarded heart-will she find out what matters most... in Lisa Kleypas's Brown-Eyed Girl.
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Will true love prevail??
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review. Avery Crosslin is a wedding coordinator, but there is a small problem she doesn't believe in love. Avery mistakes Joe Travis as the professional photographer for the wedding. However Joe is one of the Texas Travises . Because of her past, Avery thinks all men are like her father, who couldn't be with one woman and after being left at the altar just doesnt trust men.
Joe has his job as a protographer, but there is more to him than Avery believes. Now Joe has to get Avery to take a chance on him. Will true love prevail??
I really wanted to like this. I was so excited for some new Lisa Kleypas! Unfortunately it fell flat. Really, really flat. There is absolutely no horsepower to this story. There's some humor and a couple (far less than typical) steamy scenes, but no depth. Fans of the author's earlier works, or even the other two books in this series, will miss her patented powerful love stories. This one was phoned in. A complete lack of sympathetic heroine, a too good to be true hero with zero flaws (he photographs shelter animals pro bono in his spare time when he's not risking his life embedded with troops in Afghanistan or serving on the board of his insanely wealthy family's charitable foundation ARE YOU KIDDING ME WITH THIS?), thin subplots, tired back stories, it's like an MFA project gone wrong. Too much formula, not enough Lisa Kleypas. Bring back the ache! The yearning! Characters with humanity! I have big hopes for her next historical. This story, while mildly entertaining, was - for me - the nail in the coffin for Kleypas' contemporary efforts.
Good, not great
I love most LK novels, especially the Travis series. I was counting off the days to buy this one Hoping they would be as good as the first three. This book is about 75% as good as those. Where is Joe Travis? We waited years for his story and I feel like I got a plug-in hero that could have been used in any other book. Where is his journey? I get why he is attracted to Avery but why is he working so hard for her? I got why Jack pursued Ella, I got why Hardy pursued Haven and I got why Gage pursued Liberty. There was not enough established to give Joe reason to so strongly pursue a woman who gave him the Heisman so thoroughly at the beginning of the story. Lazy writing. Lisa is better than this.
- Category: Contemporary
- Published: Aug 11, 2015
- Publisher: St. Martin's Press
- Seller: Macmillan / Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC
- Print Length: 304 Pages
- Language: English
- Series: Book 4, The Travis Family