Maybe I Do
A Whiskey and Weddings Novel
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“Nicole McLaughlin is a wonderfully fresh voice in contemporary romance—sweet, sexy, and immensely satisfying.”—Lauren Layne,New York Times bestselling author
She doesn’t believe in fairy tales. He’s married to his job. Maybe whiskey is the secret ingredient that will bring them together—and give true love a shot?
Wedding photographer Charlotte Linley loves her work—even though she hates weddings. Sure, she still holds a grudge after being left at the altar by her high-school sweetheart. But today Charlotte is just happy to have complete control over her career, which is flourishing. Especially since she joined forces with one of the three gorgeous owners of The Stag, a boutique distillery that has become Kansas City’s hottest wedding venue.
Dean Troyer, bitter after the end of his own marriage, knows that Charlotte is the real deal—beautiful, talented, and successful. He may flirt with her every time she comes to The Stag but Dean is determined to keep his professional distance. . .particularly now that she’s helping him with his own sister’s wedding. The only problem? The more time Dean spends with Charlotte, the deeper their connection grows. Is this a rom-com cliché or could it be that these two jaded souls in the wedding business have finally found their real-life happily ever after?
This is a wonderfully written sweet yet romance and I just loved these characters. Both Charlotte and Dean are disillusioned about love, marriage, and happiness. For Dean he has the ex wife to prove it and Charlotte has memories of the wedding that never happened. Yet they both work in places that have them seeing it day after day. Their attraction for each other is obvious but they allow little things to constantly get in their way. When Dean finds himself responsible for planning his sister's wedding, he knows the perfect person to help him is Charlotte. Will spending more time together finally get them past their reservations??
A really nicely done story and one I couldn't put down. I highly recommend this one.
Love and Loss
Maybe I Do is the first book in Nicole McLaughlin’s Whiskey and Weddings series. Charlotte is a wedding photographer and Dean is part owner of the favored reception hall. In some ways it reminded me of the Bride Quartet, by Queen Nora. The next two books in the series will be about the other two owners of the reception hall.
Charlotte and Dean were fun as they planned his younger sister’s wedding for her. I loved Charlotte’s side business of taking photos for romance novel covers. I loved that Dean was an older hero. I wish that Charlotte had also been an older heroine. (I really, really wanted Charlotte to be older!) The age difference was really not the issue the hero made it out to be. They had far more realistic conflict that kept the story moving. I hope we get further glimpses of this couple as well as the younger sister in future books.
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