author: Jessica Gibson
series: Walk Down the Aisle #1
published: 29 August 2013
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Lorelei Peters had everything she had ever dreamed of. Amazing friends, a sexy boyfriend, and a job that she absolutely loved.
Dillon Brockwell was all she had ever wanted. Handsome, successful, and he loved her as much as she loved him. Life was going along the way it was supposed to, until someone from Dillon's past shows up and shatters everything to pieces.
Can Lorelei and Dillon get through all the craziness and make it down the aisle? Or will lies of omission be enough to derail them forever.
I was excited to read this ARC, having fallen in love with the cover! There is so much romance, but just as much pain and confusion, compassion and understanding, and heart breaking moments.
The romance in this novel was completely swoon-worthy and this is coming from someone who tends to shy away from romance-centric novels! Dillion is gorgeous, smart, and wealthy. Loralei is an interior designer, successful, smart and independent. Dillon is not afraid to be romantic and the scenes in which he was were the ones that made you deplore the fact that all men are not him! But then a very big secret comes back from his past and very nearly ruins everything. And that secret made it hard to always love him as much as you wanted to!!
And that’s where the conflict begins! There were so many times when I wanted to reach into my Kindle, grab the person in question (no spoilers!) and shake them silly! I was so frustrated that I wanted to scream right along with Loralei.
The characters in this were fabulous! Dillon and Loralei were our mains, but the supporting cast was pretty great, too. Roxie, Loralei’s BFF, was gorgeous, smart, funny, and flamboyant, as well as seemingly terrified of commitment, a chink in her armor that made her lovable. Dane, Dillon’s brother, was a bit of a bad boy who changed his ways when he met Kayla, Loralei’s sister. Kayla had made some pretty bad choices in her life, but she was a good person at heart that I loved. And then there was Estrella. Hurumpf. I won’t say anything more about her because I want no spoilers!
One of the things I liked most about this was the dynamics of Dillon’s and Loralei’s relationship. They had their ups and downs, for sure, but they always came together. More importantly, Dillon may be wealthy, but that is more of an aside to the story instead of being some snoozy story where the rich guy gets the girl and you have to wonder if it’s all about the Benjamins. I love that his wealth didn’t mean much in the story and that Loralei was successful because of herself and not her man’s money.
A fun read with lots of romance and emotion!