One Hit Wonderful by Hannah Murray
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full (169 pgs)
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Dianthus
Being a bridesmaid is a dull job. But when the groom gets caught with his cummerbund around his ankles, dull isn’t in the cards.
Lily Michaels is happy to help her best friend cancel her wedding. But since the groom with the broken nose is also her landlord, it means she’s looking for a new apartment. Enter Nate MacIntyre—former boy-band member and current composer—his mostly St. Bernard dog Beau and the apartment over their garage. Nate is sexy, Beau is adorably charming and the apartment is gorgeous. Things are looking up!
But things get complicated when Max, the former groom, starts hassling Lily for the location of his jilted bride. Nate thinks Max is dangerous, Lily thinks Nate is silly, and while she’s enjoying where her attraction to him is going, her independent streak simply won’t let her lean on him too much. What do you get when you mix an overprotective man, an independent woman and the confusion that comes with falling in love? Whatever it is, it’s not dull.
Catch best friend’s groom-to-be cheating. Clean blood out of Vera Wang wedding dress. Lose apartment. Find new apartment with hot landlord and sweet pooch. Yeah, I'd call that a productive day!
After helping her friend through a cancelled wedding and then getting evicted that very same day, things don’t seem to be going Lily’s way at all. But a mysterious ad for an apartment and a gruff voice over the phone may just be the answer to a silent prayer. When someone from Lily’s past starts harassing her at work and home, Lily's patience and her budding relationship with Nate will be put to the test. Lily is set on being independent and Nate only wants to protect her. This romance may be doomed before it gets off the ground.
What a great premise. So often it's the jilted bride who is the center of attention in a book that begins with a cancelled wedding. Lily is the loyal best friend/bridesmaid who ends up kicked to the curb when her best friend Bridget does the same to her scummy cheating fiancé. With perfect timing, in walk Nate and Beau. *sigh* Gotta love a man who travels with his furry best friend.
Ms. Murray penned a witty and charming story that had me rooting for the characters from the very beginning. Meeting Lily and her quirky friends was like getting to know someone who would be a friend of my own. And the chemistry between her and Nate was so intense I could feel it through my eReader. The only thing I really felt was missing was the lead up to the building of Nate and Lily’s relationship. I think things happened a bit too fast and would have loved to have seen a bit more anticipation before they jumped in the sack the first time. Other than that, the suspense and romance angle worked really well together and kept me guessing until the last page.
I’ve never read Hannah Murray before, and was pleasantly surprised by this book. I’m so pleased I got to review it. This author’s works would make a great addition to anyone’s book shelf, and any other’s by her will soon be making a home on my shelves.