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Monday, July 2, 2012

Stealing the Bride by Yvette Hines

Stealing the Bride by Yvette Hines
Publisher: Whisper Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (85 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Reviewed by Fuchsia

Leya Greenwood loved attending weddings. They always reminded her that love was still possible. Even though any type of love or relationship in her current life was non-existent. However, she had to believe it was something that would be hers one day. Otherwise she was destined to die a lonely career woman. Well, not so lonely since her two best friends Summer and Kathryn both had personal lives that resembled her own--bleak. After attending a friend’s wedding, it becomes more apparent to Leya that she can’t keep waiting for her knight to come into her life and whisk her off to some beautiful place to start her happily-ever-after. Leya doesn’t know the last time she took a vacation, but she knows it is time to start living. Two months later, her friends think she is insane when Leya boards a plane with nothing but a bathing suit in her purse and her credit card, headed to Bali.

Kolby Bragdon loves the month of May, every year he spends it surfing and teaching lessons to tourist in Bali and providing aid to the locals. It’s how he relaxes from his high pressured job. No one there thinks of him as a business tycoon, especially the high-strung maple-skinned goddess who wants an adventure on the white beach sands. After days and nights of hiking, diving and lovemaking and his island beauty heads back to the states, he can’t get her out of his mind. However, he never would have thought it would be so easy to find her until he finds her at his office weeks later, as the financial advisor he’s hired for his employees. Kolby knows it is time for him to take matters into his own hands if he wants Leya in his life forever. With the aid of her two friends he may get his bride yet.

Leya Greenwood, Kathryn Maynard and Summer Carter have decided that they are missing excitement in their lives. These three women do not have time for a relationship because the only relationship they have managed to maintain is the one with their respective careers. That's why the three of them decide to challenge themselves by not waiting for Mr. Right to just drop into their laps, but to take a trip someplace they’ve never been. Leya decides that she'll go to Bali. She packs her only her bathing suit, buys a ticket and off she goes.

Kolby Bragdon, scuba diving instructor, was attracted to Leya the minute he saw her. Hoping the feeling was mutual, Kolby was pleasantly surprised when Leya confirmed it for him. The sex between them was nuclear and I knew this was going to be a love story that would make me want more. The only problem for Leya was that she believed Kolby lived off the tips he got from the tourists. Because of her background she could not settle for someone like him even though she was falling for him. She knew what it felt like to struggle and, being a financial adviser, she didn't want to ever have that feeling again. Kolby, knowing how much the hotel was per night first thought that Leya was a pampered princess, someone who didn't like to get dirt under their nails. He even referred to her as Princess Leya. It was fun to see how misconceptions between the two slowly resolved themselves.

This story is the first in a collaboration of three authors, Yvette Hines, Bridget Midway and Aliyah Burke. They each took one of the characters and built a story around them while keeping true to the theme. This being the first book, set the groundwork for the next two which are also exceptional reads. Leya, Kat and Summer are unique characters just like the authors who penned their stories.

This book, like the other two are the kind of stories you can read again and again.

The story makes you smile and sigh and wonder where all the men like Kolby are hiding, because I definitely have to find one like him. All in all, this is a must have and I guarantee that you'll enjoy it.

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