Review: The Wedding Favor by Cara Connelly

Before the wedding

Tyrell Brown wanted to get the hell out of Houston and back to his ranch. Instead, he’s stuck on a flight to France for his best friend’s wedding. To top it off, he discovers he’s sharing a seat with Victoria Westin, the blue-eyed, stiletto-heeled lawyer who’s been a thorn in his side for months.

At the wedding

Victoria can’t believe it! How can she be at the same wedding as this long, lean cowboy with a killer smile? So what if they shared a few in-flight cocktails, some serious flirting, and a near-miss at the mile-high club? She still can’t stand the man!

After the wedding

The wedding disaster’s in the rearview, but the sizzle between these two is still red-hot. They tried to be on their best behavior in France, but back in the States all bets are off . . .

Victoria Westin is a lower associate in a law firm where her mother is a partner.  She's instructed to defend a case against a man who is charged with manslaughter after he killed a woman while driving his hummer.  Vicky doesn't want to defend the man but she does what she has to do.   

The man whose wife died, Tyrell Brown, hates Victoria.  He calls her the bitch on wheels and can hardly stand to look at her.  The jury comes back with a guilty verdict and Ty leaves Texas to attend a wedding in Paris, France.

Ty almost misses his plane but he manages to squeeze onto it in time.  Unfortunately his seat mate in first class is none other than Vicky Westin.  Ty manages to get drunk and they actually get along - until Ty wakes up with a hangover and remembers what a bitch he thinks Vicky is.  

When the pair end up at the the same wedding they're both shocked.  Ty doesn't want to ruin the wedding for either the bride or the groom so he talks Vicky into acting like they'd never met before.  Vicky is leery but plays along.  She actually starts to like Ty and his quirky sense of humor but Ty is on such an emotional roller coaster he doesn't know what he wants.  He wants Vicky in bed but when it comes to any more he puts up the walls.

Vicky is hurt by Ty's rejection but manages to deal with it.  She ends up getting fired from her job but is ok with it all and her life takes a turn that she really loves.  Unfortunately with Ty coming in and out of her life her heart is taking a beating and though she loves him she knows that Ty's too emotionally unavailable to ever be hers.

What a great story.  The antagonism between Ty and Vicky really made for some great tension throughout the book. I loved seeing the supposed hate on Ty's part turn to sexual tension.

Vicky hadn't really done anything in her whole life that had been her choice.  Everything she did - including becoming a lawyer - had been her mother's choice and as Vicky wanted to please her mother.  Unfortunately Vicky wasn't happy with her life - any of it.  Realizing that Ty had a whole other person hidden under his hatred was a revelation to Vicky.  She found his humor and snarky attitude, and his body, to be a light in her life.  

Ty cared about Vicky after he got past his preconceived notions about her, but he was stuck in the guilt he carried about his dead wife.  He believed he had killed her after he had taken her off of life support and it was more or less soul crushing for him.  However, Vicky's sense of humor, her smile and her blushes made him stand up and take notice.  He found that he couldn't stop thinking about her and it was frustrating for him.  He wanted to hate Vicky but he found himself falling in love with her and it was great seeing him brought to his knees.  Now, did he act like an ass and screw up repeatedly?  Oh yeah he did, but I thought he did a wonderful job of sucking up to Vicky and making up for his mistakes. 

The book was entertaining, fun, funny, frustrating, sexy, just all around great.

Rating: 4 out of 5


Cara Connelly said...

Hi Tracy! Thanks for taking the time to read my debut novel The Wedding Favor. I really appreciate it, and the great review!

E.L. F. said...

Sounds like a very poignant story, thank you for the review!

Tracy said...

Cara - It was my pleasure! I really enjoyed the book. :)

ELF - It's great and you're welcome!

Rowena said...

Another book on my list, thanks for the great review sweets. It sounds like something I'd enjoy.

nath said...

Hmmmm. I tried reading The Wedding Favor, but I don't know, Ty was rubbing me the wrong way, so I stopped. After reading your review though, I wonder if I should go back to it.

Tracy said...

Nath - Ty bothered me a little at first too but with the circumstances he was in I gave him some leeway.