Two Love Lane #2
by Kieran Kramer
Published on January 2, 2018 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance, Romance
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Never say never when it comes to love.
Greer Jones has made a real name for herself at the elegant matchmaking agency Two Love Lane. For a lot of reasons--including a past engagement she broke off--practical tech expert Greer is more interested in the business of love than the experience of it, but she can't help but covet a gorgeous wedding gown that's the prize in an upcoming cocktail-party contest. In a moment of brazen inspiration, Greer asks a handsome Brit she's only just met to accompany her to the party. He agrees--and Greer believes her date is a starving artist. Little does she know the truth. . .
Ford Smith, as he calls himself, is actually Stanford Elliott Wentworth Smythe, the Eighth Baron of Wickshire. Fresh off a breakup with a money-grubbing siren who deceived him all the way to the altar, Ford has no desire to fall in love--especially with Greer who, like the desired wedding gown, is beautiful but only skin-deep. But soon Ford realizes that there's more to Greer than meets the eye. Her professionalism is matched only by her passion for life and love. . .and, best of all, she has no idea that he's to the manor born. Could it be that true love is priceless after all?
Who’s ready for the wedding of the season? A Wedding at Two Love Lane takes a wedding-loving matchmaker and a visiting painter from across the pond and throws them into a lighthearted contest that breathes new life into the idea of marriage in a romance novel.
Macy from Two Love Lane had her happy ending in Christmas at Two Love Lane and now it’s her friend, Greer’s, turn. Greer is smart, knows what she wants, and is ready to go for it. Even if that means bidding on a pricey wedding dress without having a boyfriend or upcoming wedding to speak of. I thought her obsession with weddings was great. The Pinterest board, the scrapbooks, the ability to say “hey, I don’t need a future husband to want to be a bride” which became central to the story. She’s a strong character and her little quirks make her relatable too.
Her partner in crime for what becomes an interesting fake engagement (oh yes, this is one of those books, y’all) is Ford, a British painter visiting to find his muse and she just so happens to appear a couple seats down at an auction for a wedding gown. Well, there’s a bit more to it but that’s all you need to know. I appreciated that he (and Greer as well) considered the other things going on in their life before entering into any sort of relationship. They start off as friends and it gives them a solid foundation for the romance later on that I appreciated.
Oh goodness, and then there’s the contest. I don’t know what it is about stuff like that in romances but I love it. In this case, Greer competes for her dream wedding dress against four other hopeful brides, except she doesn’t have a significant other and all the challenges require one. . . can you see where this is going? It made for a lot of fun reading and stood out in terms of the contemporary romances I’ve read recently.
My main problem with this book (I mean it wasn’t perfect, y’all) was the ending. It just. . . well, it just ended. Abruptly. I was expecting an epilogue or something afterward and there was nothing. And sure, it does wrap up, sort of (avoiding spoilers and all that here) but it wasn’t a satisfying end and I wanted more closure than I got. For a book about weddings and with “wedding” in the title. . . I expected the ending to feature a wedding? At least more than what you get which isn’t much. Talk about a bummer.
I wasn’t sure if I’d like this book or not because connected romances with different protagonists don’t always sit well with me even though I read them fairly often. It’s more the contemporary ones. I get attached to the characters. But A Wedding at Two Love Lane was light, quick, and fun with a great friendship/fake relationship turned romance that I couldn’t get enough of! Looking forward to book #3!