Published: St Martin's Press
Date: 11th August 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Wedding planner Avery Crosslin may be a rising star in Houston society, but she doesn't believe in love-at least not for herself. When she meets wealthy bachelor Joe Travis and mistakes him for a wedding photographer, she has no intention of letting him sweep her off her feet.
After a one night stand, however, Avery is determined to keep it from happening again. A man like Joe can only mean trouble for a woman like her, and she can't afford distractions. She's been hired to plan the wedding of the year-a make-or-break event.
But complications start piling up fast, putting the wedding in jeopardy, especially when shocking secrets of the bride come to light. And as Joe makes it clear that he's not going to give up easily, Avery is forced to confront the insecurities and beliefs that stem from a past she would do anything to forget.
The situation reaches a breaking point, and Avery faces the toughest choice of her life. Only by putting her career on the line and risking everything-including her well-guarded heart-will she find out what matters most.
Brown-Eyed Girl is the fourth book in Lisa Kleypas' Travis Family series. Like many readers I have awaited this promised novel, and looked forward to reading it.
This time it is Joe Travis' story, and along with him the woman he meets up with that proves to be his match. Avery runs a wedding business with her half sister Sofia. Along with a small staff they are very successful at what they do. Avery hasn't had the best of upbringings, has been left at the altar once and is not ready to trust her heart again. Can Joe change that? If he has anything to say about it he will.
The relationship of Avery and Sofia, plus Sofia's own story of attraction and possible romance, plus meeting up with many of the other Travis family members made this book a delightful read. Lisa Kleypas' writing hooked me in from the beginning and it seemed a short and easy read. I loved the comparison of one character's teeth as toilet-bowl white!
I liked Avery, her warm heart that opens to a dog that few others might have time for, plus the way she sorts out her goals and plans and hopes, weighing up what the world right now is offering her. I liked the way she made her choices and her values of truth over other things.