A Day Late and a Bride Short
A Day Late and A Bride Short is from the Silhouette Romance line, a sweet line. I like sweet romances and I’ve read more than my share of sweet Regencies, inspirational romances, and straight romances that were sweet as can be. But the best of sweet romances are – well, they are romantic, something this book was not.
Elias Donovan works for the law firm of Wagner, McDuffy and Chambers. He’s their biggest rainmaker, a driven man who lives to litigate and rejoices in the name of “The Iceman” (a nickname that the author reminds you of many times). Donovan is shocked when Leland Wagner tells him he’s not ready to make partner. Leland thinks Donovan is too singleminded and works too hard. I’ll pause now while all law firm associates regain their composure.
Leland hints that Donovan needs a bride. So Donovan, thinking fast, tells Leland he has a fiancee. Now he has to find one before the annual office party at Leland’s home.
Enter Sarah Madison, owner of a decorating firm next door to the law firm. She needs help since one of her clients won’t pay for work completed. Donovan and Sarah met earlier when he ran into her building to escape from the rain. They were attracted to each other. Well, the author says so.
Donovan proposes that Sarah pretend to be his fiancee. He will work on her legal problems, and when he makes partner, they will break up. After some thought she agrees. But things get away from them when Leland’s wife and daughters begin to plan the wedding. Then Sarah’s beautican, Pearly Gates (isn’t that the most cunning name?), gets into the act, and all ends happily.
As I said in the beginning, I like sweet romances. But this book was overloaded with silliness and had a twee factor so high my teeth ached when I finished it. A character named Pearly Gates?!! Donovan and Sarah were about the most insubstantial pair I have ever read and had zilch in the way of sexual tension and attraction to each other. When they finally kissed, I wondered if they even knew what to do afterward. The secondary characters were there to nudge the plot along in between bouts of “Do I love him/her” musing by Donovan and Sarah.
If this review is a bit short, well, so was the book. It was lite, it was frothy, it was insubstantial and that’s about all I can say.