My rating: 3 of 5 stars
She’s 33, unmarried, and stuffed into a Bubble Yum pink bridesmaid dress. And the whole town wants to fix her up with anyone with a dental plan... Who’s going to rescue Sadie Hollowell now? Everyone in Lovett, Texas knows Sadie has always been a ‘notional’ kind of gal. She got a notion to leave town ASAP and never visit her daddy (bless his heart). Now, she’s back and got the notion to invite a good-looking, hard-muscled, total stranger to her cousin’s wedding. Better a stranger than some of the losers she’s dated. Vince Haven got his muscles the hard way -- as a Navy SEAL in Afghanistan. He’s staying in Lovett to visit his crazy aunt -- the proprietor of the local Gas N Go. Before he can get the heck back out of the small town, his aunt makes him an offer he can’t refuse. Maybe he’ll stick around Lovett for a while. Maybe he’ll make a ‘go’ of the Gas N Go. Maybe he’ll rescue Sadie out of that pink dress!
Wavering between 3.5 and 4.5 Stars...
- Vince. So in love with Vince. I've wanted to read his story since he showed up in Any Man of Mine, and so I was thrilled to start this one. He didn't disappoint. A little broken, sure, a little bit of a bastard sometimes, but overall he was a good man and I loved him for Sadie.
- All the peripheral characters. They were all painted so well, I felt like I could actually 'hear' them - I love that in a book.
- The scene were Sadie and Vince meet (view spoiler)[and she threatens him with a non-existent stun gun and phones his ID through to her friend. She wasn't a clueless damsel in distress, which was awesome to see! (hide spoiler)]
- Sadie left me feeling a little blah. I didn't buy into her being neglected by her dad except for in 2 pages of 1 chapter. The rest of the time he just sounded like a busy man, providing for his family and doing a damned good job of it. I didn't hate her, but I didn't adore her either. Just... meh.
- The rushed proclamations of love in the last 10 pages! Oh my God, I could literally feel the author speed tying the ending on her phone, on her way out the door to do something better! Possibly the most poorly thought out ending I've read in a Rachel Gibson book.
A feel good read, fun, entertaining, and I'd probably read it again if I had a long train ride!