Wednesday 14 May 2014

Book Blitz and Giveaway ~~ Four Weddings and a Break Up by Elyssa Patrick


Author: Elyssa Patrick
Release Date: May 12, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance


One fake relationship . . .

Ginny Michaels has always been a good girl andever since surviving a school shooting a little over a year agohailed a hero. Except she doesnt feel like a hero. She cant even have a one-night stand with sexy Wes Dalton properly. When her big city fling resurfaces in her hometown with an intriguing proposition, shes powerless to resist. A fake relationship is exactly whats needed to keep her small towns matchmakers at bay during the upcoming wedding season. If only her attraction to Wes were as easy to ignore.

Too many real kisses . . .

Wes Dalton doesnt have many regrets, and that includes his night with Ginny. But hes always hoped to strengthen his relationship with his estranged family. When his fathers health takes a bad turn, Wes puts his life on hold and moves to the meddling seaside town of Cape Hope. With his barriers in placeand a beautiful woman to help him hold them uphes prepared for anything. Or so he thinks. Despite his determination to leave as soon as the summer is over, those fake kisses are starting to feel an awful lot like the real thing.


It is always a bit of a leap of faith when you pick up a book from a 'new to you' author, as Elyssa Patrick was to me.  But this book was a real find.

I am a bit sadistic in that I take great pleasure in my books when a one night stand comes back to bite the characters in the bum, and that's what happens in Four Weddings and a Break Up.

Ginny's confidence has been on a downward trend since she was involved in a shooting a year ago, so when at a bar her friends dare her to go up to the tall, dark and handsome stranger across the bar, she reluctantly does i

Wes ... aka Mr Dangerous, is intrigued by the dark hair beauty that follows him outside the bar that night.

Let's just say that things heat up, they give each other a little something-something, and go back to their lives knowing they will never see each other again.

Or will they?

When they cross paths again the next day, things take an interesting turn.  There was that mutual attraction and spark between the pair that just can't be denied.

Life in a small town is not fun when everyone gets in everyone's business, so Wes and Ginny make an agreement to make both of their lives a little easier - a fake relationship to keep all the well meaning matchmakers off their backs.
I just love Ginny and Wes.  They both have so many things going on in their lives, neither has the time or inclination for a relationship.  Ginny has left her career as a school teacher and helps her sister run a dessert/bakery shop.  Wes is in town to make amends with his step-brothers and his father.  

But no one told their hearts about the fake relationship status, and real feelings become involved.

What will Ginny and Wes do with these real feelings?  Uh uh, for that you will have to read for yourself.

I instantly liked the characters in this book.  Right from the get go I loved the banter between the MCs, the double entendr`s and witty remarks.  Wes and Ginny are just the perfect blend of sweet and sexy, with the right amount of love and lust thrown in for good measure.  

There is also a bit of mystery and intrigue that will keep you guessing about a few things.

There is a great cast of secondary characters too.  Love love love Ginny's sister and mother - and her sexy scottish gardener!  And there is plenty of tension and hurt between Wes and his brothers that you just know that something's gotta give.

What I really liked about this book is how real it felt.  The characters, their troubles, their feelings and relationships all felt like they could have been the people across the street or people we all work with.  Don't get me wrong, I love escaping into flights of fancy, but it is great to have my feet back on the ground and in the every day.

Four Weddings and a Break Up is a sweet, funny and fun read.  It is well written, the story flows seamlessly and I was drawn in from the first word to the last.

This is the first work of Ms Patrick's that I have come across, but I can tell you that I will definitely be seeking out more (and I have my fingers cross that there are more Cape Hope novels in the making!!)

The door creaked open. A young, dark-haired woman came out into the darkness. She held a tray with a beer on top of it. It wasnt until she stepped into the dim light that he could make out her features.

She had the type of curves that separated the women from the girls.

Generous breasts that made his mouth water and lush hips he could hold onto. Shapely legs under a flared-out blue skirt and soft arms. An oval-shaped face with a pouty, pink mouth that begged for kissing, and deep brown eyes framed by sooty lashes. Glossy, rich brown hair tumbled over her shoulders, the ends dancing along the top of her breasts in a v-neck, white cotton t-shirt.

She was beautiful, sexy, and he was interested. Very interested.

Even though his whole body tightened in anticipation, he kept his stance and tone relaxed. That for me?

The beer? She glanced down at the tray and let out a nervous laugh that did something to his insides.

He found himself stepping closer, trying to understand this sudden need drumming in his veins. Hed never felt this pull before . . . there was something about her that made him want to know more. Like how she smelled, how she tasted, and how she would look naked in his arms. Well, he knew the answer to that last one.

She would look damn good naked in his arms.

Yeah. Its for—” Words died on her lips as she glanced up at him, her eyes widening as she realized he was inches away, their bodies facing each other as if they were about to dance. Not any of that slow waltzing thing but a dirty bump and grind where shed rub herself against him. Hed been wrong. He thought her eyes were brown. Brown was too commonplace. Rich like melted dark chocolate. She gave brown-eyed girl a whole new meaning.

As their gazes held and lingered, those brown eyes darkened with desire. A faint blush stole her cheeks, and she licked her pouty lips. The air grew thick with want, the tension crackling. Then she ducked her head, her blush deepening.

Elyssa Patrick is a former high school English teacher who left the classroom to write contemporary romances and New Adult. She is currently hard at work on her next novel.