Free-wheeling Stevie Evans is thrilled when her best friend announces she’s getting married and promises to help, never imagining she’d play wedding planner with her bestie’s uptight brother, Brant. She and Brant clashed several years ago and she’s avoided him ever since. But this time she can’t run or hide, and the buzz of attraction is stronger than ever.
Brant Gilroy’s meticulous life plan takes an unexpected turn when he hits a career bump on the same day as his sister’s wedding announcement. She wants to get married at the family tree farm, which he’s been restoring. Brant’s determined to make her day special despite his uncertain future, although he dreads working with her best friend—a woman who’s his complete opposite. So why can’t he get her out of his head?
As Brant and Stevie work together, Brant begins to wonder if they have more in common than they suspected. But how can he convince her that opposites can sometimes make the perfect team?
Title: Once Upon A Winter Wedding
Series: Holly, Idaho #2
Author: Jeannie Watt
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: December 28, 2020
Publisher: Tule Publishing
My Rating: 4 stars
Once Upon A Winter Wedding, the second story in the Holly, Idaho series brings us a couple who will delight and confound us often in the same breath. I enjoyed Brant and Stevie’s sort of enemies to lovers romance and the chance to visit Holly once again as well.
Back in their high school days, Stevie was trying to help her friend, Kara (Brant’s sister). Her help was well-intended yet Brant blamed Stevie for things that truly were not her fault… but brothers will be brothers and those bad feelings held between them for years.
Now Kara is asking both Stevie and Brant to plan out her wedding since she is stationed overseas and cannot personally do this because she wants it held at the family tree farm. A place that Brant is desperately trying to save. Two people have to set aside their own personal feelings in order to help a friend and sister, but can they do that and not let a different set of emotions get in the way as the past fades and the present looks very good on each of them.
Brant and Stevie are such opposites and for good reasons that make sense, yet watching them slowly change their mindsets was an enjoyable experience. Once Upon A Winter Wedding is full of chuckles, a bit of angst, lively secondary characters, hints of what is to come in the series, and two people who given their history should never have worked as a couple… but love often sees with different eyes. I had fun with this couple and will be keeping an eye out for the next story in the Holly, Idaho series.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher, Tule Publishing. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
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