The Wedding Charm by Susan Hatler

Maid of honor Sarah Carlton hasn’t failed at anything since her high school science project was sabotaged by a relentless competitor. So, she’ll do whatever it takes to make her best friend Jill’s wedding absolutely perfect. That includes taking the next flight out of Sacramento to retrieve the panicked bride’s cherished family wedding charm from her late grandmother’s attic in Atlanta Georgia.

Unfortunately, someone else has offered to come to the bride’s rescue—best man Ben Atkins, the same man who destroyed Sarah’s high school science project all those years ago. Now he wants to one-up her by retrieving the charm first? Sarah refuses to let that happen. The race is on.

When Sarah and Ben arrive in Atlanta, instead of finding the wedding charm there’s a letter from the bride’s grandmother directing the bride and groom to complete a series of tasks in order to prove their commitment to each other. With the wedding only two days away, Sarah and Ben must join forces by pretending to be the bride and groom in order to earn the wedding charm. Should be a cinch. After all, how hard can it be to fake true love for forty-eight hours?

Titles in The Wedding Whisperer series includes:  The Wedding Charm – The Wedding Match – My Wedding Date –

Title:  The Wedding Charm
Series:  The Wedding Whisperer #1
Author:  Susan Hatler
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  April 13, 2017
Publisher:  Hatco Publishing
My Rating:  4.5 stars

To say that Sarah and Ben have had a connection since elementary school would be accurate… if not the entire story.  More like adversaries in Sarah’s opinion considering he sabotaged her science project, one she really needed to win for the grant money prize for college.  But while she’d had a love / hate relationship with Ben over the years, she couldn’t deny that he also played a role in her romantic fantasies as well.  Sure she’s angry at his actions but there’s still that younger girl who is holding on to that crush, when all she wanted was him to notice her.  And here they are as adults, part of the wedding party of their good friends… and they’re still trying to do the “one up” each other thing.  Only difference is this time if they save the day and the wedding by collecting Jill’s family wedding charm they might also discover that perception is an odd thing – and what you’ve always believed isn’t totally correct all the time.

The Wedding Charm is a sweet, funny and yes, charming romance between two people who care more about each other than they’ve let on or even realize.  The quest that Jill’s grandmother inadvertently gives them to complete will show that to them over the course of doing the tasks to prove their love and commitment to each other… or Jill and Ryan who they’re pretending to be.  I had fun with this story, the main couple are believable and full of the unease of knowing how they feel and wishing the other felt the same.  Love takes some risks, and sometimes saying the words out loud is the biggest risk of all.  But the reward is so worth it.  And we met some interesting secondary characters that we might see again, time will tell.  I’m looking forward to picking up the next story in The Wedding Whisperer series.  But,hey, it’s a Susan Hatler story so I expect a lovely couple and an entertaining romance – ti’s what she does best.

I would highly recommend this first story in a new series to any Romance reader who loves believable, likable people and a fun story line.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. 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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