Emmie Morgan woke up from heart transplant surgery, saw her best friend Brandon Tan sitting by her bedside, and promptly asked him to marry her. If there was a faster way to ruin a friendship, she didn’t know it.

One year on, Bran has returned home to open a restaurant and Emmie adds trying to make amends to her already chaotic life. She’s also running her own music venue, battling survivor’s guilt—oh, and secretly tending a wedding obsession sprung from her near-death experience.

Bran needs answers. But all Emmie has are problems. Hating that he couldn’t help her last time, he resolves to ease the trouble in her eyes. He sets aside their attraction and awkward past and tries to focus on being friends again.

If she would just stop trying on wedding dresses…

Titles in The Morgan Sister Brides series include:  The Wedding Obsession

Title:  The Wedding Obsession
Series:  Morgan Sister Brides
Author:  Madeline Ash
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  August 27, 2018
Publisher:  Tule Publishing
My Rating:  4.5 stars

The Wedding Obsession is such an emotion packed romance, one that will linger in your mind and heart long after the final page.  Emmie and Bran have been best friends for years, and hidden from each other more than friends.  Brandon has loved Emmie but he’s not willing to risk their close friendship to push for anything more between them, what he feels for her beyond friendship he’ll just keep to himself.  Emmie’s heart condition has always been there, not truly between them, but certainly an awareness of the fragility of life has been a constant companion.  When Emmie receives the gift of life from an organ donation life changes for them both, and in unusual ways.  Upon awakening and finding Bran at her bedside she made an impulsive request to marry her.  Half aware, partly still under the influence of the operation that saved her life, Emmie has blurted out her deepest secret and ruined the comfortable friendship she and Bran had shared.  Yes, one life giving operation has indeed changed lives forever – now how do they get the friendship back, or move on to something even more lasting, a love to last a new lifetime.

The layers of emotion in The Wedding Obsession really need to be experienced firsthand.  I don’t know that I can convey to you the sadness that the break between Bran and Emmie felt to me, the understanding of survivor’s guilt that crept into their relationship. Bran’s consistent love for this woman that he felt needed to remain hidden or his devastation at the loss of that friendship.  I was easily swept into their world, the decisions and mistakes at times broke my own heart.  A couple that belong together yet are kept apart due to their own issues and emotions.  Their romance is emotional, at times frustrating and completely satisfying by the ending.  If you love a really good romance full of emotions, then I’d highly recommend The Wedding Obsession.

*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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