My review cross-posted from Joyfully Reviewed: http://www.joyfullyreviewed.com/reviews/RRs/Feb09RR/weddingscanbemurder.CC.html
It’s two weeks until she marries the perfect man and Katie Ray couldn’t be happier. Or could she? Throwing up every time you think about walking down the aisle just means she’s nervous, right? And flushing her $8,000 engagement ring down the toilet was just an accident, wasn’t it? Neither of those could possibly be a sign the wedding should be called off. But perhaps Katie’s wedding planner being murdered and finding herself locked in a storage room with a sexy private investigator might be…
After receiving a nervous call from a wedding planner worried someone is murdering her brides, Carl Hades is stunned when he’s trapped by the murderer. Even more surprising to Carl is the woman he’s trapped with. Katie is everything he’s ever avoided. The beautiful redhead is sweet, alluring, and good. When Katie’s engagement goes by way of her ring, Carl can’t resist the temptation she presents. And when it appears the murderer is after Katie, it’s up to Carl to stop him before something terrible happens to the one woman who can make the commitment-phobic P.I. want to say “I do.”
There aren’t enough words in the world to describe how happy Weddings Can Be Murder made me. From the very first sentence, Christie Craig captured my attention, and never let go after that. I was charmed by how Ms. Craig deftly blended love, humor, danger, friendship, and romance to create a story filled with memorable characters and scenes that I have read and re-read over and over, to my everlasting delight.
What I love about Weddings Can Be Murder are the individual quirks Ms. Craig gives each character to make them feel real. From Katie and Carl to their friends and family, every person in the story seemed to come to life right off the page, making the book feel truly original. I loved Katie and her innate goodness, her desire to make those she loved happy. I equally adored Carl, not just because he was incredibly sexy, but that for all his machismo, he had an incredibly soft heart.
It should also be mentioned that Weddings Can Be Murder treats readers to not just one romance, but two. Katie’s best friend, Les, plays a huge role in the story. It’d hate to give away any plot spoilers, so I will just say that I grew every bit as fond of Les and her hero as I did Katie and Carl. One of the many reasons I couldn’t put the book down was because I was rooting for each couple to find happiness, though circumstances, confusion, and their own fear of falling in love threw up major roadblocks in each couple’s way.
Weddings Can Be Murder was the first book of Ms. Craig’s I have ever read, and I can already say it wasn’t the last. Her writing style is absolutely fantastic, and, in addition to making me sigh over the book’s romantic elements, Ms. Craig’s humor genuinely made me laugh out loud, something I assure you almost never happens when I read. Weddings Can Be Murder sparkles with wit and charm and is now on the list of my absolutely favorite books. Joyfully Recommended!