Do You Take This Man?
Denise Williams. Berkley, $17 trade paper (352p) ISBN 978-0-593-43719-3
Opposites attract when an unlikely wedding officiant meets an easygoing wedding planner in this sizzling enemies-to-lovers rom-com from Williams (The Fastest Way to Fall). Divorce attorney RJ Brooks’s romantic side is at constant war with her ingrained cynicism, so the irony’s not lost on her when—after stepping in at a friend’s wedding—she becomes a sought after officiant for marriage ceremonies. Former football player Lear Campbell joins his cousin’s wedding planning business as her assistant, but ends up forced to take the lead when Penny’s adopted preemie winds up in the NICU—putting him on a collision course with RJ. The pair get off on the wrong foot, but their physical attraction is undeniable and they agree to an “enemies with benefits” arrangement. RJ’s cynicism comes from witnessing her parents’ failed marriage, and Lear was burned by his cheating ex-fiancée, but as they get closer, they may just restore each other’s faith in love. Their bickering adds a spicy undercurrent to even the sweetest moments, but RJ’s attempts to keep Lear at arm’s length verge on cruelty, making her difficult to root for. Still, Lear’s a swoonworthy hero and the pair earn their happy ending. Williams’s fans will not be disappointed. Agent: Sharon Pelletier, DG&B. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 06/16/2022