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Thursday, March 10, 2016

4/5 Review: Champagne Kisses by Lynda Aicher

The Christmas Eve wedding Evan Cleary pulled together in four weeks is crashing down around him and taking his fledgling event planning business with it. With an empty altar and over a hundred guests arriving soon, he turns to the resistant, gorgeous brother of the runaway groom for help.

When Richard Patterson’s flamboyant brother storms out hours before he’s scheduled to marry his equally dramatic partner, Richard is left dealing with the fallout. The last thing he wants is more drama, yet he can’t deny his attraction to the effeminate event planner trying to salvage the wedding.

Evan thinks his crush on Richard is a lost cause, but one steaming kiss later, he learns different. What starts as a night of hot sex turns into a connection neither expected. But Evan knows their relationship is hopeless unless the ultra-conservative Richard can embrace every part of him—both in private and in public.

Evan is an even planner that has had to deal with a month of drama filled wedding planning.  The situation isn’t helped when he is hiding his attraction to the groom’s brother, Richard.  Richard comes across as being a man who is very uptight.  He holds himself in a very disciplined manner and doesn’t allow himself to enjoy and just be.  The day of the wedding the grooms decide that they are not going to get married.  Evan performs a miracle and turns the wedding reception into a holiday party.  After an incident where Richard proves himself to be a class A Jerk, Evan feels as if his dream was ripped away.  Evan was very leery in accepting Richard’s apology.  He decided to give him a chance but only for one night and keep his heart out of it.  When morning comes he realizes that keeping his heart of the equation was something that he couldn’t control.  What Evan doesn’t realize is that Richard has decided to keep Evan.  Evan needs to decide if he is going to trust what Richard is feeling as true.  The background of each character is presented in flashbacks so you can get a better picture of what makes them who they are.  I enjoyed the story, but would love to read more about Evan and Richard and their journey of being together.

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