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An August Bride by Debra Clopton, Cymplified!

Book description from BookLook Bloggers:

Kelsey vowed never to love a cowboy again. But then she meets Brent.

After a cowboy broke her heart, Kelsey Wilcox traded in her boots for flip-flops and a bistro on the beautiful sandy beach of Corpus Christi. Two years later, still not believing in happy endings, she is about to endure a weekend of torture at her cousin’s beach wedding. Not only will she be forced to watch yet another wedding, but her great-aunt and her two best friends-aptly nicknamed “the matchmaking posse of Mule Hollow”-are coming to the wedding, and Kelsey is sure to be on their radar.

Brent Corbin has had his share of bad luck with women and isn’t looking for love or looking forward to the weekend of wedding festivities as a groomsman for his friend. When he sees a commotion on the beach and what appears to be a mermaid in distress, he doesn’t hesitate to dive to the rescue. His attention is instantly captured by the woman he’s saved and it turns out they’re part of the same wedding party. But the instant Kelsey spots his soaking wet boots she wants no part of him.

Thrown together through the weekend and with the meddlesome encouragement from the matchmakers, Brent is determined to pursue Kelsey and change her mind about cowboys. Sparks fly at this August wedding as Kelsey and Brent dance a rocky Texas two-step toward a beach wedding of their own.

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There were the usual ingredients of a love story – a damsel in distress, a hero and love. There’s also a plot conflict that a heart had been broken and was unsure if it will love again. But despite these common things going on, I really enjoyed the novella! I finished it in just a few hours and wished that the story was longer.

I got to know the characters in just a short span of time. They were lovable, very natural and not unrealistically mushy. Brent was upfront and honest with his feelings for Kelsey. This reminded me of my husband who didn’t hesitate to court me right after meeting me. Kelsey, on the other hand, was very confused and it showed in the conversations she had with herself. I am sure many ladies do this, too. I found that her teeter-tottering towards and away from Brent was a bit too long, though.

Anyway, I learned from the story that love, genuine love, is also about selflessness and second chances. I would really recommend An August Bride as a fun and sweet read!

Note: I got A February Bride e-book to review compliments of BookLook Bloggers in exchange for honest opinions.