The Wedding Trap by Adrienne Bell
Series: Second Service #1
January 2, 2014
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance (Adult), Romantic Suspense (Adult)
Beth Bradley has a problem. Everyone is expecting her successful music executive boyfriend, Charlie, to be her date for her best friend’s wedding. There’s one hitch: Charlie doesn’t exist. Unless she can think of something fast, she’s headed for the most humiliating weekend of her life.
Alex Tanner has a problem. The former Navy SEAL's search for a double agent lands him at the Kensington Hotel, and he needs a cover to finish the job. When the sexy maid of honor blackmails him into pretending to be her lover, he thinks he's been handed the solution.
Except Beth has a way of stumbling into trouble, and when the man Alex is hunting starts targeting Beth, Alex has to decide between duty and the woman who has stolen his heart.
This book includes mature subject matter that may not be appropriate for readers under the age of 18.
Beth’s best friend is getting married, and everyone’s expecting her to show up with the too-perfect-to-be-true boyfriend Charlie — which is a problem because he’s exactly that. Not true. Rather than subject herself to the judgement of her mother, her slimy ex, and everyone else expecting her to have snagged a man, she’s made one up. And now she’s dateless for her best friend’s biggest day. Until she catches a gorgeous man breaking into cars in the hotel parking lot.
Alex’s investigation has led him to the wedding site of his criminal subject’s niece, but even though they know the man is behind some truly horrific crimes and conspiracies, he needs to get closer to get the proof he needs. But when he’s caught red-handed searching through a car he shouldn’t be in, he gets the perfect opportunity to insinuate himself into the wedding party and get that much closer to the man he’s had his eye on. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that his blackmailer has caught his eye as well.
Honestly? I must have seen this book a dozen times while I was browsing, and each time I passed it up because of the cover. It just look like it was a pirate shirt away from being one of those ’80s bodice rippers. Or maybe a lavender frame away from those old Silhouette romances that are a dime a dozen at the used book store. I think I finally checked the synopsis out of sheer desperation, since nothing else on the freebies list was catching my eye either. And it’s a good thing I got around to looking past the cover.
Is it realistic? Hell if I know. If I ever meet a CIA agent, I’ll be sure to ask. But with a story that’s this much fun, I’m not sure realism even matters. Part comedy of errors, part mystery, and part sizzling romance, The Wedding Trap is brilliantly fun, and I couldn’t put it down.
Beth is hilarious, not just in her clumsy predicaments but in the dry humor with which she internally assesses every situation. Her internal commentary kept me just as entertained as the awesome crazy action, and I was sucked in within the first few pages. She’s absolutely average in life, making her so easy to relate to, and while she’s certainly not looking for the brand of excitement she finds, she innocently stumbles into it over and over again.
Alex is handsome and mysterious and easy to like from the get go. He’s dedicated to his job and the assignment he’s on, but his heart comes out when he sees Beth’s predicament and stands up for her, even if he does have another agenda. From charming her family and friends to protecting her to turning up the heat when their combustible chemistry comes into play, he’s really the ultimate romance story hero.
The Wedding Trap is a wonderfully entertaining read, with non-stop action, great humor, and a romance that’s easily believed despite the short time frame, and reading it was like watching an incredibly fun movie. I love romance combined with action, but I so often find the combination allows one of those aspects to pale in comparison to the other. Not so with this one. It’s all perfectly balanced, with the classic story of the accidental adventure and danger happening to your average nobody. I haven’t read a book this fun since I finished Juliet Rosetti’s Life and Love on the Lam series, so needless to say, I’m buying the rest of these books immediately!