Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Chose the Wrong Guy, Gave Him the Wrong Finger, by Beth Harbison

Sometimes you’re not in the mood to eat a meal at a fine-dining restaurant. A fast-food cheeseburger will satisfy. Sometimes you’re not in the mood to read a book by a brilliant literary author. Beth Harbison will satisfy.

Harbison’s When in Doubt, Add Butter was a fun read for me last year, and its title has become my mantra. While I can’t say either one those statements is true in regards to her latest book, I felt compelled to find out which of two brothers main character Quinn Barton awarded the wrong finger to.

Ten years earlier, Quinn left groom Burke Morrison at the altar when his best man pulled her aside to say her intended had cheated on her multiple times. To complicate matters further, the best man was Burke’s brother Frank. And to kick the craziness up another notch, Quinn becomes a runaway bride and heads to Vegas with Frank. But that relationship didn’t work out either.

After she returns from her version of "The Hangover," Quinn ends up solo, working in her family’s Middleburg, Virginia, bridal shop for nearly a decade. Then the Morrison boys' grandmother decides to marry a younger guy she met online. The upcoming nuptials in Middleburg bring both Burke and Frank back to town, and bring their grandmother to Quinn’s bridal shop for the perfect dress.

Even though she’s been away from them for a third of her life, the pull of this family - a kindly grandma and her two hot grandsons - throws Quinn off kilter. When the memories flood in, the story alternates between present day and flashbacks, beginning with the time Quinn and Burke met outside the high school cafeteria. She was immediately smitten with those "warm blue eyes, dark lashes, sharp cheekbones." It was a mutual attraction. Was it her imagination, or was Burke's handsome brother secretly crushing on her too? If so, was he telling her the truth when he said Burke was a cheater, or did he just want the couple to break up so that he could rescue her? Is Burke the "wrong guy" referred to in the title, or is Frank, who she picked for her Vegas escapade? And will one of them now become the right guy, as in "Mr. Right"?

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  2. I smile when I read your personal, and often funny, reviews.


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