Review: Stealing the Groom by Sonya Weiss

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Stealing the Groom
Title: Stealing the Groom
Author: Sonya Weiss
Publisher: Entangled Bliss
Date of Publication: March 10, 2014

Friends don’t let friends marry the wrong woman…

Chad Walker may be a take-no-chances man with a plan, but there’s no way Amelia Snyder is going to let her best bud marry Mean Girl #1—even if the wedding is solely so he can secure the controlling shares in his family’s company. But free-spirited Amelia’s at-the-altar groomnapping scheme takes a surprising turn when she ends up as the blushing bride instead.

Suddenly, with Amelia living in her handsome husband’s home—in his bedroom, no less—she starts to reconsider their strictly platonic arrangement. But Chad’s always been anti-risk and definitely anti-love, and betting a lifetime of best friendship on the chance at forever might be the biggest gamble of all.

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My Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

I bought this on a whim because it was on sale for only $0.99. I thought it would be just the perfect book when I need palate cleansing from all the review books and I wouldn't feel pressured to review it because I bought it. HEA is certain + best friend romance + groomnapping + being trapped in a cabin/close proximity = sounds fun and shallow and fluffy and the exact read I was craving for last Wednesday. I did enjoy my time reading but this book was definitely just an okay read, which is why I gave it 2 stars.

The plot was predictable and the characters were stock ones. We have best friends who obviously like each other but both have their own issues about love. Amelia won't stay in one place for too long and keeps running away. Chad doesn't want to love so he wouldn't lose himself when the one he loves leaves him. Two common characters we see in films and in books so getting to know them deeper wasn't needed. The writing was okay (and I hate to say this but kind of "pedestrian") and in the third person perspective with an omniscient narrator. I think the book could have benefited from a dual perspective from Amelia and Chad because their thoughts and feelings would have been more tangible in that way. The premise was flimsy and you could see through every plot arc from a mile away but that didn't take away from the enjoyment of reading some light-hearted and breezy romance past midnight to reward myself for a hell week at school and work.

So even if technically speaking this book wasn't great, if you could get past undermining the plot and overanalyzing everything and being a critical reader, you'll at least smile or even have fun.

About Sonya Weiss

Sonya Weiss is a freelance writer and ghostwriter. Her published clips include feature newspaper articles, magazine articles, essays, children’s short stories and writing projects for business clients. She is a columnist at Families Online Magazine.

Her fiction has won honorable mention in various contests and she was the first place winner of Harlequin’s ‘The Baseball Diamond’ writing contest.

She’s represented by Nicole Resciniti of the Seymour Agency.

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