Friday, 11 August 2017


Don't Call Me Sweetheart
Something Borrowed #1
By Codi Gary
Releasing August 15th. 2017
Lyrical Shine

In Don't Call Me Sweetheart (Something Borrowed #1) by Codi Gary, Marley Stevenson has a very odd job as a rented Maid of Honor. Luckily, the job pays well, especially when she's assigned to a very difficult bride. However, there's one rule Marley must always follow and that's to never get involved with a Groomsman. Yet, she finds she can't stay away Luke Jessup, even though his dangerous job as a SWAT officer should have her running in the opposite direction, especially since she's already lost enough people she loves. Can Luke convince Marley to give happy ever after a chance, or will Marley ruin the best thing that's ever happened in her life so badly that she might not be able to win Luke back?

What a splendid and enthralling read Ms. Gary has penned in this first book of her Something Borrowed series where the incredible characters in Luke and Marley kept me entertained from beginning to end due to their back stories and their growing relationship; the dialogue was a delightful mix of intense moments and playful banter, as Luke does his best to win Marley over; and the ending has me clapping the heroine's bravery, as she finally speaks her mind to the one person that deserves her wrath. The way this story started had me amused by the heroine's predicament. What will she choose to do? Will she be able to steer clear of those that she doesn't want to talk to?

As for the dialogue, it was captivating due to the main characters back stories that has the heroine afraid to give forever after a chance for fear of losing another person she loves and the hero determined to prove that love is worth taking the risk. However, the heroine has so much more to lose than just the hero since being with him could cost her a job; a job she needs for the money, so she has the chance to accomplish her ultimate career dream. However, the dialogue wasn't all intense. There were plenty of light-hearted moments between the hero and heroine, as Luke does his best to charm the heroine.

Both the main characters were compelling, and I loved the interactions they had with each other as well as their interactions with the secondary characters. Furthermore, I could sympathize with the heroine, as she knows getting involved with Luke could cost her everything she's worked for. Yet, there's no way she can resist him with how powerful their chemistry is, which eventually spilled over onto the pages in hot sex scenes that prove how good these two are together. I also liked how the heroine spoke her mind and wasn't afraid to stand up to those that frustrate her. No way should she have to put up with the treatment of those she called friends; friends that end up disappointing her. Nor should she have to put up with the horrible treatment of an obnoxious bride. I also liked how resilient and courageous the heroine was and her ability to hold her tongue for as long as she did.

While Luke, he was an absolutely charming hero that I loved from the moment he was introduced into the story, which is the moment he comes face-to-face with the heroine for the first time. He had me smiling at how charming he is and made this story a real page turner for me because I wanted to know whether he would win the heroine over. I also liked how confident he was and how determined he was to win Marley's heart. I also liked how supportive Luke was of his friend's decision to marry Sonora, even though he knew they weren't a good match and he didn't agree with his friend marrying what he thought was the wrong woman, especially when it's palpable his friend had strong feelings for another woman.

Overall, Ms. Gary has penned a remarkable and absolutely delightful read in this book that had me smiling due to the dialogue whenever Luke did his best to charm Marley. The way this story ended left me completely satisfied, because of Marley's effort to win back Luke. Did she go about it the right way? Would Luke take her back? However, it was the epilogue that wrapped this story up perfectly, because of how things turned out for Luke's friend and how things turned out for Luke and Marley. No way could the hero let Marley get away again, not when he was so in love with her and they were perfect for each other. I would recommend Don't Call Me Sweetheart by Codi Gary, if you enjoy small town romances or books by authors Kylie Gilmore, Erin Nicholas, Melanie Shawn and Katie Lane.

Weddings are big business in picturesque Sweetheart, California, and Something Borrowed’s rent-a-bridesmaid service is thriving among the Hollywood elite. For the women who work there, a walk down the aisle is just a paycheck—until the right guy makes it priceless . . .


Marley Stevenson never imagined her stint as a rented Maid of Honor would practically become a career. Then again, nothing in her life has gone according to plan. At least the money’s good—and she needs it to pay off student loans and help out her mom. But the job has rules, which have never been an issue . . . until one encounter with a gorgeous best man—and his swoon-worthy Southern accent—sends Marley reeling.

Determined to get through the weekend with her professional reputation intact, Marley grits her teeth and sends out her best “unavailable” vibes, but Luke Jessup doesn’t give up that easy. A former Marine and a current SWAT team officer, his focus is legendary—and it’s on Marley. Jeopardizing her job is bad enough, and starting a relationship based on half-truths is worse—yet Marley is beginning to wonder if certain risks are worth taking, especially in the name of true love . . .

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1 comment:

  1. I can't wait to read this. I love Codi Gary's books.