Monday, 17 April 2017

Review: To Me I Wed by K.M. Jackson

Have your cake and true love too..."
"Nightmare bridesmaids dresses, tasteless fondant icing, budget-busting wedding expenses some women just aren't about it. They ll laugh off tradition, make their own rules and find the most outrageous ways possible to flip wedding day lockstep into true love.
"She's done, finished, "had" it. Between her family s expectations and being always-a-bridesmaid, Lily Perry is fed up with being nagged to find a husband. She's happy with her life and tired of being burned by nice guys who demand she fit their dreams. So she s going to settle the issue once and for all: by marrying herself. And celebrated chef Vincent Caro's fabulous restaurant is the perfect place for a big-time, blow-out,  not-hearing-it-any-more wedding. Lily doesn't care if everyone including Vincent thinks she's crazy. Especially when his mouth-watering talent and no-commitments style ignites one sizzling, no-strings fling, or two or more.
But no matter how hard they try to keep things light, their relationship keeps getting hotter. The more Vincent helps Lily tackle unexpected trouble, the more he finds she might be everything he s ever wanted. Can she afford to forget caution and finally let go? And can they both take a risk to discover if what they have is meant to last long after the dessert course?

Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
Expected publication: April 25th 2017 by Dafina Books

Terri's Thoughts

I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.  The expected publication date is April 25th, 2017.

I was drawn to the idea of this story, about a girl who is marrying herself as a statement that she is a strong confident independent woman who doesn't need anyone else to be happy.

The problem with this idea?  Lily was not even remotely this person she was attempting to celebrate to be.  I found her insecure and fearful of relationships with huge daddy issues to boot.  I believe this was by design however many times I felt that the story went beyond the expiry date of my tolerance of her insecurities.

I found the same with Vincent.  When first introduced to him, I was captivated thinking this could be very interesting.  Too soon I started getting annoyed with his insecurities and found myself wishing for the intense mystery guy he was at the beginning of the story.  His backstory with his mom was touching.

As much as the insecurities of these two grated on my nerves at times, I found that they worked very well together.  With steaming hot chemistry and commitment issues coming from both parties, there was bound to be all sorts of tension, and not just the physical kind.  The sparring between the two was amusing at times.  On the flip side, while the reader individually sees the depth of each character, I do not believe that they actually saw it in each other which took away from some of the emotional investment in the story.

While this story entertained me, I am not sure it will stand out in my mind down the road. 

About the Author

A native New Yorker, K.M. Jackson had two dreams for what she wanted to be when she “grew up”: 1. a fashion designer and 2. a writer.

After graduating from high school, she pursued her first dream and studied fashion design at New York’s FIT. She then spent ten years designing for various New York houses. But after years of jugging the oh-so-glam world of mid-market fashion along with being a mother of twins, K.M. took the leap of faith and decided to pursue her other long held dream of being a writer.

She currently lives in a suburb of New York with her husband, teen twins, and her precocious terrier named Jack who keeps them keeps her on her toes

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