For Dana Marshall, new wedding planner and curvy single, “always the bridesmaid, never the bride” seems to be the story of her life. But when she is assigned to assist popular wedding planner Vienna Saunders in managing a dream wedding for an important client, nothing can prepare her for the face-to-face encounter with the insanely handsome groom, Benjamin Carter. Sparks fly, and the chemistry between them is undeniable. Except he doesn’t belong to Dana. He’s off limits, forbidden and if she ever expects to walk away from the job with her heart still intact she needs to play by the rules. Except as far as true love is concerned, rules are meant to be broken.
I loved Emily Giffin’s story by the same title and, even though the basic idea may be difficult for some, I couldn’t resist trying Hunter’s Something Borrowed. It’s a short story, both in pages and time frame, but it moves very nicely. I never felt like I was cheated out of anything even though it barely tops 100 pages.
Some are going to have a problem with the fact that the hero of the story is getting ready to marry someone else. And some are going to have a problem with the fact that Dana and Ben only know each other for a couple of days. But for me it worked. You can tell from the beginning that Ben isn’t happy and isn’t in his relationship for the right reason. Maybe he should have done something about before the weekend of his wedding, but sometimes you get caught up in a situation and you don’t know how to get yourself out of it. Yes, a marriage is pretty drastic but once he explains himself it all makes sense.
And I love Ben. He’s funny, charming, and sweet. Dana’s also enjoyable. She’s nice and caring. Her biggest issue is dealing with her boss and that comes from her inexperience. She’s torn about her feelings for Ben and it is so understandable how they find themselves in such a mess.
I do think that Dana’s boss and Ben’s fiancé are a little clichéd but it definitely is fun to have villains. I think that if they’d been more sympathetic, especially Claire, then it would have been more trying to have Ben and Dana fall for each other. But since Claire is such a witch, you find yourself rooting for Dana without any hesitation.
If you are looking for a quick little read, then Something Borrowed is a great choice. An exotic locale, an emotionally charged story and warm main characters make it a delightful story.