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The Convenient Groom (A Nantucket Love Story) Paperback – Bargain Price, March 29, 2011

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  • Series: A Nantucket Love Story
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (March 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595549137
  • ASIN: B007BWBCS4
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (171 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,998,731 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The Convenient Groom" is the second Nantucket novel by Denise Hunter, and it is her absolute best writing to date! I only wish I could have read this one straight through, but due to health stuff, I was forced to slow down.

As a result, I was able to savor every morsel. Sometimes, booky friends, we need to do this...slow down and savor. Trust me, it was SO worth it!

Kate Lawrence has made a national name for herself as Dr. Kate, relationship guru and debut author. Her book releases on the day of her much anticipated wedding to fiance Bryan, who's been kept under wraps to help build suspense.

Turns out, that wasn't such a bad idea when he calls a few hours before the big day begins to say, instead of "I do", that "I don't". The media will descend in mere hours! Where can Dr. Kate find a groom at this late hour, and should she even try? How can she save her career now?

Enter Lucas Wright, extraordinary carpenter and craftsman of all things wood, and her office space mate. He's willing to step in and be Kate's groom, to help save her career, to help her save face...

...and maybe to convince her to love him. Seems Luc has a secret...and it's a gorgeous one.

Now, none of this seems plausible on the surface. What were those two thinking? But how many spur of the moment decisions felt brilliant to you until you saw the end results, huh? I'm telling you, Denise makes this plot line sing, and it is a beautiful song.

I turned the last page and cried, "NOOOOOOOOO!! I want more!!!!!!!" And that is a VERY good thing! I adored this story, these characters, and Denise's talent shines in this follow up to "Surrender Bay" (not a sequel).
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I'm the type of reader that reads five chapters of a novel, reads the end, and then decides if it's worth reading the rest. I read THE CONVENIENT GROOM in one big gulp, staying up until 3 a.m. to finish it--and I didn't read the ending after five chapters, either!

What I appreciated were (1) the good character development; (2) a strong theme of unconditional love and acceptance--without being preachy or heavy-handed about it; (3) beautifully-crafted sentences (Denise Hunter is a GREAT WRITER); and (4) unexpected irony, which amused me. At the beginning of each chapter, Denise Hunter put quotes from FINDING MR. RIGHT-FOR-YOU, the self-help book authored by the main character, Kate Lawrence. Often these quotes were in direct conflict with the choices Kate was making (against her better judgment). This extra "touch" added to my understanding of how "out-of-control" the situation was for Dr. Kate. A great read: 5 stars.
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This is one of my all time favorite stories. I can't even tell you how many times I have reread it. It's one of those stories that I read just because I want to or because I'm between books and I can't decide what to read next.

The story itself is very sweet. Lucas is a wonderful hero. I enjoy going on Kate with her journey to discover what love is and that finding love can't be packaged up in a book. There is are other reviews that mentions Kate not being a strong heroine but I highly disagree. She's going through a difficult time of questioning everything she's believed about relationships and anyone in that situation would have vulnerable moments.

This is also a clean novel. There are some kisses and such but nothing graphic. Also, Kate never slept with her ex-fiancee so she would not have needed to get an STD test unless they got back together. The author says they were saving themselves for marriage. It is possible for people who spend every weekend together to have self-control and wait for marriage.

If you enjoy clean romance I highly, highly recommend this delightful novel and the rest in this author's Nantucket series. All of the stories take place in Nantucket but are not interconnected so it's possible to read them out of the order released. My other favorite in this series of four novels is Seaside Letters. If you like this book read that one.

Also recommended Coming Home to You
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Ah, who doesn't love a good marriage of convenience romance book? I love this genre...marriage of convenience, arranged marriages, mail order brides. Something about two people who are thrown together having to make the best of their situation. It just makes me happy when it all ends so sweetly and happily. So I was very excited when I got this book! I couldn't wait to crack it open and check it out.

Kate Lawrence is a control freak of a marriage counselor on the verge of making it big. She's got a column, she's got a new book, and she's getting married to the man she loves...no, wait, she's not. Just a few hours before her wedding, her groom leaves her for another woman, and doesn't even have the guts to tell her in person. Kate's whole professional career is hanging on her wedding, and Kate needs to find a way to avoid the mess her cold-footed fiance caused. Overhearing the heart breaking conversation, carpenter Lucas Wright (get it, Mr. Wright? Way too trite and cheesy for me, and they play it up to the max in the book, so be prepared) steps in and offers to be her "Convenient Groom". So they strike up a bargain where they will be married for a year, Kate will work on his parents' marriage, and Lucas will try to win her heart...because he's been in love with her for years!!

I wanted to like this book SO MUCH. And it was okay, but lacking any realness to it. The characters never seem to really bond in the book. Kate is too caught up in the fact that the marriage is a sham to really give the relationship a try. And Lucas is too worried about scaring her away to make a move. I know there has to be something to keep these kids apart, or else what would be the point of the book?
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