First Dance

Author: Karen Kendall

Publisher: Signet

Release Date: August 2, 2005

Blue Ribbon Rating: 4

Format: PRINT

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Three years ago, Vivien Shelton slept with attorney J.B. Anglin. Feeling things she had never felt before in the arms of a man scared the ball-busting attorney out of her wits, so she did the only thing she could to stop those feelings: she kicked him out of her hotel room, leaving him in the hallway. Needless to say, when J.B. sees Vivien again in his hometown, he's not too happy. In fact, he's pretty darn angry. Vivien has left her New York life behind for a few days in order to get her best friend Julia Spinelli to sign a prenuptial agreement before her marriage to a Texas winemaker. Coming face to face with J.B. again makes Vivien's heart race. Is there any way to salvage the situation without losing her heart to the tall Texan?

J.B. can't believe that Vivien would have the nerve to come to him for help to get Julia and Roman to sign a prenup. J.B. is against everything a prenup stands for, proving once again how different Vivien is from him. Everything he values, she cynically derides as idealistic nonsense. But as Julia slyly forces J.B. and Vivien together under the guise of wedding help, the attraction that both J.B. and Vivien long to forget springs to life all over again. J.B. wants to show Vivien that love is a real emotion and that she doesn't have to hide her heart from him. Vivien wants to believe J.B. is the real thing, a real man who would not only be a partner in marriage, but a friend and lover, but she's seen the seedy side of marriage much to often to put stock in his beliefs. Is there any hope for reconciliation between these two?

FIRST DANCE is the third book in The Bridesmaid Chronicles. It is a mixture of laughter, warmth, love, anger, and prewedding jitters. Karen Kendall develops the characters of J.B. and Vivien as to make them charming and caring, but also with less appealing sides, just like a regular person. Viv is a cynic, and though she loves her dogs, she puts no trust in men. J.B. thought his first marriage was destined to last forever, but he finds out that happily-ever-after isn't as easy as he thought it would be. This book features several laugh out loud moments, including an emu chase that is sure to bring a smile to your face. Karen Kendall brings her characters to life with the help of a picture perfect setting, some wedding hijinks, and plenty of romance to keep J.B. and Vivien sparring and kissing throughout the story. Ms. Kendall started this trilogy with a great story and FIRST DANCE is just continuing that pattern.

By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Sarah W

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