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Book Review: Kissing the Maid of Honor (a Secret Wishes novel) by Robin Bielman

Book Review: Kissing the Maid of Honor (a Secret Wishes novel) by Robin Bielman

by davincikittieMay 16, 2013

~ This review is spoiler-free! Read on with confidence! ~

The connection between Luke and sela is on slow simmer, building naturally throughout the story from a base of mutual attraction and shared history. I love that Luke is a sports photographer and that Sela writes an anonymous advice column. Wedding stories are fun because of all the festivities and atmosphere of excitement, and Kissing the Maid of Honor has that in spades…. complete with a worried, fluttering bride!

Luke has a big soft heart and magnetic personality and Sela is sensitive, caring, and sweet. They are adorably cute together with all their teasing banter. This story is a refreshing, invigorating revitalization of life, taking me away to the coast, where wedding fever fills the air and happily ever after is a guaranteed thing.  All the characters are loveable, especially Luke and Sela, and I’d be delighted to see this turned into a series to focus on some of the others.

Memorable Quotes

Let this man upstairs and put that smart mouth to work! *grin*

“Hey, it’s Luke. I’ve got a special delivery.” She didn’t know he was coming and he hoped that enticed her to let him up even if she was busy.
“Luke who?”
He smiled like a damn teenager. “Luke, omigod, Luke, don’t stop, Luke. Ring a bell?”

Seriously, what is it with men and bacon?

“Ditch the marshmallow,” he said, handing the paper to Erin.
“What?” Erin examined the recipe like she’d missed something very important.
“Add bacon instead.” A wry smile took hold of his mouth and he twisted his torso, his arms up, elbows out. The movement pulled his shirt tight across his chest and back, and defined muscles introduced themselves. Sela’s mouth went dry. New tingles erupted, this time in places they had no business being. She couldn’t pull her gaze away.
He cleared his throat.
She plucked the recipe out of Erin’s hands. “Since when do you know anything about baking?” She reread the ingredients and reminded herself how much she loved Erin, not Luke.
“I don’t. But if you substitute bacon, you’ll win.”

I’d like to see what’s behind door #1, thanks!

Sela said, “I think I may have snorted frosting up my nose.”
“Is that what that sound was? I thought Mrs. Witt’s pig had gotten loose.”
Sela gasped. “You did not just compare me to a pig.”
“No. I compared your snort to an oink.”
“And you’re an expert on pig sounds because?” She squared her shoulders, ready to spar with Luke until she won. He might think he could best her like he had so many times in high school, but she was older now. Wiser. Less intimidated when she wasn’t thinking how gorgeous he was.
He leaned closer. “Because I like to play dirty,” he said, his voice low, husky.
She faltered for a second, her body reacting to his nearness and words with uncharacteristic need. The more time she spent with Luke Watters, the more she couldn’t fight his pull. “Or it takes one to know one.”

Sister, snatch this man up pronto!

“You challenge me and excite me. You make me want to put down roots. You make me want to be a better man. The best man I can be. I want to be your favorite ‘good morning’ and your only ‘good night.’”

If you liked…

If you enjoyed Kissing the Maid of Honor for its festive wedding theme and loveable characters, check out Nora Roberts’ Bride Quartet, beginning with Vision in White.  This is a sassy, heartfelt series of stories about 4 sisters who run their own wedding planning business and one by one fall in love themselves.  The sisters are all distinctly different in personality and talents, and their men are perfect compliments for their lovely, passionate, sometimes-insecure hearts.

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About The Author
Sue "DaVinciKittie" Brown-Moore is a veteran romance blogger and reviewer and the primary voice for Sue has been shamelessly pimping book boyfriends since 2010 and has won several blogging awards with GraveTells. Sue is also a freelance Developmental Editor passionate about helping authors bring out the best in their stories. She loves reading romance, fantasy, and sci-fi and edits any genre she reads for pleasure. You can follow Sue's editing blog, with tips and tricks for authors, at
  • May 17, 2013 at 8:42 am

    Thank you so much for this awesome review! You have totally made my Friday! I want to frame this page. 🙂 I’m thrilled you enjoyed Luke and Sela’s story and so appreciate you reading the book and taking the time to share your thoughts. I’m honored and super happy to be here on GraveTells for the first time like this! Thank you!!

    I’ll “see” you on Monday! 🙂

    • May 18, 2013 at 1:20 am

      Hi Robin! *waves*

      I’m so glad you stopped by!! I thoroughly enjoyed Kissing the Maid of Honor and still think about it even several weeks later. Looking forward to being a tour “bridesmaid”!

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