June is often seen as the beginning of the wedding season. For every bride about to have her big day this month, there are countless others who worked tirelessly to make that day happen: photographers, event planners, florists, bakers, and musicians, just to name a few. All and sundry take part in these tales of wedding-based romance.
The Best Laid Wedding Plans, by Lynette Austin
Leaving behind her dream job as a wedding planner in Savannah, Jenni Beth Beaumont returns home to Magnolia House, the family mansion, in order to take care of her parents, still recovering from the death of their son Wes. While Jenni Beth endeavors to turn Magnolia House into a destination wedding center, she runs into architectural salvager and heartbreaker Cole Bryson wherever she goes. Cole, once Wes’s best friend, now he seems to have his eye on Magnolia House. Recommend this series-opener to fans of small towns southern romances.
The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires, by Molly Harper
Can vampires be poisoned? Turns out they can. Iris Scanlon, vampire concierge/event-planner extraordinaire is stunned when vampire/secret agent Cletus “Cal” Calix is poisoned while she is working at his home. Since he’s on the run, Cal persuades Iris to let him recuperate at her place. Iris gets a lot more than she bargained for when she takes in this sexy stray. Between helping Cal with his investigation and bickering, she finds herself wondering why she is trying to keep her distance. Snarky, sexy and fun, this is the perfect vampy read for a hot summer day.
Five Brides, by Eva Marie Everson
Based on a true story, this sweet, inspirational romance takes place in 1950’s Chicago. After years of correspondence, pen pals Joan Hunt and Evelyn Alexander are finally meeting in the Windy City. Before Evelyn arrives, Joan meets Betty Estes. Through Betty, Joan finds a job and a place for her and Evelyn to live: an apartment to be shared with Betty and twin sisters Inga and Magda Christenson.
On a rare day when these five very different women all find themselves at home, they see the most beautiful wedding dress in the window of Carson Pirie Scott. Although none of them have boyfriends, they decide to pool their money and buy the dress. Over the next six years, each girl ends up wearing it.
In Your Dreams, by Kristan Higgans
Emmaline Neal can’t go to her ex-fiancee’s wedding alone, but there aren’t a lot of options in the tiny town of Manningsport, New York. Jack Holland is the obvious choice: he’s gorgeous and he won’t get the wrong idea. Jack has his own reasons for wanting to get out of town—his ex-wife keeps coming around, and he doesn’t like all the attention he gets for rescuing a group of teenagers from drowning. When Jack and Emmaline end up in bed together, she’s sure it’s just a one time thing. Could it be the happily ever after they’ve both been searching for?
The Luckiest, by Mila McWarren
Aaron, a New York-based essayist, is back home in Texas for Alex’s wedding, along with a bunch of high-school friends. Nik, the boy who broke Aaron’s heart, is there, too. It could be the heat or wedding fever, but Aaron is tempted to give Nik another chance—at least in the bedroom; he’s not sure if he’s ready to have his heart broken again. Told from Aaron’s point of view, the book gives readers a full dose of the angst and passion that come with returning to the one you thought got away. A good choice for mature young adult readers as well as adults.
Rumor Has It, by Cheris Hodges
Publicist Liza Palmer is thrilled when her best friends, lawyer Chante Britt and senator hopeful Robert Montgomery, become engaged. One day, while helping Chante with her wedding plans, Liza gets a brilliant idea about Robert’s campaign and rushes to his office—only to catch him in a compromising position with another woman. When Robert turns Chante against her, Liza goes to his opponent, Jackson Franklin, to try to take Robert down. Just because Jackson doesn’t believe in dirty politics doesn’t mean doesn’t want to get to know Liza better.
The Shocking Secret of a Guest at the Wedding, by Victoria Alexander
Jackson Channing is the son of the vice president of a New York family bank. Much to his surprise, he is also the heir apparent to a family fortune and an English estate. Happy to meet a new side of his family and to see the ancestral home he will one day inherit, he is happier still to meet a woman named Teddy.
After the death of her father, Lady Theodosia “Teddy” Winslow is trying to make ends meet as an event planner. She has no use for marriage, but is being pushed to marry an awful cousin. Ever the American hero, Jack swoops in and offers to marry her in name only to help her avoid such a horrible fate. As marriages of convenience go, theirs evolves from acting to reality in no time at all. Lush period details and witty dialogue round out this historical.
More wedding madness:
Always the Baker, Finally the Bride, by Sandra Bricker
Always the Bridesmaid, by Lindsey Kelk
Any Man of Mine, by Rachel Gibson
Barefoot in White, by Roxanne St. Claire
The Bollywood Bride, by Sonali Dev
Brown-eyed Girl, by Lisa Kleypass
Call Me Irresistible, by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Can’t Hurry Love, by Christie Ridgway
The Cowboy Takes a Bride, by Lori Wilde
The Devil’s in the Details, by Kimberly Raye
Dictatorship of the Dress, by Jessica Topper
Dog Day Wedding, by Rich Amooi
Don’t Tell the Wedding Planner, by Aimee Carson
Four Weddings and a Werewolf, by Kristin Miller (ebook only)
Friends to Lovers, by Christi Barth
Happy Ever After, by Nora Roberts
Heartsong Cottage, by Emily March
The Marrying Season, by Candace Camp
Miss Molly Robbins Designs Seduction, by Jayne Fresina
One Summer, by Joann Rose
Picture Perfect, by Janice Thompson
Possessed by a Warrior, by Sharon Ashwood
Ready to Wed, by Cindi Madsen
Sensual Confessions, by Brenda Jackson
Something Sweeter, by Candis Terry
In Sickness and in Elf, by A. E. Jones
Tempting the Bride, by Sherry Thomas
That Touch of Magic, by Lucy March
Three Promises, by Lily Everett
Wedding Beat, by Devan Sipher
What He’s Been Missing, by Grace Octavia