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New Release Review: MARRIED ONE NIGHT by Amber Leigh Williams

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Married One Night
by Amber Leigh Williams

What happened in Vegas…followed her home! 

Olivia Lewis is not the marrying type. So when a wild weekend in Vegas leaves her with a surprise husband, she’s happy to sign anything to erase her mistake—even if that mistake is handsome, charming and comes with an English accent. Fortunately, her groom has other plans.

Bestselling author Gerald Leighton knows he can make his new bride fall in love with him—he just needs time. In exchange for a quickie divorce, Olivia grudgingly gives him a few weeks to attempt to woo her. And whether Olivia likes it or not, Gerald plans on using every second to win her heart!

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Who doesn’t love a good surprise wedding in Vegas story? (At least in romantic fiction, anyway, when you know you’re guaranteed an HEA ;)) Married One Night offers you just that–two complete strangers who meet, imbibe just enough to think an impulse wedding is a good idea, and do the deed.

After an…enthusiastic night, Olivia wakes up the next morning with very little memory of what had happened the night before and no apparent recall of the life-changing event she’d taken part in. Gerard, her groom, doesn’t enlighten her (it’s kind of foggy on this point–he does figure it out/remember it before she does, but apparently not before letting her leave their suite at the Bellagio). Before too long, though, he realizes that Olivia might be the key to finishing his latest manuscript and three weeks after being left behind in Sin City he tracks her down in Fairhope, Alabama, where she owns and operates the family tavern.

Olivia wants a quick divorce. Gerald wants something more. So they make a bet…

Gerald is an easy hero to like. He’s a genuinely nice guy–he puts his own well-being on the line to save a stray dog, and then adopts that stray dog, in spite of the concussion and stitches he suffers on its behalf. He’s a bestselling author, and he’s got a delicious British accent (at least it was delicious in my head) and uses some charming English colloquialisms, many I’d never heard before and several that led to some really adorable misunderstandings with Olivia. Though I totally sympathized with his writer’s block, his reasons for believing Olivia would be his muse were less clear–but I was willing to go with it for the sake of the story.

Olivia tended to be more prickly, a little less likable. From the get-go she was very anti-relationship, and it we never really got a sufficient explanation for her intense dislike of the idea. I’m with her decision to not to throw herself into an intimate relationship with a complete stranger–absolutely, she should question his insistence that they belong together when she really doesn’t know him at all–but her continued poor attitude and refusal to see Gerald’s good qualities became puzzling after a while. Her inconsistency–she was livid to find out that Gerald hadn’t told his family that they were married yet when it 1) still wasn’t a done deal, since she hadn’t agreed to stay his wife and 2) she hadn’t told her parents either was particularly frustrating. Double standard much?

All’s well that ends well, though–and this ending involves our hero in a kilt. So–win-win.

Rating: 3 1/2 stars / C+

I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.


About the Author:Amber Leigh Williams

Amber Leigh Williams lives on the Gulf Coast. A southern girl at heart, she loves beach days, the smell of real books, relaxing at her family’s lakehouse, and spending time with her husband, Jacob, and their sweet, blue-eyed boy. When she’s not running after her young son and three, large dogs, she can usually be found reading a good romance or cooking up a new dish in her kitchen. She is represented by Joyce Holland of the D4EO Literary Agency.

Her latest book is the contemporary romance, Married One Night.

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