Monday, 16 November 2015

Review of Meet Me at the Honeymoon Suite by Charlotte Phillips

The bit on the back…

Fascinated by weddings since her mother was jilted at the altar when Amy was seven years old, Amy Woods is a brilliantly efficient wedding organizer, thanks to her ability to see past all the emotion and magic of ‘the big day’. Now, after years of being the assistant, she’s landed has landed her dream job as Wedding and Events Manager at exclusive boutique hotel The Lavington. All she needs to do is pull off her first wedding weekend without a hitch…

Unfortunately the groom turns out to be her own marriage-phobic ex boyfriend, proving yet again that Amy is good enough to be the warm up act but never the real deal. Then she breaks all her own rules and sleeps with the delicious but definitely off limits best man! To pull off the perfect weekend now she will need to be her most clear-headed and emotionless. But as she gets to know best man Owen outside the bedroom, keeping herself focussed on the task isn’t so easy anymore.

Meet Me at the Honeymoon Suite is the fifth novella in Charlotte Phillips Do Not Disturb series. Thank you to Harper Impulse for the review copy of this title.

Each novella is linked by the hotel the stories are set in. I love the hotel theme because it promotes one of the things I love about reading – escapism. In each story you are able to lose yourself in a different element of the hotel idea whether it’s working in it or staying as a guest.

This novella is all about Amy. Amy is the Lavington’s new event manager and is thrown in at the deep end with her first wedding to organise. Unfortunately, she knows the groom. Owen, the groom’s best friend meets Amy at the start of the story and she mistakenly assumes his identity. There is a definite spark between the characters in their flirty banter right from the start. Owen’s initial anonymity allows the relationship to develop between the characters throughout, even when Amy discovers he’s  the best man.

Although it’s predictable it’s enjoyable in that you know where it’s going. There’s nothing hidden and the writing flows at an easy pace. If you enjoy spending an hour with a book then the five stories in this will fill an hour each. Each one is a standalone novel with the subtle link between them. If you want to check out something similar you should have a look at Cathy Bramley’s Wickham Hall series or Hester Browne’s novel The Honeymoon Hotel.

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