THE WEDDING FAVOR
Connelly’s debut novel is a delicious, scandalous and moving enemies-to-lovers tale featuring a heroine whose wit and grace never fade in the face of personal insecurities and family drama, and a damaged hero who manages to be quite the knight in shining armor — despite his best efforts to the contrary. The stakes are emotionally high, ensuring the tension remains at a fever pitch until the final, steamy showdown. A wealth of quirky, sympathetic secondary characters and some zany predicaments round out this utterly enticing romance and mark Connelly as an author to watch.
Tyrell Brown hasn’t recovered from his wife’s death, and reliving the horrific details in court in front of a heartless defense attorney is almost more than he can bear. It gets worse when he is forced to sit next to the same attorney on a flight to France and discovers they are en route to the same wedding. Victoria Westin is determined to ignore the moody, infuriatingly attractive cowboy. But when their feud nearly spoils the wedding, they agree to play nice to keep the peace. If it’s all for show, why does Victoria suddenly feel so content in Ty’s arms? (Avon, Jan., 400 pp., $7.99)