Review: Busted by Sydney Somers (Promise Harbor Wedding #3)
April 16 2013
176 pages (according to my Kobo)
Received from author
Yummy Man – Jackson Knight
Kick Ass Chick – Hayley Stone
From Goodreads –
Hockey star Jackson Knight has a hundred reasons not to return to Promise Harbor, but none of them are good enough to get him out of attending his best friend’s wedding. Even with a career-ending knee injury, every puck-bunny in town will be gunning for him.
Worse, getting a pair of cuffs slapped on him at the bachelor party could ruin any chance of getting back in the game, even as a coach. Unless he can convince the arresting officer to smooth things over—by going to the wedding as his date.
Hayley Stone figures posing as Jackson’s girlfriend is the least she can do to salvage his reputation. Plus, having a man with a toe-curling smile on her arm will keep her ex off her back.
What starts as a simple plan to deflect small-town pot-shots unexpectedly becomes a sizzling night that hits Jackson like a full-body-check to the heart. Now he’s determined to prove that she’s the best of reason of all to come home—for good.
Busted is the third book in the Promise Harbor Wedding series. This is Sydney Somers contribution. The reason I word it like that is because there are four books in this series with each book penned by a different author. I have not read the other books in the series (yet) and just jumped in with this installment without any issues. Probably because of the way this series is written, which I’ll get to in a bit.
Promise Harbor Wedding, as you can tell by the title of the series, is about a wedding and some of the different people who attended this wedding. Busted is Jackson’s (the best man) and Hayley’s (Promise Harbor detective and Jackson’s date) story. Jackson was an NHL hockey player but a car accident and subsequent injury has ended his career a lot sooner than he anticipated. Now he’s most likely going to be coaching because that’s what he should be doing, right? That is one of the many questions Jackson has to answer in this book. In Busted, Jackson has to find himself now that what he has always wanted to do is over. He is convinced he knows what he should do but he’s never really sat down to figure out what he wants to do. He’s actually never even thought about doing that. I found Sydney wrote Jackson’s internal conflict quite well. He wasn’t all mopey and whiny, just lost like a puppy. And I like how his relationship with Hayley is written. Jackson starts off all flirty and coming across as just out for fun but suddenly realizes that he’s in deeper than that. I love plotlines where the guy is almost surprised that he’s falling for the girl. I think it’s so cute. And with everything Hayley does to Jackson all in the name of the law, you know it’s love when he’s still chasing her after that.
Hayley actually surprised me. She is a cop and takes her job very seriously but she also has a lot of other stuff going on right now, like her grand-father dying of cancer and a burglar on the loose and coaching the local teens and… She is an ‘up’ sort of person but I was happy to see that Sydney made sure to show us her ‘down’ side too. This made her more real for me. There are some pretty sad scenes in this book and Hayley is excellent in them. I also found her to be a good match for Jackson. They had great chemistry and their scenes together were a lot of fun.
There are many side characters that are mentioned and seen in this book but they don’t feel like too much. Why is because most of the characters mentioned will either be H/h of their own books in the series or they will be seen again and again in the other books of the series. Josh, Devon, Gavin, Allie, Josh’s sister…all have or will have their own .
I did find that the end was sort or rushed. It was cute, fun and put a smile on my face, but it still felt rushed to me. And I didn’t understand the point of Hayley’s mother being the way she was or the reason for Hayley’s ex being in the picture. Eric (the ex) sort of comes around, pisses Hayley off, acts like a douche then goes away…only to come back later. I didn’t get the point of him in the story. He didn’t really advance the plot, he was just there and a jerk. And Hayley’s mother plays an important role in the very end of the book but otherwise she just comes across as being cold. Again, don’t quite understand why she’s like that.
The idea behind this series is nothing like I’ve heard of before. All four books focus on the one wedding but each is written from a different couple’s point of view. You get scenes that repeat themselves from book to book but each time they are told from a different perspective. Reading this book then looking into the other books in the series has only made me want to read the other three books to see how everyone’s story turns out. I really find this to be an interesting twist for a series.
Readers of my blog should know by now that, when I read a contemporary romance book, my goal is to have a smile on my face when I reach the end and Busted definitely did that. It was well done, cute and fun to boot. In my opinion, a good weekend read.
Giggle worthy quote
“’Look, you need the help. Are you going to let what people might think about us get in the way of that?’
‘I’ve been managing so far.’
‘And you can only run on fumes for so long.’
‘I’m doing fine,’ she insisted.
‘Have you looked at your eyes this morning? I’ve seen goalie pads smaller than the bags you’ve got going on there.’ And even her exhaustion did nothing to take away from how attractive she looked with her hair pulled back and her eyes going stormy on him.
‘God, you’re sweet,’”
Books in the Pearl Harbor Wedding series –
Hitched (April 30 2013)