Friday, 10 April 2015

Blog Tour & Review : One Day at a Wedding Series by Kelly Rae

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Title: One Day At A Wedding Series 

Author: Kelly Rae 

Book Tour: April 6-10 

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Once Upon a Wedding Story Synopsis

Cassie Anderson, bridesmaid extraordinaire, is tired of attending her friend’s weddings either solo, or with her best friend, Thad. Finding a real date is simply too much work. Especially when she sees an old acquaintance from high school, Dan, at her friend Shelley’s wedding. After the spark shared between them, Dan has become the object of her affection. Too bad he has a nasty habit of having a date on his arm at every turn. Stealing another woman's date is against the rules, but if she could just catch him alone…well, that would be fair game! Unfortunately, timing is everything, and she and Dan seem to have the worst. Always the bridesmaid, walking away with nothing more than a dreadful dress, Cassie is committed to changing her luck and getting her man.

Once Upon a Wedding

Every Other Wedding  Synopsis:

Cassie Anderson has been the girl of Dan’s dreams since high school. Unfortunately, her return to his life comes at the worst time possible. As he tries to put his life back together, he keeps an eye on her, hoping to find her single at the right time. A time when it all hurts a bit less. A time when he can offer her all of the love she deserves. After three weddings of happenstance meetings, Dan finds himself to be a little more ready for everything that is Cassie. Putting himself out there, he can only hope she is everything he thinks she might be — his forever girl.

  Anything but a Wedding 

Thad never expected to find anyone who meant more to him than his best friend, Cassie. She was the one woman he loved enough not to sleep with. He was a player, but an honest one. Unfortunately, not everyone felt that balanced out his love 'em and leave 'em ways. He just didn't see a need to settle down — yet. Then, he met Brianna, who made him think about the future — a future with her — which was a new experience for Thad. Brianna is also a new kind of woman and convincing her that they have a future might just be the challenge of his life.

  Not One More Wedding 

 Brianna works through men like she works through her closet — seasonally. Any other way has always been trouble. When she meets Thad, she is thrilled. Not only does he intrigue and excite her, but he is just like her — noncommittal. He sets her on fire with his smooth talk and honest approach to dating. Even without being physical beyond a kiss, the thought of him makes her entire body hum. Except, Thad has gone and gotten attached to her in a way neither of them expected; attached in a way she simply cannot allow. Unfortunately, he won't allow their relationship to become physical until she surrenders her heart to him, which is a battle she isn’t sure she can win. The longer it lasts, the less sure she becomes of wanting it to.

Not one More Wedding

Bonus Story! When Cassie Met Thad
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My Thoughts:

Once Upon a Wedding: 

Hello everyone! Welcome back to Katie’s Corner. Today I have a nice collection of novels for you. I’ll be taking each novel at a time, reviewing them separately, so you may choose for yourself to get each novel individually or as a bundle.

Once upon a wedding is told from Cassie’s POV. It mostly shows us how she found herself being attracted to Dan, and some other miscellaneous things about her. I liked the story, it had some nice humor in t and as well the banter between the characters was amazing, especially between Cassie and Thad, also, the book brought some memories to me and then a question: “Ah, this time will also come to me, right?” Guess, yet I’m just like Cassie, but I’m still enjoying my early 20s right now. No need to think about that yet. Leaving all that aside and getting back to the story.

Okay, many may not agree with me on this, but Cassie seriously drove me crazy in the very beginning. Come on woman, the guy has a date and you have the nerve to ogle him and even judge his date? This kind of behaviour made me think, was she that desperate that she couldn’t contain her “curiosity” and not ogle him that much? But then again, I liked that she acknowledged what she was doing, and even came to conclusion that she would have been the same as Dan’s date if someone looked at her man so openly. Now comes Dan, I can’t really say a lot about him, he is not shown a lot, but he was quite a good character and their banter with Cassie cracked me up, and also made me highlight some good parts.

Overall the story is really sweet, and I can’t say that it leaves us on a cliffhanger. We can just think of an ending ourselves, but the more sweet stories there are the merrier. Who says? Me! Keep reading for next story.




Every Other Wedding : 

This is the second book in One Day at a Wedding series. This time we have Dan telling us the story. Truth and only truth, that is my policy here on Katie’s Corner. I know it might hurt someone, but these are my genuine feelings towards this novel.

Somewhere in the middle of this novel I nearly fell asleep. I was utterly disappointed, I mean about 2/3 of the book is just retelling the same things, the same dialogues as the book one. Maybe I was disappointed because I was reading it straight one after another, but never mind the book still got some good parts and new ones at that. One thing that bright me back to read the novel was encounter with Carolyn. I was just cracking up all the time while reading their dialogue.

The ending did not disappoint, though I would have loved to see a wedding, I mean they deserve it, but I guess it might be in the third book. If you ask me the last chapters are what you should be aiming to read the most, but then again, I think the novel is a bit too fast progressing and not showing as a lot. More of Dan’s and Cassie’s interaction, their dates would have been amazing. Nevertheless, this novel is still great and deserves to be read and appreciated. We do get to know a bit more about Dan, but I myself believe it was not enough for me, I would have preferred to know a bit more about his personal life, about his feelings. Keep reading for the third book!




Anything but a Wedding: 

Moving to the third book and now it’s time to listen to Thad talk. Are you ready for something interesting? Well, I was not expecting a lot, and somehow I got much more. After the 2nd book this one is really like a sip of fresh air. We have much, much more new information flowing. And this information is really amazing. I knew Thad was an amazing character right from the beginning, and hell if I didn’t root for him. And well, he and Brianna make an amazing couple. Their sassy talk with comebacks and flirtatious attitude made me swoon. Crap, I think I just fell head over heels for a man-whore called Thad, but as a rational being as I am, I came back to reality pretty fast.

I believe you will enjoy this story the most, as I predicted it did have the wedding in it (Opps… am I spoiling here? Well, you also could have guessed about it, so no hard feelings.) Back to track, I suppose the author enjoyed writing Thad’s story the most, so far it’s the longest and the most full one so far. You just can’t not sympathize with Thad though out the story. It’s not pity, no, it’s genuine understanding even if you’ve never had similar problems as he is having.

I do hope you’ll consider at least reading this story, but then you’ll miss a bit though you can still read it as a stand alone, I suppose. Keep reading, there’s a fourth book review time now!





Not One More Wedding: 

Moving to the last book in the series, as I think, time to listen to Brianna. I believe, it will be me again bitching about less new information and just a nice copy paste of the third book. I apologize before hand to the author, who I believe put a lot of effort into her books, but I believe Bri’s story could have been much, much more interesting one. I didn’t really want to reread what I read in the third book, okay there was a bit of a bonus at the end, but come on, it was so clear those two would end up together.

I’m not complaining, okay I am, but don’t you think it would have been more interesting to know more about Brianna’s past? Why she became like that, to see her in action of dominance. But what I got was just the same thing I’ve just read from Thad’s POV, with different characters being as supporting ones. My verdict: I was disappointed. But if I have read it as a stand alone, it would have been great.

I believe my opinion is not all so final, so it’s up to you to decide to read or not this series, I believe, you’ll like them. It’s a really sweet romance, with a lot of talk about weddings. Jeez, I feel so young reading it, and I’m only 20. Take your chances now. You might enjoy it so much that think: “what the hell was this girl talking about? That was just spectacular!” I can only say: everyone has different tasted. Enjoy this sweet series to the fullest and don’t forget to share your thoughts! Grab your copy now and indulge yourself in it! Happy reading!




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Excerpt from Once Upon a Wedding Book One:

“Cassie. Cassie, did you see who’s here?” Shelley tugged at her skirt, trying to get her attention directed toward the back of the church.
“What’s the matter with you?” she asked Shelley and then turned to face the back of the church. “Ohh, now I see what you mean.”
“And yet, you ignored me,” Thad said from the other side.
She just blew him off with a wave. He would get over it in two seconds or less anyway.
There he stood, looking as dapper as a GQ cover. His suit was a very nice shade of blue, with a white shirt and what appeared to be a pinstripe tie. By the time Shelley had gotten her attention, he had already selected a pew and scooted by people for a seat. The most important thing Cassie noticed was his lack of a date.
Who doesn’t take their fiancée to a wedding?
This could be a good sign. Of course, she would have to do some more investigating before she determined whether he had a single status at this point, or remained affianced. It then dawned on her that she, herself, had brought a date to the wedding. She took her eyes off Dan long enough to glance over at Thad, currently very busy staring at the legs of the woman next to him.
Boy, can I pick ‘em. Even my pretend boyfriends are losers.
“Thad, do you think you could be a little more discrete about your appreciation for our neighbor there?” she asked through gritted teeth, trying to keep her disdain to a low roar.
“Oh, shit, I’m sorry Cassie. But did you see her calves? I swear, it’s just a professional thing,” he said this with the gigolo grin, his specialty, one that hardly ever worked on Cassie. Hardly ever.
“If this is where you tell me how you’re a critic and you were just admiring her legs in a professional manner, don’t bother,” Cassie uttered in her most stern, yet quiet, voice. “You critique the arts, Thad, her legs are not performing.”
“I could argue that point, but seeing how your face is scrunching up at me, I won’t. You’re right, I’m sorry. It won’t happen again.”
Thad did his best to appear remorseful and even went so far as to kiss her forehead and squeeze her hand. She did not squeeze back.
To Cassie’s way of thinking, the fact that he had been holding her hand the whole time, including while checking out the lady’s legs next to them, made it a little worse. What could she say, though, considering she had been waiting and hoping for the appearance of another man?
She turned her head and caught Dan glancing in her direction. His mouth immediately curved up into a smile and he waved in Cassie’s direction. Cassie returned the smile and raised her left hand to reciprocate the wave, realizing she’d brought Thad’s hand along with her. Making it obvious that she had brought a date to the wedding, she immediately dropped Thad’s hand. Too late. She knew Dan had seen already.
Damn it!

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Kelly Rae

Kelly Rae is mom to an amazing young man. Everything else is just a way to keep busy between laughs with her son, or a way to pay for his sports equipment and growing feet. When she was twelve years old, she hit the big leagues by winning a Young Authors Award (okay, okay, it was only within her school district. Shh.) Although she has been unable to duplicate this success in her adult writing, she is giving it her best shot. Kelly, her son, and their chocolate lab, live in the Pacific Northwest where they enjoy the sun when it shines and the snow when it falls. When they aren't dancing in the rain or singing at the top of their lungs in the car, they are planning their dream vacations...which they might even get to take some day.

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