Wedding Favors was a real surprise to me, in a number of different ways.
First, I wasn’t expecting it. It just appeared on my ebook one day. I soon found the origin of the book, and was left to it. And thank you for that, Scott.
Second, the book itself was a real surprise to me. The title totally threw me off. What I thought I wasn’t going to like, turned into a really sweet story and very well written, in my opinion.
Wedding Favors is the story of Lucas, who returns to his hometown under somewhat of a duress to be in the wedding of his best friend, Audrey, and to his brother, of all things. He and Zach have not always gotten along, and so Lucas had no idea he would ever be returning to his home town, He has decided that because he is having a hard time coming up with ideas for his artistry, he might as well go home for a short time. Lucas is asked to be Audrey’s MOH, man of honor, instead of her sister (which does cause a small amount of tension).
Now, one of the problems that arise in this really cute story is the fact that the best man is Gabe, an old flame of Lucas’, who he thought he would never see again. Gabe had gone on with his life thinking they were forever apart.
Gabe is a logger and has stayed around his home all his life, but Lucas set out as an artist and had “been everywhere”. And he has also achieved a bit of notoriety with his work.
One other little important twist to the story is that Audrey has asked Lucas to make the wedding favors. Lucas, however, needs a large enough place to put his wheel and kiln, and the only spot that is big enough is in a part of one of Gabe’s tree farm’s buildings.
This forced closeness has unintended, but very happy consequences. The way is not easy though. When you think of a rocky restart, this was it. But slowly and surely, things start becoming apparent to Lucas. He is happy being home where his friends and family live and things with Gabe are making him have a hard time deciding to leave.
I was really surprised to enjoy this book. I am so-so on cute romances, so was expecting to just enjoy it. Instead, I found myself engrossed, caught up in the story and the characters, and feeling for them as they go through the decisions that need to be made, and the reacquainting of the characters. There were moments when I wanted to slap Lucas or Gabe upside the head, but that just shows how much I got into the book. The writing is great, the premise of the story is fun, and so I highly recommend Wedding Favors.
Lucas Wilder’s best friend is a traitor. First, Audrey moved back to their hick-infested hometown, Bluewater Bay, and now she’s marrying a local. His own brother, in fact. And as her man of honor, Lucas gets coerced into returning for an extended stay. Although, between his unfaithful ex-boyfriend and his artist’s block, going home isn’t the worst thing that could happen. Even if the best man is Gabriel Savage, Lucas’s first crush, first hookup, and first heartbreak.
The only reason Gabe hasn’t been waiting for Lucas to return to Bluewater Bay is because he never thought it’d happen. Not that it matters now that Lucas is back—Gabe’s still a logger who’s never been anywhere (Canada doesn’t count), and Lucas is now a famous sculptor who’s been everywhere twice. Plus, there’s that shared past.
When Audrey asks Lucas to make her wedding favors, the only place to set up a kiln is at Gabe’s tree farm. Soon, they pick up where they left off twelve years before, then blow past it, discovering why neither of them forgot the other. Now they have to choose how much of their history they’ll repeat, and what future they’ll make together.
Bluewater Bay stories can be read in any order — jump in wherever you’d like!