Library Journal Review
Pallas Saunders is determined to make a success of her quirky, theme-based wedding business, Weddings in a Box, if for no other reason than to avoid having to go into the family banking business if she doesn't. She can hardly believe her luck when world-famous sculptor Nick Mitchell is between projects and agrees to restore some carved wood panels for her. But Nick is not only enjoying the whole wedding operation, he's attracted to -Pallas, as well. A plentiful cast of supporting characters-Nick's artist brothers are memorable-add depth to the plot, while colorful descriptions of the wildly creative wedding plans and settings are sure to fascinate. VERDICT An inventive heroine who comes into her own and a caring hero who figures out what's important give in to love in this lighthearted romance. Mallery (Secrets of the Tulip -Sisters) lives in Seattle. © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Publishers Weekly Review
Veteran romance author Mallery's signature blend of endearing characters and charming stories sets the tone for her new series, set in a small Southern California desert town. Pallas Saunders, owner of Wedding in a Box, has a theme wedding in less than an hour and is one Roman soldier short. In desperation, she asks the good-looking carpenter sitting in her office to fill in. Nick Mitchell, a world-renowned artist, is applying for a part-time carpenter job to pass the time while he waits for word on an anticipated two-year project in Dubai. After a hectic weekend of weddings, Pallas and Nick settle into an easy camaraderie. Pallas needs a sounding board: there is no pleasing her domineering mother, and her business needs a plan to grow. A budding attraction evolves through delightfully flirtatious and deceptively easy dialogue as Pallas and Nick fall into a satisfying arrangement, but the comfortable intimacy is shattered when Nick's demons surface. Mallery (the Fool's Gold series) excels at creating protagonists who grow individually as well as together on the way to their destined happy ending. A colorful cast of secondary characters with riveting background stories provide a great setup for future stories. Agent: Annelise Robey, Jane Rotrosen Agency. (Aug.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Booklist Review
Pallas Saunders has inherited Weddings in a Box, a business that specializes in themed weddings. Nick Mitchell has applied for the position of part-time carpenter, but the day he arrives, Pallas is short one Roman slave to carry a bride on a palanquin, so she enlists Nick. Embarrassed when she discovers that he is actually a famous artist, her discomfiture turns to surprise when he tells her he wants to stay on and renovate the elaborately carved wooden panels used as background scenery. The two fall for each other, but Nick doesn't want to commit; he's seen what excessive passion can do to a relationship. Their little town of Happily, Inc., is a romantic destination for lovers, however, not to mention the perfect place for weddings, so with all that love in the air, what chance does Nick really have of keeping his distance from his soul mate? The first in ever-popular Mallery's new Happily, Inc. series has the author's signature blend of humor, poignancy, and small-town charm.--Mosley, Shelley Copyright 2017 Booklist