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Tall Tales and Wedding Veils - Jane Graves

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Genre: Romance / Author: Jane Graves / Mass Market Paperback / 400 Pages / Book is published 2008-08-14 by Forever

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      29.03.2010 19:49
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      Enjoyed this more than I thought I would

      Heather is an accountant likes to be in control of her life and isn't for spontaneous action, so you can imagine her horror when after a night of gambling and alcohol in Vegas, she wakes up next to womanizing Tony ... married! Once the repercussions of the night before start to kick in, Heather and Tony both agree that an immediate annullment is the best way forward. That is, until it dawns on Heather that one drunken phone call to her mother later, most of her family already know about the wedding and are strangely thrilled. Reluctant to upset her estatic mother (who has convinced herself that the Vegas wedding was perfectly normal behaviour from her usually logical and rational daughter), Tony makes a proposal to Heather - stay married for exactly one month, pretend to be a normal married couple for this time period and then get the marriage annulled with minimum fuss. It sounds easy enough on paper, but two virtual strangers pull it off?

      It's a bit of a bizarre situation to find yourself in and I must admit that at times, I found it almost comical. The plot itself is very basic as most of the book revolves around Heather and Tony's attempts to fool the outside world for the one-month deal and how things unfold once they're forced to live in his apartment together to keep the charade going. Although they both come from the same town, they are almost complete strangers - Heather has seen him in a local bar that he has set his sights on owning when he hits Vegas to try to win the money but he has no recollection of having seen her in said bar as she isn't his 'type' and wouldn't have attracted his attention. Based on this, I was intrigued to see how they'd get on when quite literally thrown together out of nowhere and how they'd ultimately wriggle out of the marriage once the one-month plan was up.

      Heather was a character that I liked straight away but I was surprised at how two-dimensional Tony became as the book progressed and his character is delved into in more depth. At first, he is the stereotypical womaniser who thinks nothing of sleeping with women and ditching them straight after and I expected him to stay on that sort of level but the author explores his character in some depth and makes it more clear why he has become this kind of guy, which makes him easier to take to. As well as Heather and Tony, other characters include Heather's cousin Regina, whose wedding it is that requires Heather to be in Vegas at the same time as Tony in the first place. She is quite a bitchy character who likes to put Heather down (as does Regina's mother, known as Aunt Bev) but even she mellows as the plot progresses so there is a good deal of character development even within the seemingly narrow confines of the plot.

      In terms of writing style, it's written in the third person, always from either Heather or Tony's perspectives. At many points, both of their takes on a given situation or event is offered so things frequently switch between the two. Being set in America, you probably won't be surprised that the tone is quite chatty and unformal and the writing flows at quite a leisurely pace as the entire book only spans a little over one month in terms of time spans.

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