Title: There Goes the Groom
Author: Jana Richards
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Romantic Comedy
Eight years ago Tony left Olivia at the altar, sure she didn't really want to marry him. Now he's back, and they're forced to work together.
Coming home isn't easy for Tony. The choices he’s made with his career and his life have resulted in an uncomfortable relationship with his father. Even before Tony's return, Olivia began questioning the depth of her love for her fiancé, a man she chose because he was safe. The last thing she wants is a faithless marriage like the one her parents suffered through.
When Tony, who never stopped loving her, insists her fiancé is the wrong man for her, Olivia sets out to prove him wrong. But the sexual chemistry between them is still strong, and so are her feelings for him. Even so, how can she break her engagement, hurt her fiancé as she was once hurt? And how can she trust Tony not to abandon her like he did before?
If anyone does the jilting this time, she will.
A black Mercedes pulled into a visitor parking stall beside Liv's car. Liv's mother stepped out of the luxury vehicle, appearing as elegant as ever. Tony could tell the instant Mrs. Taylor recognized him. Her expression first registered shocked surprise and then anger.
"Tony DiPietro." Grace Taylor's tone dripped with sarcasm. "I never thought I'd see you again. What on earth brings you back here?"
"Mom, Tony's helping with an important exhibit for the museum." She gave her mother the Reader's Digest version of events. "It's only for three months."
"I'm just here to do a job, Mrs. Taylor." Tony slung his backpack over his shoulder and picked up the suitcases. "Thanks for the ride, Liv…Olivia."
"We have a lot of work to do, Olivia," Grace Taylor said. "A lot of decisions have to be made about your wedding."
Tony stopped cold. Her wedding?
Mrs. Taylor glared at him triumphantly. "Haven't you told Tony about your engagement, Olivia?" She lifted her daughter's left hand to Tony's face and for the first time he noticed the engagement ring on her third finger. "Stuart gave Olivia his family heirloom ring. It belonged to his great-grandmother. I'd say that shows how deeply committed he is."
"Congratulations Olivia." A torrent of questions whirled in Tony's brain. Who was this Stuart guy? Where was he from? Was he good enough for her? "I hope you'll be very happy."
She lifted her chin and looked him straight in the eye. "We already are."
He lugged his belongings into the rented condo, his gut twisting and his mind reeling. News like this shouldn't surprise him, nor should it give him the stab in the heart he'd just experienced. But still it did.
The worst part was knowing that another man could make Liv happy when he couldn't.
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Why is your featured book a must-read?
THERE GOES THE GROOM is a fun story about getting a second chance to get things right. Eight years ago, Tony and Olivia both got things terribly wrong. Tony made a mistake when he left Olivia at the altar, believing she didn’t want to marry him. Olivia’s mistake was not being honest about her feelings, and then blaming him for leaving her.
Now after eight years, he’s back in her life and they’re forced to work together. Though she’s still angry, Liv finds she has the same old feelings for Tony. She comes to terms with her role in their breakup. But she’s engaged to another man. Does she follow her heart or does she go ahead with a marriage to her “safe” choice?
Oh, and my favorite scene is a car chase featuring Liv’s elderly neighbor who thinks she’s a NASCAR driver. It was definitely a fun scene to write!
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