When I saw the sign up for The Wedding Deal, I actually thought this would be my first Cindi Madsen book. I was wrong. A couple of years ago I read a couple of her hockey romances! That was way before I started blogging. A big thank you to Entangled Publishing for providing an ARC to read and review!
Former quarterback Lance Quaid just inherited the most losing team in the NFL. He’s got only a few weeks until draft day to turn things around, and after firing more than half his staff, he can’t do it alone. Thankfully, his HR manager is more than capable, if only she’d stop focusing on “due diligence” and stop looking so sexy while she’s yelling at him.
Charlotte James has made a life out of following the rules. But nothing could have prepared her for Lance Quaid––he’s a human resources nightmare. The man is brash, has no filter, and, as her new boss, is constantly relying on her to cover his ass. Which is admittedly quite nice.
When Lance begs her to join him on a trip down the coast for his brother’s wedding so they can finalize details––on a strictly business basis––she agrees…after they fill out the necessary forms, of course. Away from the office, though, sparks start flying as the team starts coming together. But both of them know anything more than the weekend would be a colossally bad idea––after all, the extra paperwork would be a nightmare.
The Wedding Deal is such a fun book to read. To be honest, I haven’t read a lot of football romances (I mostly read hockey ones), but this was a great one to start with!
Charlotte has been working for the Mustangs for seven years now and is good at what she does. When it comes to her work the rules and paperwork are very important. Even if that means she needs to put her new boss in his place.
Lance just took over his grandfather’s football team after he passed away. When an injury cost him his own career, being able to do something this great so young wasn’t something he ever expected. So much has to happen in the weeks before drafting, he doesn’t have time for people not doing their jobs or falling in love. It seemed like a good idea to take Charlotte on a trip with him to his brother’s wedding. So much had to be done, there was no time to waste.
Even though I knew how this story played out once Lance asked Charlotte to go on the trip with him, The Wedding Deal was so much fun to read. One thing I loved was that even though this is a romance, a lot was explained when it came to putting together a team and getting ready for a draft. I may not be the biggest sports fan, but I was actually really interested to read about this. The author balanced romance and sports really well! It was nice that the book wasn’t only about the romance between the two main characters.
Charlotte is good at keeping track of statistics and having a father who is a football coach (even though that’s complicated), she knows a lot about sports. Being a woman in this world isn’t always easy. Not many men will listen to her opinion, so when Lance asks for it, she feels good about herself. It was nice to see the female lead be invested in the sports side of the story as well. Just because it’s mostly a man’s sport, doesn’t mean that women don’t know what they’re talking about. In The Wedding Deal she really learns to let loose and not always let the rules lead the way.
Lance knows a lot is riding on this draft day. This team hasn’t had many wins and he wants to change that! He’s under a lot of pressure and doesn’t see romance as an option. Like Charlotte, he notices an attraction, but knows he can’t do anything about it. Lance needs to learn to control his temper at times, but he is a hard worker. He will work for his goals.
It was a lot of fun watching the attraction between Charlotte and Lance grow and play out. In many ways they both deserved a happily ever after. Both of them didn’t have the best track record when it comes to dating, so there are a lot of obstacles to get over. While part of me things the drama near the end was a bit much, I loved the grand gesture at the end! I am a sucker for those, haha.
Besides the romance and sports, Lance’s family is so much fun to read about. I loved that the author included different family and wedding events. I wouldn’t mind taking a trip to the coast and stay at the beach they were at! Sounds like the perfect place to relax!
If you’re looking for a book filled with amazing characters, humor, sports, romance and some steamy moments definitely pick up The Wedding Deal!
Books like this remind me again why I love sports romances so much! What was the last sports romance you loved? Let me know in the comments!