The Wedding Wager
(Weddings in Westchester #2)
by Barbara DeLeo
Nick Katsalos has a foolproof plan to save his parents’ floundering wedding venue. The last thing he expects is for Erin O’Malley, the captivating daughter of his parents’ biggest rival, to waltz in and charm the client who could finally get the family business back on track. Nick would be furious–if only he could stop thinking about her.
When Erin and Nick enter into a wager to determine who will win the contract she prepares for the worst…and is surprised by the glimpses of warmth she sees in the man behind the numbers. But Erin isn’t about to forfeit what could be the biggest wedding of the decade to a man as cold as Nick. Especially since securing it means she could finally prove to her father she’s just as capable of handling the family business as him.
But as the competition heats up, Erin and Nick must decide what’s more important—winning or love.
Two warring families, both in the Wedding business, and two characters cursed by the Romeo-and-Juliet lovestory. Yeah, you get the gist. One thing that bound them was a wager, for the wedding of a congressman’s daughter, who seemed to can’t decide where to hold her nuptials. Would it be in The Aegian Palace, where the food was scrumptious, or at the O’Malleys where she fell in love with the chapel?
Nick Katsalos was all about the numbers and equations and finding mistakes, whether in movies or in relationships. Although not a big fan of weddings per se, he decided to take over The Palace to help with the business and bring back his parents who had decided to settle in Greece. He thought he was doing okay, until Erin O’Malley struck a wager between them. Erin knew what she wanted and she’s determined to show her dad that she could do it, that she could manage their wedding business without their help. She just needed more time and moral support from her family. What she didn’t need was the distraction that Nick caused. Could their bet finally settle their differences or would they become enemies until the end?
I thought this was an honest-to-goodness romance story, the kind that would make you chortle and bat your misty eyelashes in the end. It may be the typical Romeo and Juliet story, Greek vs Irish style, without the death/tragedy.
“She’d always thought the term chiseled was an exaggeration, but Nick’s features were so breathtaking, he could’ve been handcrafted from priceless Athenian granite. His Greek heritage was undeniable with his bronze skin and deep brown eyes, and the sculpted set of his body beneath his tailored suit hinted at some kind of celestial involvement in its creation. She took an extra breath to steady her pulse. ” I don’t know a thing about Greek guys, but whenever I spy a book with a character who’s Greek, I always find my fingers clicking on the Buy/Download button for my Kindle. I think I have a thing for Greeks, where in fact, I never knew or met one. So yeah, if you know any other contemporary romances with Greek men on it, please, show me.
You can’t help but fall for Nick, although I have issues with him constantly finding faults in movies like Pretty Woman and renaissance artworks. And then there’s Erin, who’s got a great fascination with mermaids. Something we have in common, although I don’t have a tatto of it on my back. Seriously though, I admire her willpower and resolve when it comes to protecting her family and her heart. Can’t say the same with her father, though.
Overall, The Wedding Wager was a fun read, short but definitely sweet. I read this while the rain was falling down the roofs like horses galloping the night sky. That kinda gave me the boost to finish this before going to sleep and giving me sweet dreams. Perfect for hopeless romantics!
NOTE: I received this book from Entangled Publishing through Netgalley for an honest review.