Wedding planner Avery Crosslin may be a rising star in Houston society, but she doesn’t believe in love–at least not for herself. When she meets wealthy bachelor Joe Travis and mistakes him for a wedding photographer, she has no intention of letting him sweep her off her feet. But Joe is a man who goes after what he wants, and Avery can’t resist the temptation of a sexy southern charmer and a hot summer evening.
After a one night stand, however, Avery is determined to keep it from happening again. A man like Joe can only mean trouble for a woman like her, and she can’t afford distractions. She’s been hired to plan the wedding of the year–a make-or-break event.
But complications start piling up fast, putting the wedding in jeopardy, especially when shocking secrets of the bride come to light. And as Joe makes it clear that he’s not going to give up easily, Avery is forced to confront the insecurities and beliefs that stem from a past she would do anything to forget.
The situation reaches a breaking point, and Avery faces the toughest choice of her life. Only by putting her career on the line and risking everything–including her well-guarded heart–will she find out what matters most.
Brown-Eyed Girl had the potential to be 4 stars as far as my brown eyes go, but sadly it was not to my liking. The synopsis sounded great and had me hook, line, and sinker. Romance books are my favorite, but this book just fell short. This was my first time reading a book by Lisa Kleypas and perhaps the fact that this was the fourth book in the series and had I read the previous three it might have changed my rating a little higher.
Avery Crosslin works hard for what she has and as a wedding planner she has her work cut out for her. Love is the last thing on Avery’s mind and is quick to dismiss Joe Travis’s advances…but not for long. This was your typical romance story complete with complications, drama, misunderstandings, and lots of swoon. How can you not fall for a Texas Cowboy? Brown-Eyed Girl had great potential had it not been so rushed to tell a story. Some parts were filled with randomness that should have taken chapters to resolve/tell rather than a few pages.
Although it was stated that Brown-Eyed Girl could be read as a standalone many of the characters from the previous books were present, which left me confused at times and I would highly recommend reading the first three books before starting this one.