* Review * YOU SAY IT FIRST by Susan Mallery

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* Review * YOU SAY IT FIRST by Susan MalleryYou Say It First by Susan Mallery
Series: Happily Inc
Published by HQN Books on August 22, 2017
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The #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Fool's Gold romances invites you to visit Happily Inc., a wedding destination founded on a fairy tale!

Sculptor Nick Mitchell grew up in a family of artists and learned from his volatile father that passion only leads to pain. As he waits on a new commission, he takes a day job as a humble carpenter at a theme wedding venue. The job has its perks—mainly the venue's captivating owner, Pallas Saunders.

Pallas adores Weddings in a Box. But if she can't turn the floundering business around, she'll have no choice but to cave to her domineering mother and work at the family's bank. Then when a desperate bride begs Pallas for something completely out of the box, her irresistible new hire inspires her. Nick knows she doesn't belong behind a desk, and she knows in her heart that he's right—where she really belongs is in his arms.

Weddings in a small town! It was definitely a slow start with Susan Mallery’s kick-off to her new Happily Inc series. The town is quirky and the characters have potential but it kind of felt like we were fed too much info on many of them just to lay the groundwork for the series and it overshadowed the ability of the main characters to catch my attention. They were cute together, and by the end I was hoping for a happy ending, but they didn’t grab me and reel me in like I wanted them to. If you’re a fan of Mallery’s small town life, you’ll probably still enjoy the book, but it might not snare you as easily as some have in the past. I’m hoping for more connection and depth when I dig into book two!

Pallas Saunders had big dreams for her life, but it hasn’t turned out anything like she imagined … and she’s not so sure that it’s a bad thing! She’s enjoying her newfound freedom running a themed wedding venue, but it’s not taking off as fast as she had hoped. If she doesn’t soon start to bring in some money, she may be caving to her demanding mother’s wish for her to come work at the family’s bank.

World-renowned artist Nick Mitchell has a big commission on the horizon, so he’s not looking to start some big job right now, so he finds himself answering an ad for some carpentry work at Pallas’s wedding venue. He ends up working on a project that he really enjoys and he can’t help but indulge himself with Pallas’s company as often as he can as well. He’s not looking for a relationship, but some temporary companionship could be nice!


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