Tuesday, April 3, 2012

A Buzz-worthy Review: The Wedding Beat by Devan Sipher

Author: Devan Sipher 
Format: ARC  
Release Date: April 3rd, 2012
Genre: Adult Contemporary, Romance 
Publisher: NAL Trade 
Author Site(s): Official Website, Facebook, Twitter  

SUMMARY
(from Goodreads)

"Sometimes the best man isn't even in the wedding party... 


Gavin Greene is a hopeless romantic. He's also a professional one: 
He writes the wedding column for a Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper, covering A-list parties from coast to coast. But there's a thin line between being a hotshot reporter on assignment, and being a single guy alone on a Saturday night at someone else's wedding. 


Everything changes on New Year's when Gavin meets Melinda, a travel writer with an adventurous spirit. A moonlit stroll across a Manhattan rooftop seems to seal the deal. But she slips away. 


Gavin crisscrosses New York City to find her again, navigating stressed-out brides, gossip blogs, a budget-cutting boss and his daft well-meaning parents. Along the way, he learns that there's something worse than losing the woman of his dreams: 
having to write an article about her wedding." 

MY REVIEW

If you like romance... the Nicholas Spark type of romance... 
and if you liked the movie 27 Dresses... this is definitely a book for you to read today! 

The Wedding Beat, which was released today, is funny, sweet and although it comes from a male point of view, it is a relate-able story for anyone who has ever felt that they have lingered around a moment too long in the dating-world. 

This book is about a guy looking for true love;  
But not just any guy - Gavin is a wedding columnist for a prestigious well-known newspaper! Really! Who would have thought that a famous wedding columnist was not only still single, but not even close to being married, and no where near knowing what it's like to live and breath what he writes about every week. 
For most of us, finding Mr. Right, or in this case, Mrs. Right, is not an easy task, especially for Gavin. Right from the start, we get to experience exactly what Gavin goes through while on assignment - on New Year's Eve! Seriously, how sad is it to be at a wedding, alone, on New Year's Eve... get the picture. 
Gavin's story is perfectly written and fast paced, I felt his emotions, I felt sorry for him, I also got mad at him too - a bit whiny at times, he would feel so sorry for himself for being dumped and alone, it was quite comical. Who would have thought that men go through the same ups and downs as women do.

The only reason I didn't give The Wedding Beat 5 bumble bees was because of the ending. I have to be honest here - every romance story always ends in a good "happily-ever-after" ending. And even though this one does end on a happy note, it wasn't very good. It fell short and I really expected more for Gavin. I'm happy he got what he wanted, but I would have liked to have just a little bit more time... maybe another wedding to attend to... 

And, to make the story even better, the author himself is a famous wedding columnist for the New York Times! You can find a few of his articles on his website, or, you can just pick up a paper sometime and read his column called, The Vow.
Oh, and there's a rumor that part of the movie, 27 Dresses, was inspired by him! 

You got to read this book! 



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