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Allison Hale had always played second fiddle. She didn’t win the science fair, have a million friends, or become the world’s best mom. That was her sister, Betsy. However, Ally’s managed to do something her sister couldn’t - connect her family’s failing business to the wealthy Carmichaels through her engagement to their son, Brent. All she has to do is plan the wedding of the century with the hottest wedding planner in town, Megan Kinkaid. How could she have ever guessed that Megan and her zest for life would threaten everything she’d carefully planned?

Megan Kinkaid knows how to produce a wedding for the history books, and she’s not about to miss out on the chance to tackle high-profile Brent Carmichael’s. His fiancée, however, is not who Megan imagined for shiny Brent. Ally Hale is beautiful, earnest, selfless, and fun. She’s also everything Megan ever wanted for herself, and their chemistry hovers in the stratosphere. But can she make Ally see that there’s more to life than making others happy before it’s too late?

©2021 Melissa Brayden (P)2021 Bold Strokes Books Inc

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  • Michelle A
  • 10-12-21

The last 2 hours of this book ENRAGED me

Usually a big fan of author but it took me over a week to listen to the last 2 hours of this book because every time I tried I'd have to turn it off and go do something to keep myself from cussing.

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Allison's behavior in this whole book is so immature, thoughtless and hurtful to both her fiance and Meghan. She is not in love with her fiance but she agreed to marry him anyway...2x. She has feelings for someone else but instead of ending things with her fiance she agrees to a break and gets into a whole a$$ relationship with another person without breaking up with him. Her reason? Because Meghan won't declare her full feelings to her. Meanwhile she's still meeting up with her fiance for walks and talks. When her fiance gets into an accident she basically ditches Meghan and runs back to him. She leaves the 1 date she and Meghan have since her fiance's accident to run to his side, then is surprised when Meghan breaks up with her. She then gets back with her fiance and agrees to a quickee wedding. WTF?!?!?!?!
Even though I disagree with Meghan's actions when she goes to confess her feelings for Allison ON HER WEDDING DAY (because for 1 why would any sane lesbian try to get back with a woman who runs back to their fiance right after y'all break up is beyond me) but how did all this become all Meghan's fault?
Allison accuses Meghan of ruining her life 2x. WTF? The onus of getting their relationship back on track (why???) is placed on Meghan. The full blame of why things went wrong is placed on Meghan. While it's true that Meghan has trust issues, this in no way makes her the one at fault. Was she supposed to say "why sure Allison go be at your ex-fiance's beck and call--that's fine. I'm a doormat and I'll just stick around letting my heart hang out in the wind while you figure things out"? Why was it Meghan's job to put her feelings for Allison out there before Allison put her feelings out there for Meghan? Why doesn't Allison have to answer for the fact that she NEVER actually broke up with her ex? Allison acts like she's the only person who lost something in their break up and Meghan is the only 1 to blame. What about the fact that Meghan's business and reputation took a big hit? Why doesn't Allison have to apologize for her wishy-washy behavior to both Allison and her ex?
This book was definitely not for me. Not at all!
Frankly I wanted Meghan to break up with Allison and fall in love her her best friend instead.

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  • Tammi
  • 08-12-21

Great until…

First off I have to say Melissa Sternenberg is fantastic!! I love her as a narrator and she was extra perfect here.
I was really loving this book until there was about 2 hours left. I hated the direction the story went. It was unoriginal and easy and I really wanted Melissa Brayden to NOT go there. But she did. Disappointing and a little irksome for me.
The story wraps up nicely and if not for that hour or so close to the end, I would have given it 5 stars. Overall I enjoyed the characters and the story. The writing is good, too. No regrets on the purchase and would still recommend the book.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 30-11-21

Definitely worth a credit!

This book has it all! I loved the MC's, especially Ally. They both grew throughout the book. Has a good story line. The chemistry and love between MC's can be felt deep. The sex scenes are perfect, none of that fade to black crap. I did get frustrated with the lack of communication between MC's at times and wanted to smack them upside the head. The book made me happy, sad, laugh, cry, made me angry and also turned me on. Definitely recommend this book. Also the narrator did a great job too!

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  • Sab
  • 28-12-21

Thought it would be great

It was a little less than OK. It was longer that it should have been, that made it a little boring. I like Melissa Brayden’s books, but not this one.
Sorry.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-12-21

Name mixup

The amount of times the narrator said the wrong name was pretty distracting but the rest was good

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  • BFAV
  • 02-12-21

Wonderful

A little diff theme with a Event Coordinator falling for a straight bride. I was totally invested within the first few chapters. Of course an adult suddenly realizing maybe she isn’t straight Throws in all kinds of monkey wrenches for everyone..
I couldn’t stop listening and went thru the whole story in one sitting. Just a feel good romance and coming out with very hot but respectful sex episodes.

Worth a credit / great narration,

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  • Bobbi H
  • 25-11-21

Yummy

I loved it. I will listen again and again. Aurora always makes the characters jump out and drag you along with their emotional adventures.

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  • 'Nathan
  • 24-01-22

High-Angst, and Performer Issues

While I did like this audiobook, I struggled with "Marry Me" a bit, and I think it comes down to two things, really: the first was personal preference as a reader, and the second was the performance, which was surprising for a Melissa Sternenberg audiobook.

The set up for this one is fairly straightforward, and covered in the blurb: Ally is getting married to Brent (who is the chisel-chinned, little bit bro-dude eldest son of the very wealthy and influential Carmichael family). Ally herself is a soft touch—she's a fourth grade teacher, used to playing second-fiddle to everyone else's needs but her own. Her older sister, Betsy, always stole the show, leaving Ally to be, well, the also-ran. And Ally is content in that role, enjoys her life, makes people happy and is looking forward to continuing the relationship she has with Brent—a comfortable, known thing where they both "get" each other, and where she's his gal-Friday and he's her animus—because beyond her job and helping her parents at their small and struggling health food store, Ally doesn't have a lot going on. This new life she's about to enter—rich, influential Carmichael life—is going to be a very big change. And because of who she's marrying, she scores Megan as her wedding planner.

Then falls in love with Megan. Completely, explosively, and with far, far more emotion than she's ever been in love before. Ally has never felt passion like this, and starts to realize her previous life isn't happiness and passion, but contentment and stability.

Megan is a bit of a control freak: she likes knowing all the risks, and doesn't take a chance unless things are a sure-bet, which sets up her struggle with Ally—she's never quite sure she can trust Ally isn't going to run back to Brent, despite Ally being very clear and communicative pretty much all the time, with everyone (including Brent).

I liked both characters, and even though he was a bit clueless in the way a rich cis white dude would be, Brent was quite likeable too, albeit with a few caveats. I'm not sure he ever asked Allison what she wanted—but in fairness, no one ever asked Allison what she wanted, including Megan. Instead, everyone seemed to delight in telling Allison what they thought she should do. Including some (unintentional, if I'm willing to give them the benefit of the doubt) pressure from her parents over how the Carmichael family connections would solve their financial distress. The less said about Allison's sister Betsy the better—I loathed her, and one of the reasons I struggled a bit with the book was Betsy never once had any consequences for her awful, awful actions and the way she brow-beat Allison down. By the end, Ally is glad to be on better terms with her sister, and that slipped into one of my frustration zones with fiction, and felt like a message I see too often: forgive your family, no matter what. That said, a lot of people do feel like family is super-important and worth forgiveness no matter the issue, so your mileage will definitely vary.

Ultimately, where I really wavered was in how long the crisis and angst lasted, and then how Megan timed her attempt of declaration, and then how Ally—even in doing the right thing—did something so incredibly cruel to someone who loved her and... Oof.

Basically, this one doubled down on everyone being in pain and suffering, and while Megan seemed to have a few people in her life who had her back—her parents, her coworkers—Ally has almost no support network at all, which certainly made sense for her always-please-others characterization, but left me wanting to smack most of the people in her life (her father's last-moment offer of support was one of the few times it felt like <I>anyone</I> offered Ally the opportunity to state what she wanted). Ally did have a queer friend she made during the time in the book, but she pushes her away rather effectively in the dark moment and that's it. In fact, when we do get to the wedding scene, we learn who is Megan's maid of honour—and it makes sense—but unless I missed it (I was walking the dog and listening on audiobook), there's no mention of one for Ally, and honestly that struck me as fitting.

I really liked them together at the start, and their journey with Ally learning how much broader her ability to love was, and I felt for them both feeling their way through something where no matter what they did someone would get hurt, but then the crisis moment hit and they all seemed to double down on doing the most harm, and it took a very long time to get out of the rough place. And given the lack of friend-groups or family support, it was a long ride to endure. Maybe it was also just being cold and frozen while walking the dog, but in parts this one hit depressing from how unrelentingly angsty the journey got.

While I normally praise Melissa Sternenberg (and she is an amazing performer usually, with great characterizations), this one had something I'd never encountered before: lots of mistakes. Multiple times she misattributed who was speaking, and I'd skip back thirty seconds, confused, only to hear it again. Dialog tagged with 'said Allison' when Allison wasn't present, or dialog with '"Listen to me Megan," said Megan' moments happened a few times, and each time it jarred me right out of the book and made me fumble my phone out of my pocket, get my glove off, and rewind to make sure I understood what was going on. I haven't had that happen before with her as a performer. I definitely think I would have enjoyed this one more not as an audiobook.

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  • Wende B
  • 31-12-21

Meagan should run

If I had not already read a bunch of Melissa Brayden books I would have assumed this book was written by a man. I know that we do not educate our teachers to be critical thinkers but Alison is an idiot who has absolutely no connection to her emotions, does not understand when she is being manipulated, and can’t say no. Sound like any 4th grade teacher you have ever met? No? Me either. Plus, she is cruel. She breaks up with her finance but then cares for his rich ass because his rich self with a family has no one else. She doesn’t consider her lesbian girlfriends feelings about this because I guess in 2021 she has never met or known a lesbian. Then even though she is in love with someone else, she toys with the rich dude some more by agreeing to marry him-quickly-when she is sad. THEN she hires her ex-girlfriends company to run the event - very poor form. Alison needs to get to know herself and stop being so selfish and cruel before she gets into a relationship.

Meagan needs to learn proper communication skills and when to walk away from fickle people. Meagan begging Alison to come back is completely unacceptable.

Melissa Brayden needs to not take her readers for granted and understand that the world has changed and rom coms need to too. And no one is meant to be, does the author think the readers are in 4th grade?

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-12-21

easy listen

The plot had a twist that I kinda didn't see coming. if this was reality it wouldn't have ended so nicely. Nice easy listening for around the house or car.