“I Don’t!”: Romance at Almost Weddings

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June is the ultimate month for brides, grooms, flowers, the march down the aisle. But what happens when the wedding doesn't happen? Sometimes the bride runs away or the groom gets cold feet or someone steps forward and says "I object!" It sounds like a nightmare, but in a real romance novel there's always an obstacle to overcome, and the hero and heroine are the stronger for it.

Call Me Irresistible by Susan Elizabeth Phillips. After preventing her best friend Lucy from making a terrible mistake by marrying a man she doesn't love, Meg Koranda finds herself flat broke and stuck in a town where everyone hates her. So who should she turn to for help? How about the hostile almost-groom? Want to know what happened to the bride? Try the companion novel The Great Escape.

The Best Man by Kristan Higgins. Jilted at the altar, Faith was crushed and left her too-small hometown to recover. Now she's back and looking for closure. The first person she runs into is Levi Cooper, her ex-fiancée's best friend and the man who stopped the wedding. Higgins' novels allow her characters to develop both personally and romantically and may appeal to fans of Jennifer Weiner.

The Sunflower by Richard Paul Evans. When her fiancée calls off the wedding, Christine Hollister decides to travel to Peru and volunteer at EL Girasol (The Sunflower), an orphanage. She meets Paul Cook, a doctor with a tragic past that's left him emotionally damaged. The two characters begin to rediscover love and put their lives back together. Less frothy and more serious, this romance is a two-hanky story.

Sweet Southern Nights by Rochelle Alers. Betrayed by her fiancée and maid of honor, Angela Chase is wary of love and relationships, but then she meets Dr. Levi Eaton, who becomes determined to change her mind. This is a Harlequin series romance in the Kimani imprint by a well-known and popular author.