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One fake relationship . . .Ginny Michaels has always been a good girl and--ever since surviving a school shooting a little over a year ago--hailed a hero. Except she doesn't feel like a hero. She can't even have a one-night stand with sexy Wes Dalton properly. When her big city fling resurfaces in her hometown with an intriguing proposition, she's powerless to resist. A faOne fake relationship . . .Ginny Michaels has always been a good girl and--ever since surviving a school shooting a little over a year ago--hailed a hero. Except she doesn't feel like a hero. She can't even have a one-night stand with sexy Wes Dalton properly. When her big city fling resurfaces in her hometown with an intriguing proposition, she's powerless to resist. A fake relationship is exactly what's needed to keep her small town's matchmakers at bay during the upcoming wedding season. If only her attraction to Wes were as easy to ignore.Too many real kisses . . .Wes Dalton doesn't have many regrets, and that includes his night with Ginny. But he's always hoped to strengthen his relationship with his estranged family. When his father's health takes a bad turn, Wes puts his life on hold and moves to the meddling seaside town of Cape Hope. With his barriers in place--and a beautiful woman to help him hold them up--he's prepared for anything. Or so he thinks. Despite his determination to leave as soon as the summer is over, those fake kisses are starting to feel an awful lot like the real thing....

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Four Weddings and a Break Up Reviews

  • Wendy'sThoughts
    2019-02-01 17:31

    3.75 Reconciliation, Dare To Just Be Stars * * * 3/4There was so much to think about with this book. We, as readers, like certain set ups... we love the hook up which then comes back and bites us in the ass... we love the pretend romance which becomes much, much more. We love when small towns can impact the flow of the characters' lives... causing them to behave a certain way... and most of all, I think, we love when traumatic events impacts the way the people are.... needing to addressed... to come to terms with it... and hopefully either move on or find a way to be better about it. Well, this tale had it all... yup, the "I dare you" hook up and it backfires big time for our gal. She, Ginny, is the "good girl", the boring, heroic girl of the town. She is out with the girls for a bachelorette deal in Atlantic City. She was forced to come... and she is getting a little tired of all the focused looks of "are you ok... doing alright" stuff. Yes, she experienced a horrific shot at her workplace, no less... and in the process saved a student but lost the shooter. Her sweet, stable, stand-up-guy boyfriend... turned out to not be that at all and dumped her while she was recovering. She is no longer teaching... too many memories which can trigger panic attacks... and so here she is... throwing back a few shots and beers to just get through all the looks and teasing from the gals. Ginny has thought, though...why am I always so good and thoughtful for everyone else...why is it so hard to just feel and let loose with a guy... like him... a man she sees who has danger written all over him... he is commanding yet just there... not looking for anything or anyone. He has a force field which cause her mind to go to places unvisited... yet... she isn't that gal... the one who takes what she wants... not Ginny...except... The dare... drunk, tipsy friends... egging her on to approach him under the guise of the bride's choice of dare... oh, sure... like he will give her the time of day. The women gussy Ginny up... open the collar, do the lip gloss and shove her into the mix. Ginny figures she will bring him a beer, have a conversation and maybe she will do the dare's kiss... but she will have to go out the back door as that is where he just went.Mr. Dangerous, Wes, is out in the alley getting fresh air, trying to clear his head. He is a self made man in Real Estate with high end hotels across the States. He is tired as his deal here in Atlantic City is taking longer to get off the ground. He will be going to his father's home to assist with his care-taking with his half-brothers. Dad is in early stages of Alzheimer's and only just got over a bout with Cancer. His brothers are not being all warm and fuzzy to him... why should they... he has felt like an outsider forever... never feeling really welcome. He needed to focus; grow his business. Hhe wasn't able to always be there to help out...but he is taking the time... and made the commitment... and he will follow through... even if it kills him. What happens next is something out of a dream for Wes... the backdoor opens and out pops this shy, sweet, womanly figured angel... she is carrying a beer and has this look that just takes him from being all pissy about his life to wanting to know her and do "bad" things with her... right now. She hands him the giving him this look he can't quite figure out ... she says something about a storm coming on. What happens in the next exchanges is this undercurrent of him wanting to actual get to know her...she says things which are not the usual and somehow they are making real sense to him. They both are talking about one thing... but there seems to be this other conversation happening at the same time with their bodies... they are leaning... they touch and the storm breaks... not just with the rain... but with the both of them. The lightening and thunder is not limited to the rain and weather... what the both of them do together is electrifying... lips, legs, body-parts... all of it happening with careless abandon...Staggering after... Ginny, uncouples and still is off center... Wes... slides back into self preservation mode stating a line he has used over and over again about never committing and being on his own. This snaps Ginny back to the reality of the moment and she leaves... doing her self talk ... getting her head straight.Now we all know, the both of them are going to be living in the same town...and of course, there needs to be a reason for them to end up interacting... so this is where the small town push and gossip comes to play. Wes, being there to help with dad and fix his relationship with his brothers opens up all the old biddies to arrange for their daughters to date him... at least that is their agenda. These same biddies love to do the town gossip and Ginny is grist for the mill, too. Wes tells one of these women... he has a girlfriend... he is taken. Wes is at the grocery store, Ginny is getting something out of the freezer and they both see each other... unfortunately... Wes pulls a stupid... Ginny feels ridiculous and then the town gossips see Wes talking to Ginny trying to fix what happened. Ms. Gossip comes and starts up telling all the tales about Ginny's shooting and then sees the both of them looking at each other... Ginny and Wes both know what is about to happen and Wes steps up saying they are together... saving Ginny and himself selfishly from having to deal with the dates this woman wants to set up for them with cousins, sons or daughters with the upcoming wedding season.Both Wes and Ginny see the writing on the wall... Although Ginny is so upset with Wes' behavior at the store... and also remembering there is no future with him... per his statement after their hook up... she still needs to have someone take her to all of these things. She sets up a verbal contract and rules for Wes and her to follow...with even a safety word to be called out if things get too intense between their fake their relationship... because... both of them are attracted to each other... both still feel the link... and it is going to be hard to control... This book was full of actual situations everyday people have to deal with. Sadly, we have violence and bullying in schools causing young people to lose their way; bringing weapons and using them. Sometimes they could be just confused... other times they are past that point and have crossed into a mental state which there is no turning back. Children, teachers, employees and towns folk have been impacted around the world with this scenario. There is no easy answer and the survivors all carry this experience for the rest of their days. How they are treated; what type of counseling and when it is given can make all the difference to someone. Having this be part of the story had merit..yet I would have thought Ginny would have been in therapy with the school bearing some responsibility for it happening to her. Her handling this was a continuing challenge and although she was making a go of it...I would wonder if she was offered treatment. Wes had his own stuff to handle... and we got to meet his half brothers. Each had a distinct personality laying the foundation for more books to come with this crew. Wes took awhile to go through his realization arc... but in the end he figured some things out. Ginny had to handle her wants and desires with the reality of what was being offered to her. We got to see both of them work through all of their hang ups together.This was my first read with Elyssa Park. She presents interesting conflicts with tasty fellas and gals... and I am sure the next story will be just as engaging as this one.A gifted copy was provided by author/publisher for an honest reviewFor more reviews, Free E-books and Giveaways

  • Claire Robinson
    2019-02-04 21:11

    3 - Great beginning to a Series Stars.Four Weddings & A Break-up is what I would class as a foundation book. Although the story being told is wholly Ginny and Wes’s, the introduction of characters from around Cape Hope as the book progresses is many and varied. I did at times find the book a little ‘busy’, but on the whole this is an enjoyable, and easy to get lost-in read.Ginny, is trying to move on from a massively traumatic event from her past, unfortunately living in a small community who believe her to be a ‘Hero’ it is difficult to leave the past behind, when you are constantly being reminded of it. I liked Ginny’s determination to move on from the shooting and overcome what happened, as well as try to embrace a ‘fake’ relationship with Wes.”I’m like Dominoes. If you don't get it in thirty minutes or less, the next one is free.”Mr. Dangerous, Wes Dalton never expected to see Ginny again after their unexpected 24 minutes of passion whilst she is out of town on a cousin’s Hen-Weekend. Returning to Cape Hope after a long absence to help his step-brothers deal with his father’s deteriorating health. Wes is the kind of character that you just want to walk up to and give a hug, on the outside he is a successful businessman, who answers to no-one and knows exactly what he wants, but the vulnerability that the reader gets too see is extremely endearing, trying to do right, but only ever being judged for the past.The fake dates and the mayhem that ensues as the book progresses is very entertaining to read, and although it’s pretty easy to work out how things are going to turn out between them, it was an enjoyable ride to be on.As I said you can tell this book is written as a beginning of a series, the main as well as the secondary character development is strong, and the side-stories that could be developed for more books in the future are plentiful. I look forward to seeing where Elyssa decides to take us on our journey around Cape Hope in the books that follow.ARC kindly provided by the Author in exchange for the above honest review.

  • MaggieReadsRom
    2019-02-22 14:32

    A 2014 favorite! This book was a lovely first encounter with Elyssa Patrick's writing. I've followed her on Twitter almost from the first moment I ever signed up but never got around to reading any of her work so when the opportunity presented itself to read this standalone contemporary romance (one of my fave subgenres) with a fake relationship trope (one of my fave tropes) early, I grabbed it with both hands and have absolutely no regrets about that. In a vast sea of small town contemporary romances I think FOUR WEDDINGS AND A BREAK UP stands out and that is due to Elyssa Patrick's excellent writing and voice. This book gave me warm fuzzies in many ways and that is always a good thing. It is one of my most favorite contemporary romances of 2014! Her writing is wonderful! The way she immediately drew me into the setting and made me root for her characters, the way she used humor that varied from subtle to laugh-out-loud, the references to music, movies and TV shows I love, the way she made Cape Hope and its inhabitants come alive, the way she tackled some heavier subjects and incorporated them in the romance, the sexiness of the love scenes and the way they fit the story perfectly...I devoured it all and felt an instant click with this book! It was a perfect mix of romance, humor, sexiness, emotions and even a little heart-stopping suspense! Memorable Scenes:- the scene in the car after the first dinner with Ginny's family > oh boy, holy hotness! - the night of Deb's wedding > how romantic turns to scorching in a heartbeat, then to heartbreakingly emotional and back to scorching again- the bathtub scene with the eye-stabbing incident > OMG! I died laughing :)- the final chapters > Sobbed my way through them...those chapters killed me!Fave Quotes:Wes let himself feel all these things, until the secondhand hit the twelve, signaling a full minute had passed. And then, like everything else he did in his life, he stopped and hid his underbelly under a virtual suit of armor so thick that one would wonder if there were any chinks.No one ever needed to know that there were so many chinks, it would take only the smallest scratch to unravel all he tried so hard to hold together.But reaching for her water meant looking away from him. And that seemed almost criminal. Punishable by death.Plus, why hadn’t he moved away? Why was he still standing there, dripping wet? Didn’t he know that she was on the verge of doing very bad things to him?

  • Mandi Schreiner
    2019-02-02 18:26

    Ginny Michaels was a teacher that survived a school shooting. One of her students shot her and another student – they both survived but the gunman then shot and killed himself. While most of the small town of Cape Hope hails Ginny as a hero, she doesn’t feel like much of one. She has guilt over not doing more to stop the student from shooting himself, or to recognize that he was in a point in his life to commit such a violent act. This student’s family also puts blame at Ginny’s feet. Ginny has always been the quiet, good girl and while in the big city for a bachelorette party, decides to get a little crazy. She sees a man walk into the bar who looks dark and dangerous, and on a dare from her girlfriends, she approaches him outside. They then do something very naughty – one could call it a one-night stand but since it only lasted 24 minutes behind a bar…Ginny is quite satisfied but later when she is back home, she sees this man again. Surprise! Wes Dalton owns a big company in the city, but he has decided to take some time off to help his ailing father and become reacquainted with his three half-brothers. His father is showing early signs of dementia and Wes wants to step up his involvement. Wes is not a commitment type of guy, but he also can’t stand trying to be set-up by nosy neighbors. When he realizes Ginny is in the same boat, he suggests they become fake boyfriend and girlfriend for the few months he plans to spend in Cape Hope. At first Ginny thinks it’s a ridiculous idea, but as the match-making piles on, she turns to Wes to escape the pressure. And of course their fake dating turns to real kissing and so on.My favorite quote above makes me a little shivery, but I really wish Wes would have spoken or acted like this more consistently. Named dark and dangerous by Ginny and supposedly a millionaire or more, I wanted him – a bigger presence. Maybe loosen up a bit throughout the book. He felt rigid to me, and I wanted him to be rougher or funnier – just a bigger character than what we get. He is sexy in a way because he cares for Ginny (even though he doesn’t want commitment) and he is sexy in the bedroom. But I had a hard time really getting to know Wes.I liked Ginny a lot more. I think the guilt and shame and just wishing the school shooting never to be mentioned again is handled really well. I like that she gets tired of always trying to do the right thing, and never making a scene. And I love that she has a 24 minute affair with Wes and how that gives her confidence and just a fun time. I feel like we get to know her more than we get to know Wes and she shows more emotion and just feels like a fuller character. I enjoyed her.There is a small suspense storyline that develops and I could have done without that. I liked the tone of the book without that added in.While this one isn’t a favorite of mine, I appreciate this author’s voice – I’ve read several of her books and they all feel different. From a new adult, to a crazy rock star (my favorite) to more of a small town romance. Interested to see what she gives us next.Rating: C+

  • Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
    2019-02-20 18:10

    Slick‘s review posted on Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews4 STARSReview copy provided for an honest reviewI’ll admit I have a sick sense of humor so I’m always thrilled when a one night stand or in this case a 24 minute stand comes back to bite the participants in the ass. This book starts off with a hotter than hell encounter up against the wall of a bar in the rain between two strangers that don’t realize they’ll soon be living in the same small town at least for a short while. I enjoyed this book immensely; there were a lot of flat out funny times, some entertaining conversations, and eventually some more sexy times. The characters were interesting from the two main characters to all of the supporting ones. The writing was a little uneven; there were times that the conversations were so heartfelt they melted me but then there were times where they seemed stilted and a few instances that were just plain corny. Despite that I had a hard time putting this book down because I genuinely cared about these characters and what was happening between them.When Wes Dalton arrives in Cape Hope it’s with one objective, to help his half brothers deal with their dad and his progressing Alzheimer’s. He never expects to run into Ginny Michael’s his one night stand he met the night before and to not immediately recognize her. Saying these two don’t get off on the best foot is putting it mildly however they soon realize they can help each other by being friends and pretending to be more to avoid being fixed up by her Mom and the town busy bodies.It was fun to watch Wes and Ginny run the gauntlet of small town meddling and gossip. I was amazed how easily they found it to talk to one another about anything and everything often sharing things with each other they never shared with people closer to them. They formed this very cozy friendship all while trying to deny the intense sexual desire for one another and working like hell to keep from succumbing to their baser needs. So, it’s no surprise when they did finally give in they were pretty damn combustible.Honestly, author Elyssa Patrick has always impressed me with the characters in her books; they are so well written that you can imagine grabbing a drink with them and being friends. So while the plot was a little tedious, I was able to overlook it because the characters just drew me in and made me want to stay. Overall, I enjoyed Four Weddings and a Breakup and really hope we are treated to some more Cape Hope stories in the future.

  • Dianne
    2019-01-26 22:05

    Is it possible to have a “pretend romance” with a hot and sexy man when every breath you take is monitored by Every.Single. Person. in the small town you live in? Nope, not a chance, and that is exactly what sweet, small town Ginny discovered. After an “interesting” encounter up against the wall of a popular bar, Ginny is both proud and appalled with her behavior, but, hey, she’ll never see the man, again, right? Wes was on his way to help out with his extremely ill father, the encounter with the woman behind the bar, was a fluke, an enjoyable fluke. He’ll never see her again, right?Welcome to Cape Hope and Elyssa Patrick’s delightfully warm and often hysterical and irreverent tale of two people who get caught up in a deception of their own making. Four Weddings and a Break Up is refreshing, funny and completely endearing as Ginny and Wes’ paths cross again and they come up with a plan to “date” to keep the matchmakers at bay during a summer filled with weddings, families and a crazy stalker out for revenge. What they find is that just maybe their romance isn’t so “fake” after all!Elyssa Patrick has a way with telling her story that just barrels on through like a locomotive of love and laughs as the sexual tension begins to sizzle and steam. Ginny is just adorable with a few issues to contend with, while Wes, although the picture of confidence on the outside, lets Ginny see the man he really is. Ms. Patrick has colored her pages with love from almost all directions, including wonderful families and friends. Even the villain of this tale was working from a skewed sense of love and loss. Four Weddings and a Break Up is a light and fun romance that will leave you smiling and feeling all warm and squishy inside. This is one of those gems that crept up on me when I least expected it! I was a goner, hook, line and sinker from page one! Looking for another great summer read? Here it is!I received a copy for the author in exchange for my honest review.Expected Publication: May 12th 2014Publisher: Elyssa PatrickISBN13: 9781495416316

  • Becca
    2019-01-28 16:27

    Every book that I pick up by Elyssa Patrick, leaves me feeling where did the time go. And Four Weddings and a Break Up swooped me up into its tale and I loved every minute of it. Ginny Michaels was pestered into a bet, a dare, from her sister, cousin and friends. While in Atlantic City for her cousin's bachelorette party - she spots Mr. Dangerous aka Wes Dalton across the room at the bar. After spending a majority of the night staring at him, she finally gets up the nerve to go up to him and talk. What she did expect was the instant chemistry with him leading to a little risky business out in the alley in the rain.Mr. Dangerous tells her, thanks for the fun...see ya. That is until the next day at the grocery store back home, who does Ginny run into..dum dum da....MR. DANGEROUS!! The only problem. He doesn't remember her (ouch).We find out that Ginny is known as the town hero (which she totally doesn't see herself as) and Wes is in town trying to mend his past with his family. He has a short amount of time he will be in town and has been home for not even 5 minutes before the nosy neighbor is trying to set him up on a date with her daughter. Ginny is constantly being set up by her mother and just wants to be left alone. So an agreement is made - fake date for the summer. Why not? I must say that the chemistry between Ginny and Wes is AMAZING. They both have their problems, but that's what draws them together and makes them even stronger. They both find out that maybe its ok to let someone in.This was a cute, fun story with an underlying mystery storyline, that kept you on the edge of your seat. A great read! 4.5 stars.

  • Emily
    2019-02-17 17:15

    *I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review*What started out as a one-night stand – actually more of a 30-minute stand – soon turned into a complicated friendship and reluctant romance. It was such fun watching Ginny and Wes try so hard not to fall for each other. Their chemistry was instantaneous (see excerpt below) and underneath the façades they both projected to the world, Ginny and Wes were both tired of pretending. They were essentially 'outsiders' watching the world move on and not knowing how to heal and embrace life.I really appreciated that Ms. Patrick took the time to develop the friendship between the two main characters. As much as they lusted for one another (and boy, oh boy, do they lust! I'm talking steam-up-your-glasse-lust), Ginny and Wes liked each other. I was also impressed with the backstory Ms. Patrick created for both Wes and Ginny. The reader was able to understand their motivations, what brought them to this point in their lives and how it shaped where they wanted to go – or why they were afraid to go there. There were times I wanted to reach into my Kindle and throttle Wes, but he was able to eventually come around without my assistance. ;)The deeper emotions and situations of the novel were tempered by moments of sheer fun and sexiness, creating a well-balanced romantic read.Full review originally posted on my blog, The Polished Bookworm

  • Melanie
    2019-01-29 22:22

    I enjoyed this book from start to finish. It starts out with a bang but then gets into the nitty gritty of Ginny and Wes. You see the relationship blooming between them and root for them to open up and accept it. Both want it, both need it but yet neither really thinks they deserve it. Ginny's past makes her feel nothing but guilt and Wes's distance from his family makes him fear that he just isn't relationship material in any way, shape or form. The 2 of them decide to use their past hook up and chance reunion as a last resort to making it through their summer without being pimped out by the town matchmakers at every turn. Little do they realize that both are harboring embers for the other that will strike up a fire all on its own and try as they might, they won't be able to put it out.I was provided with an Arc by the Author & Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Blender
    2019-02-20 16:07

    Four Weddings and A Breakup was a delightful read. I loved the witty banter between Wes aka Mr. Dangerous and the sweet and sassy Ginny.Their relationship started out as a bar hookup that was never meant to go any further, both seeking excitement from their normally mundane lives but then they find out they are both living in the same small town.To avoid the never ending attempts by the family to find them dates they decide to "pretend" date and end up on a wild ride to love, thru all the family drama, wedding drama and a crazy stalker they find their Happily Ever After...ARC copy provided by Net Galley in exchange for honest review.

  • Michel Reinhard (Smut Book Junkie Reviews)
    2019-01-22 17:20

    ARC provided by the Author in exchange for an honest review.Four Weddings and a Breakup by Elyssa Patrick is a fun small town contemporary romance you are not going to want to miss. It is witty, emotional, romantic, sensual, and has a touch of romantic suspense. The book grabs the reader from page one and draws them into the Cape Hope world. This small New England town is charming and has a lot of interesting characters. Although the book has the small town romance formula it has it’s own flare of originality in the characters and plot. The characters are very realistic dealing with very real life situations. We can identify with their fears, hopes, dreams, heartbreaks, joys, and triumphs in life. It is refreshing to meet characters that have a maturity and very real view of life. The reader does not get consumed in their angst or sexual escapades. We get to experience a romance that builds out of mutual respect and friendship.Ginny Michaels is a good girl that has had a life threatening experience that not only changed her life but also changed how she looked at herself. She has withdrawn into herself and would prefer to invisible. At a bachelorette party in Atlantic City, she is dared to give her number to the hot guy the girls have been watching in the bar. Mr. Dangerous is oozing with dark, broody sex appeal. For the past year, Ginny has been sitting on side lines of life, watching it but not experiencing it. This dare is exactly what she needs to prove that she is moving on in her life. The dare turns out to be much more than giving Mr. Dangerous her phone number. She has a hot one night stand that not only boost her ego, but also mortifies her. But it is the proof she needed to gain some of her self confidence back. Hopefully what happens in Atlantic City will stay in Atlantic City.Wes Dalton has returned to Cape Hope to make amends with his brothers and help take care of his father. He has always felt alienated from his family. He is the “step” brother. His father has Alzheimer’s and needs constant care. He has returned home to help his three brothers care for his father and decide where to go from there in his care. One brother is due to be married within a month, the other brother doesn’t trust him, and the youngest brother is indifferent. He has to figure out how to make amends and become a part of a family he never felt like he belonged in. But he is there and he is a man of his word.When Wes and Ginny run into each other again it is clearly a surprise. It is also clear that the town gossips and matchmakers are determined to set them up with people. They decide to fake a relationship so they can fly under the radar of the nosy matchmakers and have a peaceful summer. Besides now they won’t have to worry about dates for the weddings they are committed to attend. They can enjoy a friendship without the messy ties that come with a dating relationship.As their friendship grows, so does their mutual respect and attraction to one another. As their relationship grows into more than friendship and they chose to try for a real relationship things will start happening that will force them to make a choice on whether this relationship into something more than a summer romance.Hearts will be broken. Life threatening danger is lurking. Secrets will be revealed. Relationships will either be mended or torn asunder. Ginny and Wes will find out what matters most in life.This book was fantastic. I loved the characters and felt a real connection to them. Elyssa Patrick portrayed an honest look at real relationships, whether they are family or romantic. She added an element of danger into a story that already had a perfect formula. It is well written and entertaining. I highly recommend reading Four Weddings and a Breakup. I hope there will be more coming from the Cape Hope community…after all…Wes does have three hot eligible brothers. Ginny has a charming younger sister.I have been reading Elyssa Patrick’s books since 2012. I saw Maya Banks post on Facebook when her first book was released. Maya raved about her writing talent. Maya was absolutely correct. Elyssa Patrick is an author that is going places. I am looking forward to upcoming releases in the Rock Stars in Love series and With Me series. Both are fabulous.FOLLOW US ON BLOGLOVIN’OUR TOP RATED THIS MONTHReview: Nash by Jay CrownoverReview: The Resurrection of Aubrey Miller by L. B. 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  • Elyssa Patrick
    2019-02-17 17:23

    I loooooved writing this one! It was so much fun, and I always wish it had done better. At times, I wonder about writing the hero’s other brothers but I feel that won’t ever happen. Heroine inspiration: Ashley Graham; Hero inspiration: Robert Downey Jr.

  • ✰BJ's Book Blog ✰Janeane ✰
    2019-02-16 18:05

    ARC RECEIVED FOR AN HONEST REVIEWIt is always a bit of a leap of faith when you pick up a book from a 'new to you' author, as Elyssa Patrick was to me. But this book was a real find.I am a bit sadistic in that I take great pleasure in my books when a one night stand comes back to bite the characters in the bum, and that's what happens in Four Weddings and a Break Up.Ginny's confidence has been on a downward trend since she was involved in a shooting a year ago, so when at a bar her friends dare her to go up to the tall, dark and handsome stranger across the bar, she reluctantly does iWes ... aka Mr Dangerous, is intrigued by the dark hair beauty that follows him outside the bar that night.Let's just say that things heat up, they give each other a little something-something, and go back to their lives knowing they will never see each other again.Or will they?When they cross paths again the next day, things take an interesting turn. There was that mutual attraction and spark between the pair that just can't be denied.Life in a small town is not fun when everyone gets in everyone's business, so Wes and Ginny make an agreement to make both of their lives a little easier - a fake relationship to keep all the well meaning matchmakers off their backs.I just love Ginny and Wes. They both have so many things going on in their lives, neither has the time or inclination for a relationship. Ginny has left her career as a school teacher and helps her sister run a dessert/bakery shop. Wes is in town to make amends with his step-brothers and his father. But no one told their hearts about the fake relationship status, and real feelings become involved.What will Ginny and Wes do with these real feelings? Uh uh, for that you will have to read for yourself.I instantly liked the characters in this book. Right from the get go I loved the banter between the MCs, the double entendr`s and witty remarks. Wes and Ginny are just the perfect blend of sweet and sexy, with the right amount of love and lust thrown in for good measure. There is also a bit of mystery and intrigue that will keep you guessing about a few things.There is a great cast of secondary characters too. Love love love Ginny's sister and mother - and her sexy scottish gardener! And there is plenty of tension and hurt between Wes and his brothers that you just know that something's gotta give.What I really liked about this book is how real it felt. The characters, their troubles, their feelings and relationships all felt like they could have been the people across the street or people we all work with. Don't get me wrong, I love escaping into flights of fancy, but it is great to have my feet back on the ground and in the every day.Four Weddings and a Break Up is a sweet, funny and fun read. It is well written, the story flows seamlessly and I was drawn in from the first word to the last.This is the first work of Ms Patrick's that I have come across, but I can tell you that I will definitely be seeking out more (and I have my fingers cross that there are more Cape Hope novels in the making!!)

  • Melinda
    2019-02-22 18:16

    Ginny Michaels does not do bar hookups. It’s just not her thing. She’s had one hell of a bad year and finds herself in a bar at a bachelorette party. When Ginny is pretty much dared to get a guy’s number she’s embarrassed, horrified…and intrigued. Mainly by Wes Dalton. While she is completely self conscious and thinking there is no way he could want her Wes is thinking “She has the type of curves that separated the women from the girls.” Things get pretty intense extremely quickly and after their one night stand is done Ginny flees the scene, relieved she doesn’t have to see him again.But because this is a romance novel of course it doesn’t end there. She returns to her medium seaside town Cape Hope only to find the newest resident is none other than Wes. After an awkward second first encounter they decide to team up to have a fake relationship during the upcoming wedding season to fend off friend and family’s attempts to set them both up on dates.The fake relationship quickly turns into a friendship, filled with laughter and attraction. There is a lot that I love about this book and the first is what I’ve loved about Elyssa Patrick’s books in the past as well – this isn’t a heavy feeling romance. While there are issues being dealt with; Wes is dealing with coming back to a step-family he hasn’t seen in years and an aging father and Ginny is recovering from a school shooting earlier in the year, these issues don’t overwhelm the romance or the entire storyline. There is still a light-hearted feeling to the relationship and a lot of laughter and fun. Personally, I love that in a contemporary romance and Patrick does it really well.Neither Wes or Ginny seemed to fit into a romance character “box” and that’s a good thing too. No bad boy biker or good girl virgin here. Don’t get me wrong – I do love reading those kinds of books too! But it was nice to read about your average person with relatively normal issues. Wes, in particular, is just a guy who both wants to keep things uncomplicated with Ginny but also really appreciates her. I kind of fell in love with Wes all together after this happens below.“What does it look like I’m doing” He bent down, grabbing thin white books from the lower shelf. “I’m buying you romance novels.” “I don’t need that many. I was just going to buy this one.” She held up a purple-covered book. “You’re getting more than one book.” If he needed to, he would fill a library of romances for her, just to bring that smile back to her face."There is obviously much more to why I thought he was a great hero in the book but that boils it down to the essence of why Wes was amazing and I’m not the only one to think that way."Some people fell in love over a gradual period of time. Maybe months, maybe years. Some people fell in love because of some grand gesture, a moment that sealed the deal. And some people fell in love after struggling against it for their whole lives. For Ginny Michaels, it didn’t happen that way. For her, it was the moment Wes started stacking romance books in the cart."This book has great secondary characters too. Ginny’s Mom is awesome and Wes’s family dynamic is really fun to watch. There are some really hilarious moments, with one in particular in the bathroom that I about choked because I was laughing so hard. Elyssa Patrick just does contemporary romance really well while combining the comedic and dramatic elements that are needed to make everything come together so well. If you haven’t read her before I’d recommend it now, this is a great book to start with!

  • Tina
    2019-01-28 20:18

    Hotness Rating 3 out of 54.5 StarsI am the luckiest girl in the world. As a reviewer I get exposed to so many books that I might not normally read. It would have been a crime if I would have missed this one. I can not tell you how much I loved this book! Four Weddings and a Break Up by Elyssa Patrick is the first book of the Cape Hope series and boy do the next books have a lot to live up to. Ginny Michaels is a local hero, not a title that she enjoys in the least. Getting shot by your student while trying to save the life of another student a hero does not make, in her opinion. She just wants to be the same old carefree girl she was before her life was tragically changed. That's why when her sister, cousin, and the rest of her cousin's bachelorette party friends dares her to give Mr. Dangerous, a guy she's been ogling all night, her phone number she reluctantly agrees. Wow! Sparks fly and she has the best 24 minutes of her life. Thank goodness it's just a one night (okay 24 minute) stand. She knows she wouldn't be able to face him after that wild time. Wes Dalton is in for some big changes. He's come back home, not that he ever really called it his home. Raised by his single mom in Las Vegas he would spend summers with his 3 half-brothers and dad, but he always felt like an outsider. His dad has Alzheimer's and Wes knows this is his last chance to have a relationship and heal old wounds with his family. He knows it's going to be a rough, emotional couple of months, but he had no idea that his whole entire would be changed. Walking through the grocery store, lost in his thoughts, he runs smack into the beautiful Ginny. The woman that he spent an amazingly, hot evening with. He blunders this little reunion and spends the rest of the story blundering and then atoning for it. This book is filled with so much witty humor that I just wanted to read more and more. Wes is everything you could ever want in a man! He's not perfect and I freaking loved how he would say the absolute worse thing and then later try to fix it. Ginny is sweet and one tough chick. I loved how she could be vulnerable and she had wants, but she was never needy. The secondary characters were just as lovable and fabulous. Ginny's sister, Julie, is the best sister ever. She is supportive and loving, yet perfectly content to make fun of her sister given the opportunity. Her mom was outrageous and lovely. Wes's family was just as great! They had huge issues and will continue to deal with them, but they are all good men and do the right thing when presented with the chance. I can't wait to hear more from Seth, Jake, and TJ. Please, please, please, Ms. Patrick, write fast. This book was provided to me in exchange for my honest review.You can find this review and others at

  • MelodyMay (What I'm Reading)
    2019-02-22 16:26

    Posted on What I'm ReadingI adore Patrick's writing. I love that her stories tend to be fun, sexy, and awesome. Let me clarify the sexy, it's usually her heroes. I mean she just finds away for me to fall in love with her hero. I also love her heroines too, but she just knows how to write a charming hero that surprises me every time. Anyway, let me dive more into my thoughts.I adore For Weddings and a Break Up. I personally thought it was a light fun read. I was laughing quite a bit in the book. You this is one of the stories I need to break it down by characters.Ginny Michaels: She's a survivor. The year before she survive a school shooting and save a student. However, she lives with the guilt that she could have saved the shooter. In away she's trying to pickup her life and move forward. Also the "quintessential good-girl-next-door."Wes Dalton: Not so great relationship with his family. He home to try to mend bridges and help out his brothers with his family. He's a bit commit-phobic. So, he doesn't want a real relationship. Julie: Ginny's sister. She's trying to help her sister, but doesn't know how. Plus, Ginny kind of closed off herself to others. Faith: Ginny's mother. She's definitely something else. Some of the things she would say to her daughters made me blush. I love one of Ginny's thoughts on her mother's comments:"She really needed to get an electric collar for her mom, so that each time her mom said something a little too frank or embarrassing . Ginny could just press the button and zap, her mom would shut up and move on."Jake, Seth, and TJ: Wes's half-brothers, and trying to make amends with.However, the story mainly focuses on Ginny and Wes relationship. Even though it starts out fake, both of them start to developing feelings for one another. I love when they decide to become a real couple. However, the story is more than the fake dating and trying to keep off everyone's radar to matchmake. I love how story has other things going on that add more depth. For instance, Wes comes home, because of his father's health problems and to bridge the gap between his family. Ginny still coping with the school shooting and dealing with the family that blames her for their sons death. Yes, the story is light and fun, but also tackles some issues that might plague people in life. I think any romance lover will fall in love with Wes and Ginny. Let me tell you Wes something so sweet in the book that I would want to marry him. So, if you are looking for a charming read that has a little more than a sappy romance, you might want to give Four Weddings and a Break Up a go. Copy provided by author.

  • Char (1RadReader59)
    2019-02-08 21:22

    What a truly endearing story. There was so much going on that you have no time at all to get bored that is for sure. The character development is nicely done. I feel she gave each lead character the right amount of background information to make you feel like you were old friends or family with each one. The story line revolves around Ginny Michaels, 33 years old, a former high school teacher. She has a sister Julie who she now works with at her bakery, “Just Desserts”, truly her sisters dream come to life. Her mom, Faith, a young widow at 51 years old, lost her husband Chris, just over a year ago, to a massive heart attack. Her mom now runs their B & B “Grey Lady.” Ginny is no longer a teacher due to a student who came into her classroom with a gun, shooting her and a female student, then turning the gun on himself. All due to “Bullying.” His family blame her, for all of theirs sons actions. She does live but can’t go back into teaching again. She decides to help her sister fulfill her dream by opening the bakery. She goes to Atlantic City to attend her cousin Deb’s Bachelorette Party. All was fine until she was roped into a dare. After downing several shots she was goaded into going up to “Mr. Dangerous,” 1.)Kissing him, 2.) Giving him her number, and 3.) Asking him on a date… Meet “Mr. Dangerous,” Wes Dalton, 34 years. Old, from Las Vegas. He was in Atlantic City on business for the real estate company he owns, where he is trying hotelier to go to the east coast. The guy is dragging his feet which is okay because Wes’ dad is ill, so he needs to be home some 45 minutes away. Not really his home but his dad and brother’s home. But he knows after losing his mom how important family is. He feels guilty too because when his dad had the cancer after his mom had just passed he didn’t come to help. All the emotions and anger from their divorce surfaced and the pain from his mom dying got to him. So, he needs to be there to build new healthier relationships with his brothers, Jake (32), Seth (31), and TJ (30). Once he figures out how to get them to stop hating him. Then he needs to say sorry to his dad, will he have the time he needs? Come see what lays ahead and see how both families become an active part of the odd twosome. There were some loose ends that didn’t get answered but still was a good book. The thing I liked best about this book and if you are a return reader you would know this about me is the family saga. I love them! This one line in the story just says it all, and I think it is one of my new favorites of which I do have many…”Humiliation, thy name is family.” I give this book 5 stars. Follow us at:

  • Tess
    2019-01-22 20:07

    I received this book as a giveaway from Goodreads first reads.Ginny Michaels is the survivor of a school shooting and although the community hails her as a hero, she still blames herself for not being able to prevent the shooter from taking his own life. Wes Dalton is back in Cape Hope to try and help his step-brothers look after his father whose health is slowly deteriorating. They decide that for the time that Wes is still in Cape Hope they will fake date to keep the match makers of the town at bay. Together they navigate the weddings and events of the summer. Unfortunately the fake relationship is harder to keep fake and as they originally had a one night stand before Wes' suggestion of the fake date they are hard pressed to stay friends and avoid the physical. It is sweet the way they help each other and yes the book is sexy so if you like that kind of thing then go ahead you'll probably like the book. I don't normally read this type of book but I figured I'd give it a try. I have to say I probably won't be reading this type of book again. Sexy books make me feel uncomfortable, it turns out I'm a prude. But I'm glad that when I tried the type I got to read this one because I still liked it.Right now my issues, I think that there were a few too many characters who were partially introduced but not really well filled out, but this may just be a way for the author to introduce us to the people of Cape Hope so she can write more about them later (if so it's not really an issue but in this book it just feels a bit iffy). I don't like how some of Wes' actions are just written off because "he's a man" and it's not even just Ginny who uses the description it's Wes himself. Now not being a man I don't know, do men justify their actions by saying stuff like that? I went and asked a man, apparently he doesn't but who knows maybe others do. I also didn't like how the first wedding they went to wasn't really resolved as a problem, there's a situation and Seth just gets over it for no real reason later on in the book.(view spoiler)[Ginny's mother apparently knew the whole time and she said nothing because she knew that her daughter needed time and that the fake dating seemed to be helping her. If this was such an obvious thing to her why was she even matchmaking for her before the obviously fake date. I don't think the whole shooting thing was really resolved for me at any rate because after hearing what the brother had to say all I could think is that I'm not really sure a person who had to do what he did at home would go shoot people at school or for that matter shoot himself. Wouldn't he have gone after his father instead of his teacher and fellow students(view spoiler)[. (hide spoiler)] (hide spoiler)]

  • MsChris1161
    2019-02-16 22:03

    Excellent story! FOUR WEDDINGS AND A BREAK UP by Elyssa Patrick grabbed my full attention at the very beginning with good girl Ginny not being able to take her eyes off the very fine Mr. Dangerous and then following him out the back door of the Atlantic City bar for a little something hot & sexy up against the wall in the middle of a lightning storm. I mean WOW! When the down-to-earth, responsible and always realistic Ginny Michaels takes on the dare to go after something she wants for once in her life, she does it with gusto! But who could blame her when you're talking about the tall, dark and sex-on-a-stick with the fine bum that is Wes Dalton? When she knows she will never see him again, what's to stop her? These two had some irresistible sexual attraction that neither intended to be more than it was; a quick, nearly anonymous, crazy go-with-the-moment hookup. Neither usually did that sort of thing and neither had time for a relationship, but when they found themselves in the same small town surrounded by matchmakers they set upon a plan to help each other out, fake dating. I enjoyed every moment of this story. In fact, I stayed up half the night to finish this book because I could not put it down. I knew, by about 30% in, that however the story ended for Wes and Ginny, it was not going to be enough. They were wonderful, but they were also surrounded by a cast of characters - family members mostly - who were just as compelling and just screaming for a story of their own. Rachel, TJ, Julie, Jake and Seth all need their own book!! Apparently Faith has found her man, so she's set, but she still deserves a shout out because she was a lark! Even Wes's father, succumbing to Alzheimer's, stole his scenes. I have never been so relieved to see a series name added to a title in my life! Back to Wes and Ginny, they were wonderful and so perfect together. It was hilarious reading about them trying to keep their hands to their selves and not give into the electricity sparking between them. All in the name of keeping the emotions out of their fake dating and maintain a friendship. The dialogue was witty, both had a quick and teasing tongue (which I love), and both were truly kind. Good people just trying to avoid the heartbreak that surely comes when you allow yourself to love and trust someone. Or so they believe. The pacing in Four Weddings and a Break Up was well done and kept the story flowing smoothly. The excellent writing was consistent, heart-wrenching, playful, sexually-charged, and compelling. The mystery was just enough to add to, but not overwhelm, the love story developing. An overall fantastic read. 5 stars.~Complimentary copy provided by author in exchange for a honest review.

  • Jackie (Jackie's Book World)
    2019-02-21 17:23

    *Review can also be found at Jackie's Book World*Four Weddings and a Break Up was such a cute and romantic story to read. I found myself liking the characters personalities and the overall plot. Ever since Ginny Michaels survived a school shooting, the town of Cape Hope has been calling her a hero for saving her students by taking a bullet in order to protect them. But Ginny doesn't feel like a hero, because although she saved her students, she couldn't save the one student that started the shooting. She takes fault on that, and that has affected in a major way both physically and mentally. Now that hasn't stopped everyone else from seeing her as a hero and when it comes to love, her town has taken the job to find her the perfect man. Not only is wedding season in Cape Hope and she along with her sister's bakery are busier than ever, but when she sees her one-night stand Wes Dalton in her town she doesn't have any idea just how much her life is going to change.To Wes Dalton, the one-night stand that he had with Ginny hasn't left his mind. It's all he can think of, but he knows that he'll never see her again. Now he is called back to Cape Hope to help out his step-brothers and his sick father and things aren't turning as well as he would like them to be. Not having a proper relationship with them has hurt the way they see each other, but now his dad is sick and he is needed in Cape Hope more than ever. Wes knows the town very well and he also knows that there is going to be a lot of matchmaking involved, but when he sees Ginny everything changes and his proposition to her can either help the other or hurt them in the long run. One thing is for sure, Wes has to go back to his life in Las Vegas by the end of summer, without getting romantically involved with anyone. The thing that I liked the most about the book was how there was character development in both of the main characters. Ginny hasn't had the best year after the shooting and she grows a lot throughout the book. So did Wes's relationship with his family, it grow and his view on commitment change for the better. Overall, the story was consistent, it was very well-written and the ending was just perfect for the story. I highly recommend it. :)*A copy of the book was provided by the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review*

  • Amy
    2019-02-19 17:17

    3.5 stars.You know what they say about the best laid plans, right? Think about how many novels have been written using that device. And yet Four Weddings and a Break Up offers an adorable, sweet, refreshing spin on the oft used twist. Ginny is a teacher who survived a school shooting. She is tired of being the object of scorn, curiosity, and pity in her small seaside town. She dreams of being a "normal" person but fears that dream will never come true for her. The shooter's family blames her for the shooting in which he killed himself, and their animus toward her seems to increase by the hour.While not necessarily looking for love, Ginny wouldn't mind having someone special. She isn't sure she is cut out for marriage, largely because the horrors she survived have made her question everything. Heading into a summer packed with weddings, she knows she won't have that "plus one" that would make things sooo much easier.Enter Wes Dalton, a gorgeous - and I do stress GORGEOUS - hunk of man whose father lives in town. Wes is a contractor and real estate developer who long ago moved to Las Vegas with his father's first wife. Whereas Ginny wonders what she lacks when it comes to relationships, Wes wonders about what he has. His father was a cheater, and Wes tells himself that infidelity runs in the gene pool. These two meet cute. Or hot. Definitely hot. Ginny is looking for a sexual release and finds it in Wes. But of course, nothing in Ginny's life goes according to plan, and rather than a simple, quick hookup, she's forced to see Wes over and over again because he's come to town for a visit. It turns out, though, that they can help each other out. And by "help" I don't just mean "you be my plus one and I'll be yours," I mean ROCKIN' THE HEADBOARD type helping.They have an interlude in the cab of his truck that is .... well, read the book and find out. But strap on your vibrator, because you will need it.As for the rest of the story, it's adorable and predictable. Ginny is nearly impossible not to like, and Wes is so hot that you can forgive him just about any transgression. Each of them has a way to go before their relationship can be what they want and need it to be, and given that Ginny has survived a shooting, you know the path will be fraught with Issues. Still, it's a fun, hot read, perfect for when your toes are curled up in the sand or dipped in the pool.Published on cupcake's book [email protected]

  • Gokce ~Muslin Myst~
    2019-01-31 18:09

    Ah, pretend relationships..Why do they even try? Especially when the characters are as deserving and desperate for love as Wes and Ginny is. Having their first encounter at a bar, up against a wall-yep-, their relationship goes through many stages, starting with that one wild night, and then going over the pretend love affair and finally ending up with the real deal. I liked this book. I'm a lover of contemporary romances that have a small town for a setting. It gets me every time. So when I got a chance to read this book and be introduced to yet another new town, I leapt at the chance. It helped that the main couple was to fake it till they made it. Makes a fun plot line, and mix that up with a small town, I got a recipe for a good time.Having to move on from a traumatic event that recently had shaken her life, Ginny had some emotional baggage she needed to load off her chest. She was a changed woman who tried to make peace with her new self while trying to rebuild her life. She wasn't by any means a wild woman, but she wasn't completely timid either. I think we established that with her first meeting with Wes-damn, but I get why she did that. I liked her character, her struggle for normalcy and her need for letting go and moving on. I could relate to her in all that. She was more introverted to Wes' outgoing character, and that was okay, they formed a good balance between them. Wes, with his own personal baggage to carry around, was a good match for Ginny. Whenever Ginny tried to take a step back, he was willing to take one forward, and push her to be more open with her emotions. Aside from the romance, the book also had a mystery subplot that, if I have to be completely honest, could've been told in more detail. I like a good mystery as the next gal, so even if it wasn't supposed to be the main theme of the story, I would've loved for it to be more challenging and prolonged since it was introduced to us already.This was a sweet story where, after four weddings and a break up, our couple finally makes it to each other. Theirs was a fun ride, filled with-hopefully- potential heroes and heroines. I wonder if any of those Dalton brothers will be left single by the time I can make it to Cape Hope?

  • Book Reading Gals
    2019-01-29 18:28

    Title: Four Weddings and A Break-UpSeries: Cape Hope Book #1Author: Elyssa PatrickGenre: RomanceBlurb: One fake relationship . . .Ginny Michaels has always been a good girl and--ever since surviving a school shooting a little over a year ago--hailed a hero. Except she doesn't feel like a hero. She can't even have a one-night stand with sexy Wes Dalton properly. When her big city fling resurfaces in her hometown with an intriguing proposition, she's powerless to resist. A fake relationship is exactly what's needed to keep her small town's matchmakers at bay during the upcoming wedding season. If only her attraction to Wes were as easy to ignore.Too many real kisses . . .Wes Dalton doesn't have many regrets, and that includes his night with Ginny. But he's always hoped to strengthen his relationship with his estranged family. When his father's health takes a bad turn, Wes puts his life on hold and moves to the meddling seaside town of Cape Hope. With his barriers in place--and a beautiful woman to help him hold them up--he's prepared for anything. Or so he thinks. Despite his determination to leave as soon as the summer is over, those fake kisses are starting to feel an awful lot like the real thing.Thoughts: This was one of those sweet, feel good romances that is an easy read with a great HEA (happily ever after). The story gives you time to get to know these characters and for the characters to really grow and develop deeper feelings for each other. While the whole pretend to be dating to keep everyone from matchmaking idea has been done and redone, it's also one that can still appeal if done the right way. Patrick certainly has that special skill, and look forward to reading more from this author.Rate: BReview by: Sarah

  • Pam
    2019-01-26 19:20

    3.75 StarsThis story has several elements that help create a great start to a series; we have a pretend romance and a second chance with an estranged family all wrapped up with small town humor and fun.Ginny Michaels is trying to get past a horrible incident that took place over a year ago, a shooting at her school that involved her students. A young boy shot her and another and then tragically killed himself. So she jumps at the chance to get away to attend her cousin’s bachelorette party where she is hoping she can let loose a little. When her sister and cousin dare her to talk to the mysterious Mr. Dangerous sitting by himself in the bar, she finally gets up her nerve and follows him as he goes outside, hmmm a stormy hook-up.Wes Dalton is heading to Cape Hope to help his father who has Alzheimer’s and his half brothers, Jake, TJ and Seth. He spent many summers with his dad while growing up but lived most of the time with his mom in Las Vegas. He always felt like an outsider with his brothers and has not helped much in the past as he was growing his large Real Estate business, but he is determined to change this and be a part of their family from now on. When Ginny and Wes meet again in Cape Hope, they agree to help each other out by pretending to date throughout the summer, do lies ever work?This is a great start to an engaging series; I enjoy the small town feel of Cape Hope with interesting characters that add to the coziness. We are also treated to family drama and some danger as Ginny’s past comes back to haunt her.Complete review at: Ramblings from a Chaotic MindCopy from author for an honest review

  • Ann
    2019-02-16 14:11

    *I received an ARC from the author for my honest review.I really enjoyed reading this book. Although, I did started it right away but got sidetracked from finishing it. I found myself finishing the remainder of the book in one sitting.Ginny Michael's has been through a heck of a year and a half from getting shot at, changing careers and getting dumped by her boyfriend. On top of that she was dared to get Mr. Dangerous' number. What ensues is a 24 minute one night stand. I still laugh that she timed this and reiterates this a couple of times. Wes Dalton has his fair share of issues like afraid of long term commitment stemming from his father cheating on his mother. Besides I will be bias I love his character. He does share the same birthday as me. I've read plenty of books in my life never had I come across one that shares my birthday. When Ginny and Wes bump into each other on Cape Hope and start pretend dating to fend off unwanted pursuers the fun begins. The more they hangout together they start to fall in love. The last few chapters had me laughing and in tears. I'm especially emotional when it comes to sappy confessions.This is the first book I've read from Elyssa Patrick. I look forward to plenty more especially if she continues on with the Cape Hope series. All of the side characters are interesting love the Flaherty brothers and Julie. I'm hoping all of them will have their own book soon.

  • Wednesday Stanley
    2019-02-10 18:13

    Disclaimer: I received a ARC from the author for my honest review and post. Hmmmm what can go wrong with a one night stand? Oh so many things that's what!!!! I received a ARC of this book from the author Elyssa Patrick and I wasn't sure what to except with this book. Honestly I've read a lot of books where the plot has the character's meeting during a one night stand and than go on to have a fake relationship. And well some of the books work out and well other's don't. So I was a little cautious when I started reading this book and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised at this book. It's not your typical one night stand/fake dating book.I loved both Ginny and Wes's character's right away.I loved that even though Ginny had been through something so horrific and tragic that she was still a strong and independent person and she was trying to move on from the past. But that it was sort of hard for her to move forward with the town not moving past the "Hero" status that the town put on her.Wes, Wes, Wes what can I say about Wes? Well he's tall, dark and handsome. He is definitely the kind of guy I would want to protect me.This book has a little bit of everything in it from humor, to romance, to just a touch of mystery in it. I really enjoyed it and would definitely give it a 4.5 out of 5 stars.

  • LJT
    2019-02-11 16:17

    You just never know what you are going to get when you request an ARC for a "new to you" author. In this particular case, I stumbled across a real treasure, because I am now a Elyssa Patrick fan. Her writing style is easy to read and "Four Weddings and a Break Up" is a nice combination of romance, emotion, and realism.After surviving a shooting, former high school teacher Ginny Michaels is finally pulling herself together after a horrible year. She meets Wes Dalton, a successful businessman, and her heart begins to feel once again. They embark on a temporary relationship in order to keep members of their respective families and nosy neighbors from fixing them up with other people. One of the many rules of their fake relationship is to attend each others family functions. In a very short time, their relationship evolves into much more. Wes is able to face his demons and embrace his family, while helping Ginny deal with her fears from the past.I really liked this book. Ginny and Wes are extremely compatible characters, have great chemistry and are very brave. I immediately connected to them as individuals and as a couple. Ms. Patrick's writing style is so descriptive, I was able to feel Ginny's terror as her life was threatened. I loved Ginny's mother because her spunk and outspokenness made me laugh out loud on several occasions. Overall a good, solid read.

  • Sara ♥
    2019-02-13 16:06

    I WON a copy of this book on facebook! I never win ANYTHING, so that was pretty darn exciting!I have to say, the first scene really turned me off. There's nothing that drives me crazier in books than random sex between strangers, even if I know that the two are going to be the love interests in the book. Perhaps it's because I can't relate AT ALL, but this is just so slutty in my mind that I lost respect for the hero and heroine. I mean, it wasn't even a one-night stand! They'd barely said 10 words to each other, just saw each other across a bar and then banged (I don't like the f-word, but it totally applies here, because that's all it was) against a wall in an ALLEY (which screams prostitute to me) in the rain. The rain was the best part. So, I read about two chapters and was MEH about it. I wasn't terribly motivated to continue, so I put the book down for about a month.But I picked it back up, kinda guilty that I won the book and hadn't read and reviewed it. And I'll admit it's growing on me. I actually do really like the characters. The writing itself needs better editing and more polish. I'm halfway through the book, and I've noticed some words used incorrectly, some awkward grammatical stuff, and some redundant use of certain words and phrases. It's not TOO much of a distraction, but it's there. We'll see how the rest of the book goes! :)

  • Amy
    2019-02-09 17:15

    I don't usually post long reviews as I have a tendency to want to talk about things that are spoilers but here is my attempt at a more than 2 sentence non-spoilery review.I really love Ms. Patrick's writing voice and the style of this contemporary made for a very enjoyable read. Ms. Patrick deals with a dark and possible taboo topic in this book, it's written very well and although it's a major hurdle for the heroine her other issues make Ginny very relateable. Each character is showcased dealing with their own personal issues/demons which rounds out the book. I had numerous emotions while reading but the two strongest for me where the hilarity of numerous situations and the need to smack the H/H a few times (You know what I'm talking about that flop back in your chair, groan out loud and shake your head need to reach into the book and smack/shake some sense into the characters). The secondary characters were strong and I am looking forward to reading their stories, in fact I would have loved to dive right into the next book as soon as I finished. I did guess the break up correctly score 1 for me but I was wrong about the suspense part score 1 for Ms. Patrick.

  • Shirley Frances
    2019-02-22 22:28

    I enjoyed this story very much.Elisa Patrick not only brought Wes and Ginny's romance to the page but also managed to set the stage for the books that will follow along without overwhelming the reader.Ginny was a great character to get to know--she felt real and well-rounded with fears and concerns that were easily understood. And Wes? I loved him! He was charming and handsome but with a caring side hidden underneath all that bad boy attitude. He brought out the best out of Ginny and vice-versa which was what ultimately made this such an overall enjoyable read.Their chemistry was superb and their flirty banter and candid interactions were a treat to read. I liked them as individuals and loved them together. That first encounter alone set my expectations for the rest of the story and I was not disappointed.All in all, a great first book in a series. I can't wait to read more about the people in Cape Hope.*I received a copy of this title in exchange of mu honest opinion.