Love, Lace, and Minor Alterations by V. Joy Palmer

love-lace-and-minor-alterationsGenre: Romance
Publisher: WhiteFire Publishing
Publication Date: June 2016

Always a bride consultant never the bride, Isabel Vez thrives on helping women find the perfect gown for their special day. But all those happily-ever-afters are taking a toll, especially when her own love life is relegated to a failed relationship several years earlier.

Enter James Miles Clayton. While relaxing at a bookstore coffee shop, a stranger attempts to hijack her table, though Izzie will have none of it. Things only go from bad to worse when he shows up as the bridal shop’s new financial advisor. Miles couldn’t be further from her idea of Prince Charming, but the man refuses to move along.

I really wanted to like this book. I picked up V. Joy Palmer’s  Love, Lace, and Minor Alterations hoping for a Hallmark-like tale with fun characters and a feel-good romance. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case.

Twenty five going on fifteen, Izzie acts rude, immature, and desperate, making it impossible to understand why Miles likes her. Izzie spends the first half of the book treating him despicably and only goes on a date with him after losing a bet. Yet she’s suddenly smitten and refers to them as dating even though they’ve only gone out once and haven’t had the “relationship defining discussion.”

With most of the novel narrated in first person from her perspective, it made it difficult to get into the story. Izzie’s continual repetition of “I’m a Christian,” made it feel more like a label than an authentic part of her life.

I could have liked Miles, but his interest in Izzie despite her behavior made him seem either dumb or a glutton for punishment. Even by the end, neither character truly knows the other making their profession of love unbelievable at best.

Review copy provided by the author. Thanks!

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