"ultra breezy contemporary chic lit"
Working as a wedding planner at Forever Wedding in Austin,
Lauren Crandell reflects on her life. Under thirty and
divorced already seems like a bad role model for her work,
but Lauren feels relief that Brad, a classic consumer user
(spend but not earn), left her though she still struggles
to move past that failure. Lauren spends most of her life
on the job insuring ceremonies go off without a hitch in
spite of her doubting boss Gennifer Douglas who believes
that anyone under forty cannot breath and chew gum at the
same time. Being an organizational fanatic, Lauren knows
she is good at the job.
Lauren oversees two weddings that somewhat fall apart and
require rescuing from fire fighter Nick Corona. To her
shock, as she does not want a relationship now though her
sex life is nonexistent, Lauren finds herself in flames
thinking of Nick. He reciprocates her feelings, but
neither feels the confidence to develop something permanent
especially with family and friends constructing roadblocks
on the primrose path.
Fans of ultra breezy contemporary chic lit tales will say I
do to Cara Lockwood's warm amusing lighthearted romp. Told
in the first person, readers see deep inside the heroine,
but will still wonder why she allows herself to be such a
victim of loved ones. The rest of the cast is
predominantly observed through a Lauren slightly cynical
filter. Readers who need a few hours of humorous romantic
escapism will appreciate I DO (BUT I DON'T) as Cara
Lockwood displays strong talent, but those desiring a bit
more of the cerebral will say I don't.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted May 8, 2003
She creates perfect days.
In spite of her incorrigible curly hair, Lauren Crandell is
a neat-freak and organizational guru, qualities that make
her the perfect wedding planner. But when two weddings in
one day go haywire, and hunky firefighter Nick Corona comes
to the rescue -- twice -- Lauren realizes there are a few
important details in her own life she hasn't been tending
to since her divorce. Namely, her sex life.
She lives lonely nights.
Sweet and sexy Nick seems hell-bent on fanning the flames
between them, and Lauren definitely feels sparks flying.
But she's scrambling to plan nuptials for her most
challenging client yet -- a beautiful, cunning, and
certifiable Psycho Bride. With the big day rapidly
approaching, a series of misunderstandings, mishaps, and
mistaken identities threatens to ruin not one, but two
happily ever afters. But with her career and her love life
on the line, the wedding planner just might learn that you
can't plan everything, least of all true love.
Genre: Chick Lit