[587]: Brown-Eyed Girl by Lisa Kleypas

18126966 Brown-Eyed Girl by Lisa Kleypas
Series: Travis Family, #4
St. Martin’s Press | August 11th, 2015
Hardcover, 304 pp.
Adult Contemporary Romance
Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars

Wedding planner Avery Crosslin may be a rising star in Houston society, but she doesn’t believe in love-at least not for herself. When she meets wealthy bachelor Joe Travis and mistakes him for a wedding photographer, she has no intention of letting him sweep her off her feet. But Joe is a man who goes after what he wants, and Avery can’t resist the temptation of a sexy southern charmer and a hot summer evening.

After a one night stand, however, Avery is determined to keep it from happening again. A man like Joe can only mean trouble for a woman like her, and she can’t afford distractions. She’s been hired to plan the wedding of the year-a make-or-break event.

But complications start piling up fast, putting the wedding in jeopardy, especially when shocking secrets of the bride come to light. And as Joe makes it clear that he’s not going to give up easily, Avery is forced to confront the insecurities and beliefs that stem from a past she would do anything to forget.

The situation reaches a breaking point, and Avery faces the toughest choice of her life. Only by putting her career on the line and risking everything-including her well-guarded heart-will she find out what matters most.

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Most fans of this series have waited years to get their hands on this instalment. I wasn’t even aware that there was going to be more books to this series, to be honest. Thank God for that. One off the list of things I didn’t need to wait for. 🙂 Honestly? I don’t even remember the stories now. But reading this book made me want to revisit the ones that I’ve already read. Unfortunately, I’ll have to find them somewhere between my basement and our cabin. So…maybe not now.

Brown-Eyed Girl tells the story of Joe Travis. A photographer by trade, and a member of the affluent Travis family of Texas. This is his romance with Avery Crosslin, a wedding planner who have seen way too many broken hearts (including her own) many times over, but still see the beauty of two people in love. She’s one tough customer though – skittish to say the least. Joe had to show her that not all men were made from the same cloth her father was made from.

This is the type of book that really had no earth-shattering plot points. It was just a lovely story of love and family. With that being said, this wasn’t a Kleypas favourite of mine. It just lacked fire and angst. And as much as I love those type of stories, I think I expected more from Lisa Kleypas. Still a good story, though.

  • Darn, I’m sorry that this wasn’t as good as you expected from the author. When you totally love an author and some of their work just doesn’t stun you, it’s a real bummer, but I suppose we *should* expect it (unless they’re those glory to behold authors who we never dislike FOR A MOMENT). This sounds like a fairly cutsey romance, which is super sweet. It makes me feel all fluffy, just thinking about it- although adult romance isn’t really my thing at the moment.

  • Ksenia

    Lovely review, Joy. I’ve only
    read the first book in this series. I want to continue. Glad to hear that Lisa
    Kleypas once again delivered story about love and family.

  • Sara Walker

    Oh! I didn’t even know that this book existed. I was sure the series ended with Smooth Talking Stranger. I have found that the series was getting worse with each book. But they are entertaining none the less. I’ll probably gobble it up during the holidays.

  • I always hear great things from this author! If I’m ever in the mood for some fluff romance, I may just try one of hers. But maybe not this book… lol. Great review!

  • Jazmen

    This really seems like a book I really don’t need to bother with. It just seems far too average, too middle area for me to bother with. I’m glad you were able to find some enjoyment in it.

  • so she wasn’t a cynical wedding planner? 😛 I feel like I have seen quite a few of those lately.

  • Awesome review Joy. <3 I'm sorry this book wasn't as good as you wanted it to be. But yay for it still being pretty good 😀 It do look cute. <3 Thank you for sharing about it sweet girl 🙂 And yay for wanting to re-read other books by this author 😀

  • I’ve been seeing sooo many mixed reviews for this one! Some people say they thought it was an amazing story about love, family, and friendships, then others say it bored them to tears. I guess there isn’t a middle ground with this title huh? lol

  • This seems like an awesome romance and one that would be perfect for a light day when you don’t want to read something you have to really pay attention to, you know ? I really, really hope you find your other books in the series so you can revisit this other world again! <3

  • This sounds like a really lovely romance Joy, sweet and just an easy read to pass away a lazy weekend. I think compared to a few of the thriller type murder mystery romances, it does sound a bit bland though doesn’t it. Me thinks Joy likes her romance a little less vanilla and a little more spicy, you saucy minx. Awesome review Joy, hopefully your next book burns your pants off 😀 😀

  • Melliane

    It’s sad when many are waiting for a book to see that it’s not as good as the others…

  • Keertana @ Ivy Book Bindings

    I’ve been hearing slightly disappointed reviews regarding Kleypas’s latest historical romance as well, so it’s sad to see that her recent contemporary read isn’t one of her best novels either. *sigh* Still, I’m going to read this and Cold Hearted Rake, without a doubt, but I’ll just lower my expectations for both. Thanks for such an honest and helpful review, Joy!

  • This sounds like a good read, but I know what you mean when you miss the fire and angst in the romance. I’m a fan of banter and sizzling chemistry. I’ve yet to try Lisa Klepas – does she write HR as well? Hmmm…
    Thanks for the lovely review, Joy 🙂

  • It sounds cute!

  • I’ll probably give this a go! I love books like these – they’re my go-to guilty pleasure reads! I actually don’t mind that there’s no angst. We all need a book that is just easy to read and light and fluffy.

  • This sounds cute! Though, I’ve heard Lisa Kleypas’ historical romances are better than her contemporaries. I have her new historical so if I like that, I might try her contemporaries–though you make me think I might just stick with historical… We’ll see, eh?

  • I don’t mind a good easy romance, so I’d like this one. Great review!

  • Thanks for the warning, formula doesn’t bother me as long as it’s decent? At least it’s feel good, that’s always a good thing

  • kindlemom1

    Sorry this lacked fire and wasn’t a favorite but hey, at least you didn’t have to wait for it right and then be disappointed. 😉

  • shootingstarsmag

    I’ve never read anything by this author. Sorry it wasn’t WOW-worthy, but an overall good read isn’t bad either.


  • I expected more from the one I read too

  • Sometimes a straightforward romance is nice, but yeah, I prefer some angst. I love the pain.

  • I have honestly never heard of this series, probably because it’s been a LONG time since I picked uo a book from Lisa Kleypas. Though I seem to enjoy her historical romances a lot better. Glad this one makes you want to re-visit the rest of the series. Hopefully you can find it them one of these days! lol

  • The love story and family involvement sounds good in this one

  • Jenny @ Supernatural Snark

    I’m a sucker for a story where one of the characters is in the wedding industry. I was in that industry for 10 years so it’s always fun for me to read about it (even more now that I don’t have to deal with brides all the time). Sorry this wasn’t a Kleypas favorite, but I’m glad it was solid overall:)

  • I definitely expected a lot more from a LK book which is why this was rather disappointing for me. Plus, I waited YEARS, Joy. YEARS of delays so I definitely wanted to be blown away. 🙁
    It looks like you and I felt pretty similarly about this one.

  • Sounds like Joe and Avery had a romance that wasn’t without it’s challenges! Lovely review Joy.

  • It’s a shame that this one didn’t have anything too exciting in it to take it off the level of a moderate book, but I am glad you could enjoy it fairly enough. It seems like a nice enough read, but not special enough for me to pick up myself 😛