The Player (Wedding Pact #2) by Denise Grover Swank
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Divorce attorney Blair Hansen is convinced that marriage should be based on practicality, not passion. But as her own wedding approaches, she finds herself remembering her law school boyfriend, the only man she's ever loved, and regretting what might have been. Then a twist of fate lands Garrett back in her life, and the man who loomed large in her past is suddenly casting a shadow over her wedding, making her question everything. To complicate matters further, the job she loves is in peril, and she can feel the ‘perfect’ life she’s fashioned for herself start to crumble under her feet. Could everything she's believed about life and love be wrong?
Garrett Lowry is a divorce attorney who's ready to settle down. The problem is that he can’t find a woman who suits him nearly as well as the one he loved and lost. He broke her heart by playing the field after their break up—something he’s always regretted. But after months of pining for Blair, Garrett stumbles across her in a freak coincidence—and then destiny keeps throwing them together, the coincidences becoming ever more unlikely. He’s convinced it's a sign they should give their love a second chance, but Blair is engaged to another man—a man who is absolutely wrong for her.
Can Garrett convince Blair that a player once isn’t a player forever, and that happy endings aren’t just for dreamers?
I enjoyed The Player even though I didn't care for Blair. How is that? Well the author wrote the story in such a way that even though I didn't like her I enjoyed reading it. Fantastic as that usually doesn't work.
You first meet Blair in the first book in the series, though you don't have to read it prior to this one. I really didn't like Blair in that book so I was iffy on this one to start. Imagine my surprise when I got to the end and still didn't like Blair, but enjoyed every moment of this story. It was fun, I loved Garrett and felt bad for him at times, but it was a great read.
Blair is...hard to like. She is so self righteous, so head in the sand won't listen to anyone else. She was burned in the past when she was with Garrett and now she is adamant that marriage should be about practicality and not passion. After all that passion and love and all of that could get you hurt again so much better to be practical about it all. She has a guy who seems to fit into her life just fine and she is getting married to him soon. She doesn't care that there aren't sparks or real love between them as she doesn't want that. And none of her friends understand why she is going through with this. But she is no matter what.
Garrett loved Blair so long ago, but then everything got mixed up. He hasn't seen her since then, has become somewhat of a player, but recently he wants what he had with her bad. He still isn't over her and when she starts to get put in his path once again it was fun to watch the sparks fly. I loved Garrett and how he would stir up trouble and make Blair crazy. He knows there is still something there between them, if only he could get her to dump her loser fiancé. Garrett knows what is really going on and the two of them were awesome together. Yes, Blair still annoyed the heck out of me with her nope, it doesn't matter what happens or if I am still in love with Garrett I am still marrying the guy I said I would! Really by the end she was just ridiculous in her head in the sand, not listening to anyone ways. Oh I didn't like her, but Garrett was so sweet and I loved him enough for me to want them to end up together.
Of course things works out and there are a lot of hilarious hijinks along the way. It was a fun read and now I can't wait to read Libby's book! She is the one who was there for both of her friends, the voice of reason and the one cheering both of them on, so I know I will love her even more once I read it. These books are such fun reads!
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★