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Review: Stealing the Groom: A Stealing the Heart Novel by Sonya Weiss

Summary
Friends don’t let friends marry the wrong woman…

Chad Walker may be a take-no-chances man with a plan, but there’s no way Amelia Snyder is going to let her best bud marry Mean Girl #1—even if the wedding is solely so he can secure the controlling shares in his family’s company. But free-spirited Amelia’s at-the-altar groom-napping scheme takes a surprising turn when she ends up as the blushing bride instead. 

Suddenly, with Amelia living in her handsome husband’s home—in his bedroom, no less—she starts to reconsider their strictly platonic arrangement. But Chad’s always been anti-risk and definitely anti-love, and betting a lifetime of best friendship on the chance at forever might be the biggest gamble of all.

Review
Stealing the Groom is an amazing romantic tale that incorporates all the necessities; love and comedy. There are hundreds of books out there similar to this one by about friends suddenly realizing they are in love or friends marrying each other for financial gain and eventually realizing their love for one another, but none quite compare to the story created by Sonya Weiss. Stealing the Groom is one of the most unique renditions I have read. By making all other renditions look boring, it is proof that old ideas can be spun with new tricks to create an entertaining and refreshing story line.

I was absolutely hooked after reading the first page and could not put this book down until the very last page. The basis of the book, kidnapping and marrying your best friend who also happens to be someone else’s groom, is entirely unique. The journey the couple sets out on from the beginning of the groom-napping is riddled with humor. Each obstacle they encounter contains a slight sense of irony. Amelia’s sense of adventure and seemingly lack of proper planning keep the initial scheme interesting and unexpected while Chad’s personality balances out the crazy in Amelia. 

The characters within the story were well developed and witty. The banter and flirting was one that made me smile and laugh along with them. Weiss highlights the differences the friends poses, but show how well opposites attract in this case. By allowing each character to personally express their thoughts and feelings to the audience, Weiss allowed for there to be more compassion and understanding towards the characters. Different to most stories with a similar plot, we were allowed to see the inner most feelings of the characters and get a sense of their true feelings. There was no guess work on whether one loved the other, the audience was aware and was allowed to see their love beautifully unfold. 

This completely comical love story is one to take the time to read. Amelia and Chad’s friendship turned to a romantic relationship is filled with ironic ups and downs, not to mention the best grandfather characters I have read about. Stealing the Groom is a must read for everyone. I have high hopes and am very excited to read any further books in this series. 

Reviewed by Rachel Keane

Book Information
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 3/10/2014
Pages: 221

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