Joint Review: Brown-Eyed Girl by Lisa Kleypas

Posted September 9, 2015 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 11 Comments

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Joint Review: Brown-Eyed Girl by Lisa KleypasBrown-Eyed Girl by Lisa Kleypas
Series: Travis Family #4
Narrator: Brittany Pressley
Published by Brilliance Audio, St. Martin's Press on August 11, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 304
Format: Audiobook, eARC
Source: NetGalley
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four-stars
four-flames

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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Almost everyone who’s read this series wanted Joe’s story. It’s not necessarily because of what we knew about him, but the last story ended with him barely surviving the boat accident. We just needed to know…more. He was a blank page so I didn’t have any expectations.

Avery Crosslin meets Joe Travis at one of her weddings she’s managing, mistaking him for one of the photographer’s minions. Something about the brown-eyed redhead appeals to Joe and so begins his pursuit. She’s not interested, having barely survived her last relationship but…he’s a Travis so he doesn’t go away easily.

This story is told from Avery’s point of view, but I still got a clear picture of Joe and how he fit into his family. She’s an interesting woman with a challenging background who’s created her own unique family. I loved this woman and Joe saw the same things I did from the onset. She’s smart, talented, loyal and quick thinking. Her one failing is how long she’s allowed her last relationship dictate her future. Though she put up some strong defenses, Joe was relentless in defining and decimating her walls and barriers. You’d expect nothing less from a Travis.

One of the delights of the story was the inclusion of the other characters from the series. There’s also a secondary storyline that dovetails nicely with Avery’s.

This was one of my more pleasurable reading experiences as I liked not only the main characters but the superb storytelling about and around them. You don’t always need high drama to keep things interesting and I finished with such a good feeling. My only regret was not knowing how one situation affected Avery’s career in the end. I guess I’ll just rely on Joe’s foreboding about it and consider this being the proverbial bow on the end of a lovely series.

 


 

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Joint Review: Brown-Eyed Girl by Lisa KleypasBrown-Eyed Girl by Lisa Kleypas
Series: Travis Family #4
Narrator: Brittany Pressley
Published by Brilliance Audio on 08-11-15
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: Audiobook
Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
Source: Publisher
Audio | Goodreads
three-half-stars
four-flames

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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I was a little underwhelmed by “Joe’s story”. There wasn’t much Joe to Brown-Eyed Girl. I liked him on what little page time he got, but he almost felt like and after thought to me. The story focuses more on Avery and her job as a wedding planner and the circus of a wedding she’s trying to plan. Then there was the side romance between Avery’s co-worker and sister. I wanted more of their story instead of Joe and Avery. And that’s why I gave Brown-Eyed Girl 3.5 stars instead of 4.

The opening of the book where Avery and Joe meet at a wedding was funny. I keep having Steel Magnolias flashbacks. While their romance didn’t wow me, it was still fun and sexy I just wish they spent more time together. I enjoyed seeing the other couples from the early Travis books.

Brittany Pressley did a great job with the narration. While her southern accent for Avery was a little over the top it fits Avery’s character. Brittany also did a great job with Avery’s half sister’s latino accent and the male characters. I’ll be actively looking for more of Brittany Pressley’s narration work. She has a pleasant voice, perfect timing and brings the right amount of sassy and snark while it’s needed.

 

Review Breakdown
Story (Plot)
three-half-stars
Writing
four-stars
Overall: four-stars

 

 

About Brittany Pressley

Brittany Pressley is an audiobook narrator, songwriter, and vocal producer in New York City. She has narrated several audiobooks, including works by Alyson Noel and R. L. Stine. Her notable screen credits include being a newscaster on FOX Kid’s News and playing Courtney in the Fox Television Network series Swans Crossing. Pressley also has a background in theater, having played Peaseblossom in Shakespeare in the Park’s production of a Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Maria in The Sound of Music for Carey Productions. She has also done both regional and national commercial spots and PSAs for TV and Radio, including MasterCard, Nickelodeon, and MTV.

About Lisa Kleypas

Lisa Kleypas graduated from Wellesley College with a political science degree. She is a RITA award winning author of both historical romance and contemporary women’s fiction. Her novels are published in fourteen different languages and are bestsellers all over the world. She lives in Washington State with her husband Gregory and their two children.

Review Breakdown
Story (Plot)
three-half-stars
Writing
four-stars
Overall: four-stars
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11 responses to “Joint Review: Brown-Eyed Girl by Lisa Kleypas

    • Jonetta (Ejaygirl)

      Oh, Kimba, you’d love her! I’d start with her historicals (Wallflowers, Hathaways) and then this series. She’s one of my favorites.