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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Beach Read Wednesday! Tall Tales and Wedding Veils by Jane Graves

Book cover of Tall Tales and Wedding Veils by Jane Graves
How did it take me so long to find Jane Graves?  And why isn’t everyone who likes funny contemporary romance reading her?  She writes in the romantic comedy style of Rachel Gibson, and her stories pack the emotional punch of Susan Elizabeth Phillips – Jane Graves is my favorite Summer 2011 find.

I randomly picked up one of Graves’ books from the library last week, and by the end of the weekend I had finished four of her books.  Any of those books would be an excellent beach read, but the official Beach Read Wednesday pick this week is Tall Tales and Wedding Veils.

Summary: What happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay there.  Heather Montgomery and Tony McCaffrey have been regulars at the same bar for years, only he’s never seemed to notice she exists.  A chance run-in in Vegas and a drunken night out turn Heather and Tony into more than just acquaintances, though, if the marriage license on the hotel dresser is real.  And it is.  Heather and Tony plan a quick annulment, hoping to be divorced without anyone back in Texas hearing about it.  When the news follows them back home, though, Heather and Tony find themselves living together as a “married” couple.

Tall Tales and Wedding Veils is a terrific opposites-attract story.  Heather’s an uptight CPA who needs some more fun in her life, and Tony needs to give up his frat boy existence and his womanizing ways.  I loved watching these two come together – as they gradually fell in love, they helped bring out the best in each other. 

I was impressed that Graves didn’t dumb-down Heather’s character at all – in so many romances, the wallflower immediately succumbs to the hot guy’s seduction.  Not Heather – she knows her own worth and her limitations, and she doesn’t let herself be manipulated into a situation she doesn’t like.  As for Tony, he was a genuinely nice guy, initial bimbo lifestyle aside.  At heart, this book was about two likable characters who don’t seem right for each other but who end up being perfect together.  
Picture of a Seabreeze 
Jane Graves is now on my auto-buy list, for sure.

Recommended drink for reading Tall Tales and Wedding Veils: Since Tony owns a bar, you can pretty much have anything, but I think a Seabreeze would be perfect for this book, especially given Tony’s propensity for ending up naked on a beach.

Other Books by Jane Graves: Heartstrings and Diamond Rings

Romance Novel Book Reviews by Sarah The Brazen Bookworm (funny texas romance)


  1. Wait a minute. I'm a fan of funny contemporary romances so why can't I heard of Jane Graves? Gotta check this out, especially if it takes place in Texas. :)

    Fun feature Sarah. I love the book and drink pairing. You really know how to recommend a good story!

  2. Thanks, Missie, you totally just made my day! ;) Yeah, I can't believe she isn't more well-known. I don't know if it's because she isn't with one of the big romance publishers or what, but I really loved the books I read.

  3. Have you read Any Man of Mine by Rachel Gibson?

    The description of this book reminds me of that one. Go to Vegas, get drunk, end up married. Though I don't think Any Man of Mine had as much humor as what you've described about this one.

  4. It was a little bit like Any Man of Mine, which I enjoyed, but I liked this book better. In that one, I thought Sam was pretty much a jackass at the beginning. He redeemed himself by the end, but I was bothered by the way he treated the ex-wife and kid.

    It's really hard to go wrong with any good drunken Vegas story, though!

  5. This sounds like a fun beach read...You're not the only one who had not discovered this author...she is new to me as well :)


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