When Maddie Donovan runs out on her high school sweetheart moments before walking down the aisle, she ends up at a bar in the small town of Revival, Illinois, with only the wedding dress on her back, fifty dollars to her name, and her -good girl- reputation in tatters. Read more...
When Maddie Donovan runs out on her high school sweetheart moments before walking down the aisle, she ends up at a bar in the small town of Revival, Illinois, with only the wedding dress on her back, fifty dollars to her name, and her -good girl- reputation in tatters. Not ready to return to Chicago and face the music, she accepts hot bartender Mitch Riley's offer to stay at his place. But sharing such close quarters is driving Maddie insane with desire.
Always drink for free. . .
Mitch thinks he's seen it all--until Maddie strides into his bar in full wedding attire and downs three shots of whiskey. Though the gorgeous knockout seems tough as nails, he also senses her vulnerability. With a troubled past of his own, Mitch has no interest in ties of any kind--yet he can't help falling for Maddie. Now he's got to find a way to convince her to give love a second chance.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2013-12-02
- Reviewer: Staff
Launching the Something New series, debut author Dawson introduces a runaway bride. Maddie Donovan, suddenly desperate to escape her own wedding, climbs out a church window and takes off. When her car breaks down, she walks through Illinois farmland to the neon bar sign and meets lawyer turned bar owner Mitch Riley. Through a drunken haze, Maddie realizes this man sees her and listens to her, while Mitch realizes he’s laughed more with her than he has in the three years since he left Chicago. In a case of who’s-rescuing-whom, the two build sexual tension through romantic gestures while confessing their secrets to each other. Can Maddie run toward freedom instead of running away? Can he recapture the feeling of being alive instead of numb? Witty repartee, memorable secondary characters, and powerful attraction skillfully handled will have readers eager for the next in the series. Agent: Courtney Miller-Callihan, Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. (Feb.)