Saturday, August 12, 2017

#BookReview - You Say it First by Susan Mallery

Title:  You Say It First (Book #1 - Happily Inc.)
Author:  Susan Mallery
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Release Date:  August 22, 2017

About the Book:

“Romance novels don't get much better than Mallery's expert blend of emotional nuance, humor and superb storytelling.” —Booklist
The #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Fool's Gold romances invites you to visit Happily Inc., a wedding destination founded on a fairy tale!
Sculptor Nick Mitchell grew up in a family of artists and learned from his volatile father that passion only leads to pain. As he waits on a new commission, he takes a day job as a humble carpenter at a theme wedding venue. The job has its perks—mainly the venue's captivating owner, Pallas Saunders.
Pallas adores Weddings in a Box. But if she can't turn the floundering business around, she'll have no choice but to cave to her domineering mother and work at the family's bank. Then when a desperate bride begs Pallas for something completely out of the box, her irresistible new hire inspires her. Nick knows she doesn't belong behind a desk, and she knows in her heart that he's right—where she really belongs is in his arms.

Don't miss the next book in the Happily Inc. series, Second Chance Girl!

Buy Links: Amazon

My Review:

Susan Mallery is masterful at creating characters with depth and who are totally lovable.  She certainly did not disappoint with the characters in You Say It First, the first book in the Happily Inc. series.

From the very first page, I was all smiles.  While waiting to hear about a possible commission to create a work of art in Dubai, Nick goes for a job interview as a carpenter and is immediately asked to remove his shirt.  Hmmm.... is that how Pallas interviews all her carpenters?  Actually, Pallas has inherited Weddings in a Box, where unique wedding ceremonies are created and she is short one toga-wearing Roman soldier to carry the bride in on a palanquin. . Although he certainly doesn't need the job, Nick wants to stay busy with projects that interest him and as time goes on he finds himself interested in more than just the wooden panels he plans to restore.  He finds himself quite interested in Pallas.

There were so many interesting characters in this book and life in this small town is warm and friendly, except for the relationship between Pallas and her mother, Libby.  That needs some work.  There is also a strain between Nick and one of his brothers.  But as friends come together to create some amazing weddings, an understanding of love and not taking the future for granted comes into play.

I'm looking forward to reading the next book in this series, hoping to follow more of these fabulous characters in their life journeys.

Disclosure:  A complimentary ARC was provided by NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  All thoughts, opinions and ratings are my own.

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About the Author:
Susan Mallery is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of books about the relationships that define women's lives—romance, friendship, family. With compassion and humor, Susan keenly observes how people think and feel, in stories that take readers on an emotional journey. Sometimes heartbreaking, often funny, and always uplifting, Susan's books have spent more than 200 weeks on the USA Today bestsellers list, thanks to her ever growing legions of fans.

Critics, too, have heaped praise on "the new queen of romantic fiction." (Walmart) Booklist says, "Romance novels don't get much better than Mallery's expert blend of emotional nuance, humor, and superb storytelling," and RT Book Reviews puts her "in a class by herself!"

Although Susan majored in Accounting, she never worked as an accountant because she was published straight out of college with two books the same month, January of 1992. Sixteen prolific years and seventy-four books later, she hit the New York Times bestsellers list for the first time with Accidentally Yours in 2008. She made many appearances in the Top 10 before (finally) hitting #1 in 2015 with Thrill Me, the twentieth book in her most popular series, the Fool's Gold romances, and the fourth of five books released that year.

Susan lives in Seattle with her husband, two ragdoll cats, and a tattletale toy poodle. Her heart for animals has led Susan to become an active supporter of the Seattle Humane Society. Animals play a big role in her books, as well, as she believes they're an integral component to a happy life. Visit Susan online at



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