You Say It First

You Say It First

Paperback - 2017
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"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. Although he won't let love consume him, he's all in for ecstasy with an expiration date. Pallas adores Weddings in a Box. But if she can't turn the floundering business around, she'll have no choice but cave to her domineering mother and trade taffeta for trust funds working 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."--Page 4 of cover.
Copyright Date: ℗♭2017
ISBN: 9780373799336
0373799330
Characteristics: 377 pages ; 17 cm.

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mynovelesquelife
Jun 17, 2019

RATING: 4 STARS
2017; HQN/HarperCollins

The name of the heroine, Pallas, kept throwing me off as I listened to the audio but otherwise I really enjoyed this novel. Please note this the first book in the Happily Inc series, but is a spin-off of Fool's Gold. I find that after reading all the psychological gritty suspense and nonfiction I need a breather. I like small town romances as I need the sweet HEA to make the world right again. I am finding that since I met my own hero, I find them less annoying, lol. Instead of wishing for the hero in the book, I can smugly agree with the heroine's feelings. Happily Inc is a town meant for weddings, and Pallas finds that her lark in a wedding planning business might just be her dream job, instead of the finance world her mother wants her to be in. As she is trying to figure out if she wants to continue with her mentor's business she starts to fall for sculptor, Nick, who already has one foot out of town. I have read a few novels by Mallery and for the most part she creates realistic story lines with strong characters that aren't forced to fall for one another. I have to go back to Fool's Gold at some point!

***I received an eARC from EDELWEISS***

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Patricia_T
Mar 03, 2019

A very good read, an insight into family relationships and their consequences.

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Dream24
Aug 27, 2018

This was a pretty cute read.

I enjoy reading the challenges Pallas faced and how she worked with a whole team of people (her friends) and together they met the challenges head on despite her initial misgivings (like that zebra incident). Life isn't easy, so it's great to have great friends you can count on and of course Nick to step in and lend a hand and an artistic eye.

There are definitely family dramas, and we get to see some of it worked out here and there. Now the whole half sibling thing is definitely going to take more than 1 book to work out for sure, but the brothers do present valid points and try to give that sibling room to figure things out.

Nick and Pallas are so sweet and cute together. Their chemistry is undeniable and for sure they are a great fit. Although their story is pretty cliched and generic for stories of this genre.

The whole thing with Pallas' mom and her family issue wasn't entirely resolved, it was kind of just brushed away like all those years of hurt was nothing.

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JEbbett
Jan 09, 2018

I always try to keep my comments positive, but on this novel, regretfully I am unable. The story line is very very light, which isn't a problem but I was disappointed in the sloppy edit details. There was one chapter that had two characters in a dialogue in a setting, then the very next sentence was two different characters, different day, different setting without even a paragraph break. I flipped the pages thinking I had missed something, but it was right in the middle of the page. Another time the main character "wrinkled her nose" and then two sentences later, she "wrinkled her nose". It didn't specify "again" so we are left to wonder why the author would not only use the same wording twice in one paragraph, but why the editor didn't catch and correct the error. I have read all of Susan Mallory's books and usually enjoy them, but I had to finally flip pages just to get to the end and sadly I didn't miss anything.

BostonPL_LauraB Dec 06, 2017

Some parts of this town and the story were over the top, but overall it was enjoyable. Mallery did a good job of introducing me to some future couples and characters, therefore making me want to continue the series as well.

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pktab
Dec 01, 2017

Good read. I've already reserved the second book in the series.

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