Author: Tere Michaels
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Anna Sikorska
Rating: 3.0 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 08/10/2015
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance
When drama threatens to ruin a romance on a reality show, only a true friend can save a groomzilla’s wedding.
Daniel Green, an event planner with a neat, quiet, orderly life, reluctantly agrees to plan the wedding of his childhood friend Ander, an outrageous fashion designer soon to marry a wealthy entertainment lawyer named Rafe. To complicate matters, the happy couple have agreed to have their wedding made into a reality show—something that practical Daniel isn’t sold on.
Daniel is neither a romantic nor a wedding planner, but he’s the only person in the world who can manage Ander. Distracting him from his mission is Owen Grainger, a too-handsome-to-be-true producer whose quiet charm pulls Daniel into his orbit.
When the stress of the show triggers bad behavior from Ander, co-producer Victor Pierce decides it’s the key to a ratings bonanza, and he begins to undermine Ander and Rafe’s relationship to create more drama. Daniel is determined to protect his friend and his own reputation, but when he finds himself falling hard for Owen, there’s much more at stake than ratings.
Groomzilla was a hard book for me to rate and one I waited a week or so to write, hoping something would come to mind. I’m a fan of Tere Michaels and have enjoyed many of her stories, with an exception or two which I hated. This one fell right in the middle. I didn’t despite it, but I didn’t adore it either. It fell right into the ‘meh’ category.
The main characters are Daniel Green, an event planner, and Owen Grainger, a television producer. The two men meet when Daniel’s best friends, Ander and Rafe, decide to get married on a show called Groomzilla. I’m a fan of reality television so I thought I’d like the concept, but actually it left me cold.
Daniel and Owen felt two dimensional to me throughout the entire thing. Their flirting and eventual relationship never felt real to me and I never really cared what happened to them.
Victor Pierce, the overly dramatic and unrealistic co-producer, who created much of the conflict, didn’t help matters either. I didn’t buy why Owen worked with Victor for so long, putting up with his homophobic attitude and crappy business practices.
Throughout much of the story Daniel bemoans how his friend Ander always got more attention. I felt the same way, I was much more interested in Ander and Rafe’s relationship than the ho-hum one between Daniel and Owen.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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