Bouquet Toss by Melissa Brown

Bouquet Toss (Love of My Life #1)

Ever since Daphne Harper graduated from college, all of her friends have fallen in love, become engaged and walked down the aisle.  Be it a blessing or a curse, Daphne (a hopeless romantic and perpetual single girl) catches the bouquet at every single wedding she attends.

Daphne’s love life is a mess. Her first love, Mayson, haunts her heart and keeps her from pursuing happiness with any man who comes along. As she struggles to move on from the one who got away, Daphne wonders if she will ever break her curse and find her happily ever after.

I swear, I must have met Melissa Brown at some point over the last few years because I feel she took notes on my life and wrote this book!  GAH!!!  She really nailed the part of being single and the nightmare it is to find a date online or finding a date period!  She nailed the feeling of how life can utterly suck when you are the last single woman in your entire group of friends and how everyone has found their “happily ever after.”   She nailed the feeling of getting so wrapped up in the wrong person that you lose yourself, making excuses for his poor behavior and settling because you’re afraid.  Bouquet Toss is that story.  It’s a story about finding “the one.”

Bouquet Toss is written well, the story moves slowly in the beginning but then the pace picks up and there is the element of surprise that is a bonus!  Just a touch of angst but not too much making this a light and fun read.  I will say, as far as the “element of surprise”…I loved it but the way that Daphne handled it, didn’t seem believable.  Had that “surprise” happened to me, I would have been down for the count and I’m not talking just a few weeks but more like months!    Something about that whole scenario didn’t move me the way I thought it would BUT I still liked where it was going and what it was going to do.

There is a bit of an interesting love triangle which includes Mayson, Daphne and Tanner.  Keyword being interesting.  What I absolutely loved was the chemistry between Tanner and Daphne.  Tanner is the epitome of the “nice guy” and simply said…he’s the entire package.  It doesn’t take long for Daphne to realize that she landed one incredible man and could he be the one?  You have to read it to find out.

“I page through the book, my heart thumping in my chest as I’m brought back to him, to Mayson Holt, the boy who stole my heart, broke it and disappeared from my life five years ago. The man who I do not allow myself to think about. The man who still owns a very large piece of my soul.”

My final two cents:  An enjoyable read and looking forward to Champagne Toast which is the 2nd book in the series.  I can’t wait to find out what happens with Evan!  ;)


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