Review: Don’t Call Me Sweetheart (Something Borrowed #1) by Codi Gary

August 14, 2017 Review 0

Review: Don’t Call Me Sweetheart (Something Borrowed #1) by Codi Gary

Weddings are big business in picturesque Sweetheart, California, and Something Borrowed’s rent-a-bridesmaid service is thriving among the Hollywood elite. For the women who work there, a walk down the aisle is just a paycheck—until the right guy makes it priceless . . .


Marley Stevenson never imagined her stint as a rented Maid of Honor would practically become a career. Then again, nothing in her life has gone according to plan. At least the money’s good—and she needs it to pay off student loans and help out her mom. But the job has rules, which have never been an issue . . . until one encounter with a gorgeous best man—and his swoon-worthy Southern accent—sends Marley reeling.

Determined to get through the weekend with her professional reputation intact, Marley grits her teeth and sends out her best “unavailable” vibes, but Luke Jessup doesn’t give up that easy. A former Marine and a current SWAT team officer, his focus is legendary—and it’s on Marley. Jeopardizing her job is bad enough, and starting a relationship based on half-truths is worse—yet Marley is beginning to wonder if certain risks are worth taking, especially in the name of true love . . .

Title: Don't Call Me Sweetheart
Author: Codi Gary
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Things Good Girls Don't Do, Good Girls Don't Date Rock Stars
Series: Something Borrowed #1
Published by Kensington
Source: Publisher
Published: August 15th 2017
Genres: Erotic Contemporary Romance
Pages: 194 pages
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Stars: five-stars
Flames: three-flames
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300 Review

Don’t Call Me Sweetheart is a charming and engaging story! Marley works for Something Borrowed which is a wedding planning service that includes being a bridesmaid for hire.  When a snobby starlet, Sonora, hired Marley to be her wedding planner and maid of honor, she knows its going to be a tough road.  But she’s a professional and the commission alone is enough to help her reach her dreams of being a book editor outside of the sleepy town of Sweetheart where she’s stuck.

Luke meets Marley and they instantly click.  He’s definitely interested in getting to know her better and when he finds out she’s the maid of honor, all the more better! But some things don’t quite add up. Marley isn’t in the same superficial friend league as Sonora.  How could she be her best friend?  He just doesn’t see it, but since he wants to see her more, he doesn’t question it and shoves those weird vibes aside.

When Marley finds out Luke is the best man in the wedding she’s been hired for, she knows she must put on the brakes.  There’s a confidentiality clause in the contract as well as mixing business with pleasure is a no no. But Luke’s pull on her is real. She knows she’s putting her job in jeopardy, but she can’t stay away.

I loved the story and Marley and Luke’s romance! The premise is great! Why not take some of the stress away from the bride and the bridal party by hiring a professional to do all the planning??  Great concept! Sonora was a class A b*tch and she needed to be dropped down a few pegs! I wanted Marley to let her have it quite a few times!  But with her dreams riding on this wedding, Marley has to stay the course!

Codi Gary writes a nice flowing story that gives us just the right amount of sweet and angst! There’s surprises and high drama to boot! The supporting characters are presented well and I feel I could easily be friends with them! Don’t Call Me Sweetheart gives the Something Borrowed series a great send off!  I look forward to future books in the series to see what everybody is up to!


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