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the groom wore plaid book coverReviewed by Bethany Kelly

When I got The Groom Wore Plaid by Gayle Callen in the mail, I was ecstatic! I loved her first book in this series, The Wrong Bride, so I hoped I’d love this one as well…and I DID!

When Maggie McCallum and Owen Duff get engaged, they know it’s not out of love, but out of necessity. This necessity, to encourage peace between the McCallum and Duff clans, is what makes them willing to try to get along.

This changes for Maggie, however, when she finds herself having dreams prophesizing Owen’s death if they were to wed. Maggie has had these unwanted premonitions for her whole life, and unfortunately, they all end up coming true. When she goes to Owen with her refusal to marry him, he won’t let her call it off, even though his life is in jeopardy.

Owen and Maggie met as young teenagers, and he has wanted her in his bed since then. The fact that their marriage will solidify peace between their clans is a bonus. However, when Maggie tells him that she will not marry him because of a dream of his death, he is furious. Believing that she is just trying to get out of marrying him, he refuses to let her call off the wedding and begins the process of seducing her. When his seduction of her causes him to fall in love with her, he begins to question whether or not she could be telling the truth.

Will he finally listen to her? Or will his unwillingness to believe cost him his life?

I am a sucker for romance novels and have been reading them since I was a teen. There have been quite a few that I just didn’t like because of being too cheesy; however, this was not one of them. I loved the story line and the mystery of what was going to happen if they were to marry. I was on the edge of my seat, so to speak, for the entirety of the book. Although this book is primarily a romance, it has elements of a thriller or mystery as well! Plus, I loved the historical background that Callen included!

The one thing that I wasn’t fond of in the book was that Owen started off as an extremely unlikable character. I found myself annoyed with him. However, after the first 30 or so pages, it got a lot better, and I began to better understand his actions.

All in all, I felt that this was a solid follow-up to The Wrong Bride and can’t wait to read more books written by Gayle Callen.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Bethany Kelly is currently getting her MFA at Goddard College and has a BA in English. She is a writer, editor, and stay-at-home mother and wife who spends her spare time (when she has some) reading and cooking. Check out her website at www.bckwritingcorner.com.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Avon. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.