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I am a sucker for wedding romances Have always loved wedding themed movies, even if they weren t such great quality films I very much enjoyed getting a behind the scenes glimpse at the wedding industry and how wedding planners and all the little fairies work behind the scenes to provide the bride and groom with their perfect wedding So when I glimpsed the cover of Planning for Love my interest was piqued, then I read the blurb and I was hooked and when I saw it was the latest novel of Christi I am a sucker for wedding romances Have always loved wedding themed movies, even if they weren t such great quality films I very much enjoyed getting a behind the scenes glimpse at the wedding industry and how wedding planners and all the little fairies work behind the scenes to provide the bride and groom with their perfect wedding So when I glimpsed the cover of Planning for Love my interest was piqued, then I read the blurb and I was hooked and when I saw it was the latest novel of Christi Barth, whose two novels Act Like We re in Love and Cruising Toward Love I enjoyed I knew I would be reading it.The blurb gives you a fairly good idea of what you can expect of Planning for Love lots of pastel coloured frosting and wedding bells with a side of sexy banter and sweet romance.Ivy is the perfect wedding planner not only is she crazy organized in her agenda she has Pink tabs for showers, lilac for engagement parties and deep purple for weddings , can keep her cool even when faced the most disastrous wedding problems, but most of all she is the kind of person who believes in romance and happy ever afters 100% She was such a sappy romantic, seeing the world through her rose coloured lenses that she even sounded a bit like a disney cartoon heroine, with birds braiding her hair and her constantly bursting into song and Hallmark card worthy lines.Ben on the other hand was black to Ivy s white or rather rose lilac combo , the complete opposite of Ivy He is the epitome of commitment phobic Not only he can t and won t commit to a woman, he doesn t even spendthan a few weeks in a city Paired to his revulsion of relationships and romance is his profound disillusionment and cynism All kidding aside, I don t believe romance is evil Really Cause you do a pretty convincing impression You see a guy walking down the street with a dozen roses, and you all but whip out the holy water, garlic and crosses Christi Barth couldn t have created twodifferent characters Just a line which perfectly portrays their different outlook on life and love I don t know how anyone can stay dry eyed at a wedding Easy Know the divorce stats I loved the easy bantering repartee between Ben and Ivy, it was fun and so sexy Come to think of it, it was Ben who was sexy He was dripping with sexual innuendos which at times were chuckle worthy but at times so hot I had trouble swallowing We could tiptoe around for another hour, throw back a fewdrinks Give us both a chance to relax and realize how exhausted we are Instead of wasting that time, let me say that I want you I want us to go upstairs to my room, right now I want to take you, fast and hard While you re still coming down, I want to lick every inch and spiral you right back up to the stars Then, if you re still game, I really do want you on top Christi Barth gave a whole array of wonderful secondary characters, whom I can t wait to readabout There was the sexy British charmer playboy, the considerate and warmhearted delicious cake maker baker, the flashily dressing gay fashionista friend along with the Ice Queen redhead, the sassy sugaraholic best friend florist just to name a few of the most memorable ones They were all unique and interesting, and the group chemistry was one I wouldn t mind experiencing in person it was so entertaining Why on earth was Daphne putting on lipstick and belting the oversized jersey Or is there a hook up potential here I don t know about What Daphne abandoned her obsessive preening and whirled to face Ivy Of course not This is our crew, our regular guys We re all in the trenches together I wouldn t touch any of them if they came laid out and oiled up on a silver platter Oiled up, huh Methinks the horny lady doth protest too much Despite the melting chemistry between Ben and Ivy and the colourful palette of supporting cast the story moved rather slowly, and it took a dive for me at the big quarrel Ben and Ivy had at the anniversary party of Ivy s parents I just thought it so out of character for Ivy the perfect wedding planner to ruin a happy couple s especially her own parents night by airing the dirty laundry in front of the festive party And it s also a personal pet peeve of mine, I just don t like public scenes I had ambivalent feelings regarding the resolution of the big crisis I thought that Ben realized his feelings in no time at all, two days to face his feelings and make a whole emotional u turn is way too early for a commitment phobic guy like him Though I loved the way he made his declaration to Ivy, and his words were sigh inducing My joy is standing right in front of me You are my joy The question is, will you be my wife I found that proposing marriage after having lived 30something years as a commitment phobic with no transition through dating, living together, etc was unrealistic, especially seeing how cynic he was about the institution of marriage I get that he realized he loved Ivy and didn t want to spend his days without her, but why couldn t he propose dating moving in together instead of proposing right away Sorry, this is another one of my personal pet peeves.Despite the resolution I think Planning for Love has one of the best last lines I never planned for love, Ben said But I m so damn grateful you did Verdict Planning for Love is the whole package from the blissful cover to the delicious description and the aptly chosen title you know that you ll get a deliciously sweet and romantic love story that will make you feel warm and fuzzy and sigh with happy contentment The hero is dreamy and his commitment phobia very realistic, while the heroine s like a strawberry creamy cupcake with pale pink frosting she is so sweet you might even get toothache These two were truly fire and ice opposites and though their time together was fun and sexy I m just not convinced of their longterm happiness and wedded bliss I don t get it why they couldn t have a happy for now by being together in a committed relationship, which would have suited muchthe character of the hero instead of this rushed proposal and wedding plans.Christi Barth s writing flows smoothly, there are enough details to give you a technicolor setting with well fleshed out and interesting characters and the quick repartee in the dialogues will keep you entertained and chuckling.I can t wait to read the next Aisle Bound novel and revisit the characters I grew to love in Planning for Love Plot 7 10Characters 8 10Writing 8 10Ending 7 10Cover 10 10 cover is perfect, so frothy you can almost taste the bubbles in that apricot champagne Overall, I give it 3.5 stars I m sorry, it seems I m of a different mind of everyone else who read this book I honestly didn t love it I loved the secondary characters They were wacky lovable and entertaining and I hope some of them get their own stories Ivy on the other hand I could do without Throughout my reading of this book I developed a love hate relationship with Ivy s character Her enthusiasm for her job and all things romantic is everything a wedding planner should be like I can tell you that, as a former e I m sorry, it seems I m of a different mind of everyone else who read this book I honestly didn t love it I loved the secondary characters They were wacky lovable and entertaining and I hope some of them get their own stories Ivy on the other hand I could do without Throughout my reading of this book I developed a love hate relationship with Ivy s character Her enthusiasm for her job and all things romantic is everything a wedding planner should be like I can tell you that, as a former event planner, it s exactly what brides look for in their coordinators However, in Ivy s case, she just goes overboard Why is it ok for her to hold true to her idea of romance and happily ever after just because everyone in her family for centuries has been engaged on Valentine s day and has had their HEA, but it s not ok for Ben to have his own beliefs about somehow his family not being meant to do the love thing Ivy childishly goes about planning ways to get Bennet to fall in love with her However, what she calls a plan, every other sane person with half a brain would call a trap And I was astounded that none of her friends found it disturbing Personally, friend or not, I would have been calling Ben and telling him to run and run fast It is obvious from the start that Ivy just wants to be in love It doesn t matter who she s in love with, so long as she s in love Can we say self centered, selfish and immature I just felt that throughout the book you could see Ben slowly falling for Ivy However, all you see of Ivy is her manipulating both Ben and the situation I likes the storyline, I enjoyed the secondary and monor characters, but Ivy was just annoying and personally not worth a 277 page book Reviewed on Read Your Writes Book ReviewsPlanning for Love is the first book I ve read by Christi Barth I am SOOOO glad this book is part of a series This will so NOT be the last book by Christi I will read.Ivy Rhodes is a twenty nine year old wedding planner and co owner of Chicago s Aisle Bound, a wedding consulting company, with her best friend Daphne Lovell Ivy is a hopeless romantic and believes in happily ever after, long lasting love Her parents Reviewed on Read Your Writes Book ReviewsPlanning for Love is the first book I ve read by Christi Barth I am SOOOO glad this book is part of a series This will so NOT be the last book by Christi I will read.Ivy Rhodes is a twenty nine year old wedding planner and co owner of Chicago s Aisle Bound, a wedding consulting company, with her best friend Daphne Lovell Ivy is a hopeless romantic and believes in happily ever after, long lasting love Her parents have been happily married to each other for forty years.Ben Westcott is a cynic who doesn t believe in marriages lasting past the I Do s Bennett s entire family is full of un happy ever afters He believes his family has been cursed by his great great grandmother a hundred years ago Interestingly enough, Ben is the cameraman for a wedding reality tv show.When I started reading this book, I actually found the author on Twitter and asked if I was supposed to be laughing as I was reading it I was expecting a romance, but I wasn t expecting to find myself laughing at the characters This was one of those rare books where I actually liked ALL of the supporting characters By the end of the book, Ben and I both realized that this statement was true, Family isn t always blood It s the people in your life who want you in theirs the ones who accept you for who you are The ones who would do anything to see you smile, and who love you no matter what I loved that the book started each chapter off with an advice quote like, Life is what happens to us while we re busy making other plans John Lennon or Love is an ideal thing, marriage a real thing Goethe Yes, I m a planner and a hopeless romantic as well.This isn t one of those books that s going to make you cry But it is one of those books which will make you go, Awwww Ernest Hemingway said, It is good to have an end to journey toward but it is the journey that matters, in the end To that I can say, Ivy and Ben do realize that they love each other and Ben is finally willing to put down roots and take a chance on love and the elusive happy ending that his family has never had The journey that this book takes you on to get there is the magical part of romance that I love.Did I mention that I was doing the happy dance, when I found out that this was part of a series I can t wait for the next book, A Fine Romance.I was lucky enough to receive this book through NetGalley, but it was also on my personal reading wish list Planning for Love by Christi BarthISBN 9781426894213Ivy Rhodes is the wedding planner and no mishaps ever occur at them, as per her order and calm.The bride won the contest where the Wild Wedding Smackdown was to film her wedding When Ivy falls down a few steps Bennett Westcott from True Life Productions rescues her and hopes she won t sue them as it was his camera bag she had stumbled over.As the day goes on he dwells into how she can remain so calm throughout all the mishaps that occur and Planning for Love by Christi BarthISBN 9781426894213Ivy Rhodes is the wedding planner and no mishaps ever occur at them, as per her order and calm.The bride won the contest where the Wild Wedding Smackdown was to film her wedding When Ivy falls down a few steps Bennett Westcott from True Life Productions rescues her and hopes she won t sue them as it was his camera bag she had stumbled over.As the day goes on he dwells into how she can remain so calm throughout all the mishaps that occur and she tells and explains how she is able to do the whole thing without any visible signals to her other staff.He loves the behind the scenes information from her.After hot steamy sex that they connect on all levels she takes him out for the day and they thoroughly enjoy themselves and learnabout one another He leaves in a hurry as he knows it s only a one night deal.Love the scenery and landmarks that are highlighted of Chicago.The TV company does track her down with an offer to follow her around the tape the weddings she plans for others It will give her enough to fund her store which she already has ideas for It s a gamble and even her associates think it s a good one.She isthan surprised when she finds that Ben and his assistant will be the ones to tape the show Her assistant has to step in and inform her that she needs to stop wanting to go to bed with Ben and concentrate on the weddings.He is there to see how problems are handled and he asks later how she does it and she tells him She does not want to have a replay of his earlier one night stand, she says he s a player and she doesn t want to be played.Ben tries to out run his problem, and then the manager finds him trying to outrun his problems and he s not a runner Talking to the manager helps a bit but he can t get her out of his mind.Love how there are essentially just the two of them and a handful of other workers in this book, very easy to keep track of who s who.Love all the marriage quotes from famous people at the start of every chapter.Potential disaster from the TV show and now the wedding, she can t take muchbut Ben has something up his sleeveHe tells her about the family curse and she kinda thinks it not believable at all ( Free E-pub ) ♂ Planning for Love ⚖ Hopeless romantic Ivy Rhodes and anti Cupid Bennett Westcottrequest the pleasure of your company for their disaster of a courtshipWedding planner Ivy Rhodes is the best in the business, and she s not about to let a personal problem stop her from getting ahead So when she s asked to star in the reality TV show Planning for Love, it doesn t matter that the show s videographer happens to be a recent and heartbreaking one night standBennett Westcott admits he didn t handle his encounter with Ivy very well But looking at her beautiful smile and great body through a camera lens every day He can t be faulted for suggesting they have some no strings funThe time they spend together, the Ben realizes Ivy isn t the wedding crazed bridezilla he d imagined But if he doesn t trust himself to make a relationship last, how can he convince Ivy to give him another chance Summertime goes hand in hand with wedding season The flowers, the food, music and dresses And what better job to have than that of a wedding planner Ivy Rhodes is the wedding planner to have, she doesn t crack under pressure and actually manages to begin weddings on time She plans for everything, even lovethough the love that finds her still manages to surprise her.Ivy meets Ben in true wedding blooper fashion And the fun doesn t stop there You get to follow along with Ben as he films t Summertime goes hand in hand with wedding season The flowers, the food, music and dresses And what better job to have than that of a wedding planner Ivy Rhodes is the wedding planner to have, she doesn t crack under pressure and actually manages to begin weddings on time She plans for everything, even lovethough the love that finds her still manages to surprise her.Ivy meets Ben in true wedding blooper fashion And the fun doesn t stop there You get to follow along with Ben as he films the numerous crazy things that happen to Ivy at weddings For Ivy the idea of revealing the behind the scenes workings on national tv is nerve wracking, but notthan the fact that it is Ben behind the camera.You will be pulled into Ben and Ivy s story from the beginning From their hot passion filled night to the surprised anger at having to work together You will want to believe in love as strongly as Ivy does, and you will keep hoping that Ben can learn how to accept her view as well Christi Barth has written another fun summer hit with Planning For Love Fun characters, great story line, and a perfect happily ever after It is a book about weddings after all, you need a great HEA.Review to be posted at Reading Between the Wines blog I actually really liked the book, and truly enjoyed reading it I expected a bitof the ending It was pretty average and I would ve likedthan just him spontaneously realizing he was wrong and she was the one Not sure what kind ofI wanted, but I just did. Two haiku review She s wedding plannerHe films reality showDo sparks ever fly Didn t love the startThen finally got betterNice happy ending Slick s review posted on Guilty PleasuresI have to admit that I get a little thrill every time I read a new to me author It s kind of like meeting a new person and wondering if you ll be able to be friends with them or if it s better to stick them in the acquaintance corner I m pretty excited that after reading Planning for Love, I plan to put Christi Barth into the friend s column Planning for Love is an intriguing tale of a wedding planner, Ivy Rhodes, who not only believes in happily s Slick s review posted on Guilty PleasuresI have to admit that I get a little thrill every time I read a new to me author It s kind of like meeting a new person and wondering if you ll be able to be friends with them or if it s better to stick them in the acquaintance corner I m pretty excited that after reading Planning for Love, I plan to put Christi Barth into the friend s column Planning for Love is an intriguing tale of a wedding planner, Ivy Rhodes, who not only believes in happily she promotes it day in and day out and Bennett Westcott, a journalist cameraman, who doesn t believe in romance or marriage Yes, these two are on opposite ends of the spectrum and watching them is one fun, sexy, and rewarding task.Right off the bat I fell in love with these characters, both completely locked in to only seeing things their way but instant attraction that can t be denied Ivy is shocked to learn one of her brides has agreed to be on a reality show Wild Wedding Smackdown and while she d love to kill the bearer of that news, Bennett Ben she knows it s not his fault She manages to get through the day with her ever present grace and charm and then Ben manages to charm her panties right off Ivy although completely likeable seems to be a bit na ve when it comes to men and relationships, but I m guessing it might come with the profession When you are around happy couples and weddings all the time, it s probably a safe bet that you sometimes see what you want After spending a night and a day with Ben, he starts to pull back and while he thinks he did the right thing by walking away, Ivy is crushed.When Ben returns for work purposes, it becomes evenevident the chemistry is still there but so is the hurt and uncertainty Both Ivy and Ben, being professionals, manage to come to agreement about their past not interfering with their working relationship Soon Ben, whether he realizes it or wants to admit it, is romancing Ivy Ivy of course picks up on it and decides to try and win Ben s affections once and for all With the help of her crazy and nutty staff she starts planning her mission Ben on the other hand who s been a loner most of his adult life finds himself with an odd assortment of friends friends who not only figure out his professional shame, but sympathize with him because of it.Ben and Ivy spend a lot of time together and really get to know each other well but they never end up back in bed That is something Ivy has decided against and Ben although not totally on board with the decision, respects it Ivy s feelings continue to grow and she admits to herself she s fallen in love with Ben, she of course doesn t tell Ben because she knows it will flip him out We know Ben feels something for Ivy but he s so closed off and so anti love that it s hard to know what he s thinking or feeling.This is a romance pure and simple but this story is about all kinds of relationships and that makes it special The story line is amazingly complex and interesting, the dialog moves at a good pace and it s funny when appropriate and serious when it needs to be, but it s the entire cast of characters that makes this book so intriguing This is absolutely a group of people that I would like to know and spend time with Planning for Love is the first book in The Aisle Bound Trilogy and I am already anticipating the next release Planning for Love is Christi Barth s first novel in her Aisle Bound trilogy This is a contemporary romance with the theme being Wedding Planners I picked up this book because I loved Nora s Bride Quartet series, and thought this might be a good relaxing and fun read Having finished this book, I am happy to say that I really enjoyed Christi Barth s take on Love, Romance, and Weddings Our awesome heroine is Ivy Rhodes, whom we meet at the start, having fallen on the steps, during her preparati Planning for Love is Christi Barth s first novel in her Aisle Bound trilogy This is a contemporary romance with the theme being Wedding Planners I picked up this book because I loved Nora s Bride Quartet series, and thought this might be a good relaxing and fun read Having finished this book, I am happy to say that I really enjoyed Christi Barth s take on Love, Romance, and Weddings Our awesome heroine is Ivy Rhodes, whom we meet at the start, having fallen on the steps, during her preparation for an upcoming wedding Little did she know, her rescuer, would become the man of her own dreams, the very handsome and sexy Bennett Westcott Ivy is the perfect heroine, who also makes a super wedding planner, as she is all about romance love Ivy grew up in a family filled with happiness and successful marriages Ivy runs Aisle Bound Wedding Planning business with her best friend Daphne, and they are considered the best in the business Ivy with her strong belief in marriage, is also a miracle worker, as she always is a step ahead, being prepared for any mishap that might occur When she meets Bennett, she is appalled that he works for the trashy reality tv show that makes it business to show wedding disasters But by the time the wedding is over, the two find themselves attracted to one another Their chemistry clicks immediately, and they spend the night Bennett s hotel room, having mindless intense sex The next day, Ivy takes Bennett on a tour through Chicago, and the fun day comes to an immediate halt, as Ivy discusses her belief in love and marriage Bennett, who is a believer of one night stands, immediately walks away and flies home Ivy stunned, realizes Bennett was against relationships, and though very hurt, she pushes herself back into work mode to forget him.A couple of months later, Bennett returns as a producer of a different, but nice wedding planning reality show Ivy having agreed to participate in this show, she needed the money, did not know Bennett was part of it They agreed to work together, but no relationships As Ivy begins to realize, Bennett has a fear of any kind of relationship, knowing his family has been cursed on any chance of happiness She sets on a plan to make Bennett open himself to love, and a chance at happiness Bennett wants Ivy back in his bed, and Ivy plans to make Bennett fall in love with her by holding back the one thing he wants sex.It was a lot of fun watching Ivy work her charms and seduction on Bennett, and at the same time, shut the door on him, causing him to go back to his hotel and take cold showers The ending was exciting, emotional, and fun It will take everyone,including friends to try and help Ivy Bennett have a HEA.One of the nice things about this story, is that Barth has created some very likable secondarily characters She has a great group of friends, some of whom are her co workers They are fun, and add to the story There are twobooks to come, and it should be interesting to see whom will be the leads If you love romance, and want an enjoyable read, the Planning for Love is the book for you Christi Barth has done a wonderful job in writing this novel, and I for one look forward to book 2 of Aisle Bound.Barb