This is an Official Review by an Eye On Romance Official Reviewer
for Once Smitten, Twice Shy
Date of Review: 03/22/08
Official Reviewer for Eye On Romance
Once Smitten, Twice Shy by Lori Wilde is her second novel in the Wedding Veil Wishes series. The magic and romance that Ms. Wilde began in her first book in the series, There Goes the Bride continues in this novel. The wedding veil that shows the wearer her most intimate wish works as well for Tish Gallagher as it did for Delaney Vinetti.
Tish Gallagher works as a wedding videographer. She is trying to make a go of her own business but is plagued by financial difficulties. It doesn’t help that Tish’s answer to a bad day is shopping. Tish decides that since the veil seemed to work for her best friend, that maybe it will help her business to succeed. Imagine her surprise when she puts on the veil, makes a wish and sees not herself as a wealthy woman, but her ex-husband searching and calling for her. Tish knows that their divorce two years earlier was her biggest mistake, but doesn’t know how to rectify it. She hasn’t seen Shane in two years and knows that her silence and financial irresponsibility were to blame for their split.
Tish thinks that the wedding veil’s magic is the reason that Elysee Benedict calls her to video her wedding. Tish knows that being the offical videographer of the President’s daughter’s wedding is sure to open doors and to change her life in ways she cannot imagine. Then she meets the groom.
Shane Tremont walked away from his marriage two years ago. As a secret service agent, he has been trained to be stoic and to hide his emotions. Shane knows that this helped cause his marriage to fail, but doesn’t know how he could have changed. Now he is protecting the President’s daughter, Elysee Benedict, and is committed to making sure that she is safe. Then the unthinkable happens and Shane is injured while saving Elysee’s life. Elysee takes care of Shane as he recuperates and Shane asks her to marry him. When he realizes that Tish will be the videographer of their wedding, Shane has to figure out which woman he really wants to spend the rest of his life with.
This story was Lori Wilde at her best. The characters are sympathetic and realistic. We can understand how they get themselves into the predicaments and we root for them to find a happily ever after way out of the predicaments. Tish and Shane get a second chance to figure out what their relationship is all about, what went wrong and whether or not they can make it work again. Elysee is seeking her one true love, but isn’t sure yet what exactly that will entail. Is love and caring enough or does there need to be passion?
Ms. Wilde tells her stories with a sense of humor and I often laughed along with the characters. However, she also injects a serious note to her stories that helps her characters develop. We, as readers, know that life contains serious as well as comedic elements and Ms. Wilde delivers on both accounts. We cringe along with Tish when her car is repossessed and feel for Shane as he realizes that his career will never be the same. We watch Tish and Shane mature as they try to do what is right not only for themselves but also for each other.
I really loved this story. The writing is wonderful and the plot grabbed my attention from the first page. I fell in love with the characters and couldn’t wait to see how they worked everything out.