The Engagement Arrangement (Boots & Bouquets) – book review

The Engagement Arrangement
by Jaci Burton
Release Date:  June 29, 2021
Publisher: Berkley
Book #2 in the Boots and Bouquets series
Number of Pages:  320
Kindle Edition
Source:  borrowed from MCL
Contemporary Romance
Ages 16 and up

Brenna Bellini will never get married again. She plans to live out her days as a happy, successful, single woman. When she’s chosen to be a bridesmaid in her friend’s wedding at the Bellini family vineyard, she’s thrilled. That is, until she realizes who else is in the wedding party. Brenna’s going to have to spend four days in the company of not only her ex-husband, but also her high school nemesis. She just knows the fact that she’s single and alone is going to be rubbed in her face all weekend long. Well, not if Brenna can help it. She’s going to find herself a fake fiancé.

Finn Nolan is thrilled to be offered the job. He’s had it bad for Brenna ever since he came over from Ireland to work at the Bellini family vineyard. After falling for Brenna from afar for years, this Irish cowboy is determined to show the woman of his dreams that he is her Mr. Right.

So what does a confirmed never-getting-married-again woman do when the man of her dreams unexpectedly lands right in front of her? Because for the first time, she might not be able to walk away. This time it might be forever.

If you’ve been reading this series, you have most likely been waiting for Erin to realize that Finn is perfect for her. This is a friends to lovers type book with Finn having pined for Erin since they met over 10 years ago. But I don’t believe Erin didn’t reciprocate the feelings, I think she just shut them out. And as this story progresses, it’s more and more obvious that was the case. The reason all of these feeling finally are out in the open is that this story is also a fake fiancé story…one of my favorite tropes!

I will admit, I was a bit annoyed in the beginning with the way it came about that Erin’s ex-husband and new wife (who is also Erin’s ex-best friend) were going to be in a wedding that was coming up at their vineyard. When a maid of honor has to back out, you don’t replace the maid of honor with someone that wasn’t even in the wedding party. Sure, you may have to replace a bridesmaid. But the whole scenario just didn’t make sense and often grated on my nerves.

That’s not to say this isn’t a fun and wonderful story. Finn is amazing and so very patient with Erin. I absolutely adore how he would accept Erin’s apologies without giving her a guilt trip beforehand. Erin had to work on not flying off the handle, though. Erin had a lot of baggage that she didn’t even believe she had, so it could make it rough for any man who wanted to date her. Finn was the first one to finally call her out on her issues. Not in a mean or accusatory way, but to force her to open her eyes and open herself up to what they could have together.

There is a bit of foreshadowing of who the final Bellini sister is going to find her HEA with. I’m hoping I’m right because they both deserve to find love.

4 stars

About Cheri

I'm the mom of two boys and wife to my high school sweetheart. Our oldest, Josh, is living at home while working and paying off student loans. Our youngest, Griffin recently left his active duty Army job and is now National Guard here at home. He moved back to Michigan with his wife Kirsten and our beautiful granddaughter Hazel. I work part time and try to fit as much reading into my life as possible.
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