Book Review: The Accidental Newlywed Game by Jaci Burton


Title: The Accidental Newlywed Game

By: Jaci Burton

Genre: Romance

Pages: 336

Release Date: June 28th, 2022

Publisher: Berkley Books

Rating: ★★☆☆☆


Summary from Goodreads:

What happens in Vegas doesn't stay in Vegas, when one night out turns into a wedding that neither newlywed can remember, from New York Times bestselling author Jaci Burton.

Wedding planner Honor Bellini is in Las Vegas for a work convention when she runs into her sister's ex-fianc�, Owen Stone, who's also in town for his craft brewery business. They're both glad to see a familiar face from home...until a night of drinking leads to waking up in bed together--and a marriage certificate from a wedding that neither of them can recall.

Horrified, Owen suggests an immediate annulment. Honor agrees, but when they spend the day together, their chemistry is overwhelming. Plus, Honor has a flash of memory of their steamy wedding night, and she definitely likes what she remembers. They decide to wait before cancelling the whole marriage thing, though they both head back to Oklahoma determined not to tell anyone at home what happened in Vegas.

The problem is, Honor and Owen can't seem to stay away from each other--or keep their hands off one another. The longer they keep their secret, the harder it gets to deny how they really feel. Even worse, this huge secret has the potential to hurt someone they both care about. They need to get an annulment before this accidental marriage turns into love.


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It's hard to write a review after being letdown by a book I had high hopes for.

This story really spoke to me as I love a good accidental romance, but the story was extremely lacking in details and emotions. With very little backstory as to how the main characters Honor and Own accidentally get married, the book starts with them waking up and realizing what happened. The amazingly awkwardness of the situation wasn't there. The characters had a simple and easy relationship that anyone would have if they were together for years, but these characters were no where near that in their timeframe. 

The whole book was very cordial and nice. There was no thrill, no feeling of awkward and absolutely no chemistry between Honor and Owen. The author only scratched the surface of the potential this book had, but fell flat on the follow through. 

I'm a little disappointed as I really wanted to like this read, there was just nothing exciting for me to hold onto. 

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.

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