Julia London’s newest series features the daring and adventurous men of Thrillseekers Anonymous, a company that caters to the rich and pampered looking for a little excitement. Not only do they plan and execute these extreme vacations, they guarantee absolute secrecy. Their latest venture is the wedding of two of Hollywood’s premier celebrities. While the guys can handle the danger and the anonymity, they have no idea how to plan the actual wedding ceremony.
Eli McCain, one of the four partners of Thrillseekers, is a former stuntman and stunt coordinator. His friends give him the frustrating task of managing the wedding planner search, and after going through countless interviews, he finds Marnie Banks. Marnie is brand-new to the wedding planning business; she used to make her living in the computer industry before the huge dot-com crash. She just knows that if she can pull off the wedding of the two Hollywood bigwigs, her career will take off like crazy. She just never planned on having to work with Eli, or the spoiled bride, or crazy storms in the mountains.
As always, London delivers an entertaining, if long-winded, tale that is alternately touching and passionate. Both characters are well-developed, although Eli’s surliness sometimes gets irritating. Marnie is a heroine all women can relate to. She isn’t flawless; she makes mistakes, and her inner strength is very appealing. However, as the books nears its end, London does what she seems to do in every book – draw it out to the screaming point. Just when you think these two crazy kids are going to end up together, there’s yet another misunderstanding that pulls them apart. Those misunderstandings make the book longer than it needs to be.
Expect to see the other Thrillseekers Anonymous partners in future books. Michael, Cooper, and Jack all have stories of their own that need telling. What fan of romance would turn down a chance to get to know a CIA agent, a former Air Force pilot, and another stuntman, all of whom like to live life on the edge?