Blissed

Jamie Farrell
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"This story is everything I love about romantic comedy!" - USA Today Bestselling Author Kylie Gilmore 

An out-of-place single mother and a thrill-seeking widower collide in the Wedding Capital of the Midwest!

Natalie Castellano didn't have the wedded bliss experience typical of her hometown, but that won't stop her from ensuring this year's bridal festival goes off without a hitch. Even if it means she has to play nice with the man who broke her fairy tale.

World adventurer and reluctant local hero CJ Blue doesn't want to be in Bliss anymore than Natalie wants him here. But family obligations have brought him back, and now, Natalie is using every trick she has to rope him into helping save a tradition he'd rather forget.

Despite their rocky past, these two wounded souls have more in common than they expect. They've both loved and lost, they've both tried to move on, and now they've both locked up their hearts. But by joining forces for the sake of Bliss, they might find the courage to risk love one more time.

Praise for Blissed:

"Farrell marries warmth with tongue-in-cheek wit in this marvelous romantic comedy...Natalie and CJ's journey toward love, filled with scenes of high hilarity and vivid emotion, resonates with warmth and realism. A cast of quirky characters adds just the perfect touch to a heartwarming comedy of errors." - PUBLISHERS WEEKLY STARRED REVIEW

"Jamie Farrell will have you laughing out loud with her fun, quirky characters from her Misfit Brides series." - USA TODAY HEA Blog

"A romantic romp that's both smart & sassy." - Christie Craig, NYT Best Selling author of The Divorced & Desperate series

Blissed is a standalone romantic comedy. Be sure to check out the rest of the Misfit Brides series!
Blissed (CJ and Natalie) 
Matched (Will and Lindsey) 
Smittened (Mikey and Dahlia) 
Sugared (Josh and Kimmie) 
Merried (Max and Merry) 

And for more fun from Jamie Farrell, check out the Officers' Ex-Wives Club series!
Southern Fried Blues (Jackson and Anna Grace) 
Moonshine & Magnolias (Zack and Shelby) 

And sign up for Jamie Farrell's newsletter to stay up to date with Jamie's latest releases! JamieFarrellBooks.com

Note: BLISSED was previously published as THE HUSBAND GAMES.

Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy, Second Chances, Small Town Romance, Bridal Romance, Smart Romance, Quirky Romance

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About the author

 Jamie Farrell writes fun contemporary romances with quirky characters and lots of heart. She believes love and laughter are two of the most powerful forces in the universe, and she infuses both into all of her stories. Her debut novel, Southern Fried Blues, was a finalist for the 2013 National Readers' Choice Awards and the 2014 National Excellence in Romance Fiction Awards.

A native Midwesterner, Jamie has lived in the South the majority of her adult life. When she's not writing, she and her military hero husband are busy raising three hilariously unpredictable children.

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Publisher
Jamie Farrell
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Published on
Aug 2, 2014
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Pages
300
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ISBN
9781940517056
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Contemporary Women
Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
Fiction / Romance / General
Fiction / Romance / Romantic Comedy
Humor / Topic / Marriage & Family
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Holly Hart has been married for fifteen blissful years to hubby Alex. Well… if you don't count last Christmas, when she accidentally found a load of sexy texts on Alex's phone. But every marriage has its ups and downs and Alex had a perfectly reasonable explanation… so why can't Holly forget what she saw?

 

With the help of best friends Jeanie and Caro, as well as their handsome neighbour Jack, Holly resolves to settle her mind once and for all with a bit of sneaky detective work. So what if her husband isn't exactly Brad Pitt? He's hers, and if someone else is trying to steal him she wants to know who…. But the truth is way more shocking than Holly ever anticipated. Can Holly, let alone her marriage, ever recover from what she discovers?

 

A laugh-until-you-cry, feel-good novel from the bestselling author of Stockings and Cellulite. Perfect for fans of Tracy Bloom, Sophie Kinsella and Marian Keyes.

 

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A country music heartthrob and his long-lost love walk into a wedding...

Will Truitt grew up living a country song. His momma died, his daddy went to prison, and his dog ran away. Now, as superstar Billy Brenton, his life should be pretty dang good. But he hasn't been able to write a decent song in months. Crashing a wedding in a quirky little bridal-obsessed town is supposed to provide inspiration to get his career back on track. Instead, all he finds are regrets when he comes face-to-face with the only woman to ever crush his heart. 

Lindsey Castellano gave up on love a long time ago. As a cutthroat divorce attorney on the outskirts of a town devoted to brides, weddings, and happily ever after, she's honed her skills at avoiding love, commitment, and inevitable heartbreak. Or so she thought until Will Truitt reappears in her life.

When Lindsey shattered Will's heart fifteen years ago, she'd been a sorority girl on her way to the top. He'd been a lowly janitor with a dream. Now he's on top of the world, and she's the last person he should need or want.

But she's the only person who has ever inspired his music. And he's the only man she's never been able to forget. Have the years made them wiser, stronger, and better able to love, or this time, will they simply crash and burn harder?

Matched is a standalone contemporary romance. Be sure to check out the rest of the Misfit Brides series!
Blissed (CJ and Natalie) 
Matched (Will and Lindsey) 
Smittened (Mikey and Dahlia) 
Sugared (Josh and Kimmie) 
Merried (Max and Merry) 

For more fun from Jamie Farrell, check out the Officers' Ex-Wives Club series!

Southern Fried Blues (Jackson and Anna Grace) 
Moonshine & Magnolias (Zack and Shelby) 

And sign up for Jamie Farrell's newsletter to stay up to date with Jamie's latest releases! 

JamieFarrellBooks.com

A Bad Boy, a Good Girl, and Ice Cream Collide in the Best Little Wedding Town in America!

Dahlia Mallard has finally found her destiny—running an ice cream shop in Bliss, the happiest bridal town in the Midwest. Problem is, her heart is bigger than her bank account, and she needs a serious influx of cash to get through the winter. Her last-ditch effort? Convincing country music superstar Billy Brenton to commit to attending her risqué flavor-tasting event to boost ticket sales. But the closest she can get to Billy is his drummer, the womanizing Mikey Diamond.

Mikey loves the ladies, and he makes no secret of it. But he’s not such a fan of this town devoted to weddings, love, and marriage. And he’s even less of a fan of people using him to get to Billy. When circumstances land Mikey in Dahlia’s house, though, all his caution—and all his interest in any other single ladies—flies out the window. Dahlia’s quirky and funny and, unlike his usual women, she doesn’t tolerate any of his baloney. But when Mikey discovers that Dahlia, too, is using him to get close to Billy, will he take the chance to be her hero instead, or will he revert to his manwhore ways?

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From Smittened:

The doorbell dinged out the ice cream truck song that Great Aunt Agnes, rest her soul, had installed shortly before she kicked the bucket. Two years, and Dahlia still couldn’t figure out how to change it to a normal ding. She popped up to the front of the store to take care of her customers.

Except it wasn’t customers.

It was Mikey.

She braced herself and girded her loins, which, quite honestly, needed a lot of girding.

Especially when he aimed that smile and those gray eyes at her. He strolled over the black checkered floor, all lanky grace and undeniable sensuality in his leather jacket, cowboy boots, omnipresent ball cap, and new blue jeans. “My favorite ice cream lady,” he said.

Her heart squeezed. Charmer, she reminded herself. And not even a good one at that. “You say that to all the ice cream ladies you meet.”

“Not anymore.” He winked and propped his elbows on the glass counter over the tubs of ice cream. He lifted a suggestive eyebrow. “Was hoping to try some of that Cherry Popper ice cream for lunch.”

“What—how—who—Hush!” No one was supposed to know anything on her adults-only menu until the tasting. Which meant he’d been snooping more in her house.

The only thing more annoying than the smug in his smile was the way her pulse fluttered in response to it.

“Saw a note,” he said casually. “I’m a big fan of cherries.”

“So you’ve said a couple hundred times,” she muttered.

He peered closer, his grin spreading wider to show off a row of perfectly aligned pearly whites. “Why, Miss Dahlia, you’ve been watching BillyVision.”

He knew her name.

Oh, sweet holy ducks, he knew her name. It sounded so exotic in his Southern drawl. Daawl-ya.

“Well, yeah,” she forced out. “Billy’s hot.”

His smile went bigger, and for the first time since last night’s fire, she noticed his eyes crinkling at the edges too. “But I’m better.”

Yes. Yes he—no. No. She didn’t need to add philandering pig to her list of dating disasters.

“I guess,” she said. “Sort of like the mashed potatoes that go with the Thanksgiving turkey.”

The ego in his grin didn’t waver. “So you want to cover me with gravy? I might could be up for that.”

That was not an image that should’ve been sexy. Chocolate syrup, yes. Warm caramel sauce, absolutely. Lumpy brown gravy on Mikey? Ducks help her, it was not totally revolting. She stepped back from the counter and grabbed a rag to wipe at an imaginary ice cream dribble. “You should probably stick to playing music,” she said. “Not sure you could do the gravy justice.”

“Sure I could, sweet pea. I’m a man of many talents.”

* * *

Other Books in the Misfit Brides series:

Blissed (Natalie and CJ)

Matched (Will and Lindsey)

Sugared (Kimmie and Josh, release date TBA)

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If you liked Smittened, you'll love Southern Fried Blues! Check out Jamie Farrell's Officers' Ex-Wives Club series today!

Keywords: Contemporary romance, Romantic Comedy, Smart Romance, Country rock star, ice cream, small town, bad boy, good girl, quick reads, musician, sexy romance, quirky romance

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