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Everything But a Groom (Everything But...Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Holly Jacobs

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Book Description

Every Hungarian grandma knows that words have power. Nana Salo never meant the words she said in anger to become a family curse, but that's just what happened. Her granddaughter Vancy is just the newest victim. Vancy's fiance has left her at the altar, and now the press is after a hot grandma-curses-granddaughter's-wedding story. Vancy doesn't believe in the Salo Family Wedding Curse, but when her groom ditches her and the press is hot on her heels, she's not quite so sure anymore. She's hiding out with Matt Wilde, owner of the Everything Wilde landscaping business, helping out with his two newly-inherited nephews as she figures out what to do. Matt doesn't believe in curses either, but he seems cursed with thoughts of Vancy Salo that he just can't seem to shake. A hoard of reporters, a guilty grandma, a gaggle of other family members, and two four-year-olds prone to stealing hearts and wreaking havoc: it's not exactly a classic situation for falling in love...but that's just what may be happening for Vancy and Matt.

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About the Author

Award-winning author Holly Jacobs has written more than forty books. The first book in her Everything But... series, Everything But a Groom, was named one of 2008 s Best Romances by Booklist. Her books have won numerous other industry awards. Everything But a Wedding, Everything But a Bride, Everything But a Christmas Eve as well as her WLVH Romance series, including Pickup Lines, Lovehandles, Night Calls, and Laugh Lines are also available.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1027 KB
  • Print Length: 194 pages
  • Publisher: Montlake Romance (20 Nov. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #191,513 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Holly Jacobs leads a life full of romance and adventure. From skydiving to jet-setting around Europe, from snorkeling in coral reefs to writing while wearing beautiful silk peignoir sets and popping chocolate bonbons, Holly Jacobs leads a life that is the epitome of romance.

Well, my fictional life sounds more interesting, but not better than my real life. Really, I'm the happily married mother of four. I write for Harlequin and Montlake Romance.

You can visit me at

(PS I have had problems with books I didn't write being self-published here and listed 'by Holly Jacobs'. If you don't see this bio attached to a book it's not by me.)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From the zany and fun world of Holly Jacobs 14 Dec. 2007
By Lydia Funneman - Published on
The Salo Wedding curse was not something to trifle with. Or at least that is what Nana Vancy Bashalde Salo had told her family. Besides she should know she was the one who had cursed the family. Nana Vancy's husband-to-be, Bela, did not show up to their wedding. So she cursed him and his family that they would never have a perfect wedding until the marriage meant more than the wedding. Unknown to Nana Vancy was Bela didn't stand her up; he had been in an accident. As soon as he could he came back to her and the local priest married them. But what of her curse now?

Vancy Salo had everything under control. Her Nana Vancy had told her about the family curse so she had taken every precaution so that nothing could ruin her wedding. She had back up halls booked, two cakes, she made the priest have a physical; however she had a back up priest just in case. She had two of everything. Nothing could go wrong.... unless.... everything was there but the groom. Vancy hadn't thought of that happening. Now a local reporter had gotten a hold of her Nana's curse and reporters of every shape and size were out to get her story. What was she going to do she was a prisoner in her own home.

Matt Wilde had been working on a big landscaping proposal, when his doorbell rang, and rang, and rang. When he answered the door he found a wild-eyed woman, and two little boys. The woman said the boys were his. Matt knew this could not be true, his brother Mark's maybe but not his. Matt however was stuck with them for the time being, until he found his brother. What was he going to do with them? He had to work. He also had to go over to Vancy Salo's house now to find out what was wrong with her backyard. Little did he know the answer to his question was waiting for him there.

From the zany and fun world of Holly Jacobs mind comes the delightful story of Everything But a Groom. Ms. Jacobs takes a woman who has the world by the tail and turns it all up side down, with two wonderful little boys and a hunky man. This story is just what you need to relax during the crazy hustle and bustle of the busy holiday season.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Refreshingly clean and a good read! 10 Jan. 2013
By Terisue - Published on
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It is a clean romance that uses a good story line instead of sex and dirty language. I recommend it to any one who enjoys reading but has had it with the smutt.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything but a Groom is a heart-warming and uproariously funny story 30 Dec. 2007
By Kelley Hartsell - Published on
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What's a young woman to do when an inadvertent family curse placed by her own grandmother ruins her dream wedding? Business Lawyer Vancy Salo has just experienced disaster. After planning for every contingency against the possibility of a Salo Wedding Curse on her family, the one thing she never thought of is her downfall... her groom-to-be ditched her at the altar!

Matt Wilde is a busy man, putting all his energy into making his landscaping business, Everything Wilde, a success. The last thing he needs is anything else to require his attention, but that's just what he gets. When the twin sons of Matt's underachieving twin brother, Mark, are literally dumped on his doorstep, he needs help and fast! How convenient that Vancy is desperate to escape the media hounds after the next big story of her cursed family and needs a place to hide out.

So Matt and Vancy strike up a partnership... She'll act as a nanny to the boys temporarily, hiding out at Matt's, and she'll call in a few favors from her fellow lawyers to ensure the security of Matt's newfound relationship with the boys, Chris and Rick. Neither one of them expected that a more long-term arrangement would come out of their emergency situation. Can Vancy break the Salo Family Curse after all?

Holly Jacobs has done it again! Everything but a Groom is a heart-warming and uproariously funny story. Who else could write a book about a young woman in a moment of despair making a comment that accidentally turns into a family curse and tell the story in such a light-hearted way? I've come to expect these sweet and funny anecdotes from a Holly Jacobs novel and she never disappoints.

Vancy is a logical, practical young woman who tackles everything in her life with the same attention to detail that has made her a successful attorney. Unfortunately for her, she learns the hard way that logic isn't the answer to everything and sometimes it's the heart that really makes the decisions. This becomes especially obvious in Vancy's handling two adorably precocious young boys. Even those of us who don't have children of our own were young once and can relate to Vancy's escapades with Rick and Chris. You will be laughing out loud at many times throughout the story. (Does anyone want to make some lava?) All of the events unfolding are so vivid in the imagination that you too will find yourself envisioning much of the adventure.

The relationship that develops between Matt and Vancy (and the boys) is sweet and true, and will leave you dreaming of your own happy-ever-after, be it one that has already happened or is yet to come. They both have their doubts and insecurities to overcome but soon realize the best way to do that is with each other.

Of course no Holly Jacobs story would be complete without a whole passel of zany family members and supporting players. Everything but a Groom fits the bill quite nicely. From curse-wielding Nana Vancy and company to Mark the irresponsible twin brother of Matt, and newly-made grandparents Don and Marcy Wilde to the story-obsessed media, everyone is enjoyable to encounter and adds their own dash of joie-de-vive to the story. So put your feet up, grab a cup of your favorite beverage, and prepare to indulge in a crowd-pleasing humorous story about love and romance and family life. You are in for a treat with Everything but a Groom!

© Kelley A. Hartsell, June 2007. All rights reserved.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cute, a little short 30 Sept. 2013
By Jennifer Kranig - Published on
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I purchased this book for .99 and it was well worth the cost; well written, cute characters, and a sweet story line. I guess my only real complaint is that I would have liked to see more, as I felt like the ending was a little unresolved. The fate of the boys final custody was left to the readers imagination, and I guess with the heroine being a lawyer I would have hoped to get some closure on that issue. All in all a good read.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything But a Groom 2 July 2013
By LZO - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
This is the first book in a 3 book series. I knew there was a series but I couldn't find anywhere which book to read first.
All 3 books are easy reading romantic stories. I believe you would enjoy the books more if you started with this one. Each book has to do with a curse the grandmother put on big weddings.
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