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Feature book: The Night that Changed Everything

7 July 2021

The Night that Changed Everything by Helen Lacey

Series: Culhanes of Cedar River #5
Subgenre: contemporary romance
Release date: 29 Jun 2021
Publisher: Harlequin Special Edition
Format: ebook and print
Length: 288 pages
RRP: $5.99 (ebook); $14.92 (print)

As I’ve had the happy task of reading The Culhanes of Cedar River from the start of this series, I was really happy to jump in and read another instalment. You can read it as stand alone, although some of the previous characters do pop into the story from time to time—but you can work it all out. Trust me, and trust Helen Lacey with excellent storytelling and explanations.

This is another friends-to-lovers story which I honestly can’t get enough of. So popular and such fun!

It all begins in Vegas.

Grant Culhane has reluctantly—extremely reluctantly—gone to Vegas for his best friend Winona Sheehan’s wedding. She’s marrying some guy she’s had a long-distance relationship with. They’ve barely spent more than a few days physically together as most of their relationship happened through calls and texts. Grant has no idea why on earth Winona is marrying him and feels fairly unsettled by it all. It seems like a recipe for future disaster and heartbreak. Still, he’s got to be there for his best buddy, doesn’t he? Especially as their friendship goes right back to childhood.

So here’s Winona, all frocked up and ready to get married, and Grant arrives … But the groom doesn’t …

Next destination for a rejected bride and her BFF? A bar, because …!

The next morning Grant wakes up with a wedding ring on his finger, hung over with almost zero memory of the previous night. Ditto Winona, in bed beside him!

Horrified, they try to pretend nothing happened, but it clearly did. And guess what, this was ‘the night that changed everything’.

Both Grant and Winona are now in uncharted territory. They’ve always been just best friends. Navigating this unexpected path—with a baby on the way (!)—is extremely tricky ground.

I loved watching the way they worked things out. Both felt vulnerable and uncertain. Both tried to be honest and at times failed, retreating with defences up. Watching love conquer all was lovely. Thanks Helen Lacey.

reviewed by Malvina

A review copy of this book was provided by the author.

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