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I Do -- But I Don't (Crandell Sisters #1)

3.66  ·  Rating Details ·  9,258 Ratings  ·  160 Reviews
"She creates perfect days."In spite of her incorrigible curly hair, Lauren Crandell is a neat-freak and organizational guru, qualities that make her the perfect wedding planner. But when two weddings in one day go haywire, and hunky firefighter Nick Corona comes to the rescue -- twice -- Lauren realizes there are a few important details in her own life she hasn't been tend ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published August 31st 2004 by Downtown Press (first published 2003)
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Sep 20, 2011 Stephanie rated it really liked it
Such a fun read, the last 5 chapters had me laughing hysterically out loud. A slow start with a drawing introduction but picked up pace as it went on.

Any woman with an obsessive compulsion for organization (as I do) will easily bond with Lauren, the main character if the book. Reminiscent of a combination of romantic-comedy movies like "The wedding planner", "hitch", and "sweet home alabama", this book was a fun read snd only got better as the story went on.
Chick-lit is hit-and-miss for me. First person POV chick-lit even more so—okay, not counting Kristan Higgins it’s mostly a miss. And this book was no exception.

I hated the heroine’s guts and given the book was written in her POV I hated the book. Some fellow reviewers say she was written that way to make us see her growth toward the end. I didn’t see it like that, and I didn’t see any significant growth. Lauren spent the entire book feeling sorry about herself, mostly to do with her hair, using
Jul 03, 2015 Caroline rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For whatever reason, I just really enjoyed this book. I probably should NOT have been reading it at work, however. I found it extremely funny, and trying not to laugh in a call center can be rather difficult. People tend to look at you oddly if you randomly start laughing, you see. Anyway though, maybe it's due to my upcoming wedding that made me enjoy this book, or maybe it's just my current frame of mind. Regardless, I very rarely give five star ratings to books, so that should say something. ...more
Apr 21, 2011 Angela rated it it was ok
I wanted to like this book as I had just come off of planning my wedding. But it was only OK. I found the main character a little annoying and wanted to pull her out of the book at times and slap some sense into her. But as others have commented, that's also part of her development and the author explains why she is the way she is. Also, I kept thinking of the movie "The Wedding Planner," while reading it. Even though the two have no connection, the plot lines are similar.
Heather Alderman
Jul 28, 2016 Heather Alderman rated it liked it
This book did exactly what I needed it to... I had a last minute business trip and needed a lighthearted, quick read for the longish plane rides and what I was reading was quite depressing, so I picked up this book. Although the writing was not very good and eye rolling at times, it had its sweet and funny moments.
Sep 27, 2014 Sheryl rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
I absolutely loved this book! Especially when Lauren finally said what was on her mind. A fun light hearted read that most of us can relate to on multiple levels (besides the wedding planning!).
Fiona Bauer
Feb 03, 2015 Fiona Bauer rated it it was ok
This book was a bit boring, the story was a flat line. It didn't have much suspense...
Mar 05, 2017 Tracy rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
Jan 18, 2017 nila rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Kesalahan yang begitu banyak dilakukan pengantin wanita adalah mencurahkan begitu banyak upaya untuk satu hari perayaan, namun gagal memikirkan sepuluh ribu hari mendatang setelah hari H.

~~hal 393~~
Elusive Controversé
Nov 04, 2014 Elusive Controversé rated it it was ok
Shelves: review
'I Do But I Don't' tells the story about Lauren Crandell who works as a wedding planner. She's a neat freak bordering on OCD, organized, competent and single after a divorce. It goes without saying that she's the typical heroine who's unhappy about an aspect of her appearance (her curly hair which she describes multiple times throughout the book and that was unnecessary - I perfectly understood her 'predicament' the first time it was mentioned) and longs to be in a relationship.

At the beginning
Karla Mae (Reads and Thoughts)
Nov 22, 2011 Karla Mae (Reads and Thoughts) rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011-reads
Another random book i picked out of nowhere. I guess i'm just pretty bored these past few days and i decided to find some books to read and TADA! I found this one. I'm really a big sucker for books that has great covers and this one definitely caught my attention.

I'm hoping this one would not be another story with a typical plot wherein The boy meets girl-get to know each other-conflict-and live happily ever after blah, But i guess i was wrong, it was just another typical chick-lit/contempor
Oct 12, 2008 Alex rated it really liked it
Wild hair aside, Lauren Crandell likes to think she has everything under control, she is, after all, the junior wedding consultant at Forever Weddings, doing everything short of standing on her head to make sure all her brides get the weddings of their dreams, even though he own perfect wedding ended in divorce a year ago.

So, as Lauren spends her days creating perfect days for others, she ends up meeting Nick Corona, a gorgeous firefighter who comes to the rescue during two of her weddings. At t
Nash Norden
I really like the TV, Movie, I do (But I don’t) starring Denise Richards and Dean Cain. I watched the movie years ago and found out that it was based on Cara Lockwood novel with the same title. I’ve been looking forward to read this book for some time and I have to say that I am not disappointed. I'm giving this book a 5 stars because I enjoyed it so much!

Lauren Crandell was the junior wedding consultant at Forever Weddings. She met Nick Corona, an attractive firefighter who comes to the rescue
Anna Marie
Jun 30, 2013 Anna Marie rated it did not like it
With the intellectual depth of a rubber duck, Cara Lockwood tried to entertain me in a lighthearted novel of mistaken identity and comedy... and utterly failed.

First, there's the rampant stupidity. Then there are the tedious in-head explanations of said rampant stupidity. Most of which is more painful than funny. And of course the heroine is a complete idiot that everything just *happens* to go wonderfully for, and she snags the man hotter than People Magazine's Hunk of the Year.

*Sigh*. I really
Apr 26, 2013 Vaishnavi rated it really liked it
What did i think? Well i've always loved anything related to weddings. SO obviously i enjoyed this one too. It was the usual cute romance, a breezy read and nice characters. What i liked about it most and what i found unique was how towards the end Lauren stood up and kinda let it clear that weddings are not important than marriages, i mean you should be able to marry the person even in a cattle shed and still be happy because you are going to spend your life with your loved one..and not just wo ...more
Feb 20, 2011 Kelly rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
I really liked this book. I love the way Lauren comes into herself and learns to stand up for herself. She learns that not everything is going to go exactly as planned and every once in a while, things work out for you, not against you. It's a little annoying how she feels sorry for herself all the time, but in the end I think it's important in the development of her character. Lauren is always jumping to conclusions and believing everything that she hears, which makes for really funny drama. Th ...more
Jun 25, 2009 Charity rated it really liked it
This was a frilly sort of read for me. I was looking for a comedy to read and picked this up from the library. It did turn out to be pretty funny and I liked the story line and it even made me wonder if I could be a wedding planner in the future. The only annoying thing about this book was all the parenthesis thoughts. I kept skipping over them and had to come back and read them. They were thoughts like " hair is completely out of control (and you would think I'd been blown away by a jet pl ...more
"I Do" is a light, fluffy and funny beach read, but nothing more than that. It did make me laugh out loud a few times, and towards the end of the book there is a truly hilarious wedding from hell.

What bothered me, though, was how the main character, Lauren, kept making assumptions and jumping (or rather leaping) to (wrong) conclusions without ever trying to find out what she'd been told was fact or fiction. Definitely a very annoying habit for any character in a book.

On the plus-side, the male
Yuli Pritania
I trapped in many love-hate book relationship nowadays. I really like some parts of it and definitely hate another parts.

I like Mrs. Lockwood's writing style. I really enjoy it. The first-person-point-of-view with witty and fun narration and strong characterization. I like Lauren's craze about cleanness, and her job, before I know how pathetic she is in the past from what Diane says when Lauren tries to stop her wedding. I really hate this kind of character, even though she then changes herself
May 26, 2015 Tina rated it liked it
Shelves: own
I love romance stories. Some are cheesy, some are hot and steamy, and others are fun. This one was a little bit fun and a little bit cheesy. Lauren meets Nick with her troublesome clients. She gets the wrong impression and things become complicated. I figured out right away what was going on, but it felt like it took Lauren FOREVER to realize it. I was getting a little annoyed with her and wished she would just figure it out. But still. It was a cute book and the characters were fun. Lauren seem ...more
May 19, 2016 Sarah rated it it was ok
I'm so sorry to say that this was a cringe-read for me. I really wanted it love it, because the main premise has SUCH promise, what with the main protagonist having an extreme need for organization which borders on compulsive and her being a wedding planner to boot.

In my opinion, the cringing is mostly to do with the underdeveloped characters and a male lead I would find highly irritating, as most of the book is spent emphasizing how good and sexy and rugged and popular with the ladies he is. (
Oct 19, 2012 Kelly rated it liked it
Somewhere between 2.5 and 3 stars. Let's say 2.75

I read this one a long time ago and completely forgot about it until I came across it browsing on this site. That fact alone prevents it from getting a 4 or 5 star rating.

What I do remember about this novel is that it was fluffy fun. There was nothing outstanding about it, but it managed to keep me entertained enough during its length. I got it from a library sale, every book you could fit in a giant paper bag for $10. I think the value of each
Jul 01, 2015 Donna rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, 2015
Funny, funny, funny! It took me a chapter or two to adjust to Lauren's thought processes but after that it was smooth sailing. All the characters, except maybe Brad, were highly entertaining and the romance between Lauren and Nick developed as it should. This was a quick but enjoyable read.

The only quibble I have is with the cost of this ebook and its sequel, especially since both were published approximately a decade ago. Thankfully I was able to read it for free on Simon & Schuster's 'xoxo
Fakhrisina Amalia
Karena cinta sejati bukanlah soal alunan musik, undangan berhiasan timbul, atau renda. Bukan pula soal besarnya pernikahan atau mahalnya hidangan pesta. Cinta sejati adalah sesuatu yang kau temukan saat kau tidak menduganya. Cinta sejati berani menempuh risiko bahwa kebersamaan ini belum tentu bahagia untuk selamanya. Cinta sejati berarti berpegangan tangan dengan pria yang mencintaimu apa adanya dan berkata, "Aku tidak takut untuk memercayaimu."
Cinta seperti itu mampu bertahan jauh lebih lama.
Ingrid Leonard
Feb 23, 2016 Ingrid Leonard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Only 1 day to finish the book but need about 10 days to update my status.
But trust me, between that time, there's no book that I read, as my Kariage Kun comic be an exception x_x
I've no mood to read any novel, including the sequel on this book.

But... back to this book, it's a great book though.
I like it, the whole story are fun & the central, a woman named Lauren, that are too busy to make everybody happy, are so, so, so "human".
I mean, she's like a girl next door, you can probably say she'
Striratna  Nityahayu
Apr 15, 2013 Striratna Nityahayu rated it liked it
Shelves: chicklit
Really liked it. In fact, kalo ada bintang tiga setengah, nah itu dia yang pas x)
Gatau sih, semacam agak love-hate gitu sama buku ini. Ada bagian yang kurang gereget tapi balik ke hal selanjutnya langsung seru lagi. Dan bagian kebakaran di akhir cerita rasanya agak terlalu dipaksa masuk, sih....
Tapi super duper suka sama Nick yang kirain teh pas awalnya kelewat sempurna, eeh ga taunya punya flaw juga x) (nggak suka Gary Stu soalnya). Dan kehadiran seekor kucing di buku ini juga nambah poin bagi
Jul 06, 2009 Joy rated it really liked it
Recommended to Joy by: Lauren
Shelves: chick-lit
I have to say that I enjoyed this book. Yes, it's frilly and your typical chick-lit, but I thought it was really funny at times. In an outlandish, but still realistic way. Lauren, a wedding consultant, finds herself in trouble when she begins to fall, unwittingly, for one of her clients. His actions throw Lauren completely off her feet (quite literally!) and suddenly she doesn't know what to do or think. It's amusing and I found myself laughing out loud; especially towards the end, when things g ...more
Jun 12, 2008 Dawn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, series, chick-lit
This was basically the book form of a chick flick--different from what I'd consider chick lit, if that makes sense. Total fluff. Completely predictable. But also surprisingly enjoyable. The writing style was easy to read and the characters were, for the most part, likable (or at least entertaining). The book had some parts that were silly (much like any chick flick would), but there were a few good nuggets in there to appreciate. While this book isn't winning any awards, ever, light, fluffy read ...more
Tanya (Girl Plus Books)
Jun 01, 2008 Tanya (Girl Plus Books) rated it it was ok
Shelves: chick-lit
This is *not* something I would normally read but my sister loved it and begged me to read it, too. What a chore that was. I truly enjoy good chick lit. Good being the operative word. For me, it's silly books like this that give chick lit a bad name. Stupid, insecure protagonists who are walking doormats are a major pet peeve of mine. No, not everyone oozes self confidence but come on... get a backbone already. Plus, the whole mistaken identity/misunderstandings/hijinks ensue plt gimmicks leave ...more
Aug 02, 2016 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My best friend lent me this book and I have to say I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. It started off a little slow, and Lockwood uses way to many parenthetical statements throughout the book. But, once I got into it (and just went with the parentheticals), I really liked the characters, the story and the writing. There were numerous laugh-out-loud moments and I couldn't wait to finish it. I'd highly recommend this book to anyone who needs a little fun, light reading. A perfect beach read!
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I'm the USA Today bestselling author of more than a dozen books. I've written in a number of genres: chick lit, romance, suspense and young adult. My debut novel, I Do (But I Don't) was made into a Lifetime Original movie.

I grew up in Mesquite, Texas, which for those of you who like livestock shows, is the home of the Mesquite Rodeo. Ironically, Mesquite was named after Mesquite trees, only none o
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