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Here Comes The Groom (Special Forces #1)

3.43  ·  Rating Details ·  773 Ratings  ·  60 Reviews
If Jocelyn Swann weren't so furious, she'd probably laugh. Her best friend, Dan Jansen, has launched a campaign worthy of his Special Forces training to arrange their wedding, from music and minister to flowers and food. What part of "no" does he not understand?Their marriage "agreement" was a tipsy scrawl on the back of a coaster...three years ago It's not a question of l ...more
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Fun book even with the serious issues it deals with. I like the perseverance of the hero and the way the heroine learns to give in and accept his love. Liked the over the top ending. Looking forward to the other 2 guys' stories now.
I loved the book, way better than What the Librarian Did IMO.

First of all, I love the friends-to-lovers theme, and this book delivered. Jocelyn & Dan are good friends and make a great couple.

The book had some funny moments, especially in the beginning. Dan's idea of bullying Jocelyn into marrying him (in a good way, mind you) by planing the wedding is unique, and probably something that wouldn't goo so good in RL, but here it works like a charm. I loved Jocelyn's reaction when she realised
While I enjoy how this author writes, the premise of this story didn't work for me. Along with Jocelyn, I was irritated that Dan wasn't listening to her and was bulldozing her into marriage. I liked Dan and I liked Jo, but I didn't like the set-up. But I might have still given it a higher rating, since I did like the characters and the underlying emotions were very well handled, except for the crazy ending. I can't believe that Bliss couldn't think of some other way to deal with it. Honestly, if ...more
Love the first two thirds, then it felt like the author jumped the shark. Otherwise, the book might have achieved 5 stars (on my 5 star romance scale). That said, I really hope to read more books by Ms. Bliss soon.

The first Karina Bliss book I’ve read, but it won’t be the last. One night while drunk, Jocelyn agrees on the back of a beer coaster to marry her friend Dan. Three years later after returning from a tough deployment with special forces, he tries to take her up on the offer. And he goe
what a great story that was.

Maybe is a misconception that i expect superficial plots when i read short Harlequin novels. I was pleasantly surprised to see otherwise.

in "Here comes the Groom" I felt very compelled with both characters as well as the plot.

the Plot dealt with real issues but they were dealt in a charming way. what i thought worked for the story to give it the right depth in its short length, was that the H/h were best friends with a lot of history behind them.

I really enjoyed Ka
Aug 01, 2013 Wench marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nopetopus
Because when a woman says she doesn't want to get married, it's TOTALLY a non-abusive, non-rape-culture thing to PLAN A HUGE WEDDING ANYWAY AND FORCE HER IN TO IT.

And that's why this is on the NOPETOPUS shelf.
Jan 19, 2012 KatiD rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: a-review-ish
One of my very favorite romance themes is the best friends to lovers one. Here Comes the Groom puts a delightful twist on the storyline, making it a unique entry into this well worn trope.

Jo and Dan have known each other and been best friends almost their entire lives. Jo runs a successful newspaper, and Dan is a soldier. Just before Dan is to be deployed to Afghanistan, Jo, drunk as a lord, makes a pass at him. He's shocked and angry with her for changing the playing field between them, especia
Dana S
I didn't love this much as Karina Bliss's previous book, but it was still a very enjoyable read. Jo and Dan were such well-crafted characters and I was sucked into the book.

The blurb is misleading, not in terms of plot, but tone, it makes it sound like this book is a romantic comedy and it's not, the book deals with a lot of heavy issues. There's a good dose of humor here, but I thought What the Librarian Did actually had more humor in it.

Dan's back home after a deployment to Afghanistan and i
Jan 24, 2011 Calisto rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wtf, wanted-plot-beta
I'm not sure what to say about this book. Normally I steer clear of contemporary category romances, but this was in the tbr of a friend and had been rec'd in another blog. It is well written, has an interesting premise, and has good characters.

So why two stars? Well, to be honest, the more I think about this story, the less I like it. I'm giving two stars because I think it could have worked with some story/plot editing.

The first problem is the blurb because to me it sounds like a light, romant
Dec 27, 2011 Chelsea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dan and Jo are best friends who long ago made a marriage pact as a joke, which Dan then decides to take seriously. He starts planning the wedding against Jo's wishes and does everything possible to talk her into it. It sounds silly, I realize. But there is a lot more going on in this book then is apparent. In the interest of not spoiling the story, I'll just say that Jo and Dan have both been through and are still going through a lot of tough stuff. They are problems which I believe a lot of peo ...more
I liked this one a lot. Hero and heroine have made a pact to marry if they're both still single when they hit 32 (I think that's the age), but when he shows up and starts planning the wedding, the heroine isn't prepared. She thought it was just a joke.

They're both dealing with a lot of issues--he's back from Afghanistan, her Gran's dementia is getting worse, and that's just the beginning. This is just nicely, nicely done. Liked it a lot.
Apr 01, 2012 Tracie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012
Wow! Just wow!

This was an emotional read that tore at my heart. The issues are so current that at times it was tough to read about.

I love the friends-to-lovers trope. I also like the original take that he did the pursuing and planning the wedding, etc. This was a great story about friends who connect on all levels and 2 people who grow to love one another and need each other.
This was just one of those random suggested books. I decided I needed something different after listening to some paranormal books and got this. This was pretty decent. Not one of your typical romance books. This had some real issues in it and it made it more than a light fluff book.
Lynn Calvin
Friends to lovers - some serious issues well done although I guessed all of them early. Unhappy with the stalker vibe although the author redeemed it well. Still not ok with it, but will gladly read more from this author.

3.5 stars for the start of a wonderful series. I think Karina Bliss is such a talented writer. I wonder if she'll make the jump from category romances. I think she's earned a spot on my autobuy list.

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May 15, 2014 LB rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ptsd-probably
This book was just so... weird! I just finished it and I am completely bewildered.

Dan gets out of the military and hasn't seen his best friend Jo in almost a year but he's decided he's going to enforce a drunken marriage pact they made years earlier on a beer mat and occasionally joke about. Without discussing it with her or even telling her he's back in town he sends wedding invitations to all her friends and family. She thinks it's a funny joke at first, but then quickly finds out he is actual
Jan 02, 2011 Wendy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Wendy by: Sarah
This is another Smart Bitches recommendation, and I've come to trust their recommendations. I was right to, for this one, too. I started reading it at bedtime last night (because the nonfic paper book I'm reading in the living room is neither bedtime reading subject matter nor small enough to hold comfortably while lying down), and finished it just after lunchtime today.

This book is not all fluff and hot sex - though it has its share of both - and I really liked that about it. The heroine, Jo, i
I was going through my library last night when I saw this book and decided to pick it up. Obviously the summary is not going to give away the plot but now that I've read the book, that summary just doesn't match for me ... it doesn't do it justice .. Because this book is not all light and fluffy. Yes, it does revolve around the marriage agreement, and it is hilarious at times, with the witty banter, the clever comebacks, with theirhis stubbornness that just endears him even more. The story thoug ...more
Jan 18, 2011 Brianne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Hoping ths works - this is my frist TBR Challenge entry.

Jan - Category Romance.
Not usually the genre i read (because many of my books come from the library) so when i saw many great reviews for Here Comes the Groom by Karina Bliss, I jumped all over it. And it did not disappoint. I loved it, even stayed up way too late because i could not out the book down and read it in one sitting.

Dan and Jo have been best friends for 28 years and seen each other through many different events and times of adv
Jan 12, 2011 Lobo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Igazából legutóbbi regényéhez képest Karina Bliss ha lehet, most még jobbat írt a műfaji keretek közt. A What the Librarian Did esetében ugye a téma és a szereplők tetszettek főleg, itt viszont az egész történet úgy ahogy volt, rendben össze volt rakva. A főszereplők teljesen hihetőek voltak és a problémáik is. Jó pár kényes kérdést is felvetett a regény: családi kapcsolatok, barátság, egészség terén. Igazából talán még vagy 100 oldalt elviselt volna a regény, hogy tényleg minden témát alaposan ...more
Feb 10, 2011 Mikaela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Book: Here comes the Groom by Karina Bliss

The Particulars: Contemporary Romance, Harlequin Superromance, available both in print and e-book

Why was it in my TBR? I picked it up for Smart Bitch Sarah’s bookclub, but I never got around to read it.

The Review:

The blurb:

If Jocelyn Swann weren't so furious she'd probably laugh. Her best friend, Dan Jansen, has launched a campaign worthy of his Special Forces Training to arrange their wedding, from music and minister to flowers and food. What part o
This was a sweet friends-to-lovers tale. Jocelyn and Dan have been best friends forever. They agreed, during a night of drunken revelry, that if they were still unmarried at 33 they'd marry each other. Both knew it was a joke, even if they did write it down on the back of a bar placemat and sign it like a contract. Now, on the eve of Jocelyn's 33rd birthday, Dan has changed the rules of the game..he's decided he really wants to marry Jocelyn. But neither of them are the kids they were when they ...more
Nov 01, 2011 Kaetrin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, contemporary
3.5 stars
Enjoyable story about a breast cancer survivor and an ex-SAS soldier suffering from survivor guilt and depression after he was sidelined from a mission which left two of his team dead and one other seriously wounded. Some years before, the pair made a drunken agreement to marry each other if they were both single at age 33. Guess what? I liked this quite a but but the ending felt a bit strange to me. I'm not sure the adventure of the last chapters fit with the rest of the book and I'm n
This is Smart Biches Sizzling Book Club January selection.

It's a quick read but not a dull read. I already had read one of Bliss romances last spring and she is still a very good storyteller, her hero and heroine are strong, grounded leads that you like and cheer for. Her secondary characters are not paper thin.

Here we have two best friends who realize they are meant to be. The journey there is the fun and heart of the novel. Daniel comes home from serving in Afghanistan after losing 2 members
For a relatively quick read, there was a lot going on here. I do love the friends-to-lovers trope, so that hit my buttons, but I'm still surprised I grew to care so much about the characters. It was a very quick read--a couple of hours at most, but not because I was skimming. There's a line in one of the later books, talking about the plan the bride put in place the day before the wedding, where two of her friends kind of admit they have no idea why it was important that it happen like this, but ...more
Katy Beth Mckee
Oct 06, 2011 Katy Beth Mckee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow this story really blew me away. I had picked it when it was a book club selection but never got around to reading it. Since it was a Sunday afternoon I decided to give it a try since the description on the back led me to expect a sort of romantic comedy of friends realizing they are really meant to be together, a la "Harry Met Sally".

The book turned out to be so much more. It was full of drama and carried a very high emotional impact that was truly unexpected from both the blurb and this pa
Jan 03, 2011 Joy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Another strong offering from Bliss, set in her native New Zealand. Years ago, 2 friends signed a contract (on a "beer mat", probably while drunk) stating that if they weren't married by a certain age, they'd marry each other. They are now that age. He's a veteran mourning the loss of his comrades in Afghanistan; she's caring for her grandmother who has dementia, and is carrying a secret that she believes should keep her from relationships. He starts planning their wedding, without her buy-in. Wi ...more
I really liked this book. It gave me exactly what it promised, although I have to say that I had some issues with the ending (a. her issues, b. what they did with him because of HIS issues.) but I'm very intrigued and want to read more written by Karina Bliss!

Note to self: You want to read Stand in Wife, which is about Ross and the twins. Whoop. AND it's possible that Bring Him Home is about the third guy, Nate.
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I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was twelve but then I forgot and did a lot of other things instead. These included getting an arts degree in English and Political Studies at Auckland University (New Zealand), a postgraduate degree in periodical journalism at the University of London, travelling, having my heart broken a couple of times, meeting the right guy, building a house, having a baby - t ...more
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