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Four Weddings and a Break Up (Cape Hope, #1)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  101 ratings  ·  50 reviews
One fake relationship . . .

Ginny Michaels has always been a good girl and—ever since surviving a school shooting a little over a year ago—hailed a hero. Except she doesn’t feel like a hero. She can't even have a one-night stand with sexy Wes Dalton properly. When her big city fling resurfaces in her hometown with an intriguing proposition, she's powerless to resist. A fake
Published May 12th 2014 by Elyssa Patrick
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May 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Romance
3.75 Reconciliation, Dare To Just Be Stars * * * 3/4

There was so much to think about with this book. We, as readers, like certain set ups... we love the hook up which then comes back and bites us in the ass... we love the pretend romance which becomes much, much more. We love when small towns can impact the flow of the characters' lives... causing them to behave a certain way... and most of all, I think, we love when traumatic events impacts the way the people are.... needing to addressed... to
Claire Robinson
Apr 07, 2014 rated it liked it
3 - Great beginning to a Series Stars.

Four Weddings & A Break-up is what I would class as a foundation book. Although the story being told is wholly Ginny and Wes’s, the introduction of characters from around Cape Hope as the book progresses is many and varied. I did at times find the book a little ‘busy’, but on the whole this is an enjoyable, and easy to get lost-in read.

Ginny, is trying to move on from a massively traumatic event from her past, unfortunately living in a small community wh
A 2014 favorite!
This book was a lovely first encounter with Elyssa Patrick's writing. I've followed her on Twitter almost from the first moment I ever signed up but never got around to reading any of her work so when the opportunity presented itself to read this standalone contemporary romance (one of my fave subgenres) with a fake relationship trope (one of my fave tropes) early, I grabbed it with both hands and have absolutely no regrets about that.

In a vast sea of small town contemporary ro
Mandi Schreiner
Ginny Michaels was a teacher that survived a school shooting. One of her students shot her and another student – they both survived but the gunman then shot and killed himself. While most of the small town of Cape Hope hails Ginny as a hero, she doesn’t feel like much of one. She has guilt over not doing more to stop the student from shooting himself, or to recognize that he was in a point in his life to commit such a violent act. This student’s family also puts blame at Ginny’s feet. Ginny has ...more
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Review copy provided for an honest review

I’ll admit I have a sick sense of humor so I’m always thrilled when a one night stand or in this case a 24 minute stand comes back to bite the participants in the ass. This book starts off with a hotter than hell encounter up against the wall of a bar in the rain between two strangers that don’t realize they’ll soon be living in the same small town at least for a short while. I enjoyed this book
Is it possible to have a “pretend romance” with a hot and sexy man when every breath you take is monitored by Every.Single. Person. in the small town you live in? Nope, not a chance, and that is exactly what sweet, small town Ginny discovered. After an “interesting” encounter up against the wall of a popular bar, Ginny is both proud and appalled with her behavior, but, hey, she’ll never see the man, again, right? Wes was on his way to help out with his extremely ill father, the encounter with th ...more
Jul 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every book that I pick up by Elyssa Patrick, leaves me feeling where did the time go. And Four Weddings and a Break Up swooped me up into its tale and I loved every minute of it.

Ginny Michaels was pestered into a bet, a dare, from her sister, cousin and friends. While in Atlantic City for her cousin's bachelorette party - she spots Mr. Dangerous aka Wes Dalton across the room at the bar. After spending a majority of the night staring at him, she finally gets up the nerve to go up to him and tal
*I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review*

What started out as a one-night stand – actually more of a 30-minute stand – soon turned into a complicated friendship and reluctant romance. It was such fun watching Ginny and Wes try so hard not to fall for each other. Their chemistry was instantaneous (see excerpt below) and underneath the façades they both projected to the world, Ginny and Wes were both tired of pretending. They were essentially 'outsiders' watching the world move on and no
Apr 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
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I enjoyed this book from start to finish. It starts out with a bang but then gets into the nitty gritty of Ginny and Wes. You see the relationship blooming between them and root for them to open up and accept it. Both want it, both need it but yet neither really thinks they deserve it. Ginny's past makes her feel nothing but guilt and Wes's distance from his family makes him fear that he just isn't relationship material in any way, shape or form. The 2 of them decide to use their past hook up an ...more
Apr 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Four Weddings and A Breakup was a delightful read. I loved the witty banter between Wes aka Mr. Dangerous and the sweet and sassy Ginny.

Their relationship started out as a bar hookup that was never meant to go any further, both seeking excitement from their normally mundane lives but then they find out they are both living in the same small town.

To avoid the never ending attempts by the family to find them dates they decide to "pretend" date and end up on a wild ride to love, thru all the family
Michel Reinhard (Saucy Southern Readers)

ARC provided by the Author in exchange for an honest review.

Four Weddings and a Breakup by Elyssa Patrick is a fun small town contemporary romance you are not going to want to miss. It is witty, emotional, romantic, sensual, and has a touch of romantic suspense. The book grabs the reader from page one and draws them into the Cape Hope world. This small New England town is charming and has a lot of interesting characters. Although the book has the small town romance formula it has it’s own flar
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It is always a bit of a leap of faith when you pick up a book from a 'new to you' author, as Elyssa Patrick was to me. But this book was a real find.

I am a bit sadistic in that I take great pleasure in my books when a one night stand comes back to bite the characters in the bum, and that's what happens in Four Weddings and a Break Up.

Ginny's confidence has been on a downward trend since she was involved in a shooting a year ago, so when at a bar her friends dare
Apr 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Ginny Michaels does not do bar hookups. It’s just not her thing. She’s had one hell of a bad year and finds herself in a bar at a bachelorette party. When Ginny is pretty much dared to get a guy’s number she’s embarrassed, horrified…and intrigued. Mainly by Wes Dalton. While she is completely self conscious and thinking there is no way he could want her Wes is thinking “She has the type of curves that separated the women from the girls.” Things get pretty intense extremely quickly and after thei
Tina "IRead2Escape"
Hotness Rating 3 out of 5

4.5 Stars

I am the luckiest girl in the world. As a reviewer I get exposed to so many books that I might not normally read. It would have been a crime if I would have missed this one. I can not tell you how much I loved this book! Four Weddings and a Break Up by Elyssa Patrick is the first book of the Cape Hope series and boy do the next books have a lot to live up to.

Ginny Michaels is a local hero, not a title that she enjoys in the least. Getting shot by your student w
Char (1RadReader59)
What a truly endearing story. There was so much going on that you have no time at all to get bored that is for sure. The character development is nicely done. I feel she gave each lead character the right amount of background information to make you feel like you were old friends or family with each one.
The story line revolves around Ginny Michaels, 33 years old, a former high school teacher. She has a sister Julie who she now works with at her bakery, “Just Desserts”, truly her sisters dream c
May 10, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I received this book as a giveaway from Goodreads first reads.
Ginny Michaels is the survivor of a school shooting and although the community hails her as a hero, she still blames herself for not being able to prevent the shooter from taking his own life. Wes Dalton is back in Cape Hope to try and help his step-brothers look after his father whose health is slowly deteriorating. They decide that for the time that Wes is still in Cape Hope they will fake date to keep the match makers of the town a
Apr 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, reviewed
Excellent story! FOUR WEDDINGS AND A BREAK UP by Elyssa Patrick grabbed my full attention at the very beginning with good girl Ginny not being able to take her eyes off the very fine Mr. Dangerous and then following him out the back door of the Atlantic City bar for a little something hot & sexy up against the wall in the middle of a lightning storm. I mean WOW! When the down-to-earth, responsible and always realistic Ginny Michaels takes on the dare to go after something she wants for once ...more
Melody  May (What I'm Reading)
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I adore Patrick's writing. I love that her stories tend to be fun, sexy, and awesome. Let me clarify the sexy, it's usually her heroes. I mean she just finds away for me to fall in love with her hero. I also love her heroines too, but she just knows how to write a charming hero that surprises me every time. Anyway, let me dive more into my thoughts.

I adore For Weddings and a Break Up. I personally thought it was a light fun read. I was laughing quite a bit in the book.
Jackie (Jackie's Book World)
Apr 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone:)
*Review can also be found at Jackie's Book World*

Four Weddings and a Break Up was such a cute and romantic story to read. I found myself liking the characters personalities and the overall plot. Ever since Ginny Michaels survived a school shooting, the town of Cape Hope has been calling her a hero for saving her students by taking a bullet in order to protect them. But Ginny doesn't feel like a hero, because although she saved her students, she couldn't save the one student that started the s
May 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars.

You know what they say about the best laid plans, right? Think about how many novels have been written using that device.

And yet Four Weddings and a Break Up offers an adorable, sweet, refreshing spin on the oft used twist.
Ginny is a teacher who survived a school shooting. She is tired of being the object of scorn, curiosity, and pity in her small seaside town. She dreams of being a "normal" person but fears that dream will never come true for her. The shooter's family blames her for
Gokce ~Muslin Myst~
Ah, pretend relationships..Why do they even try? Especially when the characters are as deserving and desperate for love as Wes and Ginny is. Having their first encounter at a bar, up against a wall-yep-, their relationship goes through many stages, starting with that one wild night, and then going over the pretend love affair and finally ending up with the real deal.
I liked this book. I'm a lover of contemporary romances that have a small town for a setting. It gets me every time. So when I got
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Jun 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Title: Four Weddings and A Break-Up

Series: Cape Hope Book #1

Author: Elyssa Patrick

Genre: Romance

Blurb: One fake relationship . . .Ginny Michaels has always been a good girl and--ever since surviving a school shooting a little over a year ago--hailed a hero. Except she doesn't feel like a hero. She can't even have a one-night stand with sexy Wes Dalton properly. When her big city fling resurfaces in her hometown with an intriguing proposition, she's powerless to resist. A fake relationship is exa
Apr 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.75 Stars

This story has several elements that help create a great start to a series; we have a pretend romance and a second chance with an estranged family all wrapped up with small town humor and fun.

Ginny Michaels is trying to get past a horrible incident that took place over a year ago, a shooting at her school that involved her students. A young boy shot her and another and then tragically killed himself. So she jumps at the chance to get away to attend her cousin’s bachelorette party where
Busy Bumble Bee Book Reviews
Disclaimer: I received a ARC from the author for my honest review and post.

Hmmmm what can go wrong with a one night stand? Oh so many things that's what!!!! I received a ARC of this book from the author Elyssa Patrick and I wasn't sure what to except with this book. Honestly I've read a lot of books where the plot has the character's meeting during a one night stand and than go on to have a fake relationship. And well some of the books work out and well other's don't. So I was a little cautious
Apr 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
You just never know what you are going to get when you request an ARC for a "new to you" author. In this particular case, I stumbled across a real treasure, because I am now a Elyssa Patrick fan. Her writing style is easy to read and "Four Weddings and a Break Up" is a nice combination of romance, emotion, and realism.

After surviving a shooting, former high school teacher Ginny Michaels is finally pulling herself together after a horrible year. She meets Wes Dalton, a successful businessman, and
Sara ♥
Jul 14, 2014 rated it liked it
I WON a copy of this book on facebook! I never win ANYTHING, so that was pretty darn exciting!

I have to say, the first scene really turned me off. There's nothing that drives me crazier in books than random sex between strangers, even if I know that the two are going to be the love interests in the book. Perhaps it's because I can't relate AT ALL, but this is just so slutty in my mind that I lost respect for the hero and heroine. I mean, it wasn't even a one-night stand! They'd barely said 10 wo
Jan 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
I don't usually post long reviews as I have a tendency to want to talk about things that are spoilers but here is my attempt at a more than 2 sentence non-spoilery review.

I really love Ms. Patrick's writing voice and the style of this contemporary made for a very enjoyable read. Ms. Patrick deals with a dark and possible taboo topic in this book, it's written very well and although it's a major hurdle for the heroine her other issues make Ginny very relateable. Each character is showcased dealin
May 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Okay for me there are three things to make a book recommended and this one by Elyssa Patrick had it all. It had the passion I love to read about and boy did Ginny and Wes have that in this book. It had the trust between two people which for Wes seemed hard to get. All his life he has been feeling alone like no one is there for him and trusting Ginny with his happiness was very hard for him. Most of all it h
Heather andrews
Apr 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an entertaining book, from page one I was hooked actually I was hooked when Wes took a little something from Ginny, "breaking free for a moment, she took off her panties. He grabbed them from her and stuffed them in the back pocket of his jeans." Wes he's a genuinely sweet guy, "back there -" his head jerk in the direction of the frozen foods - "I was distracted when I saw you. My mind was on other things, and..." His shoulders lifted then fell. "I'm sorry. I didn't mean to hurt you." I mea ...more
Shirley Frances
I enjoyed this story very much.

Elisa Patrick not only brought Wes and Ginny's romance to the page but also managed to set the stage for the books that will follow along without overwhelming the reader.

Ginny was a great character to get to know--she felt real and well-rounded with fears and concerns that were easily understood. And Wes? I loved him! He was charming and handsome but with a caring side hidden underneath all that bad boy attitude. He brought out the best out of Ginny and vice-versa
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Elyssa Patrick writes screwball romantic comedies that have a lot of heat, humor, and heart--and they always have a happily ever after. Elyssa lives in Upstate New York and is working on her next contemporary romance novel.
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