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Stealing the Groom

(Stealing the Heart #1)

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  588 ratings  ·  100 reviews
Friends don’t let friends marry the wrong woman…

Chad Walker may be a take-no-chances man with a plan, but there’s no way Amelia Snyder is going to let her best bud marry Mean Girl #1—even if the wedding is solely so he can secure the controlling shares in his family’s company. But free-spirited Amelia’s at-the-altar groomnapping scheme takes a surprising turn when she ends
ebook, 221 pages
Published March 10th 2014 by Entangled Publishing - Bliss
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Feb 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, romance
Update: FULL REVIEW! (Finally)

Opening Lines
“For the last time, you can’t steal a man!”
“Chad is my best friend—it’s not the same as stealing,”
Amelia Snyder whispered in response to her sister Ann’s
warning. Besides, how was she supposed to steal the groom
if he never showed?

The Good
I originally read Stealing the Groom back in July and it's taken me this long to write a full review, tisk tisk! For some reason there just isn't a whole lot for me to say about this book other than for the fact that I l
Ash Wednesday
Feb 16, 2014 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: not really.

Childhood best friends;
A free-spirited heroine to a by-the-book hero;
And their fake marriage.
”Sounds like a cheesy made-for-television movie. Some people won’t be so easily fooled. How are we going to pull that off?”

Actually, I am among the easily fooled: I love nearly all of these tropes. The plot sounds awfully like a direct-to-DVD Kate Hudson chick flick, but when it comes to books I’m unerringly impulsive in picking up titles promising this well-trodden plot line.
Mar 09, 2014 rated it liked it
3 Friends to Lovers, Pretending Turning Real Stars
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When thinking how to put together a fun little romance novel, there are a few things which are guaranteed to pique an interest:

Friends to lovers- check

Circumstances causing a marriage between these friends to lovers- check

Reasons of why said Friends are not Lovers- check

Cute Grandparents manipulating said Friends to Lovers to examine their lives- check

Combine all of those elements and Stealing the Groom comes out ahead on the fast paced, li
Feb 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
2 minutes after finishing this book, I wanted to pick it up and start it again. I loved it. If you want a book that has the perfect combination of fun, drama, flirting, friendship and banter and great secondary characters and that you will finish with a happy sigh then this is the book for you.

This book had me hooked from the opening page and I did not want to put it down. There is so much to love about this book I could go on forever, but I won't. Just read it. Not only were the main character
Char (1RadReader59)
Mar 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was one of the best stories of friends becoming more that I have read in a very long time. Because these two were truly great friends since childhood. Amelia Snyder (Ame) and Chad Walker had been friends since birth basically. You see their grandparents mainly grandfathers were best friends.
When Ame’s parents were killed in a car accident at the age of ten Chad was twelve. He rode his bike over and sat with her until morning then when he knew she fell asleep he left then. The next night h
Feb 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
I recently had an opportunity to review an ARC copy of "Stealing the Groom", by Sonya Weiss. Just to be upfront, I'm not a big fan of romance novels in general. I typically prefer a good YA or an Action/Adventure story. So the fact that I read it at all should tell you something. The fact that I couldn't put it down should speak volumes.

Warning: May contain spoilers! This is a book about Amelia, a free-spirited, fly-by-the-seat-of-you-pants kind of girl who abhors commitment and doesn't want t
Negar Arvanaghi
Mar 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Woohooo! Great ending. If nothing else, read this for the ending.

I really identified with Amelia. Only difference is I have never had a guy love me since we were kids, in any capacity. But I was able to put myself in her shoes and know that I would have done the same. Isn't that the mark of a great story?

I received this ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Bette Hansen
Mar 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What do you do when your best friend is marrying the wrong person? You kidnap the groom of course! That's the beginning of this truly wonderful friends to lovers story. It was highly entertaining with great secondary characters and a nice pace. Recommended read!
Mar 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Childhood best friends, Amelia kidnaps Chad when he arrives at the church for his wedding. Knowing he is marrying the wrong person. Friends to Lovers story. Loved the humor and the banter between these two characters. I loved this story. This will be on my reread pile. I received this book from the publisher for an honest review.
Jul 03, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: na-or-contmp-rom
Sweet, fluffy and also funny.
I read it in one sitting and really enjoyed.
Very predictable. But I really liked the narration and the small but continuous doses of humour.
Mar 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book was so stinking cute that I loved everything about it. Amelia was so adorable groomnapping her best friend Chad so he wouldn’t marry a girl that he was not in love with, a pact that Amelia and Chad made to each other when they were young. Of course, after groomnapping him, nothing went as planned and they got into more trouble than they could even imagine. All of this craziness that Amelia got Chad into made me love the characters even more.

But the best was when Amelia’s plan goes awr
Stealing the Groom was a very fun and entertaining read, not to mention a feel good novel. It was well written, it was humourous. The only problem I had was with a bit in the end.

Amelia Synder and Chad Walker have been best friends since they were kids. Their grandparents were best friends long before they were born, so they were practically born into this friendship. And Amelia takes her friendship very seriously. There is no way she will let her best friend marry a gold-digging "barracuda."
Jan 17, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
Her friend, Chad, is marrying the wrong woman and Amelia can’t let that happen. So she gets het butt in action, hiding in bushes and groomnapping in a limo is included. Not that the groom is very reluctant, as a matter of fact he even helps her in his own kidnapping. You see he doesn’t want to get married, his fiancee is...convenient and willing to follow his set of rules. There was also this thing about getting his hands on the full shares of the family company.

Amelia is a little hurt that he d
Feb 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Are you looking for that one romance with the right amount of humor, cuteness and plot? Stealing The Groom is that book. Sonya Weiss has created great characters that will steal your heart as they realize that all along they've been the ones for each other.

Amelia Snyder has had a crush on Chad Walker for years. When she was 14 she begged him to be her first kiss. Chad had none of it, the two are best friends, and that's it. When he decides to marry a woman for convenience sake, Amelia knows she
Feb 16, 2014 rated it liked it
Stealing the Groom is a nice, easy-read, angst-free romance.

Chad and Amelia are lifelong best friends and complete opposites; he the safe businessman with everything planned out, she the flighty, live-life-by-the-seat-of-your-pants type of girl. She can't watch her best friend marry for convenience so she kidnaps him on his wedding day and suddenly finds herself standing at the altar...

Their journey flowed well however it pretty much panned out as I expected it to. It didn't hold any real surpr
Mar 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, own, reviewed
The blurb for STEALING THE GROOM sounded like a fun, lighthearted read and I was hoping it would be just what I was looking for. It was. It was a funny, wonderfully romantic friends to lovers adventure with some opposites attracting thrown in to spice things up. There was plenty of emotion and passion between Chad and Amelia, but no actual "love" scenes. Didn't matter. Actually, it's part of the humor and building tension as they struggle to keep their relationship at that friendship level that ...more
Lisa Gemmell
**I received an ARC copy from Netgalley in exchange for honest review*

If you you like the movies Runaway Bride, Maid of Honor, this book is for you! This book was sweet, romantic, and had some humor in it.
The two characters Chad and Amelia had been thrown as friends since they were little. Even though they both have issues when it comes to being best friends they can depend on each other. So what are best friends for right? When Chad decides to get married, Amelia decides to put an intervention
Feb 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This is a story of two friends who are tricked into getting married. This story has been done many times, but Sonya Weiss gives it a fun spin that pulls you in and takes you for a fun ride! The dynamic between these two characters is great and provides a perfect set up for future books with the supporting cast. I loved how Chad and Amelia are complete opposites and they argue, but they're best friends and their relationship isn't perfect. The concept of a friend stealing the groom to save him fr ...more
Mar 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was so much fun! The storyline was cute, the characters a little bit quirky, and it flowed very nicely. In fact I stayed up till midnight finishing it all in one sitting because I didn't want to put it down! Loved all the turns in the story, it is well written and has (what I thought was) realistic romance. Yes, it was slightly cheesy and/or somewhat cliché at times, but aren't our own love stories like that too at times? I'm rating it 5 stars because it's the best romance I've read in ...more
Melyssa Canonico
Dec 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
SO FREAKING GOOD!!!!! AND SOOO FUNNYY!!!!!!!!!!!! LOVED ITTTT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Danielle Morrison
Mar 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It was a fun, easy read. I recommend reading it!
Check out my blog post for Quote-tastic quotes from this book: Quote-tastic (4): What else could possibly go wrong? – Stealing the Groom by Sonya Weiss

Someone needs to sit on me before I float away on a cloud of sappy giddiness. I’ve read quite a few books with the “marriage of convenience” trope, but none of them left the impression this one did. I laughed until the tears came. Fast-paced, well-written, witty dialogue and comical situations made this a wonderful read.

Chad and Amelia had been b
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I’m a sucker for a sweet romance and Stealing The Groom fits that category perfectly. What would you do if your lifelong best friend was about to marry someone you know isn’t right for them? Would you stand back and let it happen or would you do what you always do and come up with a crazy scheme to keep it from happening? For Ameila there was no question she had to save her best friend Chad from
Darci Goodman
Feb 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
This review pertains to Stealing the Groom, by Sonya Weiss. Thanks to Entangled Publishing and Netgalley for the chance to read and review. Stealing the Groom was a fun and entertaining read. Well-written with laugh out loud moments which will warm the heart. Amelia and Chad have know each other forever and have been best friends even longer. They made a pact years ago to never marry without love. When Chad is about to marry a women who is all wrong for him, what else could Amelia do, but steal ...more
Mar 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, romance
I really enjoyed this friends-to-lovers romance. It had my favorite elements: romance, humor and an awesome, happy-ever-after ending.

The kidnapping of the groom at the very beginning of the story had me laughing out loud. It was truly an hilarious comedy of errors as it seemed to go from one unexpected blunder to another. If anything could go wrong, it seemed to when our heroine, Amelia, had her hand in it. She was so adorable!
On the other hand, Chad, our hero, was a straight arrow, inflexible
Feb 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
There is very little in this book that is believable and it requires a heavy dose of suspension of reality to read it, but I didn't care. I loved Chad and Amelia - their friendship was so easy and they fit so well together, you couldn't help but root for them. I love Ame's sisters and the set-up for their books was pretty obvious - the chemistry with their respective love-interests was already heating up the pages! Even the meddlesome grandfathers were endearing. The major flaw in the book is th ...more
Dec 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
Was legit excited about this, but was really let down. The two characters are completely static. 'I can't have responsibilities!' marries 'everything needs a plan'. Both are emotionally scarred from their parents and pasts, and it's the same inner dialogue over and over and over again. Reminded me of the show Dharma and Greg, which I couldn't stand either. Responsibility is like a four letter word in the book, like jumping on a plane and building a snowman in another state is the gold standard o ...more
Mariel Hoss
Mar 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
***ARC from NetGalley in Exchange for an honest review***

Think My Best Friend’s Wedding but with a happy ending for Julianne and Michael with Kimmy being a gold digger. Amy and Chad are opposites but yet manages to maintain a very good friendship which neither had wanted to drag over to a (more than likely failed) romance. Enter one impulsive act brought about by conniving/plotting/do-gooding grandfathers and “Viola!” – a marriage of convenience (not really) that pushes all those uncalled for ro
Mar 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Stealing the Groom was a sweet romance by new author Sonya Weiss. When best friends Chad and Amelia are forced into a marriage of convenience, will they allow themselves to be vulnerable enough to love? Or will fear of the unknown hold them back?

I like my books with a good dose of humor and Stealing the Groom didn't disappoint! This was a fun, charming story and I look forward to future books by Ms. Weiss.
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Sonya Weiss is a freelance writer, ghostwriter and author. She's addicted to great books, good movies, and Italian chocolates.

She's passionate about causes that support abused animals and children. Her parents always supported her bringing stray animals home although the Great Dane rescue was a surprise.

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