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You Say It First

(Happily Inc #1)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  7,985 ratings  ·  781 reviews
The #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Fool's Gold romances invites you to visit Happily Inc., a wedding destination founded on a fairy tale

Sculptor Nick Mitchell grew up in a family of artists and learned from his volatile father that passion only leads to pain. As he waits on a new commission, he takes a day job as a humble carpenter at a theme wedding venue. T
Mass Market Paperback, 345 pages
Published August 22nd 2017 by HQN Books
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Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

It’s camera lights and action all the way through, this book, and very excitingly You Say It First was made into a film.

You Say It First is about wedding in a box that specializes in theme weddings with what ever a clients wants, the bride and groom will have, now that’s what I call a brilliant wedding planner.

My favourite line: Don’t Take This Wrong, but I really need you to take of your shirt. This is the first line that impressed me and hooked me me into the story, and the shirt has to come
This is a chick-lit/romance, and this is the first book in the Happily Inc series. I really enjoyed this book, and I loved getting to know the characters in the Happily Inc town/series. I also loved the two main characters of this book. This romance was fun to follow and see it come to life. I love the writing in this book. The characters in this book brings this story to life. The author "Susan Mallery" is becoming one of my favorite authors. (*) ...more
DNF@ 35% due to the fact that I’ve nodded off twice and spent seven whole minutes watching an ant which hitched a ride in on the dog, climb the skirting board.
✰ Bianca ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰


Step aside Fool's Gold - here comes Happily Inc!!
This is a brand new sweet romance series that's a bit of a Fool's Gold spin-off.
We already met Nick's family in FG and now he and his two artist brothers moved to Happily Inc to get away from their dad.
Nick is waiting for a call from Dubai - he's in the running to build a huge piece for a hotel lobby over there. That would take him away from home for two years.
But for now he's here. And he's working as an underpaid carpenter for Pallas.
She recentl
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Welcome to Happily Inc. where Susan Mallory will bring you into the lives and hearts of the wedding capital of the world. Nick and Pallas story was sweet, romantic, humorous and sexy. I couldn’t ask for a more complete read with You Say It First.

I adored both Nick and Pallas. Nick was kind, considerate, talented and so supportive of a woman that he just met. Pallas has her moments that she didn’t shine but that just made her more down-to-earth and endearing. You couldn’t help but feel sorry for
4.5 - "This is us…" Stars!

You Say it first introduces the reader to the town and series of the same name; Happily Inc. A town that pretty much keeps itself profitable by being a destination wedding venue. Weddings in a Box being one such business, and newly owned by Pallas Saunders.

"Everything about you works for me…"

Artist/Carpenter Nick Mitchell, being the man that brings a hitch to her pulse and a glow to her heart, as the story progresses. Two things I took from this book were the great set-
Kris - My Novelesque Life
2017; HQN/HarperCollins Canada

The name of the heroine, Pallas, kept throwing me off as I listened to the audio but otherwise I really enjoyed this novel. Please note this the first book in the Happily Inc series, but is a spin-off of Fool's Gold. I find that after reading all the psychological gritty suspense and nonfiction I need a breather. I like small town romances as I need the sweet HEA to make the world right again. I am finding that since I met my own hero, I find them les
I had read and enjoyed some of the books from a previous series, so I required this one on a whim. It was a delightful surprise to find it featured characters from that series.

I liked Pallas and Nick well enough. They're both good, supportive people and I think that might be the best thing I can say about them. I didn't quite get their chemistry and while the conversation was decent, it lacked banter. Thankfully, there are loads and loads of other characters who provide levity and sarcasm.

The first book in the Happily Inc. series by Susan Mallery. Nick Mitchell arrives at Weddings in a Box expecting a construction job but ends up part of a Roman wedding. Nick is an artist. A sculptor waiting for word on a job he is certain he'll get. Helping Pallas Saunders out seems like a good way to spend his time while he waits. Pallas was expected to go into banking but a friend leaves her his wedding business when he died. Now she is getting into the groove and finds she actually likes it. ...more
3-1/2 stars, rounded up
Pallas accidentally fell into the wedding industry in the town of Happily, Inc., a town known as a great place to get married (the Gretna Green of California?). Now she runs a business with some wood panels that need restoring. Enter Nick, a handsome and world-renowned wood sculptor hanging out with his brothers, artists-in-residence at the local gallery, before he jets off to Dubai for a commission. And this being a romance, need I say more?
I enjoyed this book!

It ha
Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
Aug 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: august-2017

This is my first Susan Mallery book and I have to say that it won’t be last. I was intimidated by the sheer number of books she has written in the past. And I didn’t know what type of writing style she has but now that I have finished You Say it First, I know that her writing is an easy to dive into type of style that makes readers enjoy the story more.

Pallas Saunders, our heroine, has lived well, an interesting life. Left behind a themed wedding company, she runs the highly pra
Jul 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, contemporary
I needed a change of pace so I went to my library website and found You Say It First by Susan Mallery. It was a cute romance set in a small town that is all about weddings and "happily ever after". A lovely afternoon's entertainment. ...more
I enjoyed this book for the most part. I felt bad for the MC her mother was horrible. Thankfully we find out why and they work on that. My only complaint was that this was a romance book but yet they didn't really focus on that much. It spent most of the time on her wedding business. Other than that this was a good book and I would definitely recommend it to others. ...more
Mar 22, 2018 rated it liked it
I know there are several bad reviews for this new series, but I enjoyed it. Was dragging threw it at the midway but then got pretty entertaining. I plan on starting to read the 2nd one as well
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
***ARC Provided by the Publisher via NetGalley and InkSlingerPR***

Susan Mallery books are like sitting down with a good friend and hanging out. No matter the setting, or the characters, or the plot, you know you are going to enjoy the book and be glad that you read it.

So, when I got ahold of this one, I dove right in.

Nick and Pallas are wonderful together, and so perfect. A woman who is afraid she is not good enough to be worthy of love, and one who feels that love always has to be earned, that
Sarah {The Bookish Knitter}
4 Stars

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Oct 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
Finally picked up a book by Susan Mallery to satisfy my curiosity.

Formulaic, with an explicit scene, which is probably why she sells so well. The writing is okay, but nothing special.

I'm sure Susan Mallery fans will love it. It's a spinoff from her famous series.
Mar 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Nice and gentle love story!
Juliana Philippa
3 stars [ARC Review]
Bottom Line, Up Top. Not that great. I'm not shy to DNF nowadays, so the fact that I read it all the way through does say something—I wanted to know how things would play out and resolve themselves. While I liked Pallas in the beginning, she quickly became annoying and I disliked how inconstant she was, how she seemed completely unable to resolve anything herself, and how she freaked out at any little issue. Nick was fine, but that's pretty much it—just fine. Finally, I didn'
Sep 21, 2017 rated it did not like it
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✰  BJ's Book Blog ✰Janeane ✰
ARC received for an honest review

This is my first ever Susan Mallery read - yes, I can hear your gasps of shock! Heck, B has been trying to get me to read her for years!

Welcome to the town of Happily Inc and it's motley crew of residents! There is a lot of background and introductions in this first book in this series, but it is well worth it!

There are a LOT of weddings in this book, however I loved that they are not the run of the mill I Dos.

And there are plenty non-run-of-the-mill characters
Peggy Jaeger
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read the Happily, Inc books out of order, but when I did, I knew I just had to go back and read about how Pallas and Nick came together.
And boy, I wasn't disappointed.
Pallas owns Weddings in a box and has the most hateful mother I've ever read. truly. The woman is a class A bitch and all that goes along with it, and Pallas is at her wit's end trying to be the good daughter and live up to all mommy's expectations and demands.
Nick knows a little sumthin' sumthin' about demanding parents since hi
Aug 09, 2017 rated it liked it
This book was a nice start to this new series. I liked Pallas. Yet, she was more reserved in the beginning but by the end of the story, she had really opened up. Whereas, I was a fan of Nick's instantly. Although, it probably helped that he was willing to go with the flow even if that meant dressing like a Roman soldier complete with a fake tan and toga.

Pallas business, Weddings in a Box was fun. The crazy ideas that her clients came up with were intriguing. Luckily, Pallas had her girlfriend s
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
I was worried that this new series would be to much like Mallery's Fool's Gold books, especially since we revisit some characters from that series, but was pleasantly surprised. There was no cause for worry, Happily Inc. is a wedding town filled with people, animals, and a heart all its own. It was delightfully warm and amusing leaving me wanting to know more about the town and its citizens. I was captivated from the beginning to end; one minute I was crying and the next had me filled with laugh ...more
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Susan Mallery is getting to be one of my favorite contemporary romance authors. This is an older one of hers but it has all the elements I've come to depend in her work.

This one comes complete with a couple who have learned all about the elements of love from parents who had toxic relationships. Oh, gee, what could go wrong there?

Well, of course, there's a HEA - this is a romance, after all - but not without some shenanigans along the way -- including a wedding DJ who holds up the wedding part
Melissa Borsey
Aug 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. I was so very excited to be chosen to read this first in a new series because I was a big fan of the Fools Gold series and was beyond thrilled to have some of those characters show up in this book! I loved the concept of Wedding in a Box, very fun and creative. I loved Pallas and Nick and can't wait for the next book in this series as it is destined to be a great hit! Highly recommend! ...more
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Song for summary: I Want To Know What Love Is by Foreigner

I absolutely loved this book! The characters are entertaining, talented, and witty; while the plot has a perfect combination of humour, romance, and weddings. This is the perfect read for anyone looking for a nice, quick romantic comedy. I look forward to reading the following books in this series!
Ann Lorz
Reviewed for Romancing the Readers Blog: https://romancingthereaders.blogspot....

I can't seem to remember a time when I wasn't reading Susan Mallery. She's one of the few authors that I can honestly say that after 20 years plus, I'm still reading her. I'm just glad that I can say after all this time of reading Mallery I still enjoy her books like I'm reading her for the first time!

When Mallery decided to end for now her Fool's Gold series (for now, fingers crossed) I can honestly say it felt li
Sofia Lazaridou
Sep 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

You say it first is the first book in a new series by Susan Mallery. It follows Pallas the owner of weddings in a box and Nick a famous sculptor. Besides the two of them, we also meet a horde of other characters who will hopefully get one day their own books. Like for example Drew and Silver. I want to see Drew making up for hurting Silver. Overall I liked almost all of the secondary characters we met in this book. Only Libby was a sour experience for me. The rest were at least okay for
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2018
I would really like to be kind with my dissatisfaction with this novel, however, I am so disgruntled by it that I'm not sure I'll be able to be kind. But I will try. (Semi-Spoilers Here)

Things I liked:

1- Interesting background -I've rarely read novels set in the desert.

2- Wonderful secondary characters for the most part.

3- The Alien wedding was interesting as was the
Black and White Wedding (that provided a few giggles for me)

What I was disgruntled with:

1- A lack of connection and sympathy with t
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