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The Bride Next Door

(Chapel of Love #4)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  168 ratings  ·  45 reviews
Courtney Wallace loves her job as a wedding planner, but she's almost given up on her own happily-ever-after. She certainly doesn't it expect to find it with Matthew Lyndon, the hotshot lawyer she overhears taking a bet to seduce her. She's not amused by the challenge, but she decides to play along--after all, what better way to beat him at his own game?

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Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published April 3rd 2018 by Forever
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Apr 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
The Bride Next Door by Hope Ramsay is the fourth full length novel in the romantic Chapel of Love series. There is also two novellas that fit into this same series but like the full length titles all of these move onto new main characters as couples so they all could be read as a standalone if choosing to do so. There are however updates of former characters involved for those that follow the entire series.

In this installment Courtney Wallace is a wedding planner but unlike most of her friends s
Cristina | CristiinaReads
Mar 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-books
➳Can happily ever afters, happen when you least expect them? That is a yes from this gal since Hope Ramsay has for sure outdone herself with this wonderful trope romance...

➳I'm not a big fan of trope romances, but this one I just found rather endearing to read and truly did enjoy it. When it comes down to rivals, two individuals that have nothing in common but the attraction for each other is present with a full force, this is the novel for you. Courtney and Matt are two characters that are to
1. Hero is a misogynistic shit with double standards along with being a manchild with the maturity of the 2 month old. All his “alphaness” cannot be camouflaged as maturity to save his character. I can’t see how a strong heroine like this one would be able to go through a whole book without putting him down, which he’ll rightly deserve but of course won’t be romantic.
2. He almost had sex with OW IN FRONT of heroine, and she was rightfully not impressed.
3. He made a bet about seducing her.
Three s
Mar 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was lucky enough to get an ARC of this next book in Hope Ramsay's new series Chapel of Love.

Courtney and Matt are adversaries in the start of this book. Courtney is in the wedding business, she works for Edge Hill Manor in her capacity of Wedding and Events planner. Who oddly enough would like her own HEA, but she does not anticipate this with Matt Lyndon, who's family is Royalty in the State of Virginia. He is a the hot-shot new lawyer in town, after coming back from DC. Who is also a" Playe
Amanda Mahaffey
Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Courtney is all about putting guys in categories where she thinks they belong. Matt is young and feels like a disappointment to his dad. The story of these two getting together was great. They both have deal with their insecurities and trust issues from their past. I enjoyed this book I lived both of their stories and how they are able to work through it. Can't wait to read the next book in the series
Here comes the... player and the man-hater! Sparks fly and a battle wages as the two least likely to walk down the aisle get their story.

The Bride Next Door is the fifth book in the Chapel of Love series. The stories wouldn't be impossible to read out of order, but this series really does work best when the reader takes it from the beginning. Both main characters have been around since the beginning and really got some page time in the last book, Here Comes the Bride.

Now, that said, maybe newbie
Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
Mar 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: march-2018

I was provided an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 

I fell in love with my first Hope Ramsay book 'Here Comes the Bride' and when I heard the next one in the Chapel of Love Series was coming out, I knew I had to request to read it. Hope Ramsay is one of those underrated authors. She writes romances with the right touch of sweetness, angst, and complicated characters with complicated pasts. 

The Bride Next Door starts off with our heroine, Court
Apr 26, 2018 rated it liked it
I have read most of Hope Ramsay’s books, and this one, compared to most of the others, came across as rather mediocre. My biggest problem was that the book was very predictable and about one quarter too long. At about the three-quarter mark, I knew what was going to happen, and then had to read through a lot of “filler” to get to the end. This was okay, just not all that interesting and made the book drag for me.

Courtney Wallace, a wedding planner, has given up on finding the man of her dreams.
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Life sometimes throws us curve balls. It’s up to us to decide what we are going to do with those opportunities and challenges. This story has its main characters, Courtney and Matt, but the “supporting characters” have some great stories going on too. I felt several different emotions as I got caught up in the story line. I just wanted it to keep going on.
I won an ARC copy of this book in a contest. I’m so happy luck was with me. My opinion of this book is my own.
Courtney is in her “zone” as a wedding planner: she’s got her life, her list about ‘men’ and with both of her friends now pregnant, she’s also got a ton of work to do. She’s well and truly out of the dating game (or so she tells herself) because in an instant she can put any man into a category and decide he’s not worth her time. At the heart of things – she’s scared that she’ll never have what her friends do: happiness, love and families on the way.

Matt is back in town after his job with an en
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Apr 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Received in exchange for a honest review.

This was sweet. I loved how Matt wasn’t what Courtney thought. He kept surprising her and she began to see who he really was.

Matt wasn’t stuck up or competitive and he certainly wasn’t a player. He was a young man who was trying to survive the shark waters that was his family. He struck out on his own and forged a path but bad luck hit and he ended up coming home. He went to work for his dad where he was treated like a lackey by many. He had alot of self
Jamie Beck
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I admit, this cover drew me in from the start. That plus a heroine who is single amid a sea of married friends and I’m in. I can relate to that woman (having been one of the last of my friends to marry). I can also relate to the walls that build up when love seems to find everyone but you for so long.

Typically, I am not a fan of trope-driven romance (bet, opposites attract), but in this case I went with it and it worked. Hope Ramsay writes with a very nice balance of sweetness, a little snark, a
Sharon Moritz-rosenthal
I received an arc from NG for review.

I am a new fan of this author and I have read two books prior to this one. Of all of them this was my least favorite. However it is well written and my dislike had more to do with the age gap between the two main characters than anything else.

Courtney is a wedding planner at Matt's cousins resort. She is about 8 years older than him, mid 30's. Matt is 28 and a lawyer with his dad and brother at the companies firm. A bet is made that Matt will bed C and C know
Elizabeth H.
May 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: marie-s-reviews
Review written by Marie for Ever After Book Reviews!

I have to be honest, this one was a little hard for me to chew for a while. But, as the story went on, I warmed a little bit to the characters and their storyline. I think it’d be difficult for me to write a true “review” of the novel, so I’ll break it down in to a more what I liked/didn’t like kind of format.

What I Liked
- The secondary characters. Throughout this book, they were the driving force that kept the storyline moving and added depth
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shenandoah Falls, Virginia, is far enough away from the DC area to have a small town feel, yet close enough to attract greedy developers who want to make hefty changes to it. The apartment complex in Dogwood Estates is feared to be demolished and the residents driven out. Matthew Lyndon, single at 25, has just started working at the Lyndon family law firm. With Arwen’s help as a paralegal, they try and salvage the lives of those living there. Courtney Wallace, single at 36, believes her chances ...more
Cat C
May 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
I received a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway, and it has not affected my review.

This was a very cute and enjoyable contemporary romance. I admit, I was a little skeptical at the beginning, as the setup situation with the bet was not only contrived but incredibly offensive, and the heroine's labels of men (Hookup Artist, Nice Guy Not, etc) are a little simplistic and childish. However, as it continued, the situations were more fleshed out, and it becomes clear the hero's young age (he's
Apr 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Courtney is a wedding planner in her quaint home town. While she’s busy planning each bride's perfect day, she’s also watching most of her single friends enjoying their own happily ever afters and now starting families. She’s torn between wanting her own ever after or resigning herself to cat lady spinsterhood, because every guy she meets conveniently fits into her preconceived, labeled boxes like Man Baby, Hook-up Artist or Emotionally Unavailable. When she finds out that Matt makes a bet he ca ...more
Apr 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the fourth novel in Ramsay’s Chapel of Love series. It is rich in small-town appeal, family dynamics, and the ties of friendship. How much readers like the book will depend largely upon how much they like the protagonists. Courtney and Matt are not immediately sympathetic characters. Since simplistic labels are a pet peeve of mine, I had a hard time liking Courtney. Matt behaves like a jerk initially, but I found him easier to like since it is clear early on that there is more to him th ...more
Margaret Dombrowski
Mar 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received this book as an ARC. I have been following Hope Ramsey for quite some time now. This new series, Chapel of Love, that takes place in Shenandoah Falls, WV is quite setup as a small town but near enough to the D.C. area to bring in varied levels of income and status on the economic ladder.

Out of this whole series, I initially had a hard time warming up to Courtney and Matt. Courtney is a jaded and cynical woman. She likes to put labels on men, and passes judgement quickly. Her history
Mar 17, 2018 rated it liked it
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I have enjoyed all of the books by this author that I have read. I have read all the books so far in the Chapel of Love series. I liked this one, but not quite as much as the others. It is a good story, but I think too many characters' relationships were mentioned, but very little was told about each. I get that the story is about the main characters, Matt & Courtney, and other characters need to be mentioned, but I would have ...more
Leslie Ooten
Apr 03, 2018 rated it liked it
I wasn't a fan of this one. The two main characters, Courtney and Matt, both have issues that needed to be dealt with. Courtney automatically puts every guy she meets into a category, regardless of the fact that she knows nothing about them personally. She was harassing a guy that left his fiancee at the alter, even though it had nothing to do with her. Matt was trying to pick Courtney up because of a bet he made with the guy she was harassing. I didn't really like them together. I wasn't a fan ...more
Francis M.
Jun 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Well not in the beginning, in the beginning it was pretty obvious, Courtney was classifying each and every man, putting them in categories, and giving up on love all together, when i read this book all I thought was (this woman is HELLA insecure, and that’s annoying). Then we meet Matt, he has his share of insecurities and that gets tested, but he pushes that aside, and goes after his woman!
What I love is how they were both trying to one each other, Matt was part of a bet that he lat
Heather andrews
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Matt tries to do the honorable thing at times, “get this straight. I’m happy to tell you bedtime stories. In fact, I need to tell you this particular story. But no ***. Not tonight. You’ve had too much to drink.” Matt is realizing that it's the little things that make his girl happy, “I have time,” he lied . He didn’t have time, but he would make time this morning. Her smile was so wide..." Matt is an easily distracted man, “yes. Now be quiet. I have something to say.” He paused a moment. “Um, b
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very enjoyable read. Courtney feels she's the last of her friend that's still single and not pregnant, oh, and her biological clock is ticking. But even with all that she's still relationship shy because of some image hangups and high school drama. Matt has moved back home after loosing his job, joining his father's law firm at the bottom of the totem pole, it's not easy. He also feels he needs to prove himself to his father. Courtney sees Matt as a hookup artist, not her style, even if he wasn' ...more
Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it

Spring makes me think of weddings. That makes it the perfect time for the next installment in Hope Ramsays Chapel of Love series. We’ve watch Courtney judge everyone around her for the past few books. Now, she’s met her match in Matthew Lyndon. Courtney and Matt are fun from page one. Both tend to judge current circumstances by past experiences, though more dramatically than most. Watching them lose their shields and let each other in keeps you turning pages. After all, how can a CAT GUY be all
May 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-book
I really enjoyed this book. The main female character, Courtney, is rather jaded as far as men go. She has distinct categories that she likes to put them in and none of them are flattering. Matthew is a guy that she knows and that she has pegged. When she hears him take a bet that he can get her into bed, she is very determined that he won't...but she goes out with him anyway. A battle of whits commences, with each trying to outdo the other as far as not doing what the other expects.
The Bride N
Susan Gwisdala
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was so happy to finally be able to read Courtney & Matthew's story. The book, as always, was very well written. I really enjoy that the characters from the prior books in the series are always showing back up in the new stories. This was a very quick read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It is very much like returning to visit old friends. I hope that there are many more books left in the series and Hope is always one of my go to authors.
Linda Smatzny
This is the story of Courtney Wallace who is wedding planner that has a list of men not to date because they fall into a type. The man in her life is Matthew Lyndon a lawyer who has had to join the family firm but hates being under his father's thumb. They meet because of a bet but each decide to play with the other. The book was a quick easy read.
Jun 27, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Probably one of the worst books I've read. No plot. No character development. I found it extremely difficult to like the characters at all. The writing was mediocre at best. There was description when it wasn't needed or wanted and anything that could have been made interesting was told to you in the plainest of terms. The ending was absolutely the WORST. Don't bother with this book.
Shirley Ririhena
one thing i love about this book is the author just implied there's sex happening without describing it and thank you so much! so it was pretty clean story, no swear words (that i remember at least), and no exaggerated drama it's just enough, they both have baggage and try to deal with it.
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