Put a Ring On It
Black Dog Bay, Book #3
By Beth Kendrick
Author website: http://bethkendrick.com/
The author of New Uses for Old Boyfriends returns to the Delaware seashore town of Black Dog Bay, where one woman learns to put passion before practicality…
Brighton Smith doesn’t do outrageous. As an insurance actuary, it’s her job to assess risk and avoid bad investments. But when her fiancé calls to confess he’s married someone else on a whim (“I looked at her and I just knew!”), she snaps…
That night, at a local bar, Jake Sorensen—hot, rich, and way out of her league—buys Brighton a cocktail. At midnight, she kisses him. And by dawn, they’re exchanging vows at a drive-through chapel.
Brighton knows Jake is a bad bet, but she doesn’t care. After a lifetime of playing it safe, she’s finally having fun. Until the whirlwind romance gives way to painful reality…and Brighton finds out the truth about why a guy like Jake married a girl like her. With her heart on the line and the odds stacked against them, Brighton must decide whether to cut her losses or take a leap of faith that this love affair is one in a million.
INCLUDES A READER’S GUIDE
In Put A Ring On It, Beth Kendrick takes us back to Black Dog Bay, Delaware. Black Dog Bay is more than just a picturesque Delaware beach town. It is where recently divorced, dumped or cheated on people go to recover. Brighton Smith, the main character, is unaware of its popularity and its magical legend – the appearance of the mystical Black Dog when things are finally right. No for Brighton, insurance actuary, type A personality with a capital A, 10 year planner, no she only knows a dear friend Kira, has recently moved there. Kira’s call and casual invitation to come for a weekend could not have happened at a better time. Brighton’s fiancee Colin has just broken off their engagement over “zipper merging” among other things. So Brighton decides to be spontaneous for once and plays hooky from work to head to Black Dog Bay for the weekend.
What started as a free weekend to relax and be carefree turns into a horse of a different color when Brighton receives a call from her recently ex’d Colin. He has gotten married to someone he doesn’t even know and even used her ring. Brighton decides to let loose and ends up on a private jet with town heartthrob Jake Sorenson. They imbibe a bit too much, but manage to make it to Vegas to get married. And so begins every woman’s dream, marrying an extremely hot man who is not only nice, but very wealthy. They decide Brighton should have “2 screwed up weeks”. While in town she finds herself drawn to the Naked Finger jewelers and back to a time when she was truly carefree and happy – working with jewelry and design.
Black Dog Bay has all the gossip you would expect in a small town. That leads to funny and at times awkward situations. Put A Ring On It is humorous and heart wrenching, entertaining and sentimental. Beth Kendrick has built an amazing and enjoyable town in Black Dog Bay and I was happy to return in this 3rd installment. Each of the books is truly a stand-alone read, but the continuity is delightful. A wonderful romance, filled with tension, however not one bit of tasteless frivolity. It is a truly enjoyable read that is more than just a basic romance novel. It draws the reader in as the characters explore who they are and what they truly want.