Painted Bride by Suzanne D. Williams is the second book in the Best Dressed Series and is as great a read as the first book. This story is about Haydn Fabrinni who is almost the complete opposite of Ludwig, his older brother. Everyone considers Haydn a spoiled younger son and to a certain extent that is true. His life comes screeching to a halt when a woman he has dated announces to everyone that he proposed. Haydn does not remember proposing and while sitting in a bar having too many drinks, he makes a bet with a woman that will change his life forever. Marcy Gregg challenges Haydn to a game of pool and the winner takes all. If she wins, she gets one thousand dollars and if he wins, he proposes marriage and she accepts. Both are experienced pool players and each thinks they will be the winner. One can guess who will win and the rest of the story is about everything that happens after the pool game.
Suzanne did a wonderful job writing this story. At first I was a little turned off by all the tattoos but by the time i was half way through the book I had forgotten about them. All the characters were very well developed and their dialogue was right on target. I felt as if I were friends with the characters for they completely came to life on the pages of the book. All scenes were realistic and I was right in the middle of what was going on and even trying to give advice and cheer for Marcy and Haydn. There were lots of twists and turns in the plot but each one just added more interest to the story and even provided a little suspense. The suspense mainly involved the secrets that Marcy was not willing to share with Haydn but eventually she revealed everything. Some big business wheeling and dealing took place in the story and gave the reader a victor to cheer and a villain to jeer.
I highly recommend this book to everyone that loves a Christian romance with a happy ending.
Thanks to the author, Suzanne D. Williams for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.