Friday, July 11, 2014

Blog Tour/Review: Diamond Rings are Deadly Things by Rachelle J. Christensen

Diamond Rings are Deadly Things, by Rachelle J. Christensen
2014, 340p, Clean Mystery/Romance
My Rating=5 Stars
Source: Received copy from publisher for an honest review

Adrielle Pyper knows how to plan a wedding, and she's especially good at pleasing bridezillas. But when her biggest client and best friend is murdered just three days before the wedding, Adri's world falls apart. She moves to the resort town of Sun Valley, Idaho, and starts from scratch. Thanks to Adri's impeccable taste and unique style, she lands two celebrity clients, and her business seems headed for success that is, until someone vandalizes the specialty wedding dresses she imported from overseas. The race is on to uncover a secret hidden within the yards of satin and lace before Adri becomes the next victim.

With a delightful blend of mystery, toe-curling kisses, humor, and spine-tingling thrills, Diamond Rings Are Deadly Things is a romantic suspense novel that will keep you turning pages long into the night.

I've been looking forward to reading this book since I participated in the cover reveal in April. I really needed to read a book like this! It was fun, with just enough mystery to keep me guessing the whole time. Adrielle Pyper (Adri) is a wedding planner. She's just moved to Sun Valley, Idaho, from San Francisco, shortly after her best friend was murdered three days before her wedding. She and her assistant, Lorea, have recently started carrying wedding gowns. They are currently working with two brides--the bridezilla, Sylvia, a soap star diva, and Natalie, Lorea's best friend who is sweet and engaged to Sylvia's ex-boyfriend, Brock, a movie star.

They start out receiving their first shipment of gowns and Sylvia's alternate gown is missing and it looks like their shipment was tampered with. They know Sylvia won't take the news well and plan to convince her to go with her first choice. Adri takes Natalie's dress home to take out the hem and finds something that shouldn't be there. She's nervous about it and not sure what to do since she needs the dress for Natalie's wedding.

Adri is interested in Dallas, who had waited on her table when she went to dinner with Lorea. He asked her out and they had a great time. Then, she meets Luke Stetson, a gorgeous, Harley riding attorney who is set against marriage. And then there's the hottie who she's never met but sees when she goes for a run. Dallas starts pursuing her and he seems absolutely perfect, but why can't she get the other men off her mind?

There's a lot going on in this book, and I loved how everything came together in the end. I would forget about one certain storyline and then it would appear again and bring up more questions. I liked Dallas until we met Luke. Her conversations with Luke were much more entertaining, but I also could see why someone like Dallas would appeal to her. He was attentive, persistent and bold. Luke didn't say anything good about her profession and kept his true identity from her so she wasn't sure she could trust him. Both Dallas and Luke kept appearing and I knew who I liked better but wasn't sure which one she would choose until the end. It then became very clear as to who she should end up with and I was very happy with the ending. It was satisfactory but also leaves an opening for more!

Each chapter starts with a tip from Adri's website, There are ideas on the ring pillow, place cards, food, centerpieces, the sendoff and much more. Most of the tips she gave at the beginning were incorporated into the chapter. Be sure to check it out--there are tutorials and recipes with some great step-by-step pictures. The tips can be used for much more than just weddings. I love it! 

About the Author:
Rachelle J. Christensen was born and raised in a small farming town in Idaho not far from the setting of her mystery Diamond Rings Are Deadly Things. She graduated cum laude from Utah State University with a degree in psychology. She enjoys singing and songwriting, playing the piano, running, motivational speaking and of course reading. Rachelle has an amazing husband, five cute kids, three cats and five chickens.

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Unknown said...

I loved the chapter headings and tips. They are so much fun. I plan on using a few of them for my nephews wedding that is coming soon :). I am glad you liked this one as well!

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