I’m so pleased to be featuring wonderful Katey Lovell on Linda’s Book Bag again today. The Boy and the Bridesmaid will be published by Harper Impulse on Thursday 16th June, the culmination to the popular Meet Cute series of short stories. It’s available to preorder now from all major ebook retailers, including Amazon UK and Kobo.
In celebration of the The Boy and the Bridesmaid Katey kindly agreed to write a guest blog for Linda’s Book Bag about her favourite boys. However, she went a step further, imagining she was having a fictional dinner date and you can read what she told me below!
The Boy and the Bridesmaid
A gorgeously romantic short story, part of The Meet Cute series.
There’s nothing as wonderful as a wedding, especially when it’s your sister getting married. But for Maria, who struggles with social anxiety, being a bridesmaid is a struggle as well as an honour and when she finds herself overawed the person by her side is the last person she’d expect to understand…
My Review of The Boy and the Bridesmaid
What an utterly gorgeous short story to complete Katey Lovell’s Meet Cute series. It may only be a few pages long but somehow she manages to encompass the full range of human emotions from joy to grief, with fear and longing in between, in The Boy and the Bridesmaid.
There’s also a really effective and realistic sense of occasion in the depiction of the wedding so that it was almost like attending in person.
I really liked the completeness of the story so that there is a wonderful sense of pleasure in reading. I thought the quality of the writing was fantastic. There was just the right balance of features like similes and description to bring the prose alive and make it a sparkling read.
Fictional Dinner Date!
A Guest Post by Katey Lovell
When Linda suggested I write a guest post about my favourite boys to celebrate the publication of The Boy and the Bridesmaid, I immediately imagined a scenario akin to the TV programme Dinner Date. In real life I’m happily married, but seeing as this is all make believe, I’m going to very much enjoy being wined and dined by these gorgeous specimens of manhood!
Whenever I’m asked about fictional characters I have a crush on, my thoughts always race straight to Edward Rochester from Jane Eyre. I know he’s not the nicest of fictional characters, but for some reason I can’t put my finger on I’ve always found him strangely alluring. When Toby Stephens played him for the BBC adaptation my love for him only grew, because let’s face it – he is rather beautiful to look at, the ultimate in dark and brooding.
However, if Rochester was in a bad mood on our date I’d be particularly crushed and need someone with a softer side to help me feel brighter. For that reason, I’d like to go on a dinner date with the lovely Harri from Georgia Hill’s Say it with Sequins trilogy. I love Harri because not only is he tall, dark and handsome but he’s also a total sweetheart and best of all he’s WELSH! We have a shared interest in dance too, so we’d not be short of something to talk about, and maybe he’d be able to show me a few of his moves too. Oo-er!
Which only leaves me with one final choice – I don’t know who to pick! I’m tempted by Alex from Erin Lawless’ Somewhere Only We Know and also Nick from Holly Smale’s Geek Girl trilogy – nice guys who don’t always get it right but who are doing their best to make the women in their life happy. However, I’ve decided to plump for Rainbow Rowell’s enigmatic Baz, and if I can be really specific, the version of Baz who appears in Cath’s fanfic sections of Fangirl. He’s sassy and sexy and smells of bergamot and I’d love to question him about his relationship with fellow Watford pupil Simon Snow.
And this is a bit of a cheat, but if I could also choose one Meet Cute boy to swoon at over a candlelit dinner, I think it’d probably be Marwan from The Boy at the Bookshop. He loves his family enough to put his own dreams on hold, which melts my heart and of course there’s the geeky book factor too. He’s one of the nice guys and I’m sure we could while away the hours sharing book recommendations. And his dad runs a restaurant, so maybe we could get a discount too.
You can find all Katey’s books here.
About Katey Lovell
Katey Lovell is fanatical about words. An avid reader, writer and poet, she once auditioned for Countdown and still tapes the show every night. Getting the conundrum before the contestants is her ultimate thrill.
She loves love and strives to write feel-good romance that’ll make you laugh and cry in equal measure.
Originally from South Wales, Katey now lives in Yorkshire with her husband and their son.