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Undertaking Love by Kat French

Undertaking Love
Love, Actually meets Four Weddings and a Funeral
Sparks fly when wedding chapel owner Marla Jacobs finds out that a funeral parlor will be opening right near her place of business. Never mind that funeral director Gabriel Ryan is more gorgeous than any undertaker has a right to be. Who cares if that irish brogue of his keeps giving her those sweaty dreams. Keeping her business afloat is of top priority, or so she thinks. 
This was a fun and delightful read, full of quirky characters and a few out of the box takes on those romantic tropes. Kat French's writing style is good, keeping the pace flowing, the bantering great and those wicked dialogues (*cough*Claudia was a riot*cough*) to keep on coming. This was basically a romance where the couple eventually got their happily ever after. The quote " You two are like Romeo and Juliet, star-crossed lovers kept apart by the brides on one side and the widows on the other"  just about sums it up.  
It does read like those British rom-com movies, there were a lot of POVs from the different characters in the book, which made it more interesting.  However, it was difficult to get into Marla's character at first and it took awhile to warm up to her.  It was hard to get why she was behaving that way and it was only explained near the end of the book.  Gabe's character, on the other hand,  was pretty straightforward.  He was the overall nice guy, well a bit more Colin Farrell than Hugh Grant. In fact, the not so nice guy got the Hugh Grant persona.  But overall Undertaking Love, was definitely an entertaining read.

Synopsis:
The moment love-phobic Marla Jacobs discovers that the shop next to her Little White Wedding Chapel is to become a funeral parlour, she declares all-out war.

Marla’s chapel in the sleepy Shropshire countryside has become a nation-wide sensation, but the arrival of Funeral Director Gabriel Ryan threatens everything Marla has worked for. She can picture the scene: wedding limos fighting for space in the street with hearses; brides bumping into widows; bouquets being swapped for wreaths

Marla’s not going down without a fight. She enlists a motley crew of weird and wonderful local supporters, and the battle lines are drawn. But, as soon as Marla meets her nemesis, she realises just how much trouble she’s really in. His gypsy curls and Irish lilt make her stomach fizz – how is she supposed to concentrate on destroying him, when half the time she’s struggling not to rip the shirt off his back?



Author: Kat French
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Women's Fiction, Romantic Comedy
Published: April 25, 2013
Publisher: Authonomy/ Harper Collins
Rating: ♨♨♨ (This was an entertaining read definitely felt like those British Rom Coms, dry wit, great secondary characters and funny quips.  I had to struggle to initially connect with Marla but this in no way interfered with my enjoyment of the book.  Rom Com fans will get a kick out of this one)
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