Review: Don't Call Me Sweetheart by Codi Gary

Don't Call Me Sweetheart
Something Borrowed #1
Codi Gary
Lyrical Shine/Kensington
August 15, 2017
Pages: 196
Format Read: eARC
Source: Publisher via NetGalley

Weddings are big business in picturesque Sweetheart, California, and Something Borrowed’s rent-a-bridesmaid service is thriving among the Hollywood elite. For the women who work there, a walk down the aisle is just a paycheck—until the right guy makes it priceless . . .


Marley Stevenson never imagined her stint as a rented Maid of Honor would practically become a career. Then again, nothing in her life has gone according to plan. At least the money’s good—and she needs it to pay off student loans and help out her mom. But the job has rules, which have never been an issue . . . until one encounter with a gorgeous best man—and his swoon-worthy Southern accent—sends Marley reeling.

Determined to get through the weekend with her professional reputation intact, Marley grits her teeth and sends out her best “unavailable” vibes, but Luke Jessup doesn’t give up that easy. A former Marine and a current SWAT team officer, his focus is legendary—and it’s on Marley. Jeopardizing her job is bad enough, and starting a relationship based on half-truths is worse—yet Marley is beginning to wonder if certain risks are worth taking, especially in the name of true love


I've really been enjoying the books I've read from Codi Gary. They are always easy to read with the characters I love to read about. It seems lately that weddings are a theme again in romance. That's fine, they are usually full of fun. 

Don't Call Me Sweetheart is more about wedding planning and the fun services of being a bridesmaid for those who need one in a pinch. I like the idea, it works if you don't have someone you're close to when you get married or maybe you are alone with no friends around and need someone to stand in, or maybe, you don't want to hurt a friends feeling and this works out best. 

Or, you are a super huge bitch and no one really likes you!

See, plenty of reasons to need a bridesmaid service. I know, you now want to find out who the bitch the book!!!!

Don't Call Me Sweetheart is so good! I really enjoyed the town and the people in it. You won't be able to not fall in love with it. You will also really like Marley. She works so hard and is very focused, maybe to focused on leaving town and having a new life. At times I got a little tired of hearing about her plan to leave, it sometimes took away from the romance. 

After a while I just blocked that part out of the story and moved on and turned my sights on Luke! Now him I really enjoyed. There was something about him that made me want to know more. He was just a great guy! 

The ending is kinda predictable but that's okay, I really didn't mind that so much. I think that's because I was so busy enjoying the story and wanting more from this series that the minor thing didn't matter much. The only real negative I found with this series is that I have to wait for Kiss Me, Sweetheart which isn't due out till 2/13/18! Feeling a little sad!! Not to worry, I have plenty of books that need reading!

If you've read Don't Call Me Sweetheart or any other book by Codi Gary I'd love to hear your thoughts. Thanks for visiting and happy reading! ♡

The Something Borrowed Series! 



  1. This was a good story. I liked Luke and Marley. I do feel that the bitch got away with something and that is frustrating.

  2. Rent a bridesmaid..what an interesting idea.


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