Downtown Press, Jun 2003, 12.00
Working as a wedding planner at Forever Wedding in Austin, Lauren Crandell reflects on her life. Under thirty and divorced already seems like a bad role model for her work, but Lauren feels relief that Brad, a classic consumer user (spend but not earn), left her though she still struggles to move past that failure. Lauren spends most of her life on the job insuring ceremonies go off without a hitch in spite of her doubting boss Gennifer Douglas who believes that anyone under forty cannot breath and chew gum at the same time. Being an organizational fanatic, Lauren knows she is good at the job.
Lauren oversees two weddings that somewhat fall apart and require rescuing from fire fighter Nick Corona. To her shock, as she does not want a relationship now though her sex life is nonexistent, Lauren finds herself in flames thinking of Nick. He reciprocates her feelings, but neither feels the confidence to develop something permanent especially with family and friends constructing roadblocks on the primrose path.
Fans of ultra breezy contemporary chic lit tales will say I do to Cara Lockwood's warm amusing lighthearted romp. Told in the first person, readers see deep inside the heroine, but will still wonder why she allows herself to be such a victim of loved ones. The rest of the cast is predominantly observed through a Lauren slightly cynical filter. Readers who need a few hours of humorous romantic escapism will appreciate I DO (BUT I DON'T) as Cara Lockwood displays strong talent, but those desiring a bit more of the cerebral will say I don't.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner