And I must say I'm a teeny bit jealous. My regular top ten will be here on Friday, but her Ten Top is better than my Top Ten. Try saying that after you've had a little wine :)
Lynn Cahoon has guested here before. She's back today with a great post and a new book.
Please welcome her back to the Tiki Hut and pour a little sand in her shoes.
Ten Top Reasons Not to Get Married in Vegas…
by Lynn Cahoon
Since Under the Tiki Hut is known for Carol’s Friday Top Ten, I thought I’d give you the top ten reasons NOT to get married in Vegas in honor of the release of the second in the Bull Rider series, THE BULL RIDER’S MANAGER. Maybe if Barb or Hunter would have taken my advice earlier, they wouldn’t be in such a pickle now. And since I married my current (and best) husband in The Stained Glass Wedding Chapel just past the Freemont Street Experience, I know of what I speak.
Reason #10 – The length of the line at the court house is the cooling off period between “Hey, I’ve got a great idea” and “I do.” While we were waiting, I kept asking dh if he was sure. Really, really sure. Especially after we heard the lady in front of us trying to list off her prior marriages and dates. She kept forgetting a few in between and having to start over. I think her new husband learned a lot during those twenty minutes.
Reason #9 – The court house has scalpers standing outside with limo’s waiting to whisk you away to their chapel. Just so you know, they don’t take you back to the hotel when you’re done so add the cost of the cab ride back when you’re deciding if the value pack they’re offering is a good deal.
Reason #8 – The court house has little golf pencils available for you to complete your applications with. Nuff said?
Reason #7 – Alcohol is served 24/7 in Vegas. Morning, noon, and night.
Reason #6 – You either get pictures with stone Elvis in the courtyard of the chapel, or, if you pay a bit extra, Elvis will officiate the wedding. Someone really needs to tell the Vegas community that Mr. Presley has left the building.
Reason #5 – Your friends and family aren’t in Vegas. Well, for us, that was half true. Our dart family, the ones we travelled all across the country to see, was there and helped us celebrate.
Reason #4 – Unless you’ve planned a destination wedding, you don’t get the full wedding experience including princess gown and veil. Of course you could always have a reception once you arrive home and play dress up then.
Reason #3 – You may or may not even know your groom. I lived with mine for six years before we married, and sometimes, I don’t think that was long enough. (Just kidding, honey.) When Barb and Hunter tie the knot, they’d known each other less than 24 hours.
Reason #2 – The wedding ring is usually CZ rather than diamonds. Believe me, diamonds are better.
Reason #1 – Sometimes what you do in Vegas follows you home.
Lynn Cahoon is a contemporary romance author with a love of hot, sexy men, real and imagined. Her alpha heroes range from rogue witch hunters to modern cowboys. And her heroines all have one thing in common, their strong need for independence. Or at least that’s what they think they want. She blogs at her website, A Fairy Tale Life.
Barb Carico’s life is all about business. Now that her best friend has tied the knot with her high school sweetheart and Barb’s new partner, she’s busier than ever. Managing Jesse Sullivan’s career and public persona can be a handful. Add in an aging mother who goes through home health nurses like candy, Barb’s hanging on the edge.
Her one salvation? Hunter Martin, prodigal son of Martin Family Dairy and, hopefully, Jesse’s next sponsor. A promise his father had already made before Hunter took over the public relations department. After his brother’s death, Hunter's become an instant dad to his seven year old niece. More responsibility. For Hunter, the rodeo weekend with Barb is the perfect excuse to relax.
When their dinner turns into drinks and then a quick trip to a Vegas wedding chapel, both Barb and Hunter agree their nuptials were a mistake. A mistake they consummated the next evening. As soon as they’re home, the marriage will be annulled. That’s what they both want. Or at least what they tell themselves.
Upon their return, Hunter finds that distant relatives are suing him for custody of his niece. The only way for him to keep custody is to design a life that matches the promise of a perfect family. For that, he needs Barb to stay married to him. Hunter would give her anything to go along with the charade.
Barb doesn't know anything about being a wife or mother but she needs one favor. A favor she'll trade her lifestyle, independence, and even risk her heart to make come true.
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