WHAT Happened In Vegas???

You may be a little surprised to find a top ten list here today. Look closely. It's Ten Top. Was my guest blogger clever or what?

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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This is hilarious. Yes, Mr. Presley has definitely left the building. I can't believe that woman was listing her failed marriages to her latest victim. Wow.
Yes, hilarious! Sometimes it follows you home - for better or for worse.
Yes this was hilarious and it made my day. Thanks.

Ciara said…
LOL, love this list. Vegas scares me. It will follow you home.
so which one of you is taking me to Las Vegas? :)
Linda G. said…
LOL! Great list. Especially #1. *grin*

Laura Eno said…
Loved this! I married my best husband there nineteen years ago at the Little Chapel of the West. He's still here. :)
Anonymous said…
Can only echo the other comments-- what a fun read! The book sounds awesome too. Hmm-- love great book ideas with Christmas just around the corner (put the Amazon cards I begged for to good use!). Thanks for sharing, and um, no, not going to try to say Top Ten..er... with wine. I can't say it without!
Anne Gallagher said…
Ha, those 20 minutes in line were enough for me to run screaming from the "I do." Never again.

Great post.
Clarissa Draper said…
That's so funny! I've never considered getting married in Vegas but I'm totally for eloping.
Em-Musing said…
I did get married in Vegas, but it was to renew our vows. Thank God I had a real wedding first, because this one, while fun, was a bit cheesy. And yes, Elvis was there.
Julie said…
What a funny post! It's great to meet Lynn and I look forward to checking out the Bull Riders series now! :)
L.G.Smith said…
# 3 cracked me up. Oh, alcohol, why do you do what you do to people in Vegas? LOL.
Mason Canyon said…
Great Ten Top Reasons, Lynn. I especially like #8, so funny. The Bull Rider's Manager sounds like a fun read. Wishing you much success.

Carol, always enjoy meeting your guests.
Lynn Cahoon said…
Yay, I'm so glad you guys 'get' my humor.

@Stina - I swear to God, the chick just kept going back to her fiance' and asking, now - did I marry Harry first or after Ron...

Lynn Cahoon said…
@Alex - thanks for stopping in. We've been to Vegas several times, but the last visit was the wedding.

@Yvonne - so glad I could brighten your day...

@Clara - I love Vegas. My book - The Bull Rider's Manager was so fun to write because I could just see myself in Barb's shoes..
Lynn Cahoon said…
@Dezmond - Sorry, it will have to be Carol. I'm booked for travel next year. LOL

@Linda - #1 feels like the start of a paranormal story...

@Laura - good to know! I've kept the current DH for four years now. LOL

@Julie - everything's better with wine.
Johanna Garth said…
golf pencils for the application might have made me think twice.
Lynn Cahoon said…
@Anne - believe me, I thought my beloved would do the same thing. He hasn't been lucky in marriage (before me that is...)

@Clarissa - I think eloping, especially somewhere like Carol's beach would be fantastic...

@EM-I'm kind of a wedding non-traditionalist. The first marriage, I was 6 months pregnant with my amazing son.

@Julie, I'm glad your considering The Bull Rider's Manager! Thanks for stopping in.

Lynn Cahoon said…
@LG- I think alcohol has made me do a few things outside of Vegas too... LOL

@Mason and @Johanna - I looked at those and just laughed. Of course 1/2 of them were broken and unusable. Classy - huh?

Thanks for stopping in guys. I'll be popping in and out from the day job.
Jemi Fraser said…
Love your list - especially #1 - so true!! :) Off to check out the book which also sounds like a ton of fun! :)
Carol Kilgore said…
Thanks to all who have commented so far. Lynn has recapped with most of you, so I'll just comment to you if I have something more to say. I know it's not my usual way, but it's been a hectic day, and I'm not done yet. Please forgive :)

Carol Kilgore said…
Stina - That blew my mind, too. So many she couldn't remember them all!

Dezmond - I've never been to Vegas, and not really sure I want to go. But I have a friend :)

Laura - The "best husband" :)

Julie - LOL, neither could I. Could barely type it :)

Em-Musing - Hope you had wine with your cheesey :)

Melissa said…
Oh, how funny! xD

And The Bull Rider's Manager sounds like a great book. ;)
Anonymous said…
Always wondered what it would be like to get hitched in Vegas. Now I know it might be the perfect place if you love Elvis. The Bull Rider's Manager sounds terrific- spur of the moment wedding meets next day blues. Great set up!
Helena said…
The Bull Rider's Manager sounds like real hoot. I'm so glad when the lead characters make whopping mistakes (or are they really moments of good luck?) because they're human.
Lynn Cahoon said…
@Jerni - I hope you love Bull Rider's Manager as much as I do.

@Melissa - Thanks for stopping in.

@Jessica - I'm sure some places are amazing, just some have an Elvis fetish. LOL

@Helena - isn't that the best kind of mistake? LOL Thanks for stopping by.
L. Diane Wolfe said…
LOL! Nothing like tacky Vegas wedding photos. We honeymooned in Vegas, but got married in ABQ first.
Anonymous said…
Fun post...as always. :)
Carol Kilgore said…
Melissa - I agree.

Jessica - Same here. I had no idea Elvis was still everywhere!

Helena - I love that, too! It's not always easy to do.

Diane - Probably smart :)

Linda J - Lynn outdid herself on this one!
Donna Hole said…
That's cool. I don't think I'd miss the dress though. The book sound good.

Shelley Munro said…
I enjoyed your list. Hubby and I reconfirmed our vows in Vegas at The Little White Wedding Chapel. It was fun.
Lynn Cahoon said…
@Shelley - we thought about the Little White Wedding Chapel, but Jim's best man was making a deal with the scalpers.

@Donna - I never did the princess dress. Except once when I was mystery shopping. Loved it.
@Carol/Linda J- Nice of you to say!

@Diane - I'm all in black in my wedding photos. LOL
Carol Kilgore said…
Donna - In understand the whole dress thing for some people, but I wasn't one of them either. Our wedding was very small. And wonderful :)

Shelley - As reconfirming vows should be...a celebration!

What a great list! I really like Vegas, but my kind of vacation is a much tamer version. Julie
Gwen Gardner said…
Yeah, sometimes what happens in Vegas follows you home, lol! Love this:)
Great list! This gave me a good laugh. Loved this posting.
Love the list! I wouldn't marry in Vegas now, ever!

Congrats on the release!
Lynda R Young said…
#8 made me laugh out loud.
Carol Kilgore said…
Thanks to all for commenting :)

Lynda - I laughed out loud at more than one!
Lynn Cahoon said…
So apparently, I'm an Elvis junkie - we went to see an impersonator last night. So much fun. Maybe we should have had him do the ceremony! LOL Thanks for stopping in guys.