the accidental elopement feels somewhat inaccurately titled because the elopement happened on purpose. lucia brunelli proposed the marriage of convenience and she proposes running off to vegas to do it. ryan goes along with it because he's trying to get revenge on lucia's friend daniel, because way back when daniel took over his father's business and his family lost everything. and his brother and mother are still bitter and are being assholes about it and ryan wants to get revenge with minimal casualties.
actually he doesn't really want to get revenge because a part of him knows that it would be an insane thing to do, because obviously his father is at fault for the failures of his company and the financial ruin of the family. ryan isn't insane. he's actually a really nice guy who goes out of his way to help and protect lucia when he thinks she's a girl who has fallen on hard times and is in the u.s. illegally. and when they do get married and all the stuff comes out about his family, he owns up to it and is a decent and normal human being about the whole thing. he also admits his feelings for lucia way more easily than she does.
lucia on the other hand is a bit more of a challenge to like. she's a spoiled rich girl and her problems are totally #firstworldproblems. but at the same time she never doubts ryan's essential goodness. she only freaks out about having feelings for him and his feelings for her because everything happens mega-quickly. and she had career plans and life goals that didn't factor in falling in love with someone.
but these two crazy kids do love each other. so the misunderstandings and freak outs and craziness all gets worked out in the end. this is the third book in a series, and while it does stand alone, i think you miss a bit of character development, if you haven't read the previous two novels in the series, especially for lucia and some of the other secondary characters.
**the accidental elopement will publish on november 22, 2016. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/kensington books (lyrical shine) in exchange for my honest review.