The Groom is the story of a singer, Katrina Giordano, who meets cardio-thoracic surgeon Lyle Cummings, when he walks into a bar/club one night while she’s performing after being left at the altar earlier in the day. Lyle is out of sorts and feeling sorry for himself about the demise of his relationship with his fiancée Holly, when Katrina engages him in a karaoke style performance.
As she exits the club after her performance, she’s attacked in an alley by an unknown assailant and Lyle comes to her rescue. Unbeknownst to Lyle, Katrina’s attack isn’t a random incident. During the assault, she hits her head and Lyle being a doctor, can’t agree to let her go off into the night with a possible concussion. Katrina refuses to go to a hospital for treatment, but she reluctantly agrees to let Lyle tend to her injuries and monitor her for the evening.
From that moment on, their relationship progresses into something more. I don’t want to give away too much regarding the complications within their relationship that stem from Katrina’s background, but I will say that Ms. Marion has crafted a lovely tale. Her attention to detail, when describing medical procedures, is great. I find medical terminology and procedures intriguing, so my inner nerd squealed with glee. For me, the Groom reads as a romantic comedy that I could envision being translated on silver screen. The Groom, is a contemporary romance that reminds you that sometimes love is one of those things that happens when you’re making other plans.
My biggest complaint with the Groom is the mild grammatical errors that could have been corrected with a bit more time spent on editing. The errors aren’t egregious enough to detract from the storyline, but they are somewhat distracting. Ms. Marion is a wonderful storyteller and does a great job with the Groom. It’s a worthwhile read.
-Reviewed by Natalie