Stealing the Groom

By: Sonya Weiss

Friends don’t let friends marry the wrong woman…

Chad Walker may be a take-no-chances man with a plan, but there’s no way Amelia Snyder is going to let her best bud marry Mean Girl #1—even if the wedding is solely so he can secure the controlling shares in his family’s company. But free-spirited Amelia’s at-the-altar groomnapping scheme takes a surprising turn when she ends up as the blushing bride instead.

Suddenly, with Amelia living in her handsome husband’s home—in his bedroom, no less—she starts to reconsider their strictly platonic arrangement. But Chad’s always been strictly anti-risk and definitely anti-love, and betting a lifetime of best friendship on the chance at forever might be the biggest gamble of all.





Stealing the Groom

a Stealing the Heart novel


Sonya Weiss






This book is dedicated to my sweet and funny minions. You are loved with every beat of my heart.





Chapter One

“For the last time, you can’t steal a man!”

“Chad is my best friend—it’s not the same as stealing,” Amelia Snyder whispered in response to her sister Ann’s warning. Besides, how was she supposed to steal the groom if he never showed?

Amelia crouched by a row of evergreen bushes on an incline above the majestic red-brick church and aimed her binoculars at the limousine pulling into the long circular drive.

“Finally, he’s here,” Amelia said, darting a look at her reluctant partner in crime. The close sister bond between them was the only reason why Ann was here, by her side, offering support as she always had. When their parents were killed in a car accident almost fifteen years ago, her oldest sister Abby had just turned seventeen, Ann was fifteen, and Amelia was ten. Even when the siblings didn’t agree, they were always there for one another.

“Thank you for helping me with my plan,” Amelia said, giving her sister’s hand a little squeeze.

Ann clamped her lips tightly together, her way of showing disapproval for what she’d referred to repeatedly as “Amelia’s Folly.” “We should forget this wild scheme and go inside. We still have time to change into our dresses before the ceremony begins.”

Ignoring her older sister, Amelia focused all her attention on the scene below. Her sister didn’t understand what was at stake if this wedding proceeded to the “death do us part” ending.

Camouflaged in the thick, prickly underbrush, Amelia kept her gaze glued to the entrance of the imposing building, afraid to blink lest she miss something important.

She had one shot to save her best friend from a life of sure misery. She didn’t intend to blow it.

With a little bit of luck, the element of surprise would be on her side. She’d be in the limousine with Chad and on her way out of their quiet little town of Sweet Creek within seconds.

Though she hadn’t slept more than six hours combined the last two nights, alternating between worrying over her sister Abby and worrying over Chad, her senses were on full alert. She knew the ramifications if she didn’t succeed.

Chad would end up miserable married to Claire, the bridezilla. She would bleed him dry financially and drag his name through the mud. His finances and his reputation would be ruined. He’d become a broken man exactly like his father. Bitter. Angry.

Well, Amelia wouldn’t allow it, not if she could help it.

She couldn’t forget how Chad was the boy who’d punched the bully teasing her after her parents’ death. The one who’d taken her to prom when her date had chicken pox. The one who taught her to how to fish, how to change a tire, and how to defend herself against boys who wouldn’t take no for an answer.

She had to do whatever it took to prevent Chad’s life from spiraling downward.

Therefore, failure was not an option. Friends did not allow friends to marry the wrong woman.

And without a doubt Chad Walker would marry the wrong woman unless Amelia took matters into her own hands. If she didn’t act fast—in the next twenty minutes—she would have to go into the church, change into the dress she’d brought along, and watch her best friend ruin his life.

Okay, so maybe stealing the groom was a little drastic, but she’d tried everything else.

Logic.

Worst-case scenario.

Pleading.

But he’d held steadfast in his decision. Even if he’d looked a little sick to his stomach doing it.

Due to some of his father’s unwise business decisions before his death, Chad’s family’s company was at risk and he’d do anything he could to save it. Even offer himself up as the sacrificial lamb.

“All this skulking around is ridiculous, Amelia. Just tell Chad you love him so I can get out of this heat,” Ann said, breaking the stillness of the moment.

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