ARC Review: D’Vaughn and Kris Plan a Wedding by Chencia C. Higgins

D’Vaughn and Kris have six weeks to plan their dream wedding.

Their whole relationship is fake.

Instant I Do could be Kris Zavala’s big break. She’s right on the cusp of really making it as an influencer, so a stint on reality TV is the perfect chance to elevate her brand. And $100,000 wouldn’t hurt, either.

D’Vaughn Miller is just trying to break out of her shell. She’s sort of neglected to come out to her mom for years, so a big splashy fake wedding is just the excuse she needs.

All they have to do is convince their friends and family they’re getting married in six weeks. If anyone guesses they’re not for real, they’re out. Selling their chemistry on camera is surprisingly easy, and it’s still there when no one else is watching, which is an unexpected bonus. Winning this competition is going to be a piece of wedding cake.   

But each week of the competition brings new challenges, and soon the prize money’s not the only thing at stake. A reality show isn’t the best place to create a solid foundation, and their fake wedding might just derail their relationship before it even starts.13

My thoughts

I freaking love this book!!! 

I am in love with Kris. Damn she is smooth. Chencia C. Higgins has created a stud that when she walks into a room everyone, including heteros, checks her out because she is that sexy. Her words can seduce anyone into her bed. Kris is a go-getter plus a teacher. Seriously, how can you not want her? I haven’t even gotten to her relationship with her family. Yeah, serious girl crush here.

Oh by the way, I am talking about D’Vaughn and Kris Plan a Wedding (chuckle). I got so distracted by the sexiness that is Kris.

“Ms. Thick Thighs Saves Lives”

Loc. 2600

Now let’s get to the foxy D’Vaughn. Higgins gives us a curvy, giving, and damn let me let you lead character. When they finally get to an intimate position, D’Vaughn comes out with a definite take-charge attitude which is beyond hot. I should probably add here that Higgins makes steam come off the pages. I needed a moment…that’s all I’m saying.

The inclusion of both characters’ families makes it a hoot and holler. Holy sugar, some of the things that came out of Ray’s mouth had me chuckling. I obviously fell right in love with Kris’ family. They are phenomenal. The mix of Spanish and English keeping true to the characters heritage is a delight. Now I don’t know about anyone else, but I kind of see some possibilities with Ray and Darren. Just saying, I wouldn’t mind seeing a story about them.

I gobbled up this book because it is just that good. Higgins has created a couple that if anyone saw them on this reality show, they would totally be rooting for them. I love their chemistry, repartee, and their individuality. The diversity in D’Vaughn and Kris Plan a Wedding is what I want to see all the time in books. I’m just in love with this story. You have to read it.

I received an ARC of this book and I am writing a review without prejudice and voluntarily.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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Further Details:

Publisher: Carina Adores, 9781335534941, January 25th 2022

Settings: Houston, TX, U.S.

Pages: 336

SC: Non-Binary, Transgender, pansexual, lesbians, gay, bisexual, Black, Hispanic, butches, femmes


Promo photo: Photo by Tara Winstead on


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