Book Review: A Wedding for Christmas

A Wedding for Christmas Book Cover A Wedding for Christmas
Lori Wilde
Fiction
Avon
October 25, 2016
384

The whole town is ready for the holidays: The Cookie Club is baking, Main Street glitters with lights, the carolers sing . . . There’s even a Christmas wedding. When bodyguard Ryder Southerland sees his best friend’s sister Katie at an L.A. Christmas party, he mistakes the slinky blonde for a celebrity stalker and tackles her. Then they tackle each other . . . at his place. The next morning, Katie’s gone, and Ryder tells himself it’s for the best. It isn’t. Now, one Christmas later, Ryder’s falling for the woman he’s been missing in the town he hasn’t missed at all . . . Katie Cheek’s outgrown the romantic fantasies she had about Ryder when she was fifteen. Katie’s packed their hot night away in a box labeled “fling”—or tried to. But Twilight’s bad boy is the best man in her brother’s wedding. And up-close and personal, Ryder’s impossible to ignore. So Katie can either go into hiding—or surrender to Christmas magic.

The Christmas season is upon us and once again I find myself craving fluffy Christmas romance stories. So, you can imagine how fast I jumped at the opportunity to read Lori Wilde’s latest Twilight, Texas novel, A Wedding for Christmas. I get most of my Christmas romance fill via Hallmark movies, so it is always nice to shut off the tube and snuggle up with one of Wilde’s romantic holiday novels.

Last year during our 25 Days of Christmas (which sadly I did not get coordinated this year) I reviewed Lori Wilde’s I’ll Be Home For Christmas. That review was my first introduction to the Twilight, Texas series and I’ve been hooked ever since. I absolutely love the way Wilde captures small town Texas life and weaves in romance that isn’t romance for the sake of romance. She continues that tradition with A Wedding for Christmas.

The novel starts when the previous book left off and then jumps forward a year. Katie Cheek was mentioned in I’ll Be Home for Christmas as the woman Gabi Preston home-swapped with for the holidays. This time, though, Katie finds herself back in Twilight preparing for her brother’s wedding and unexpectedly in the middle of her own romantic dilemma.

The thing I love most about Wilde’s writing is that she isn’t afraid to play with the romance genre. She doesn’t throw in sex scenes willy-nilly simply because sex sells, but because it feels right for the characters. In A Wedding for Christmas she even throws in some drama that I, for one, wasn’t expecting. I will say that, like most romance novels, you can pretty much guess how it will end. However, the journey to the end was less predictable and I really appreciated the subtle twists and turns.

If you are looking for a relatively light, fun, romantic Christmas read then I highly recommend picking up A Wedding for Christmas. And, once again I implore either Hallmark or Lifetime to scoop up the Twilight, Texas novels to adapt for their holiday lineup.

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*Disclaimer: I received an advanced copy of the book for review, but, as always, thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

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