Saturday, September 3, 2016

Book Review: "Kiss The Bride" by Melissa McClone, Robin Lee Hatcher, and Kathryn Springer

"Kiss the Bride" is a collection of 3 novellas previously released as part of the "Year of Wedding" novella series. I had already read the 2nd novella, but not the other two.

"Picture Perfect Love" by Melissa McClone: Jenna Harrison takes the perfect pictures for weddings while nursing a broken heart from her own failed wedding. When her former fiance, Ashton Vance, suddenly shows up after two years, why is it so hard to keep her heart from falling all over again? Will she be willing for a 2nd chance at a picture perfect love?

I liked Jenna and Ashton and felt frustrated for the manipulation that Judge Vance orchestrated. I liked seeing the growth in the characters. It felt like some of the characters' turn arounds/apologies were a little rushed but with it being a novella, there wasn't a lot of time to fit in a more thought out apology. Having the main characters have a past together always makes it easier to believe a romance can blossom in a short of a time that a novella allows. I enjoyed reading this story.

"I Hope You Dance" by Robin Lee Hatcher: Skye Foster is a hopeless romantic and dreams of a cowboy sweeping her off her feet and riding off into the sunset to get married and have a large family. She just hasn't met the cowboy yet. When Grant Nichols comes in for private dance lessons in preparation of a wedding he's a groomsman for, they have an instant attraction for each other. The only problem, Grant is from a large family and doesn't want any kids of his own.

This is a really quick read. If you have read other books in the Kings Meadow series of books, you will notice some familiar people. (I'm sure that also helps with backstory for them as well) I liked Skye and Grant and watching their interactions. The romance moves along really quickly, but as this is a novella, you kind of expect that. The characters themselves even are concerned about how fast it is moving.

"Love on a Deadline" by Kathryn Springer: Mackenzie Davis is back home in Red Leaf temporarily after her father has a  heart attack. What she wants is a big break at the newspaper so she can land her dream job at the big city newspaper. Her boss thinks he has the perfect story for her...the wedding of her high school nemesis, Hollis Channing. Mac could think of only one other person she'd  rather  not see again, Ethan Channing, her high school crush.

I enjoyed Mac and Ethan find their place and what they really needed in life. I was pleasantly surprised to recognize characters from a book I had reviewed two years ago ("A September Bride" from the first 'Year of Weddings' novella series). It doesn't matter if you didn't read it, though, for your enjoyment of this story. This was a cute, quick story. Again, it helps that the characters had a past together for the pace of the romance. 

"Kiss the Bride" is available in paperback
  • Series: A Year of Weddings Novella
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (May 31, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310395879
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310395874
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.4 inches

and in Kindle edition:
  • File Size: 2873 KB
  • Print Length: 341 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Zondervan (May 31, 2016)
  • Publication Date: May 31, 2016
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B010R225PI

I received a free copy of this book from booklookbloggers in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own and no other compensation was received.

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