Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Review: A Winter Wedding

A Winter Wedding
By Brenda Novak
Published: October 27, 2015

One Christmas can change your life…

Kyle Houseman believes he'll never find anyone he could love as much as Olivia Arnold, who's now married to his stepbrother. Not only did he lose her, he's been through one divorce and has no desire to go through another. He's determined to be extra careful about the next woman he gets involved with—which is why he fights his attraction to the beautiful stranger who rents his farmhouse for the Christmas holiday.

Lourdes Bennett is a country music artist. She's only planning to stay in Whiskey Creek long enough to write the songs for her next album—the album that's going to put her back on top. Her dreams don't include settling in a town even smaller than the one she escaped. But as she comes to know Kyle, she begins to wonder if she'd be making a terrible mistake to leave him behind…

My review:

This is the final book in the Whiskey Creek series and readers finally get to see Kyle get a happy ending and overcome his longtime feelings for ex-girlfriend and sister-in-law Olivia. When Lourdes Bennett rents a home from him for Christmas, Kyle is drawn to her but she is involved with someone else. Things get a little more complicated when the heat doesn't work in the rental property so Lourdes has to move in with Kyle and then her relationship starts having trouble. Kyle is a nice guy, perhaps too nice to his ex-wife Noelle (Olivia's messed up sister). For years Noelle has had her claws in him and manipulated him to giving her what she wants to keep the peace. Kyle will have to break free of Noelle and his past with Olivia if he wants a chance with Lourdes.

Lourdes is struggling with her career and trying to write a new album while fighting her feelings for Kyle. A romance with him would be a bad idea since she knows she'll have to leave in the end. Lourdes and Kyle both have obstacles to overcome and they also have to try to keep her presence in town a secret. I liked this Christmas and country music themed romance.  While some of the other titles in the series definitely packed more of an emotional punch, A Winter Wedding is a pleasant quick read with likable characters and even a little bit of suspense. It wraps up the series nicely though I think readers could read it as a standalone (I'd recommend at least reading the e-book novella When We Touch which introduces Olivia, Noelle and Kyle first). 


Note: I received an e-ARC for review purposes courtesy of the publisher and Netgalley

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