Wednesday, February 8, 2017

A Wedding for Christmas (Twilight, Texas #7) by Lori Wilde

Title: A Wedding for Christmas: A Twilight, Texas Novel
Classification: Adult Fiction
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Twilight, Texas
Format: Paperback; 384 pages
Publisher: Avon (October 25, 2016)
ISBN-10: 006231145X
ISBN-13: 978-0062311450
Author's Website:
Notes:  I received an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I am also an Avon Addict which means I love the books that Avon publishes enough to volunteer to read as many ARCs and books as they can send my way. So you'll be seeing a lot of books reviewed by me from this publisher. Please note, however, that if I don't like a book, it will be truthfully reflected by a low rating. Please note that as I read and ARC and quotes are subject to change, they will need to be checked and verified against the final version.
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Gabi Preston and Katie Cheek decided they needed to shake things up in their lives, and, inspired by the movie 'The Holiday', decided to swap houses for the three weeks prior to Christmas. Katie lives in Twilight, Texas while Gabi lives in Malibu. To say the two lead different lives would be an understatement. Looking for adventure on her first night out, Katie decides to use the invitation Gabi bestowed upon her to attend a charity ball in Los Angeles. As she weaves through the crowd, she is insulted, attacked by some runaway wasabi, and tackled by the last person she expected to see--Ryder Southerland. In high school she'd made a fool of herself when she made a pass at him. He'd been her brother's best friend and the experience apparently freaked Ryder out so much that the next day he moved out of her family's home, where he'd been staying, and joined the army. Can you say awkward?

Much different from the knobby kneed, frizzy haired teenager of her youth she quickly realizes the effect she has on him now is much different than before. One thing quickly leads to another and the two find themselves sharing one incredibly hot and steamy night entangled between the sheets. Determined not to let her emotions get the best of her, Katie sneaks out before he wakes, telling herself it could only be a one night stand because Ryder didn't do relationships.

Nearly a year later, Katie thinks she's free and clear. Then her brother and Gabi announce their getting married, and guess who's coming to the rehearsal dinner and, of course, the wedding? Can you say awkward part deux?

This is the seventh book of the Twilight, Texas series. If you haven't read the rest of the series, that's okay, but I do recommend you read I'll Be Home for Christmas first. The two stories are kind of intertwined, and you'll kick yourself if you don't. I'll Be Home for Christmas holds Gabi's side of the house swapping story and the majority of it takes place before this book.

I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. Katie's antics had me intermittently laughing and shaking my head. She doesn't seem to know what to do about Ryder, but she definitely knows what she wants to do with him. *smirk* He kind of makes her feel like the awkward, insecure teenager she used to be, but luckily, that's not the way he sees her now.

Ryder hasn't had an easy time. His father kicked him out of the house and that's when Katie's family took him in. Now, years later, he works as a bodyguard for the rich and famous in LA which is a far cry from the little town of Twilight, Texas. With Ryder looking more handsome than ever, Katie decides to indulge herself, and have a one night stand, no strings attached with Ryder believing that's all he'd ever want. One year later, however, when her brother asks Ryder to be his best man at his wedding, she finds out she wasn't the only one affected by their one night of passionate bliss. I loved watching these two come to the conclusion that everyone around them seemed to sense--that they belong together.

This one started out hot and strong, but slowed down fairly quickly as the two figured out what kind of relationship they ultimately wanted, and worked through some personal issues. It slowly regained it's heat and momentum and ended with a lovely grand gesture by Ryder that made me smile. A very cute and sweet romance that earned 4 roses out of 5. On the Lisarenee Romance Rating Scale, it earned a STEAM rating--too hot for a fan, but you still have a handle on things. You should use extreme caution when reading a book with this rating in public. People may inquire as to why you looked flustered and flushed. Definitely one you'll not want to miss.

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