17 February 2014

A December Bride by Denise Hunter

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What started as a whim turned into an accidental – and very public – engagement. Can Layla and Seth keep up the façade in Chapel Springs this holiday season – for the sake of her career… and his heart?

Under normal circumstances, Seth Murphy – the best friend of Layla O’Reilly’s ex-fiancé – would be the last person she’d marry. But the news of their upcoming (and phony) nuptials convinces a big client that Layla may be high-society enough to work for his agency – a coup that would put her fledgling home-staging business on the map. Seth has secretly loved Layla for years, even when she was dating his best friend. Maybe she’ll never forgive him for the way he hurt her back then, but he has to try. And Layla is willing to keep up their engagement farce until she’s landed her client. For Layla, it’s the chance to save her career. But for Seth, it’s his last chance to win her heart.

As the first installment of A Year of Weddings, Denise Hunter’s “A December Bride” starts the series off right. A story beginning with an engagement of convenience and ending with a happily ever after always delights me and I couldn’t stop reading until I reached the end. A quick and easy holiday read, this novella still offers intricate characters and situations that compelled me to continue reading. Like with other novellas in this collection, “A December Bride” can be read on its own or out of collection order, and again, I would recommend it to anyone with an interest in inspirational romance, looking for a quick afternoon read. As usual, I thank BookLook Bloggers (formerly BookSneeze) for providing me with a free copy of this book and the opportunity to honestly review it. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own. (I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”)

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