This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration.
A Wedding for Christmas
Summary: 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.
Traveling With T’s Thoughts:
So, this is my first Lori Wilde book, but I was actually in Granbury, TX a couple of years ago (Granbury is the real-life version of Twilight!)
With this being a series and not the first one in the series, I’m sometimes concerned about backstory- but not really an issue here. There are hints and some things will naturally be “spoiled” reading out of order, but A Wedding for Christmas could totally be read as standalone.
I thought the book was cute. Ryder and Katie have history and a sizzling connection when they run into each other in LA, but back in Twilight- their history almost seems to riddled with tension of past regrets to be a fun and light romance read.
Again, because this is a HEA- I know how it ends. I mean, I don’t know the exact ending when I begin reading, but I know they will be together. They will overcome. They will get to walk, skip, dance etc off into the HEA and then in the next book or 2, there will be mention of them getting married, having babies, living the HEA life. So, I know. But as I read the part of Katie, I kinda wanted to get a little annoyed at her because she’s acting one way and then getting mad when Ryder does not read her mind and then I was getting mad at him because he was trying to blow some imagined slight on her part into a big fight and I was like “I KNOW THIS IS MANUFACTURED CONFLICT, BUT GEEZ- CALM DOWN, FOLKS.”
So, I was a little testy with these 2 for a few pages (NOT like how I like my Christmas reading to make me feel!)
But, they sorted through those minor scraps AND THEN came to terms with the BIG thing and finally found themselves on same page. So, happy.
Bottom line: I liked it. I didn’t love. I’m not running around thrusting this book in people’s hands and saying “you gotta read!” But, for a seasonal read and romance- not bad at all. And, I dare say, that fans of Lori Wilde are probably pretty ecstatic with this book!
*This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration. All thoughts and opinions are mine alone.*
Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,
T @ Traveling With T