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A jilted-at-the-altar bride reunites with her high school sweetheart in Lori Wilde’s sensational new Twilight, Texas Christmas novel.
Kelsey James always played by the rules and look where it got her—dumped and half-drunk in a poofy white dress, her Christmas wedding ruined. Then her best friend talks her into going on her “honeymoon” anyway, daring her to a “Christmas of Yes.” It’s about time she lets loose a little, so Kelsey agrees to say “yes” to fun, to romance, and to adventure! And adventure leads her right smack into the arms of sexy Noah MacGregor.
Noah’s never one to say no to a risk—from leading his NBA team to victory to making Christmas cookies in Twilight, he’s up to the challenge! But a lot has gone on since they were teenagers, and he knows he has to take his time to make Kelsey dare to believe that what they feel is more than just the holiday magic that’s in the air . . .
“…An absolute crowd-pleaser… The magnetism between Naomi and Mark is breathtaking and real, the magic of Christmas enhances their romance. Readers will cheer for the wounded warrior who may have found a place to call home.” -- Publishers Weekly(starred review)
“...Wilde explores the subject of PTSD with great empathy and insight...together with the author’s usual superbly nuanced characters, layers of emotion, and exquisite sexual tension, and you have a heart-wrenching and heartwarming tale that beautifully encapsulates all the love, hope, faith, and forgiveness of the holiday season.” -- Booklist (starred review)
“A wonderful story… The ending will leave readers with the desire to make return visits to Jubilee, Texas.” -- RT Book Reviews, 4 stars
“Readers craving stories of finding a happily ever after will be thrilled by everything The Christmas Cookie Collection has to offer. [...] It’s a wonderful book to celebrate with.” -- RT Book Reviews
“Delicious details, a small town full of memorable characters, great dialogue, and humor all combine to make this a highly enjoyable tale about two people who find healing--and each other.” -- Booklist on All of Me
“Lori Wilde has created a rich and wonderful story about the charm of small town life combined with the power and passion of first love. Delicious!” -- Robyn Carr
“I love Lori Wilde’s Cupid, Texas series and can’t wait to read this next one.” -- Parade Magazine online, Summer Beach Reads pick
“…A a superbly executed contemporary romance. From the book’s richly nuanced characters to its heartwarming small-town setting, each element plays off the others in perfect harmony. And when it comes to striking exactly the right balance between sweet and sexy, Wilde has the equivalent of perfect pitch.” -- Booklist
“sweet…balancing intense emotions with heartwarming family moments.” -- Kirkus Reviews --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
About the Author
Lori Wilde is the New York Times, USA Today and Publishers’ Weekly bestselling author of 87 works of romantic fiction. She’s a three-time Romance Writers’ of America RITA finalist and has four times been nominated for Romantic Times Readers’ Choice Award. She has won numerous other awards as well. Her books have been translated into 26 languages, with more than four million copies of her books sold worldwide. Her breakout novel, The First Love Cookie Club, has been optioned for a TV movie.
Lori is a registered nurse with a BSN from Texas Christian University. She holds a certificate in forensics and is also a certified yoga instructor.
A fifth-generation Texan, Lori lives with her husband, Bill, in the Cutting Horse Capital of the World; where they run Epiphany Orchards, a writing/creativity retreat for the care and enrichment of the artistic soul.--This text refers to the hardcover edition.
- ASIN : B07N7SR5XY
- Publisher : Avon (October 22, 2019)
- Publication date : October 22, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 3586 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 403 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #335,986 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Poor Kelsey, stuck with her domineering mother who basically took over her life. Noah is sweet and cocky, and while both characters had possibilities, I was grateful for Tasha's presence. Tasha is wonderfully entertaining and alleviates the gloomy atmosphere surrounding Kelsey.
I felt the story was slow to get started because of Kelsey hesitating, ruminating, not knowing what to do. It was a bit depressing, to be honest. I'm not sure if I wasn't in the right frame of mind or if I didn't connect with the type of story and the writing style, but I didn't like this book very much until the last 20% or so. I really can't put my finger on it; THE CHRISTMAS DARE is not bad, but I felt it was taking too long in getting to the point, any point. I wasn't invested in the characters' future, I was just watching them and getting antsy for the story to move along. Or for Kelsey to do something. She has a huge problem with her mother but it wasn't gripping, it was stifling.
There is a lot of repetition, too many irrelevant details take too much space to the detriment of character development, the sex scenes are drawn out and rather bland. The only thing that prevented the book from being a DNF several times was the exceptional quality of the dialogues when secondary characters were involved: Kelsey and Tasha; Noah and his brother; Theo, Kelsey's father, and Kelsey, etc. Those were the highlights of the book until it hit around the 80% mark; then the novel really took off and earned that fourth star. It's only then that, for me, Noah and Kelsey particularly truly came alive. That's when the complexity of the characters was revealed, that things started to gel, and I very much appreciated how the issue of NPD - Narcissistic Personality Disorder - was explained and handled. It was a lot of work for me to get to that point, but the ending made it somewhat worthwhile. I think the mental health issue is a very important one, more people should be aware of it, and for that, I would recommend this book. THE CHRISTMAS DARE has a very important message to impart, but it's a shame it almost got lost in the execution.
Now, ten years later, Kelsey is stood up at the altar by Clive. He was her mother's choice and Kelsey thought she loved him. Her best friend and maid of honor, Tasha, takes the reins and insists that Kelsey is going to go away with her for the two weeks that were to have been her honeymoon. These two weeks are life changing for all involved. Now you have to read the book to find out what happens. This was a great love story and I would give it ten stars if I were able...