26 May, 2014

#BookReview :: A December Bride (A Year of Weddings #1) by Denise Hunter

What started as a whim turned into an accidental - and very public - engagement. Can Layla and Seth keep up the facade 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-fiance 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. 

I recently read the Silver Linings Series – a series of romance novellas, and though I am not particularly a romance buff, I rather enjoyed the short and sweet novellas. So, when I saw this series up for grabs on netgalley, I decided to give this series a try too.

Layla dreads attending the wedding of her ex-fiancé and her cousin, that too without a date. Seth happens to be at the right place and at the right time. Going to the wedding with her ex-fiancé’s best friend may not seem to be the best idea in the first place but being seen together helped Layla land a big client for her business. Seth on the other hand has always loved Layla. This is his one chance to make up for the hurt he has caused and maybe even make some space for himself in Layla’s heart.

The last moment stand-in date to an ex’s wedding and then ending up with that person maybe a well utilized formula for a lot of romance novels and films… But Denise Hunter narrates the story in a very refreshing manner. Her sweet yet practical narration keeps the readers engaged. I enjoyed getting to know Layla and Seth and for a moment hating Layla’s cousin. Layla is a strong and determined girl who has set her mind on her business and she would do anything to get it going. Seth on the other hand is a charming guy who knows how to turn a situation to benefit himself. That sounded selfish though he really isn’t that. The characters were well fleshed out to make this book a fun and light read. 

1 comment:

  1. Hi!

    I too read this book. Its a nice sweet story. :) nice review!