Monday, June 1, 2015

Review: Kiss The Bride (Montana Born Brides #5) by Rachael Johns

Book Blurb:

It seems that wedding fever has hit the little town of Marietta... 

And that suits single mom, Magdalena Davis, just fine. It means the local gossips will stop hounding her about returning to town and the secret she’s kept for fifteen years. Home to make peace with her sick mother, the last thing Mags wants is to get involved in Marietta’s big celebrity wedding. But when her teenage daughter cajoles her into auditioning to sing with a local heartthrob, all her plans for flying under the radar zoom out of the window. 

Country music singer, Jake Kohl, has lost his muse. He’s jaded from years of life in the fast lane and wants to settle in Marietta and lead a normal life. He reluctantly agrees to sing at the celebrity wedding, but what he doesn't expect is his co-singer to reignite his passion. But it’s not just the music she awakes in him. Magdalena makes Jake feel and want things he hasn’t for far too long, but there’s more to her than meets the eye. 

Can Jake solve the mystery that is Magdalena and win her heart?

My Review:

Kiss The Bride is more than romance, it's also about relationships, family dynamics, and secrets, and how they all weave together to shape the present.

I really liked the main characters, Magdalena (Mags) and Jake.  They are both mature and meet changes and challenges in their lives head on.  Especially Mags.  She's back in Marietta at last, despite her fears, for her mother and her daughter.  When Mags pairs up with country singing superstar Jake to sing at a wedding, there is an instant attraction for both of them that quickly evolves into more.  Although it is quick, I felt that the speed of their relationship was believable, especially since it is not all smooth sailing.  Mags' fears and secrets might threaten this new found relationship, but I like how Jake is persistent, wants to know all of Mags, and he doesn't let her push him away easily.  For a short novella, there is a lot of character growth.

There is a lot going on in Kiss The Bride, but Rachael manages to write smoothly and keep the focus on Magdalena and Jake, and the issues that arise for them.  I liked being back in Marietta where I feel like I know everyone!  Kiss The Bride is part of a series, but if you read it as a stand alone it is just as strong.

I liked that Rachael touched on family and small town dynamics in Kiss The Bride...I felt that this gave the story an added dimension and made things even more interesting without bogging the story down with unnecessary details or characters.

I'd recommend Kiss The Bride to romance readers looking for a fast paced novella that will leave you feeling good!

4/5 stars

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