Lori Wilde comes to the blog today with a holiday story in her Twilight, Texas story – this one full of opportunity and change with
The Christmas Dare
How is it possible that being jilted at the altar by your “just come out of the closet” fiancé is a good thing? Kelsey is about to discover this when her life falls apart in spectacular (and public) fashion and her best friend decides that it’s time for her to make several changes in her life, starting with the two of them heading off for her honeymoon trip. With Tasha and Kelsey off on the road – the “Christmas of Yes” begins, particularly innovative for Kelsey after her mother’s scene when the wedding was cancelled, turning the spotlight onto her own grief, distress and embarrassment. So, being away from the drama of her mother and her uber-control, along with time to find herself with the support of a friend who truly has her best interests at heart , AND won’t take any half-efforts from her, they end up in Twilight, Texas, the home of Kelsey’s first love.
Noah is the epitome of “first love and romance novel hero”, with his take-charge, try anything attitude, his deep determination to care for those around him, and even his attraction to Kelsey – allowing her to ‘take charge’ of their ‘rekindled relationship, all the while determined to convince her that it’s more than a ‘holiday fling’. It’s going to take plenty of convincing on his part, not to mention the fact that they were summarily separated at 17 when Kelsey’s mother interrupted a moment. And there’s the other problem. Kelsey has spent the past years with her mother, a drama-queen, controlling and seemingly always angry, soothing the waters and saying Yes when she often should say No. Filomena is a political animal, and her determination to have everything “picture perfect” for each moment, while micro-managing Kelsey’s choices, life and decisions is something that Kelsey needs to learn to step away from and set, for the first time, boundaries.
With the Christmas of Yes stretching Kelsey’s inclinations to reach out to her mother to smooth the waters, the spark with Noah is too intriguing and comforting to ignore. It’s going to take a miracle to have everything work out, or perhaps Kelsey just needs to understand herself – and what it is she wants out of life: an opportunity that Tasha provided when she whisked her out of town from under her mother’s nose. A lovely and hopeful story of second chances, not just for romance and a life that is self-determined, but for the relationship between Kelsey and her mother as she learns just WHY her mother is so controlling and determined to have everything her way. It can only happen in Twilight, Texas.
Title: The Christmas Dare
Author: Lori Wilde
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Family Saga, Friendship, Holiday Themed, Second Chance, Setting: American, Small Town
Published by: Avon
Published on: 22 October, 2019
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
Audio Length: 10 Hours: 25 minutes
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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 . . .
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.