In brief: Returning to Marietta, Magdalena Davis is worried about whether the town still wants to know her teenage secret. She certainly didn’t think she’d be singing with country superstar Jake Kohl…
The good: It’s sweet with a hit of sexy and includes ice cream!
The not-so-good: It’s a novella, so I read it pretty quickly.
Why I chose it: I love Rachael Johns’ stories. They always have wit and sparkle. Thanks to Tule Publishing for the eARC.
Pages: 123 (eARC)
Publisher: Tule Publishing
Setting: Montana, USA
My rating: 9.5 out of 10
For me, Rachael Johns’ books never fail to disappoint or lift my mood. (I even have a couple saved for happiness emergencies). So while waiting for her next book, The Patterson Girls to be released (October is AGES away!) I was thrilled to see she had a new novella out. Kiss the Bride is part of the Montana Born Brides series, but you can easily read it as a standalone (I did – and now I want to read the rest of the series). Those who have read her previous novella Tease Me, Cowboy will be thrilled to find out that the main character in Kiss the Bride, Magdalena, is Selah’s sister. But Magdalena (or ‘Mags’) has a secret that has kept her away from Marietta for many years. Until now.
Mags and Selah’s mother has been diagnosed with cancer and Mags has moved back to Marietta to help support her mother. This means returning to the town with her daughter Bella and reigniting the flames of gossip about who Bella’s father is. Mags has never told anyone what happened, not even her family. She’s determined to hold her head up high and get through this. Of course, when local girl turned star Nancylynn decides to involve the town in her wedding everything is turned upside down and Mags is encouraged to audition to sing a duet with smoking hot country star Jake Kohl. Jake’s never met a woman with talent like Mags’ before. Can she be the one to encourage the return of his song writing muse?
Of course, you know what will happen but the fun is in the journey to the happy ending. Rachael Johns makes it fun with some light-hearted moments – it turns out that Jake is a closet ice cream fiend (which has him now tying for favourite hero in my books with Monty from Outback Dreams
after the line, “It’s never too early for ice cream”.). There’s also some fun to be had in Lisa-Renee’s bridal boutique with dresses before the stumbling block to happiness interrupts sexy times. The story is fresh, the writing is never dull and the plot threads move in a beautifully choreographed fashion. There’s enough of Selah and Levi to keep everyone happy and there’s just enough to intrigue me about the other characters’ happily ever after so I’ll read more in the series.
Once again, a stellar story from Rachael Johns’ that ticks all the boxes for a great romantic read.