Author: Scarlet Wilson

Guest Review: The Jingle Bell Bride by Scarlet Wilson

Posted October 11, 2017 by Tracy in Reviews | 3 Comments

Guest Review: The Jingle Bell Bride by Scarlet WilsonReviewer: Tracy
The Jingle Bell Bride by Scarlet Wilson
Series: Christmas Brides #2
Publisher: Tule Publishing
Publication Date: October 3rd 2017
Format: eARC
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Series Rating: four-stars

New York wedding planner Jessica Christie always goes above and beyond for her clients. So, stopping in Alaska to pick up the famed Jingle Bell flower for her famous client's bouquet doesn't seem too outrageous–until she ends up stranded there.

Matt Holden has spent the last five years since his fiancée died, living in a virtual bubble in Alaska. His research work as a botanist and assistant at the local reindeer farm keep him busy during the holidays.

But when Jessica Christie bursts into his life, all bets are off. Her stay is definitely temporary, but the feelings she ignites aren't. Could Ms. Oh-So-Wrong actually be Mrs. Right?

Jessica is a New York wedding planner and does a lot of celebrity weddings.  She has an amazing attention to detail and likes what she does.  She doesn’t absolutely love it though, and her true dream is to open a bookstore, maybe multiple bookstores, that are focused on literacy for both children and adults.  She’s never told anyone about her dream and she’s not sure it will ever come true.

Jessica is currently working for an incredibly demanding pop star, Renee, and will head over to England right before Christmas to make sure that the wedding goes off without a hitch.  Six days before the wedding Jessica is set to leave for the UK when Renee calls and says that she’s heard that there is a flower called the Jingle Bell Flower and she wants it in her wedding bouquet. (Insert whining and foot stomping.) Jessica doesn’t have a problem with that news until Renee tells her that the flower is only available in Alaska and that Jessica must go personally get it.  What????

Being the great wedding planner she is, Jessica heads to Corona Creek, Alaska to get the flower.  Unfortunately for her she flies in right before a snow storm hits and she has no way of flying back out.  The botanist who is to give her the flower reluctantly lets her stay at his house until she can leave.

Matt has been in Alaska for three years…hiding.  He was engaged and his fiancé died.  The place he was living in Montana had too many memories so he took a job in Alaska and has been hiding from his previous life and feelings ever since.  When Jessica arrives he has no plans to break the ice around his heart but she ends up getting to him in ways he didn’t think possible.  He soon finds himself in love but how can he make it work when he’s in Alaska and she’s from New York?

The Jingle Bell Bride was a cute story.  Jessica was a great character and I liked her devotion to her clients.  She was a strong woman for the most part and that played well with Matt and his equally strong personality.

Matt could have easily been dismissed as meek in the story because of his emotionally charged state of mind due to the death of his fiancé.  Despite that he didn’t let the past dictate his future and when he found himself in love with Jessica he went for it.  I loved that!  Good for him.  He did do something a bit sneaky that I didn’t agree with and of course Jessica hated. It was done from a place of love, however, and I hated that Jessica blew it out of proportion.  Despite that the two got their HEA and I had a smile on my face by the end of the book.

Oh, and this book is clean.  When I say clean I mean that they only kissed and that’s it.  They didn’t ever even kiss in a bedroom.  No clothing came off but fit the story and timeline so it was all good.

This is a cute, sweet romance that was a fun holiday read.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5


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Guest Review: A Bond Between Strangers by Scarlet Wilson

Posted July 7, 2015 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: A Bond Between Strangers by Scarlet WilsonReviewer: Tracy
A Bond Between Strangers by Scarlet Wilson
Series: The Most Precious Bundle of All #2
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication Date: February 15th 2015
Format: eARC
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Series Rating: three-stars

Yesterday John Carter and Lily Grayson were strangers.

Now, following an IVF mix-up, their genes are bound together for ever – only someone else is carrying their child! John’s only thought is to get his baby back...until he realises that Lily is the person he truly needs to complete his life…

Tracy’s review of A Bond Between Strangers (The Most Precious Bundle of All #2) by Scarlet Wilson

John Carter and his wife Tabitha were unable to have children. Because of this they created embryos for IVF with a donor egg. Unfortunately the IVF didn’t take and the whole situation put such pressure on their marriage that they ended up divorcing.

Now it’s two years later and Carter gets a letter from the fertility clinic telling him that there was a mix up and one of the embryos got implanted in another woman – who thought that she was getting an embryo that she and her deceased husband had created. Talk about a clusterfuck! Wow! Carter had always wanted to be a father and from the moment he finds out about the mix up he decides to fight for custody of the baby. His attorney says that it would be helpful to locate the egg donor to see if he can get her support in court. He tracks down Lily Grayson to do just that.

Lily is a woman who is a bit of an adrenaline junkie. When Carter finds her she’s getting ready for a parachute jump. He ends up taking someone’s place (as he’d jumped multiple times before) and talks to her in the plane. Once she finds out that he got her name from the fertility clinic she thinks he’s a psycho and tries hard to get away from him. Unfortunately all that did was distract her and she ends up with a broken leg for her trouble. Conveniently Carter is an orthopedic surgeon so he rushes her to the hospital and takes care of everything. He then moves her into his house so that he can take care of her for the next few weeks. She agrees because even though she thought he was crazy she couldn’t deny the spark of attraction that she felt from the first moment she saw him.

Lily and Carter become closer and fall in love but she’s not sure how she feels about the whole custody issue. She’s torn between wanting to do what will help the man she loves but she’s not sure she can take the baby from the only mother it’s known.

This book was an interesting one as it was a really tough conundrum for both Lily and Carter. He’s always wanted to be a father and here’s a baby that’s going to be his…but is it. Sure he provided the sperm but it was supposed to be for him and his wife – does he really have a claim on the baby? What about the woman who’s carrying the baby? Even though technically the child isn’t biologically hers doesn’t she have a strong emotional connection to this small life that she’s carried around for 9 months? Not an easy decision. I thought that the author did a good job of having both Lily and Carter consider all of these issues throughout the book, while still weaving in the romance. It also focused on Lily making a decision that was not in Carter’s favor would do to the relationship between the two MC’s.

Unfortunately I never felt a strong connection to Lily which put a damper on the book. She was obviously torn about what she should do but her though processes were so back and forth I couldn’t get a handle on her until almost the end of the book. Carter was a much easier character to like. He was obviously confused but I could still get the feel for who he was despite that.

The other thing that bothered me in this book, and this was strictly a personal preference, was the fact that the book was set in San Francisco but a lot of the terminology was European, as the author is from Scotland. I guess I felt that if a book is set in the US that it should sound like the people are from the US. We don’t call blankets rugs and we don’t call showers wet rooms or the OR in a hospital the theatre. There were a few others that stood out to me and they threw me out of the book whenever I came upon them. I liked the SF setting but it could have easily been set in Scotland or England and been just as good. Like I said, personal preference.

I had a few issues with the book but in the end it was a good read.

Rating: 3 out of 5

This tile is available from Harlequin Medical Romances. You can buy it here or here in e-format.


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