The Jingle Bell Bride by Scarlet Wilson
Series: Christmas Brides #2
Publisher: Tule Publishing
Publication Date: October 3rd 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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