Review: Don't Kiss the Bride by Carian Cole
Note: An advanced reader copy (ARC) was provided by the author via Grey's Promotions.
His grip on my waist tightens and he pulls me closer. His lips open to mine. Our eyes close. My hand has found its way to the back of his neck. Our mouths linger breathlessly when they shouldn't--warm and damp--before we slowly, reluctantly, pull apart.
With just one kiss our deal has been shattered, our fate sealed.
Oh, goodness... I knew I was going to get an age-gap romance, and I was already expecting awesome writing because, hello, this is Carian Cole we're talking about here. However, I wasn't quite prepared for the enthralling read that Don't Kiss the Bride turned out to be. This is a standalone, although there may be someone who pops in and if you're a fan of this author's work, then you may be tickled pink when they make their presence known...and I'm leaving it at that because you need to read the book to find out who it is.
Don't Kiss the Bride is the story of Lucky and Sparkles, aka Jude Lucketti and Skylar Timmons. He's thirty-four and owns a small construction company, and she's eighteen and a senior in high school. They've both been born and raised in Brookline, although from different generations. You'd think one would have anything in common with the other, but Jude and Skylar are drawn to one another and share similarities. He becomes her unlikely hero--her knight in a whole different kind of armor. When he learns of just how dire her circumstances are, he offers her a lifeline in the form of a wedding ring. It would be temporary and with one rule: no kissing. Rules were meant to be broken. Right?
Ah, how Jude and Skylar's story gave me one of the best book hangovers I've ever had. Their romance stayed with me for days. Carian Cole took these two--and her readers--on a journey that I could never have foreseen, which of course, was what made Don't Kiss the Bride so extraordinary. I fell in love with these two and their story, but there was also the cast of supporting characters who managed to stand out in one way or another without having to steal the spotlight from Jude or Skylar. Cole may not be an author who releases a new book as often as others, but she always makes the wait worthwhile. Five-plus stars.
01 February 2021 31 January 2021 (early release)
Date Read: 26 January 2021
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