Title: The Christmas Bride
Series: The Brides of Holland Springs #4
Author: Marquita Valentine
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 13 Dec 2016
Source: Review Copy
Synopsis from Goodreads
Navy SEAL Logan Ambrose has come home for the holidays, ready and willing to propose to his longtime girlfriend and leave the military. Only, the homecoming he expected is suddenly derailed when he discovers her in bed with his best friend. So, what’s a guy to do, but head home, get drunk… and wake up married to a woman he doesn’t recognize.
Willow Vaughn has been in love with Logan forever, but when he left town, she gave up hope of ever making him hers. So, when fate strikes and the two run into each other in Vegas, Willow jumps at the chance to be with him. But, never in her wildest dreams did she expect to wind up married to the hot military man.
This should be easy to explain to their families…only, the two of them are not sure what to say or do—stay married or pretend the whole thing never happened?
The Christmas Bride is a cute standalone novella featuring characters from the Holland Springs series, it is not necessary to have read the series in order to enjoy The Christmas Bride 😉
Willow is the ultimate introvert although her career as a Wedding Planner would suggest otherwise. The is seriously organised, as well as kind and compassionate. Willow is also a casualty of unrequited love; she has been in love with Logan Ambrose since her senior prom where he became her Prince Charming rescuing her from a night of loneliness. Willow has harboured feelings for Logan although he is completely unaware of her attraction to him. Willow has observed him from afar as he became a Navy SEAL and risked his life for his country, all the while dating a heartless, cheating ho.
Logan, although unaware of the depth of Willow’s feelings for him has always felt a special connection to her. A last-minute trip to Vegas after catching his cheating ex in the act results in Logan being placed directly in Willow’s path who is also in Vegas as a way of expanding her horizons and gaining an adventure. Although they both gain more than they bargained for when there Vegas adventure ends with them getting hitched.
Willow assumes Logan is only sticking to his marriage vows due to the potential baby scare, however, Logan quickly realises what he has with Willow is a once in a lifetime kind of relationship and endeavours to sweep Willow off her feet for real – cue the swooning.
I loved watching Logan and Willow grow together and recognise their feelings for each other. For a novella there is a tremendous amount of character depth as well as the narrative exploring issues of adoption, abandonment and what it truly means to be a family.
The Christmas Bride is a lovely festive read guaranteed to bring warmth to the season.