Under normal circumstances Seth Murphy is the last person Layla O’Reilly would date, but when her date to her ex-fiance’s wedding pulls out at the last minute she feels like attending with Seth is preferable to going stag. Nothing says ‘I’ve moved on’ like a handsome man on your arm. When a guest needles Layla about not being over her ex-fiancé, Seth impulsively announces that he and Layla are engaged. Layla is furious….until news of her phony nuptials convinces a big client that Layla may be high-society enough to work for his agency, a coup that would get her fledgling business off the ground. Seth has secretly loved Layla for years. She might never forgive him for his role in the demise of her previous engagement, but he has to try, and with Layla willing to keep up the engagement charade until she lands the contract, he has a tight deadline to win her over. For Layla it’s a chance to save her career, for Seth it’s a last chance to win her heart.
A December Bride (A Year of Weddings Novella) is the final instalment in a year’s worth of novellas from twelve different romance authors. Denise Hunter’s writing style is just wonderful. The plot grabbed my interest right from the start, and the will-they/won’t-they kept me guessing right til the end. The characters are well-developed and interesting with their emotions so beautifully described that they really come to life. Seth is attractive, and vulnerable without losing his masculinity whilst Layla’s conflicting feelings throughout the novella are both believable and engrossing.
A December Bride is a lovely Christmassy read that I can happily recommend. I can imagine I will dust this novella off to read most Christmasses and I will definitely be reading more of Denise Hunter’s work.Disclaimer: I was provided with an ecopy of A December Bride by NetGalley for the purposes of this review, but all opinions given are, as always, entirely my own.