Review: Kiss the Bride

cover-kiss the brideTitle: Kiss the Bride
Author: Rachael Johns
Series: Montana Born Brides #5
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: Novella
Available: June 1st

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It seems that wedding fever has hit the little town of Marietta…

And that suits single mom, Magdalena Davis, just fine. It means the local gossips will stop hounding her about returning to town and the secret she’s kept for fifteen years. Home to make peace with her sick mother, the last thing Mags wants is to get involved in Marietta’s big celebrity wedding. But when her teenage daughter cajoles her into auditioning to sing with a local heartthrob, all her plans for flying under the radar zoom out of the window.

Country music singer, Jake Kohl, has lost his muse. He’s jaded from years of life in the fast lane and wants to settle in Marietta and lead a normal life. He reluctantly agrees to sing at the celebrity wedding, but what he doesn’t expect is his co-singer to reignite his passion. But it’s not just the music she awakes in him. Magdalena makes Jake feel and want things he hasn’t for far too long, but there’s more to her than meets the eye.

Can Jake solve the mystery that is Magdalena and win her heart?


Source: ARC from Tule Publishing via NetGalley

The wedding fever in Marietta continues with the fifth installment of the Montana Born Brides series. Like most of the books so far, this one has only tenuous links to the rest, except for the celebrity wedding that ties them all together and a couple of characters returning from previous Marietta books. Magdalena is returning home to face the gossip after fifteen years away, still a single mom and still refusing to discuss her daughter’s father. Determined to rebuild relations with her sick mother, she plans on keeping her head down and avoiding all gossip. But thanks to that famous wedding and a certain country singer, Magdalena’s plans are about to change.

I’m not always a fan of love at first sight, but Jake’s feelings for Magdalena are bound up with her singing as well as her looks, so I could just about let it go. They’re cute together. Jake’s down to earth and easy going, settling down in a home of his own for the first time, while Magdalena is adjusting to coming home after so long away and avoiding difficult questions. Their relationship is sweet and easy from the first and they were cute to read about.

Overall, I liked this book. It has a really good beginning and a romantic ending, the trouble is that there isn’t a middle. Things go from Magdalena starting to sing with Jake, with a few weeks of rehearsal time stretching out before them as they tentatively approach a more intimate relationship to several weeks later and the celeb wedding about to happen in the turn of a page. Nothing monumental happens between times, except the two of them obviously grow closer and get to know one another better. No, it’s not vital to the plot, but it might have been nice to have seen at least some of it. It might also have been nice if Jake had played Magdalena some of his new songs – but after his first writing session they don’t even get mentioned again.

There are aspects of the ending that were a little rushed and I saw the whole yearbook mess coming a mile off (even if no characters did), it might also have been nice to have seen Magdalena talk things out with her daughter. Don’t get me wrong, there is a cute and romantic ending between the two main characters, I just wish everything else hadn’t been brushed aside and glossed over. This story is good and enjoyable and easy to read, but in truth it could have done with being a lot longer in order to do its full plot justice.


Kiss the Bride is out June 1st!
Visit Rachael Johns for more details.

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