Of all the weddings in all the world, Angie Roux had to be mistaken for a bridesmaid in this one.
Caledon, South Africa, is supposed to be just a stop on the way to Christmas in Cape Town, part of Angie’s long-avoided homecoming. She never expected to star in a bizarre comedy of errors, but here she is: convincing a handsome stranger to be her fake boyfriend for the day.
Ezra Johnson, the handsome stranger in question, turns out to be a pleasant distraction from both the wedding and thoughts of her first family Christmas without her father. And he seems to loathe weddings just as much as she does. He’s the perfect temporary companion.
But a lot can happen in twenty-four hours. Including a connection so strong it tempts them both into thinking of something more permanent…
Review 5 out of 5 stars
What a refreshing romance that perfectly balanced maturity and budding love. Perfect for readers looking for fictional relationships without all the fuss and childishness. Imagine dreading going home for the holidays to the very family that you've spent the last couple of years running from--and running into the arms of a man you barely knew--to escape a never-ending wedding party, whose bridal party's clothing oddly matches your own.
The beginning of this novel gave me major Serendipity nostalgia. If you haven't seen that movie, do yourself a favor and watch. I am a huge favor of happenstance, and destiny when it comes to romance. I absolutely adore the idea of characters having chance meetings and the author fully delving into that.
This novel was my perfect balance--dialogue, banter, humor, an attractive couple, and the holidays. I LOVE the holidays. I'm the type that strings lights, bakes cookies, all the while twirling alone to music classics like 'Rocking Around The Christmas Tree.' If you're not ready for the holidays, you will be. Angie is witty and clever. She's going through a lot but she manages not to tamper her own light. Ezra is intelligent and mature. He's open-minded and damaged but healing--but none of their issues interfere with the romance that grows between them. This book is heavy on the dialogue--and though it might sound strange, all you want to do is hear them talk. When I realized how heavy the dialogue was, I was nervous it would do something bad to the story. But you won't get enough of Ezra and Angie. Everything that happens outside of them won't be as important as getting to know these two. Expertly-written and thoroughly developed this is one of the better reads I've read this year, as it pertains to structure and the development of the characters. Gosh, it's just a really great read with everything it needed to have, and nothing that it didn't. It's amusing and romantic with a building spark that set the pages ablaze towards the end. Although I think mature readers will love this one, it's perfect for any romance lover, with an HEA that will warm your heart. I can't wait to see what else this author has to offer.