Sunday, October 30, 2016

#REVIEW: A Royal Christmas Wedding by Rachel Hauck

Title: A Royal Christmas Wedding
Series: Royal Wedding #4
Author: Rachel Hauck
Publisher: Zondervan
Published Date: October 18, 2016
ISBN: 9780310344537
Pages: 240
Genre: Christian Romantic Fiction
Buy It Link: Amazon | Zondervan

Synopsis: It’s been five years since Avery Truitt and Prince Colin of Brighton Kingdom fell in love. But he broke her heart with no explanation.

Fast forward to present day, and Colin is Brighton’s most eligible bachelor now that cousin Stephen has married. When Avery’s father dies of a heart attack, she puts her life on hold and returns home to St. Simons Island, Georgia, to help Mama with the family restaurant. But Mama misses Avery’s sister Susanna, who lives four thousand miles away in Brighton Kingdom—and is expecting her first child. So Mama insists she and Avery spend the Christmas season in Brighton.

Colin and Avery are going to see each other a lot while she’s visiting. But she can’t forget the way he hurt her, and he didn’t expect his feelings to still be so strong.

Avery is torn between considering a future in Brighton and taking a coaching job in Georgia, and Colin is finally pushed to pursue what he really wants. Is it too late to convince Avery that she is his true love? And even if he does, will she make it to the chapel on Christmas Day to give him her heart?

My Rating: 4 1/2 stars

My Review: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher.
This has been my favorite series to read in the past few years. After all, I grew up dreaming of being a princess. These books have been a great light read for me, not too emotional, not too heavy. Just the right mix of suspense, romance, fantasy....and the best part is that it is clean. I'm definitely not one to snub my nose at a hot and heavy erotica, but there are times when a reader needs to realize that sex doesn't equate romance and vice versa. You can still have an amazing book with characters that you invest yourself in emotionally without having heavy bedroom scenes, or bawling your eyes out scenes because there's too much angst between the characters.
Colin and Avery were great characters in this story. Avery was the strong, independent young woman who knew what love was, knew who she loved, experienced heartbreak, and yet was willing to put herself out there again for the man she loved. Colin however, I could have kicked a few times.  He and his fear of paternal rejection was killing me. There were times when I wanted to yell at him to grow a spine. Eventually though, love wins out, and all is alright in the kingdom of Brighton again.
I didn't like the complete ending of the series though. There aren't many series' endings I like, but this one seemed too hurried, too final. I will miss Brighton very much.

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