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Age Appropriate For: Ages 15 and up for romance
Best for Ages: Ages 18 and up
Description: What started as a whim turned into an accidental - and very public - engagement. Can Layla and Seth keep up the facade in Chapel Springs this holiday season - for the sake of her career . . . and his heart?
Under normal circumstances, Seth Murphy, the best friend of Layla O'Reilly's ex-fiancé would be the last person she'd marry. But the news of their upcoming (and phony) nuptials convinces a big client that Layla may be high-society enough to work for his agency, a coup that would put her fledgling home-staging business on the map. Seth has secretly loved Layla for years, even when she was dating his best friend. Maybe she'll never forgive him for the way he hurt her back then, but he has to try. And Layla is willing to keep up their engagement farce until she's landed her client. For Layla, it's the chance to save her career. But for Seth, it's his last chance to win her heart.
Sometimes, I get tired of reading heavy books: good books that are full of intricate plots, deep characters, and challenging messages. Sometimes, I just want to read a syrupy sweet romance that is almost pure fluff. One evening, that is what I was in the mood for, and this book qualified.
This book was not only a light read, it was very funny. I laughed a lot as the story unfolded. Who can help but laugh when a guy tries to come to the defense of a girl and ends up making the entire room believe that they are engaged to be married in two weeks?
Layla has had a rough time of it, as her cousin stole her fiancé, and she has to attend the wedding. She used to be friends with Seth but she feels he helped get her cousin and fiancé together. I thought the author did a great job developing Layla’s problems and solving them in the short pages of the novella without making it feel rushed.
The only scene I didn’t like in the book was when Layla walked in and Seth has his shirt off. That might have been okay if he had rushed to put one on, but he remains shirtless giving Layla plenty of time to admire him. It wasn’t awful; it just felt uncomfortable to me. However, it did not ruin the story.
The ending was sweet, albeit predictable. I really enjoyed this book and hope to read more by this author and in this series.
I recommend this book as a light, fluffy read.
I received this book from Zondervan through BookSneeze in exchange for my honest review. I was under no obligation to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are entirely my own.