Wednesday, December 11, 2013

[Kame's Review]: "Married for Christmas"

Married for Christmas by Noelle Adams
Publication Date: December 1st, 2013
Series: Willow Park, 1
Genre: Contemporary Romance (holiday)

After years of dreaming, Jessica is finally getting married, but the marriage isn't exactly what she thought.

Daniel is her best friend, and she's known him all her life, but he's never gotten over losing his wife two years ago. His dream is to become the pastor of the church in their hometown, but the small-town congregation keeps balking over calling an unmarried minister. Since Daniel needs a wife and Jessica wants a husband and family, she proposes an arrangement that benefits both of them.

They can get married. They can build a life together. They can celebrate Christmas as a couple. It's fine that he doesn't love her. And it's fine that she's not exactly suited to be a small-town pastor's wife. And it's fine that she's more attracted to her sexy, brooding husband every day.

Jessica can be practical about this marriage. She knows what she's getting into, after all...

This book includes fully-developed sex scenes between a husband and wife

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Kame's Review:

Jessica wants to belong to a family and Daniel wants to be a pastor at his hometown church. They have been friends for a long time, but have never dated. The book opens with Jessica plotting her proposal. She appeals to Daniel’s desire to be the pastor but the elders’ preference for a married pastor. Daniel was married once, but his wife passed away two years ago.  Jessica knows she was his one great love and that they will never have a love marriage, but she knows they will both respect their vows and can build a family together.

Jessica is quiet and has definite ideas of what she feels people expect of her. She also has deep hopes of what she wishes her marriage to be. Daniel at times seems happy and loving, and others brooding and unable to move past his wife’s death. Their inability to reach out to the other emotionally does not mean this book is just full of characters wallowing in their unfulfilled dreams. There are steamy scenes (yes this book is about a pastor and his wife – but they do share a marriage bed and couch J ), there are funny scenes and some tender ones too.

We are thrown into the story with minimal background. As I read I had questions about Jessica's background - kept on hoping it would come out but in the end I still have some questions. I was dying for just one chapter from Daniel's POV. Since this book is told from Jessica’s POV entirely we don’t know what drives Daniel’s behavior or his true feelings when it comes to Jessica. I noticed it says #1 next to the title so it seems this is the first in a series. I liked the characters and setting enough to say I would read book 2. I really enjoyed Daniel’s brother Micah and I hope to see him in the next book.

      4 STARS!

Kame received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for her honest opinion.


Meet Kame:

Kame is part of a family of readers; one day she picked up the Nook she purchased for her husband and discovered her love of e-books. A few months later he purchased one for her so he could have his back! Kame’s Nook is never far, and she is hard pressed to pick a favorite book, genre or author. As long as there are characters that make her want to sit down and have a chat and a plot keeps the pages turning, she’ll read it.

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Thanks for the review, Kame! :) Such a lovely cover, I'm adding it to my list. 

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