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Published by: Harper Impulse - November 6, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Rating: 4 Stars
NOTICE: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
A remote Scottish castle on a snowy Christmas Eve. A handsome husband-to-be. A dress to die for. It should have been the happiest day of Leah Harvey’s life – but the fairytale wedding turns sour when she finds her fiancé halfway up the bridesmaid’s skirt just hours before the ceremony!
Fleeing the scene in a blizzard, Leah ends up stranded at the nearest cottage, where she collapses into the arms of its inhabitant – a man so handsome she thinks she must have died and gone to heaven!
And when Rob Cavelli suddenly finds himself with an armful of soaking wet, freezing cold, and absolutely gorgeous bride on the run, he’s more than happy to welcome her into his snowbound cottage this Christmas…
This set-up sounds like many other novels. Bride is ditched at alter - ends up stranded with a handsome stranger - they spend a week exploring their no-strings attraction. This is also the case with this story, but the characters brought so much life to the story that I read it all in one sitting.
Leah is hilarious, quirky and full of life. Rob is secretive, unhappy, and unresponsive. He won't reveal why he's spending the holiday season in solitary confinement, but he also can't deny the feelings Leah has stirred inside him. They're feelings he hasn't felt in years and he decides to take a chance and explore them.
Once the snow has melted enough for the duo to return to their lives, Leah has nowhere to return to. Rob offers to let her come to America with him where he'll help her find a new job and new apartment. The only catch is that they must remain friends - nothing more.
This was an emotional story, focusing on Rob's past and his continuous rejections of Leah as she tries to help him move forward. Ultimately, it's Rob who must make the big gesture and go find an AWOL Leah before it really is too late.