Published by St. Martin's Press Source: Netgalley
Genres: Christmas, Contemporary Romance, Romance, Western
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It’ll be a Christmas to remember when hotel heiress Carina Briscoe falls for cowboy James Decker, the bad boy stable manager of her family’s Texas resort, after they’re roped into pretending marriage. The marriage might be a sham but the sparks between them are anything but. Still, with a little help from the heroine’s interfering family, they might end up with the greatest Christmas gift of all: true love.
Christmas in my home state, Texas, woo hoo. I grew up my whole life hearing the phrase “hill country” and I could easily see there being a resort in the hill country similar to the one in this book. For me it gave the whole setting a realistic feel for me, and made me feel like I was back at home.
There are a lot of books that take place at Christmas, but really the story could have taken place during any time of the year, this is one of the books that I think wouldn’t work in any other time other than Christmas time. So catalyst for this whole book is that our heroine, Carina, is the part of the family that owns the Texas Hill Country Resort, which is known for having divorce free weddings during the first twenty-five days in December. It’s a huge draw for the hotel, So when Carina’s sister is suppose to be getting married during the whole promotional time, and then runs out on the ceremony, Carina does the only thing she can in order to keep PR up, she enters into a sham marriage with the hottest cowboy who works on the ranch, James. I’m not sure how I felt about the whole sham marriage thing, because I couldn’t believe how ready and willing Carina’s family was to go along with the whole thing, but once I understood more of the characters motives, it worked out for me.
I really liked Carina, although I feel like she wasn’t able to really live her life the way she really wanted to because of her family. She really was the glue that held the family together, and frankly the business as well. But as the story goes on, we see that her real passion is making wedding dresses. The funny thing about this is that the only person who really see Carina for who she is is James, I mean he’s the only one who supports what she likes, it’s like her family never really took the time to appreciate her or get to know her, and she sacrificing everything to keep her family going.
I liked James, he’s really the perfect husband, sham or not. He shows up for Carina without being asked to. He says nice things to her, stands up for her to her family, and encourages her to follow her heart and her passion. He really is just a stand up guy. He does have ambition as well, and working this gig at the resort isn’t going to get him where he wants to go, but this sham marriage will help him in the right direction.
I can’t review this book without mentioning how hilarious the grandmother is, as well as the fact that she is so much more technologically advanced then my mother is, she was both hilarious and impressive. Overall though, this book was really cute, and I have to say it does the sham marriage theme real justice, add in some Christmas spirit and its my kind of book, and easily recommendable.