Sunday, September 23, 2012

The Accidental Bride by Christina Skye


Title:  The Accidental Bride
Author: Christina Skye
My Rating: B

Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Series: -
Main Characters: Jilly and Walker

Release Date: September 2012
ISBN: 978-0373776597 
Publisher: Harlequin
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Sexual Intensity: mild


Story Overview:
When her friends order her to take a vacation, successful chef Jilly O'Hara is less than enthused. She may be overworked, but a trip to the mountains is not her idea of fun. Especially when she's roped into an outrageous scheme to pose as a happy bride—all to fulfill the kindly resort owner's dreams of once again hosting a lavish wedding. But the ruggedly handsome make-believe groom may just make it tolerable….
Walker Hale has kept to himself since his return from active duty—but the next thing he knows, he's also playing along with the wedding charade. Even this jaded loner isn't immune to Jilly's quirky charm…or her beauty. But vacations have to end sometime, and they'll soon have to decide if the feelings between them were more than pretend.

My Review:
Hmm, while the story overview above is accurate, it really isn't a very good descriptor of this book. Jilly is an overworked, highly motivated chef who has her own restaurant, her own food product line, and plans for several other business propositions in the works all at the same time. She's only 27 years old. The book starts with her having a heart attack. She has a defect to her heart which means EVERYTHING about her life has to change. This is NOT a girl who sits around...EVER. She's constantly going and doing something and just can't see how that can change. It's just not who she is. Her friends convince her (through some lying manipulation) to take a vacation so that she can gain a fresh perspective on how she can change her life and that's how she ends up in this little Wyoming town and guest resort.

Walker is a war hero. He and his working dog Winslow both served (active duty....and now they do freelance work) in Afghanistan where they both almost died saving a whole platoon (?) of soldiers. He moved to this little Wyoming town two years ago and is known as a loner. He likes his privacy and being alone, but he meets Jilly as they are both arriving at the airport and he feels an immediate draw to her. Even more, Winslow immediately falls in love with her...and he's not a dog who gets attached to strangers like that.

This is NOT a book about a fake wedding. In fact I was 2/3 of the way through the book before I even got an inkling of what the title was referring to. This is about two people whose lives have not exactly gone as planned finding one another. It's about a sweet little small town and resort and finding a home where you least expect it. Jilly was an orphan raised in a series of foster homes. She has three friends who have been her family, but in this small town, she actually finds someplace that feels like a home to her. Everyone from the town barista to the resort chef to the knitting divas welcome and embrace her.

This is one of those books that's just a sweet read...and not even necessarily for the romance. I loved Jilly's character and you can't help but feel for her as she's watching everything she's dreamed about and all her hard work being taken down by a bad heart. She's not a quitter, but she doesn't know how to move forward. I loved Winslow, the dog, and the way he attached to her. I loved Walker and his quiet alpha take-charge attitude. I would have liked to have delved into his character a bit more because there's a LOT to his back story. It was an entertaining book and I'm glad that I read it.

I received a complementary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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