With a name like Isabelle Valentine, one would think I was destined to find true love and believe in the ridiculous notion of soul mates. Don’t get me wrong: I’m all about love. I even own an inn with my sister where each room is named after our favorite romantic couples. But soul mates? It seems highly implausible there is that one person, your person, meant only for you. My sister, of course, would tell me I’m dead wrong and that the very inn we own calls to such lovers. So, what if she did find her own unlikely happily ever after here with one of the most famous men alive? That doesn’t mean I’m meant for such a destiny.
But what happens when the implausible happens? When a man I thought I would never see again walks into my inn. The man who twenty years ago administered the kiss of all kisses. The kind of kiss that whispered to my soul and told me things I wasn’t ready to hear. But this time Dr. Patrick Abbott isn’t alone—he comes with two beautiful kids and the memory of his dead wife, who seems to haunt all their lives. So much so, Patrick would just as soon skip Christmas. At least that’s his plan until he finds himself playing hero trying to help me save my sister’s secret Christmas Eve wedding. By hero, I mean pretending it’s our wedding. Yep, you heard that right. Now we find ourselves having to act as if we are the jolliest couple around, making the season bright. But somehow the pretend feels all too real. Perhaps in all the chaos, there is room for my own Christmas dreams to come true. Maybe, just maybe, I was wrong about soul mates? Either way, I’m hanging up more mistletoe. Because hello, the man can kiss.
It's here, it's here, it's here! I've been waiting to read this book, desperate to get Izzy's story. And it was amazing!! If ever two hearts deserve a second chance at first love, it's Patrick and Izzy's. Family oriented, mature and SEXY. My heart was ALL IN for the magic of these two. And it was. Magic.
I loved the backstory that was weaved into the current story so all the pieces came together seamlessly. It was so satisfying to see Izzy step into a mothering role, reaching out to Patrick's traumatized children with love and patience. She was such a good balance of fun, emotionally intelligent and sexy. I loved all her sides.
Patrick. Once he loosened up, boy was it full steam ahead! I loved all the swoony moments between him and Izzy. Yeah, the kissing, but the words too. It was a more mature love between Izzy and Patrick and I was all in for it. And don't even get me started on the ending. Oh my stars. It was beautiful. My heart expanded at least ten times normal. Sigh. I adore happy, happy, happily ever after endings.
Fake engagements, second chance at first love, and Christmas magic. It's the perfect book to pick up right now. One of my favorite Christmas love stories ever.
The first book, The Valentine Inn, is available on KU if you have that. You don't HAVE to read it first but you will definitely be happier if you do.
Content: some innuendo, kissing.
- I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.
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