Sunday, 2 November 2014

Review ~ Cold Feet at Christmas by Debbie Johnson

Cold Feet at ChristmaseARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: November 6th 2014

Publisher: HarperImpulse

Running out on your wedding shouldn’t be this much fun!

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 fiancĂ© 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…

My Opinion

I've been putting off reading this book for as long as I can because of the Christmas theme. It sounded like it would be a really funny read, though, so I couldn't wait any longer and I was surprised to find that it wasn't that Christmassy at all actually.

Cold Feet at Christmas has an interesting start and it really highlights Leah's character quickly. She had a great, witty sense of humour that put a smile on my face more than once throughout the book. It also wasn't just Leah, Debbie Johnson has an enjoyable style of writing that's entertaining. Books like this don't usually connect with me on a humorous level, but Cold Feet at Christmas managed to do it.

I enjoyed the overall story and the romance. I also liked how the characters both had pasts that effected them in a certain way: Leah with lightheartedness to combat her emotions, and Rob's grief and mood swings. It created a combination of interesting of events and dilemmas. I did think that there could have been more variation between the two as it all became a bit samey as they were revealed.

If there's one thing I would say about this is that sometimes the pace did drag a little. Parts of the story were obvious so sometimes when reading what was going on inside either of the character's heads it became a little too long winded. As well as this it didn't feel very Christmassy. I had expected more Christmas magic but this kind of felt just like a winter read--if that as after the first few chapters the weather aspect totally disappears.

Anyway, overall this was an amusing read. I liked the author's style and found the humour refreshing.


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