Review: Kiss the Bride by Rachael Johns

Posted June 1, 2015 by Marsha in This one's a Keeper / 2 Comments

Kiss The BrideTitle:  Kiss the Bride
Series:  Montana Born Brides #5
Author:  Rachael Johns
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  June 1, 2015
Publisher:  Tule Publishing
My Rating:  5 stars
Source:  NetGalley

Wedding fever has hit the little town of Marietta…

And that suits single mom, Magdalena Davis, just fine. It means the local gossips will stop hounding her about returning to town and the secret she’s kept for fifteen years. Home to make peace with her sick mother, the last thing Mags wants is to get involved in Marietta’s big celebrity wedding. But when her teenage daughter cajoles her into auditioning to sing with a local heartthrob, all her plans for flying under the radar zoom out of the window.

Country music singer, Jake Kohl, has lost his muse. He’s jaded from years of life in the fast lane and wants to settle in Marietta and lead a normal life. He reluctantly agrees to sing at the celebrity wedding, but what he doesn’t expect is his duet partner to reignite his passion. But it’s not just the music she awakens. For the first time in a long time, Jake feels alive again and wants more out of life, starting with her. But there’s more to Magdalena than meets the eye.

Read on for my thoughts on Kiss the Bride.  No true spoilers, promise.

Oh, I am in my happy place every time I return to Marietta, Montana.  This time the visit is with Mags and Jake.

Magdalena had left Marietta years ago.  Seventeen, unmarried and pregnant she had fled her parents and the town.  Now that her mother was fighting cancer, she and her daughter, Bella, have returned.  It was one of the most difficult things she had done.  Yes, her relationship with her parents was healing and the friends that mattered most were happy she was back.  But she was still uncomfortable, there was the truth about Bella’s father to deal with still.

Jake had moved to Marietta about a year ago.  The popular country singer had finally put down roots and was, for the most part, enjoying small town living.  When the celebrity couple of the moment, Nancy and Jared, wanted him to pick out a singer from town to sing duets with him at their wedding he’d agreed without hoping for much.  That was until Mags had stepped on stage and belted out That Don’t Impress Me Much – and was he ever impressed.  Attracted to Mags, he slowly began to get her more comfortable with him as they rehearsed for the wedding and got to know each other.

He hadn’t expected to find forever in Marietta – but he found his music again and the woman who would make him complete – as long as she felt the same about him.

I loved Kiss the Bride.  And adored Jake, Mags and Bella.  Their story is fast paced, lighthearted, full of charm and sexiness.  It is simply a lovely story of two people who fall in love.  Great stories don’t always have to have huge drama or hooks in them – the best ones are simple love stories, with a slight twist, enough tension to make you wonder for a moment about the outcome and the unshakable power of the love between people.  It doesn’t sound difficult at all really, but when done right you end up with a charming love story like Kiss the Bride to savor and enjoy.  Highly recommend that you go check out the latest addition to the growing stories set in and around Marietta, Montana.  You’ll be glad you took the trip.

And I have to agree with Jake, Magdalena and Bella – “It’s never too early for ice cream.”  *grin*

*I received an e-ARC of Kiss the Bride from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. That does not change what I think of this novel.*

~Any review is just one person’s opinion. You might feel the same or totally different. The only way to know for certain is for you to read it. This was my opinion of this particular book.~

Kiss the Bride is available for the Kindle


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2 responses to “Review: Kiss the Bride by Rachael Johns

  1. Marcy

    I simply love every single story that comes out of Marietta, Montana.

    I hope you enjoy Kiss the Bride as much as I did – it’s sweet, charming, simply a great love story. Enjoy. 🙂