Thursday, December 25, 2014

The Kidnapped Christmas Bride by Jane Porter

Title:  The Kidnapped Christmas Bride
Series:  Taming of the Sheenans #3
Author:  Jane Porter
Published:  November 25/14 by Tule Publishing
Length:  150pgs
Format:  ecopy
Genre:  contemporary romance
Shelf:  Netgalley
Rating: ★★★★★+

Back Cover Blurb:

All he wants is a Christmas memory…

Trey Sheenan has cultivated his reputation as Marietta’s resident bad boy, until one day he lets things go too far and he loses everything—his freedom, his fiance McKenna Douglas, and his infant son.

McKenna has loved Trey since they were kids, but she’s had enough. When Trey is sent away for five years, McKenna is determined to do what’s right for her and baby TJ, which means putting her mistakes—namely Trey—behind her, and move on.

When Trey is released early, he returns to Marietta determined to beg McKenna’s forgiveness and become the father TJ needs him to be, only to discover that he’s too late. McKenna’s marrying local insurance agent Lawrence Joplin in a candlelight Christmas wedding.

Or is she?

Once again, Trey risks everything, but this time it’s for love….and the memory of one perfect Christmas together as a family.

My Review:

This is one of those rare stories that you will read and never, ever be able to forget. It is intense throughout, heartbreaking at times, and completely satisfying as a whole. Porter takes a look at a life most of us rarely think of, and if we do, it’s with a frown. She humanized things in a manner that allows you to think about them logically while at the same time slowly drawing you into the story. At the same time, she tells us a brilliant story of love and redemption and takes you away to the picturesque Montana countryside.

This is one of those novels that embody the saying ‘nobody’s perfect, but you’re perfect for me.’ I thoroughly enjoyed the male lead. The bad-boy-trying-to-turn-good aura really drew me in. Combined with his long time love you have the perfect pair to capture your heart and your attention. This is all topped off with their young son who strengthens the story, taking it to a whole new level.

As a whole, this was a fantastic tale that I fell in love with. Porter made me laugh & cry. She made me contemplate things I wouldn’t normally think about. Above all, however, she made me fall in love with her story & her characters.

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