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A jilted-at-the-altar bride reunites with her high school sweetheart in Lori Wilde’s sensational new Twilight, Texas Christmas novel. Kelsey James always played by the rules and look where it got her—dumped and half-drunk in a poofy white dress, her Christmas wedding ruined. Then her best friend talks her into going on her “honeymoon” anyway, daring her to a “Christmas of A jilted-at-the-altar bride reunites with her high school sweetheart in Lori Wilde’s sensational new Twilight, Texas Christmas novel. Kelsey James always played by the rules and look where it got her—dumped and half-drunk in a poofy white dress, her Christmas wedding ruined. Then her best friend talks her into going on her “honeymoon” anyway, daring her to a “Christmas of Yes.” It’s about time she lets loose a little, so Kelsey agrees to say “yes” to fun, to romance, and to adventure! And adventure leads her right smack into the arms of sexy Noah MacGregor. Noah’s never one to say no to a risk—from leading his NBA team to victory to making Christmas cookies in Twilight, he’s up to the challenge! But a lot has gone on since they were teenagers, and he knows he has to take his time to make Kelsey dare to believe that what they feel is more than just the holiday magic that’s in the air . . .


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A jilted-at-the-altar bride reunites with her high school sweetheart in Lori Wilde’s sensational new Twilight, Texas Christmas novel. Kelsey James always played by the rules and look where it got her—dumped and half-drunk in a poofy white dress, her Christmas wedding ruined. Then her best friend talks her into going on her “honeymoon” anyway, daring her to a “Christmas of A jilted-at-the-altar bride reunites with her high school sweetheart in Lori Wilde’s sensational new Twilight, Texas Christmas novel. Kelsey James always played by the rules and look where it got her—dumped and half-drunk in a poofy white dress, her Christmas wedding ruined. Then her best friend talks her into going on her “honeymoon” anyway, daring her to a “Christmas of Yes.” It’s about time she lets loose a little, so Kelsey agrees to say “yes” to fun, to romance, and to adventure! And adventure leads her right smack into the arms of sexy Noah MacGregor. Noah’s never one to say no to a risk—from leading his NBA team to victory to making Christmas cookies in Twilight, he’s up to the challenge! But a lot has gone on since they were teenagers, and he knows he has to take his time to make Kelsey dare to believe that what they feel is more than just the holiday magic that’s in the air . . .

30 review for The Christmas Dare

  1. 4 out of 5

    Anne Z.

    The Christmas Dare had a little bit more angst than most holiday themed romance books, and therefore, I liked it a little more than most. It has some 'meat' to it -for luck of a better expression right now... Noah is a easy go happy kind of guy. Always in a good mood, always with a smile on his face, always ready to help. He doesn't let things bring him down, for better or worse, he just moves on to better things. One of those things was his relationship with Kelsey. They were young though, so The Christmas Dare had a little bit more angst than most holiday themed romance books, and therefore, I liked it a little more than most. It has some 'meat' to it -for luck of a better expression right now... Noah is a easy go happy kind of guy. Always in a good mood, always with a smile on his face, always ready to help. He doesn't let things bring him down, for better or worse, he just moves on to better things. One of those things was his relationship with Kelsey. They were young though, so one can forgive them both for that mishap. I liked his character, liked his love for everything Christmas, his love for his family and his small town. Everything about him screamed fun and comfort. Kelsey was a different story all together. She had great moments but for the most part her character was unbearable. She was always winning, felling sorry for herself, and yet not willing to do anything about it. The author tried to make her come across as someone naive, but her naivete at that age was just unralatable and not at all believable. Specially when it is obvious her friends, Noah, her father, and everyone else around her can both see what she is not seeing and has tried to tell her as much a million times. She just ended up coming across stupid and childish. The secondary characters were amazing!!! It is no wonder this series is going on book 10 (though you can read this easily as a stand alone). Every single one of those side characters deserves his/her own story -the ones that don't have one yet anyway-. All in all, I really liked this Christmas novel, which is not something I say often about Christmas novels... I just wish Kelsey hadn't annoyed me as much as she did.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ann Lorz

    Reviewed by Romancing the Readers Blog: https://romancingthereaders.blogspot.... I sure do love visiting Twilight, Texas. It's always fun to be there. Throughout the years I've loved reading this series and have enjoyed the characters that live there. Our visit to Twilight is with The Christmas Dare. I do love a good holiday story and Twilight is the perfect place to spend the holidays. I'm not sure how I feel about being dared into doing something but I really loved the idea of Kelsey being Reviewed by Romancing the Readers Blog: https://romancingthereaders.blogspot.... I sure do love visiting Twilight, Texas. It's always fun to be there. Throughout the years I've loved reading this series and have enjoyed the characters that live there. Our visit to Twilight is with The Christmas Dare. I do love a good holiday story and Twilight is the perfect place to spend the holidays. I'm not sure how I feel about being dared into doing something but I really loved the idea of Kelsey being dared by her best friend, we all need a best friend like this. One who really truly cares about us. Poor Kesley loves for her mother. She does everything to help her mom with her dreams and gets nothing back from this horrible person. The sad part is she doesn't even see it or realize that she's being mentally abused by her mother. The best thing that happened to Kesley is when the man she's to marry turns out gay. You have to ask yourself, how is that the best thing for her. Believe me, it is. With Kelsey and her best friend on the run, I mean on her honeymoon, they end up in Twilight, Texas a place that Kelsey knows all too well. It's where her first (and only) love lives. Oh, Noah! What a great guy he is. I love that he's so easy going and cares so much about the people around him. The happiness he feels at seeing Kelsey again is so touching. You can't help by just feel. You can tell right away that these two are perfect for each other. As the story goes on you really learn just how badly Kelsey's life with her mom has been. You also get pissed at her father for leaving her to live like that. It made it so hard for her to have a real relationship. She couldn't figure out how to put her happiness before her mother's. This story has a lot of highs and lows for its characters. You won't want to put it down until you finished it. I really needed to know what happened. So glad I read it so quickly and found out but then again I was sad to be leaving Twilight. Follow me on: https://www.facebook.com/RomancingThe... https://twitter.com/Romancingreader ARC received for an honest review

  3. 5 out of 5

    Gaele

    How is it possible that being jilted at the altar by your “just come out of the closet” fiancé is a good thing? Kelsey is about to discover this when her life falls apart in spectacular (and public) fashion and her best friend decides that it’s time for her to make several changes in her life, starting with the two of them heading off for her honeymoon trip. With Tasha and Kelsey off on the road – the “Christmas of Yes” begins, particularly innovative for Kelsey after her mother’s scene when the How is it possible that being jilted at the altar by your “just come out of the closet” fiancé is a good thing? Kelsey is about to discover this when her life falls apart in spectacular (and public) fashion and her best friend decides that it’s time for her to make several changes in her life, starting with the two of them heading off for her honeymoon trip. With Tasha and Kelsey off on the road – the “Christmas of Yes” begins, particularly innovative for Kelsey after her mother’s scene when the wedding was cancelled, turning the spotlight onto her own grief, distress and embarrassment. So, being away from the drama of her mother and her uber-control, along with time to find herself with the support of a friend who truly has her best interests at heart , AND won’t take any half-efforts from her, they end up in Twilight, Texas, the home of Kelsey’s first love. Noah is the epitome of “first love and romance novel hero”, with his take-charge, try anything attitude, his deep determination to care for those around him, and even his attraction to Kelsey – allowing her to ‘take charge’ of their ‘rekindled relationship, all the while determined to convince her that it’s more than a ‘holiday fling’. It’s going to take plenty of convincing on his part, not to mention the fact that they were summarily separated at 17 when Kelsey’s mother interrupted a moment. And there’s the other problem. Kelsey has spent the past years with her mother, a drama-queen, controlling and seemingly always angry, soothing the waters and saying Yes when she often should say No. Filomena is a political animal, and her determination to have everything “picture perfect” for each moment, while micro-managing Kelsey’s choices, life and decisions is something that Kelsey needs to learn to step away from and set, for the first time, boundaries. With the Christmas of Yes stretching Kelsey’s inclinations to reach out to her mother to smooth the waters, the spark with Noah is too intriguing and comforting to ignore. It’s going to take a miracle to have everything work out, or perhaps Kelsey just needs to understand herself – and what it is she wants out of life: an opportunity that Tasha provided when she whisked her out of town from under her mother’s nose. A lovely and hopeful story of second chances, not just for romance and a life that is self-determined, but for the relationship between Kelsey and her mother as she learns just WHY her mother is so controlling and determined to have everything her way. It can only happen in Twilight, Texas. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. Review first appeared at I am, Indeed

  4. 4 out of 5

    Tammy Morse

    The Christmas Dare ! When a bride get abandon at the alter by her coming out of the closet gay groom. Her best friends makes a Christmas vacation for a political daughter eventful. With a controlling mother makes her life miserable and she need to cut the strings and make herself happy. Kelsey finds out that her first crush, first love, first everything didn't abandon her the mother stopped him from she her. Well this Christmas of Yes vacation of Dares is very interesting and intriguing. Can she The Christmas Dare ! When a bride get abandon at the alter by her coming out of the closet gay groom. Her best friends makes a Christmas vacation for a political daughter eventful. With a controlling mother makes her life miserable and she need to cut the strings and make herself happy. Kelsey finds out that her first crush, first love, first everything didn't abandon her the mother stopped him from she her. Well this Christmas of Yes vacation of Dares is very interesting and intriguing. Can she find her happily ever after? Well you will have to read and follow the Dares in for her. It is tear jerking, amazing and fascinating and well written page turner. I reccomend this book if you love contemporary romance.

  5. 5 out of 5

    BookGypsy

    This was a charming Christmas romance. I loved the characters. It was funny, emotional and I just loved it. A story of mothers and daughters, best friends and the one who got away. Fabulous read! I was given a copy from the publisher for my honest review. Dawnny-BookGypsy Novels N Latte Hudson Valley NY

  6. 5 out of 5

    Monique

    Kelsey and Noah meet again after ten years, since they were seventeen. They had been in love but Kelsey's tyrannical mother made sure Noah stayed away from her daughter. But Kelsey's just been humiliated on her wedding day, and her friend Tasha tricks her into spending the Holiday season in Twilight, Texas. Poor Kelsey, stuck with her domineering mother who basically took over her life. Noah is sweet and cocky, and while both characters had possibilities, I was grateful for Tasha's presence. Kelsey and Noah meet again after ten years, since they were seventeen. They had been in love but Kelsey's tyrannical mother made sure Noah stayed away from her daughter. But Kelsey's just been humiliated on her wedding day, and her friend Tasha tricks her into spending the Holiday season in Twilight, Texas. Poor Kelsey, stuck with her domineering mother who basically took over her life. Noah is sweet and cocky, and while both characters had possibilities, I was grateful for Tasha's presence. Tasha is wonderfully entertaining and alleviates the gloomy atmosphere surrounding Kelsey. I felt the story was slow to get started because of Kelsey hesitating, ruminating, not knowing what to do. It was a bit depressing, to be honest. I'm not sure if I wasn't in the right frame of mind or if I didn't connect with the type of story and the writing style, but I didn't like this book very much until the last 20% or so. I really can't put my finger on it; THE CHRISTMAS DARE is not bad, but I felt it was taking too long in getting to the point, any point. I wasn't invested in the characters' future, I was just watching them and getting antsy for the story to move along. Or for Kelsey to do something. She has a huge problem with her mother but it wasn't gripping, it was stifling. There is a lot of repetition, too many irrelevant details take too much space to the detriment of character development, the sex scenes are drawn out and rather bland. The only thing that prevented the book from being a DNF several times was the exceptional quality of the dialogues when secondary characters were involved: Kelsey and Tasha; Noah and his brother; Theo, Kelsey's father, and Kelsey, etc. Those were the highlights of the book until it hit around the 80% mark; then the novel really took off and earned that fourth star. It's only then that, for me, Noah and Kelsey particularly truly came alive. That's when the complexity of the characters was revealed, that things started to gel, and I very much appreciated how the issue of NPD - Narcissistic Personality Disorder - was explained and handled. It was a lot of work for me to get to that point, but the ending made it somewhat worthwhile. I think the mental health issue is a very important one, more people should be aware of it, and for that, I would recommend this book. THE CHRISTMAS DARE has a very important message to impart, but it's a shame it almost got lost in the execution.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Madm007

    A Revealing Christmas Story and Second Chance Romance The Twilight saga continues with another successful mark on the famous Kissing Tree. While this started out with a conundrum of all conundrums for Kelsey, thank goodness for best friends who love unconditionally and are ballsy enough to help in a very direct way--head on! Going back to Twilight, TX, and her first love that ended abruptly 10 years ago, Kelsey reunites with Noah. The current Christmas scenes and events were great, funfilled and A Revealing Christmas Story and Second Chance Romance💚❤ The Twilight saga continues with another successful mark on the famous Kissing Tree. While this started out with a conundrum of all conundrums for Kelsey, thank goodness for best friends who love unconditionally and are ballsy enough to help in a very direct way--head on! Going back to Twilight, TX, and her first love that ended abruptly 10 years ago, Kelsey reunites with Noah. The current Christmas scenes and events were great, funfilled and exciting! There was also hair-raising dramatic moments. I could have done without all the rehashing of the past and what ifs. As a reader, I truly got it the first time, and got a bit bored. Noah had moved on, content, or so he thought, with his life until he sees Kelsey again. They still have magic, but each was understandably unsure of the other, and what those feelings really meant, true love, closure, a roll in the hay? I can only describe their "togetherness" as a crescendo that fell flat for me. The numerous adjectives used, pages of them, could've been skipped for no more than what actually happened. Awkward is the feeling I got, like the author is uncomfortable with writing of seduction and sexual pleasures. Please, either go big or leave it out, and shorten those many pages of verbose descriptions. There is a very poignant, revealing moment in here that blew me away, at the same time an understanding of what Kelsey had been going through all these years. She was the only one who could help herself. I admire Noah for making her stand on her own two feet and figure out what she needed, even if it made him look like he was giving up and pushing her away. He couldn't fix this for her, and she would also never have known he wasn't trying to manipulate her. The happy ending was fantastic and doubled as Kelsey and Noah weren't the only ones to find love, Tasha and Sean found their HEA also. A truly great read of life's realities, NPD is very serious and causes more problems and pain for the people around, rather than the afflicted. I almost rated this a 3 star except for this very topic and excellent way of integrating it into a romance based on Kismet and whimsy. I do think the book would have worked better, for me at least, if it had been shorter, deleting reiterations and redundancies, but still a wonderful read.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jane

    The Christmas Dare by Lori Wilde was so good I don't know where to begin. Kelsey has been under her mother's thumb all her life. In her mother's eyes she can do nothing right and any mistakes of course are Kelsey's fault. When Kelsey was a teenager she met Noah at camp and they were immediately taken with each other. One night, while at camp, Kelsey was on the dock with Noah and her mother showed up. She dragged Kelsey away, put her in her car and drove off. For ten long years Kelsey and Noah The Christmas Dare by Lori Wilde was so good I don't know where to begin. Kelsey has been under her mother's thumb all her life. In her mother's eyes she can do nothing right and any mistakes of course are Kelsey's fault. When Kelsey was a teenager she met Noah at camp and they were immediately taken with each other. One night, while at camp, Kelsey was on the dock with Noah and her mother showed up. She dragged Kelsey away, put her in her car and drove off. For ten long years Kelsey and Noah neither saw nor heard from each other. Not for lack of trying on Noah's part. Now, ten years later, Kelsey is stood up at the altar by Clive. He was her mother's choice and Kelsey thought she loved him. Her best friend and maid of honor, Tasha, takes the reins and insists that Kelsey is going to go away with her for the two weeks that were to have been her honeymoon. These two weeks are life changing for all involved. Now you have to read the book to find out what happens. This was a great love story and I would give it ten stars if I were able...

  9. 4 out of 5

    Misty (Reds Romance Reviews)

    From the day she was born Kelsey's life was already planned out for her, her overbearing mother knew what kind of life she wanted her daughter to have, and has made sure it has went off without a hitch. Unfortunately that meant Kelsey has never really had the chance to make her own choices, not even picking her own groom... which is why she ended up with the wrong man that ditched her the day they were suppose to walk down the aisle. Now with her life in shambles, her groom off living his best From the day she was born Kelsey's life was already planned out for her, her overbearing mother knew what kind of life she wanted her daughter to have, and has made sure it has went off without a hitch. Unfortunately that meant Kelsey has never really had the chance to make her own choices, not even picking her own groom... which is why she ended up with the wrong man that ditched her the day they were suppose to walk down the aisle. Now with her life in shambles, her groom off living his best life with his partner, and honeymoon tickets that will never get used she decides to take the dare her friend issues and do a little living her own way! Which leads to a "honeymoon" in Twilight Texas, and a reunion with an old flame that she has never been able to get over... Noah MacGregor use to be her everything, question is can he be again? The Christmas Dare had everything a good romance novel should have; captivating and emotional story line, characters with undeniable chemistry, and lots of toe-curling steamy moments! I had initially planned on reading a chapter before bedtime, but I ended up getting sucked into Kelsey and Noah's world and stayed there until the wee hours of the morning. I loved "the dance" between to these two characters, they had this palpable spark that you could feel throughout, but they both had their reservations about getting involved, so there was some push and pull there too. This was a wonderful literary journey, watching Kelsey take her life into her own hands and go after what she wanted was not only inspiring, but quite entertaining... especially when Noah came into the mix. I really enjoyed this one, it was small town romance at it's best! I requested an advanced copy of this title from the publisher, and I am voluntarily leaving my honest opinion.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Jeffries

    I DARE you to read Lori Wilde's The Christmas Dare and not be entertained! This book will keep you enthralled with Kelsey James' and Noah MacGregor's Christmas dare adventure! Kelsey's groom has left her at the alter! What happens next is completely out of her comfort zone. Kelsey's best friend, Tasha, is daring Kelsey to cut lose, take a vacation dare, a romance dare and to see what adventures lie ahead for them both. This lands these two friends right back into Kelsey's old stomping ground in I DARE you to read Lori Wilde's The Christmas Dare and not be entertained! This book will keep you enthralled with Kelsey James' and Noah MacGregor's Christmas dare adventure! Kelsey's groom has left her at the alter! What happens next is completely out of her comfort zone. Kelsey's best friend, Tasha, is daring Kelsey to cut lose, take a vacation dare, a romance dare and to see what adventures lie ahead for them both. This lands these two friends right back into Kelsey's old stomping ground in Twilight, Texas! Kelsey runs into many people from her past; especially, Noah MacGregor. They were young lovers many years ago. Do they dare to try to rekindle feelings for each other? Will they be able to conquer old and new forces in order to find true love? Take a dare on the Wilde side; a Twilight, Texas Christmas dare!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Mary Peaks

    What a fun read. I had the honor of meeting Lori Wilde recently and this is one of two books I bought that evening. Thank you Lori Wilde. I took this on vacation and loved it. The story starts with Kelsey James getting stood up at the alter. Her fiancé ran off with his best man! We realize quickly that Kelsey is not as near upset as her mother. Her best friend Tasha convinces her to cash in the honeymoon plans and let her plan them a getaway. What she plans is a getaway to Twilight. There in What a fun read. I had the honor of meeting Lori Wilde recently and this is one of two books I bought that evening. Thank you Lori Wilde. I took this on vacation and loved it. The story starts with Kelsey James getting stood up at the alter. Her fiancé ran off with his best man! We realize quickly that Kelsey is not as near upset as her mother. Her best friend Tasha convinces her to cash in the honeymoon plans and let her plan them a getaway. What she plans is a getaway to Twilight. There in Twilight we meet Noah. He and Kelsey meet at age 11 at grief camp. He lost his mother, she her twin. For 6 years they meet at camp. By their 17th year they had fallen in love. Kelsey’s mom broke that apart. So it’s been 10 years. Will there be a second chance for Noah and Kelsey? Can Kelsey break away from the stranglehold her mom Filomena? One thing for sure Filomena is a piece of work! One problem I usually have with love stories is that everything major happens like in two weeks. I was happy that this but ended a year later. Much more believable.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Tammy Canter

    Twilight says it all What a great book that brings 2 great people together from the past with two absolutely two different personalities and makes it work. Lori you never haven't amazed me with your writing skill and the stories you bring to life before my eyes as read ...Thank you agin for taking the time to write such a great story line that keeps me looking forward to the next page. Tammy Canter

  13. 4 out of 5

    Deb Blackbourn

    This is a book I would highly recommend! When Kelsey is left at the altar at Christmas time, her best friend convinced her to take a vacation. Kelsey’s best friend knows that Kelsey always was sweet on Noah. His NBA career ended when he was injured. Kelsey & her friend end up at a houseboat/motel that Noah owns. Kelsey’s friend then tells Kelsey that there will be 5 Christmas dares she will need to complete on this trip. It’s fun reading what the dares are & how Kelsey has to complete This is a book I would highly recommend! When Kelsey is left at the altar at Christmas time, her best friend convinced her to take a vacation. Kelsey’s best friend knows that Kelsey always was sweet on Noah. His NBA career ended when he was injured. Kelsey & her friend end up at a houseboat/motel that Noah owns. Kelsey’s friend then tells Kelsey that there will be 5 Christmas dares she will need to complete on this trip. It’s fun reading what the dares are & how Kelsey has to complete them. The big question is, will Kelsey & Noah end up together or will the ending be totally different!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Karen Hackett

    The Christmas Dare by Lori Wilde has once again accomplished another wonderful story about memorable characters in a small town, filled with great dialogue and humor. The story is about rekindling the passion of first love between Kelsey James and Noah MacGregor. After being jilted at the altar, Kelsey’s best friend talks her into going on her “honeymoon,” daring her to a “Christmas of Yes” to fun, to romance, and to adventure! And adventure lands her right smack into the arms of sexy Noah The Christmas Dare by Lori Wilde has once again accomplished another wonderful story about memorable characters in a small town, filled with great dialogue and humor. The story is about rekindling the passion of first love between Kelsey James and Noah MacGregor. After being jilted at the altar, Kelsey’s best friend talks her into going on her “honeymoon,” daring her to a “Christmas of Yes” to fun, to romance, and to adventure! And adventure lands her right smack into the arms of sexy Noah MacGregor, much to the dismay of her controlling mother. Kelsey learns the truth behind her breakup with Noah and faces an uphill battle to stand up to her mother. It is tear jerking, amazing and fascinating story that will keep you turning the next the pages to see where Kelsey’s journey takes her. A delight story that you want your own “Christmas of Yes.” I received a complimentary copy by the author in exchange for an honest review.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Mrs. Garen L. Herd

    Good read There are so many emotions going on in this one....loads of angst, anger, uncertainty, and love. And don't forget the hot sex. She has a mother who is a control freak in the extreme and verbally abusive. Years ago her mother, literally, ripped her from the arms of her true love. Now, present day, the man her mother chose for her to marry, leaves her at the altar and her best friend whisks her off for a 2week trip. Back in time to the place where she was happiest.....Twilight, Texas. Good read There are so many emotions going on in this one....loads of angst, anger, uncertainty, and love. And don't forget the hot sex. She has a mother who is a control freak in the extreme and verbally abusive. Years ago her mother, literally, ripped her from the arms of her true love. Now, present day, the man her mother chose for her to marry, leaves her at the altar and her best friend whisks her off for a 2week trip. Back in time to the place where she was happiest.....Twilight, Texas. Highly recommend.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Mayda

    So much romance. So little plot.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Diana

    Back in time Kelsey James has been left standing at the altar on her wedding day and her mother blames her. After everyone leaves the church Kelsey's friend Tasha talks her into going away for two weeks. The thing is Tasha won't tell her where they are going only that they are having a Christmas of Yes and Tasha will give Kelsey five dates and she has complete everyone. Noah MacGregor is trying to get his businesses in full year for Christmas when two women show up Twilight, Texas to stay at his Back in time Kelsey James has been left standing at the altar on her wedding day and her mother blames her. After everyone leaves the church Kelsey's friend Tasha talks her into going away for two weeks. The thing is Tasha won't tell her where they are going only that they are having a Christmas of Yes and Tasha will give Kelsey five dates and she has complete everyone. Noah MacGregor is trying to get his businesses in full year for Christmas when two women show up Twilight, Texas to stay at his boatel. He can't believe his eyes. This book is a light hearted story of Christmas fun and rekindling an old dream. Love it. Thank you Lori Wilde for a fantastic new Christmas tale.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    Loved it! Another winner for Lori. Kelsey has spent her entire life trying to please her mother and win her love. After being dumped at the altar, her best friend, Tasha, steals her away on a secret dare, where she runs into Noah, her teenage crush from a decade earlier. It doesn’t take long for old feelings to reappear. Full of love, hope, second chances, a little sadness over what can never be, a touch of suspense, and a lot of fun.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Cherie Clark

    Sure did love this Christmas Story even though I'm a scrooge I loved it Sure did love this Christmas Story even though I'm a scrooge I loved it☆☆☆☆☆☆♡♡♡♡♡☆☆☆☆☆♡

  20. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne

    My mom and I love Lori Wilde books.We’ve read her books for over 10 years.She used to have a spring and fall release.She’s getting the rights back to her older books and updating them and rereleasing them.She’s on fire!!Please give her books a try.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Maureen Hubley

    A wonderful story....couldn't put the book down. Highly recommend it.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Terri Waddill

    OMG Lori Wilde is a great writer. She's able to tell an indepth story. She's goes into great detail and the story is told from the heart.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Anne Park

    A good read. A little slow in the middle but wraps up nicely.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Elaine

    This is honestly the first book I have read By this author, and I have honestly Fallen for her books by this book it is absolutely amazing I recommend it to everyone and will definitely be reading more of her books she gave me this book for an honest review... Kelsey got dumped at her wedding her husband decided to leave with the best man...Getting stood up at your wedding and then your BFF comes up with an idea as a Christmas dare....the Dare will take you back in time. But The Best of things This is honestly the first book I have read By this author, and I have honestly Fallen for her books by this book it is absolutely amazing I recommend it to everyone and will definitely be reading more of her books she gave me this book for an honest review... Kelsey got dumped at her wedding her husband decided to leave with the best man...Getting stood up at your wedding and then your BFF comes up with an idea as a Christmas dare....the Dare will take you back in time. But The Best of things can happen from your past. And of course you have a mom who you work for.. and thanks you need to be at her beck and call.. every moment she needs to know where you are.. even at one point hires guys to come in kidnap you and bring you back.. even that doesn't pan out.. well this truly is a wonderful hilarious sweet book you should pick it up when it comes out on Tuesday the 22nd of October 2019 and read this one you will love it as much as I did I guarantee.. Lori Wilde is a new author for me and definitely one of my favorites at this point.. give her a try you will see what all the fun is about

  25. 5 out of 5

    Anna Budziak

    I was lucky and won this in a Goodreads contest but not letting it influence this review. Would rate it around 3.5 very good, quick read. Readers will be rooting for the two couples--the main hero and heroine Kelsey and Ryan and their friends Tasha and Sean. Twilight is wonderful as usual and there is a lot of fun and heartfelt Christmas cheer. Minor complaints: would like to see the couples doing/working more together and, while well-written, the love scenes could have been edited down more. I was lucky and won this in a Goodreads contest but not letting it influence this review. Would rate it around 3.5 very good, quick read. Readers will be rooting for the two couples--the main hero and heroine Kelsey and Ryan and their friends Tasha and Sean. Twilight is wonderful as usual and there is a lot of fun and heartfelt Christmas cheer. Minor complaints: would like to see the couples doing/working more together and, while well-written, the love scenes could have been edited down more. Kudos for dealing with an unlikeable character in a fairly sympathetic way, the Shakespeare scene--really liked Tasha and Kelsey's changing reaction, and the feel of being immersed in Christmas!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Marcy Kludt belles

    I couldn't put the book down! it was great from beginning to end.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    Love this series and this one no different. I love all the books I have read of MS Wilde. Second chances and realizing you need to be your own person was the main theme of this book.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Angela Hudkins

    Romance novels are not my usual go-to. However, I do love holiday themed stories especially in the mystery genre and found this book to be a very cozy and enjoyable (steamy) read. I look forward to broadening my horizons a bit and checking out the rest of this author's series. : ) Highly recommend!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Etania

    love, love , love this book. love lori wilde

  30. 5 out of 5

    Michael Keegan

    Could not put this book down. Fantastic, inspiring with swoon worthy men and strong women. I love how Kelsey finally overcomes her mother's manipulations. A love that stood their time apart and never waivered.

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