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It seems that 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 he It seems that 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 co-singer to reignite his passion. But it’s not just the music she awakes in him. Magdalena makes Jake feel and want things he hasn’t for far too long, but there’s more to her than meets the eye. Can Jake solve the mystery that is Magdalena and win her heart?


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It seems that 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 he It seems that 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 co-singer to reignite his passion. But it’s not just the music she awakes in him. Magdalena makes Jake feel and want things he hasn’t for far too long, but there’s more to her than meets the eye. Can Jake solve the mystery that is Magdalena and win her heart?

30 review for Kiss The Bride

  1. 4 out of 5

    Wendy'sThoughts

    3.5 Allowing Yourself to be Free Stars * * * 1/2 Spoiler Free - Free on Amazon!!! As Moms... we get this instinct of when we should be doing something other than the personal moment we are having... It happens all of the time. While we are away from the family or out doing a little something just for ourselves... there can be that nagging feeling of "oh, I better cut this short... or I have been away for too long..." Most of the time it is an unnecessary concern... and now with cell phones...if so 3.5 Allowing Yourself to be Free Stars * * * 1/2 Spoiler Free - Free on Amazon!!! As Moms... we get this instinct of when we should be doing something other than the personal moment we are having... It happens all of the time. While we are away from the family or out doing a little something just for ourselves... there can be that nagging feeling of "oh, I better cut this short... or I have been away for too long..." Most of the time it is an unnecessary concern... and now with cell phones...if someone wants you, they can find you. Back in my day of mothering... it was not the case until much later. But the mom guilt syndrome still happens... and in this book, Kiss the Bride, the fifth entry to the Montana Born Bride series, our main character is a true candidate of this aliment. Magdalena Davis has been a mom for a very long time. Her daughter is 15 and she has been raising her alone for all of those years. As a daughter of The Pastor, her becoming a mom at 17 was something her family did not handle well by any means. She was shipped off to Canada to an aunt's home and when she was able, Magdalena decided to be the mother and woman she is now... independent, strong and watchful over her daughter. The only reason she has even come back to this town was due to her mother's bout with Cancer. It is serious and she could not stay away. But by returning home, Madalena is aware of how the gossip once was and is hoping the hub bub of activity due to the "Hollywood Wedding" of one of Marietta's own will take the spotlight off of her. For the last few weeks she has been here, she has kept her head down, stayed close to home and only went into town once or twice. Her plan to be invisible, though, is not going as working. Her adorable and smart daughter, Bella, has started a campaign for her to audition for the chance to sing with acclaimed Country Music Star, Jake Kohl. Nancylynn has asked him to find a partner from Marietta and the town is all a buzz. Magdalena's sister and daughter want her to go and sing. They know how great her voice is... she used to sing at all the school shows and still does a little around the house. These two are making her crazy because they won't let up. After much brow beating, she finally succumbs. After all this is singing with her favorite Country star and she does love to sing...had thoughts of pursuing it before everything happened...so looking at Bella's face filled with hope, she says yes. Jake Kohl is in hell... his move to Marietta was one of the best things he had ever done. He has grown to love this place and felt here he could find his writing muse again and start producing songs for his overdue album. This is the first dry spell he has ever had. As a son of the Country Legend Couple...he has lived all his life on the road, either learning the ropes as a kid, developing his chops as a performer and then becoming a star in his own right. But all this time since being his own man, he has always been able to have the song writing flow. Lately, though, there has been nothing and having to now sing with an amateur for this wedding is just icing on the cake. He doesn't even like the guy who is getting married...he's a big star with attitude. He is only doing it because the gal he is marrying is from his newly adopted home. And now he is in hell, because he will have to sit and listen to women who think they can sing and be polite. As the group is auditioning by alphabetical order, he is stunned out of his stupor when Magdalena comes up to the mike. Her presence, the way she is standing before the music track starts has his attention; it is just like any well seasoned performer... making the audience sit up and take notice. She is a vision for him... long honey blond hair, brown eyes which were captivating. She had a swagger and started to sing a song none of these other could even try and get right. He was stunned by her voice, her way of moving and the way he felt while watching and listening to her. Why was this the first time he heard of her... she should be out there recording or at least performing in venues...As she finished, the audiences practically cheered...and with that response Madalena rushed off the stage and out the side door. While the remaining singers auditioned inside, all Magdalena could do was stand in shock against the wall outside. She couldn't believe she had done it... she sang; it felt great and Jake Kohl seemed to like it. She was nervous enough with just being near him. Something about him besides who he was hit her hard. He just looked straight through her and she felt it to her core. What was wrong with her... she had shut all that down years ago. She had no interest or time to be with any person in her life. Her life was devoted to Bella. Period. She would watch over her; make sure nothing would harm her... Bella would not make the mistakes she had. Her sister Selah and Bella ran out to find her. They were telling her how amazing she did and to get ready because she was sure to make the callbacks for the next part of the audition, singing a duet with Jake. She didn't know how she would survive that. While she tried to gather her thoughts, she was hustled back into the auditorium. When she heard her name called to stay, she felt a little pride inside. It caused her to flip a switch and sparked her desire to win this thing. Jake was trying to be fair with all the 5 callbacks. Each had some talent but when singing a duet, there needed to be chemistry between the two singing to make it work. Each woman was ok but no connection. Magdalena was the last one and he knew he had the chemistry for her... he just prayed it would be equally as strong on her side. When these two started to sing the Faith Hill/Tim McGraw's "Let's Make Love" song... Jake knew. This was something special... this didn't happen all of the time. After all his years in the business performing with so many, this was the first time he was struck this way. Looking into Magdalena's eyes... connecting together on those lyrics... all he could think about was wanting to re-enact them. He was not alone in his reaction. Magdalena was dying... she was feeling things she Never felt before. She was fighting the nerves and sang clear and strong all the while her body was sending all kinds of signals to her...Signals to her parts which lit her up inside. The song ended and Jake announced her as the winner. The crowd was ok with it because she was clearly the best. As the place emptied out, the reality of what took place hit her. Singing with Jake was going to be amazing and frightening all at the same time. Here she wanted to do this...be singing with Jake but this attraction, this pull he had on her... how was she going to handle it. Jake quickly set up meeting with Magdalena with a dinner invite. She used Bella as the chaperon, not trusting herself and the town's prying eyes. Jake was happy to include her daughter; she was a delight, smart and fun. It was settled to be at Grey's Saloon for dinner. It was at this dinner where things took a turn; just Jake putting his hand at her back guiding her into the place cause sparks for both of them. As the meal progressed, Bella was invited to sit with kids from her class, leaving the two of them alone. When talking about her mother's Cancer, Jake reached out and held Magdalena's hand for comfort. This sparked the gossip mill and later the next day the shrews came at him during a meal. They passive aggressively talked about Magdalena and how he better watch out... she wasn't the type of woman he should be with...mentioning his holding her hand. They then tried to talk about the question of who Bella's father was...Jake shut them down and hard. Incensed, he let these biddies know he was not there to listen to this and they should not be talking about her this way. Magdalena was a wonderful person and their snide comments wouldn't make him change his mind about her. This tale has much going for it. It has the confrontation of what a young girl experienced... nothing what her family or the town thought. It handled the situation well in showing confronting your pain, sharing the facts with those who should know will allow you to help them and yourself move on. It also gave the idea of how women immediately hold themselves back; they are quick to have the mom guilt and see they are not responsible for everything....and finally it gave a very sweet love story between Jake and Magdalena. They were really met for each other in so many ways...it just worked. Rachel Johns handle all of it with a sure hand. As with all of the Montana Born Brides books, they all are taking place during this Hollywood Wedding. We have all the players in the other books as references and the last book of the series is next, Two Nights with His Bride. I have a very serious feeling this ramp up to the Wedding will take many turns before it happens... or maybe it doesn't..... A gifted copy was provided by Tule Publishing via NetGalley for an honest review. For more Reviews, Free E-books and Giveaways

  2. 5 out of 5

    Claire Robinson

    4 - "It's never too early for ice cream." Stars! Tule Publishing, their authors and series are without doubt my ‘go-to’ books now when I am looking for romance, love, likeable characters and easy to engage in stories, and Kiss the Bride is no exception. You know what you are getting with their books, but this series has to be the best collection I have read so far. Mags and Jake’s story isn’t any different from a lot of the famous guy/unknown girl stories out there, but I think the fact it is set 4 - "It's never too early for ice cream." Stars! Tule Publishing, their authors and series are without doubt my ‘go-to’ books now when I am looking for romance, love, likeable characters and easy to engage in stories, and Kiss the Bride is no exception. You know what you are getting with their books, but this series has to be the best collection I have read so far. Mags and Jake’s story isn’t any different from a lot of the famous guy/unknown girl stories out there, but I think the fact it is set in the town of Marietta, and connected with so many characters that I have read about previously, it is like going back to your favorite holiday destination with every new book I read. ”I haven’t have this much fun in forever.” Another absolutely brilliant addition to the Montana Born Brides series, I actually enjoyed Rachael John’s contribution to the series so much, I went to Amazon and one clicked the book linked to this one which features Magdalena’s sister Selah! ARC generously provided via Netgalley, in exchange for the above honest review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    Great Story (had to skip/skim several pages) Content: language, innuendo, 1 sex scene

  4. 5 out of 5

    Nicola

    Book five in the Montana Born Brides series is another addition to sing about. Rachael Johns is a new author to me so I had no particular expectations, but she's brought us a great balance of sweet and sexy and is definitely now on my radar. "I'm just a guy who likes to write songs and sing." Magdalena and Jake are a wonderful couple, he may be somewhat of a celebrity but he's down-to-earth, thoughtful and says the sweetest things. And when he needs a Marietta lady to duet with at the wedding Book five in the Montana Born Brides series is another addition to sing about. Rachael Johns is a new author to me so I had no particular expectations, but she's brought us a great balance of sweet and sexy and is definitely now on my radar. "I'm just a guy who likes to write songs and sing." Magdalena and Jake are a wonderful couple, he may be somewhat of a celebrity but he's down-to-earth, thoughtful and says the sweetest things. And when he needs a Marietta lady to duet with at the wedding of the year, Magdalena is the lucky girl picked. "...when I heard you sing, something inside me snapped. Came alive again." Single Mum to fifteen year-old Bella, Mags left Marietta when she discovered she was pregnant and has only just returned. Her secret brought surprise, emotion and touching elements, she and Jake have a perfect chemistry and their story is well-paced well bringing everything you could wish to find in a short read. Next up, our celebrity bride herself, NancyLynn, and I can't wait to see where Kat Latham takes her story. Copy received courtesy of Tule Publishing for and honest and unbiased opinion.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sam Still Reading

    For me, Rachael Johns’ books never fail to disappoint or lift my mood. (I even have a couple saved for happiness emergencies). So while waiting for her next book, The Patterson Girls to be released (October is AGES away!) I was thrilled to see she had a new novella out. Kiss the Bride is part of the Montana Born Brides series, but you can easily read it as a standalone (I did – and now I want to read the rest of the series). Those who have read her previous novella Tease Me, Cowboy will be thril For me, Rachael Johns’ books never fail to disappoint or lift my mood. (I even have a couple saved for happiness emergencies). So while waiting for her next book, The Patterson Girls to be released (October is AGES away!) I was thrilled to see she had a new novella out. Kiss the Bride is part of the Montana Born Brides series, but you can easily read it as a standalone (I did – and now I want to read the rest of the series). Those who have read her previous novella Tease Me, Cowboy will be thrilled to find out that the main character in Kiss the Bride, Magdalena, is Selah’s sister. But Magdalena (or ‘Mags’) has a secret that has kept her away from Marietta for many years. Until now. Mags and Selah’s mother has been diagnosed with cancer and Mags has moved back to Marietta to help support her mother. This means returning to the town with her daughter Bella and reigniting the flames of gossip about who Bella’s father is. Mags has never told anyone what happened, not even her family. She’s determined to hold her head up high and get through this. Of course, when local girl turned star Nancylynn decides to involve the town in her wedding everything is turned upside down and Mags is encouraged to audition to sing a duet with smoking hot country star Jake Kohl. Jake’s never met a woman with talent like Mags’ before. Can she be the one to encourage the return of his song writing muse? Of course, you know what will happen but the fun is in the journey to the happy ending. Rachael Johns makes it fun with some light-hearted moments – it turns out that Jake is a closet ice cream fiend (which has him now tying for favourite hero in my books with Monty from Outback Dreams after the line, “It’s never too early for ice cream”.). There’s also some fun to be had in Lisa-Renee’s bridal boutique with dresses before the stumbling block to happiness interrupts sexy times. The story is fresh, the writing is never dull and the plot threads move in a beautifully choreographed fashion. There’s enough of Selah and Levi to keep everyone happy and there’s just enough to intrigue me about the other characters’ happily ever after so I’ll read more in the series. Once again, a stellar story from Rachael Johns’ that ticks all the boxes for a great romantic read. Thank you to Tule Publishing for the eARC. http://samstillreading.wordpress.com

  6. 4 out of 5

    Suze Lavender

    Magdalena is back in her hometown Marietta. Her mother has cancer and she and her daughter Bella have moved there to help with her care. Marietta fled the town while being pregnant and this is the first time she returns. Bella is now a cheerful and happy teenager. Magdalena hasn't told anyone who the father is, so people are still guessing and it's a topic she doesn't easily talk about. When there are auditions in the town to find a singer for a celebrity wedding Bella makes sure Magdalena goes Magdalena is back in her hometown Marietta. Her mother has cancer and she and her daughter Bella have moved there to help with her care. Marietta fled the town while being pregnant and this is the first time she returns. Bella is now a cheerful and happy teenager. Magdalena hasn't told anyone who the father is, so people are still guessing and it's a topic she doesn't easily talk about. When there are auditions in the town to find a singer for a celebrity wedding Bella makes sure Magdalena goes to the audition. The wedding is the event of the decade and the winner of the competition gets to sing a duet with country singer Jake Kohl. Jake is a well known artist and isn't looking forward to the audition, but when he hears and sees Magdalana he knows she's the one straight away. She's the person he wants to sing the duet with and he also wants to get to know her better. Only Magdalena doesn't date, she doesn't let anyone come close. Will Jake manage to find out why and will he be able to convince her to give him a chance? Kiss the Bride is a wonderful, romantic story. I had a constant smile on my face while I was reading about Jake and Magdalena. The story also has an emotional and sad side and Rachael Johns has written that in such a tasteful and beautiful way, I really like her style. This novella has a nice twist and it's sweet while it also has some depth. I loved it and highly recommend it.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ally.Always.Reads

    *ARC from NetGalley for honest review* Like the other book I read from this series, I would have preferred more. I'm not a huge fan of insta-love so that docked a star... I really don't have too much to say about it... It was good, not great. These are just really quick and easy reads. Something you can read while waiting in line at the grocery store or stuck in traffic. *ARC from NetGalley for honest review* Like the other book I read from this series, I would have preferred more. I'm not a huge fan of insta-love so that docked a star... I really don't have too much to say about it... It was good, not great. These are just really quick and easy reads. Something you can read while waiting in line at the grocery store or stuck in traffic.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Beyond the Pages

    Kiss the Bride was a heavy short with a beautiful insta-love romance. Magdalena and Jake were a lovely couple. I genuinely enjoyed their story.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Mariel Hoss

    *ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review* A sweet "coming of age" story...forced to confront the past she left behind and the future that should have been. This showcases her Magdalena's growth, her transition from being to living. A great cast of characters provide a colorful tapestry to accompany Magdalena and Jake's unfolding relationship. *ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review* A sweet "coming of age" story...forced to confront the past she left behind and the future that should have been. This showcases her Magdalena's growth, her transition from being to living. A great cast of characters provide a colorful tapestry to accompany Magdalena and Jake's unfolding relationship.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    Book #29 for AWW2015 Kiss the Bride is the 5th novella in the Montana Born Brides series and I'm here to tell you that it doesn't matter if you haven't read the earlier offerings, you will lose nothing by riding into Marietta now. My first Marietta tale was Rachael's Tease Me, Cowboy last October, it was the first in the Copper Mountain Rodeo series and the only one that I read. The Montana Born books are all set in the small town of Marietta and are written by a stable of talented authors. It sti Book #29 for AWW2015 Kiss the Bride is the 5th novella in the Montana Born Brides series and I'm here to tell you that it doesn't matter if you haven't read the earlier offerings, you will lose nothing by riding into Marietta now. My first Marietta tale was Rachael's Tease Me, Cowboy last October, it was the first in the Copper Mountain Rodeo series and the only one that I read. The Montana Born books are all set in the small town of Marietta and are written by a stable of talented authors. It still intrigues me that these authors can delve into a fictional setting of someone else's making, and someone else's characters and write their own stories. I am happy to say that Kiss The Bride brings Selah and Levi back into the picture as secondary characters so we can check in and see what they're up to. The star of the story is Magdalena, Selah's older sister, who fled Marietta in disgrace 15 years earlier as a pregnant teen. Small towns thrive on gossip and Magdalena gave them plenty, what she didn't give them was the name of the father. Fifteen long years later Magdalena returns to town with her beloved daughter Bella and gears the gossips back up. No-one knows anything about the elusive father; not the family, friends or even Bella have any inkling. Bella has always been given non-answers and Magdalena thought that was satisfying her, but she knew that wouldn't always be the case. Our sexy leading man is country singer Jake Kohl, a new addition to Marietta after his purchase of a house following the previous year's rodeo. He is finally looking to make a home after living his entire life on the road, something about Marietta spoke to him and he decided to stay. Marietta is about to host a celebrity wedding with another of the towns success stories returning to tie the knot. You would think that with the town abuzz with the celebrity wedding that Magdalena may be able to slip back into town relatively unnoticed but no such luck. The celebrity wedding is also what brings together our leads. Nancy wants to involve as much of her small hometown in the wedding as possible so she has roped Jake into singing at the wedding and stipulated that she wants a local to sing with him. Kiss The Bride is a novella so it is very short and there is only so much time to explore and build characters and relationships so you really do have to make some allowances. The first time Jake and Magdalena sing together at her audition and then when their eyes meet there is an immediate attraction, a serious case of lust at first sight. This can be quite annoying but in a novella it is often the only way, and Johns sweetens the deal for us by not having them fall straight into bed together; instead they get to know one another and take the time to build a relationship. The remainder of the review will be live at Beauty and Lace.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    Kiss the Bride by Rachael Johns 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 unde Kiss the Bride by Rachael Johns 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. how did Magdalena Davis and Jake Kohl meet? why is Magdalena returning to Marietta? who is your favorite character in this story? And why? Country music singer, Jake Kohl, has lost his what? who cajoles Magdalena into auditioning to sing with a local heartthrob? will Magdalena Davis and Jake Kohl be more than friends? how many books in the Montana Born Brides Series? Wedding fever has hit the little town of what name? do you like the covers for the the Montana Born Brides Series? what song of Faith Hill and Tim McGraw did Jake and Magdalena sing for auditions? Kiss the Bride by Rachael Johns is a 4 stars book. I highly recommend reading Kiss the Bride by Rachael Johns. Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. more books by Rachael Johns. Montana Born Brides Series Book 1: The Fairy Tale Bride by Scarlet Wilson Book 2: His Blushing Bride by Dani Collins Book 3: Bride by Mistake by Nicole Helm Book 4: Finally His Bride by Maisey Yates Book 5: Kiss the Bride by Rachael Johns Book 6: Two Nights with His Bride by Kat Latham Tease Me, Cowboy Copper Mountain Rodeo Kiss the Bride Montana Born Brides Fire Me Up (Deacons of Bourbon Street, book 2) Bunyip Bay 1. Outback Dreams 2. Outback Blaze 3. Outback Ghost One Perfect Night Man Drought Stand-in Star Jilted

  12. 4 out of 5

    Marsha Keeper Bookshelf

    First reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf 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 First reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf 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.*

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kerry Croucier

    Magdalena Davis is the preacher's daughter who got pregnant at 17 and left Marietta under a cloud of disgrace and gossip. Now, she is back in Marietta with her beautiful 15-year-old in tow, to help her mother who has been diagnosed with cancer. All she wants to do is keep a low profile, help her Mom, take care of her daughter and run her business. She definitely isn't interested in the celebrity wedding that has got all of Marietta up in arms, until her daughter and sister convince her to try ou Magdalena Davis is the preacher's daughter who got pregnant at 17 and left Marietta under a cloud of disgrace and gossip. Now, she is back in Marietta with her beautiful 15-year-old in tow, to help her mother who has been diagnosed with cancer. All she wants to do is keep a low profile, help her Mom, take care of her daughter and run her business. She definitely isn't interested in the celebrity wedding that has got all of Marietta up in arms, until her daughter and sister convince her to try out for the chance to sing at the Wedding with Jake Kohl. Jake Kohl came to Marietta for the rodeo and decided it would be a great place to put down roots. So he bought a house and started to become part of the community. Unfortunately, that means he agreed to sing at the celebrity wedding, even though he doesn't really like the groom who asked him. He also has to go through the agony of auditioning a ton of local women, hoping to find someone passable enough to sing a duet with him. When Magdalena hits the stage, she is finally realizing a childhood dream and Jake finds a partner more perfect than he could have ever imagined, both in singing, and, he hopes, life. As these two start working together, can he get past her defenses and convince her that they are perfect together, on stage and off? This was a wonderful story. Magdalena has things in her past she needs to get through. She is a mother, with a mother's instincts, who puts her daughter before everything, happily. Jake is a good guy who realizes from the beginning that anything he starts with Magdalena has to be with an eye toward permanence, and he is determined to prove he is the right guy for her. Their interactions had me giggling and sighing, it was so much fun watching the relationship build. The story was well-paced, characters well-developed, and it was and overall solid storyline. I truly enjoyed my visit to Marietta and getting to know this couple. *I received an Advanced Reader's Copy from the Publisher via NetGalley for an honest review.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Shelagh

    Perfect setting. Perfect couple. Perfect storyline. Perfect weekend reading! Yes, I loved Kiss The Bride. I have yet to read a Rachael Johns book that I have not enjoyed. This book is the fifth in the Montana Born Brides series, all of which are set in what would come very close to being my dream town: Marietta, Montana, where the scenery is breathtaking, the people are friendly (for the most part),and where happily ever after is just around the corner. Kiss The Bride works well as a stand alone Perfect setting. Perfect couple. Perfect storyline. Perfect weekend reading! Yes, I loved Kiss The Bride. I have yet to read a Rachael Johns book that I have not enjoyed. This book is the fifth in the Montana Born Brides series, all of which are set in what would come very close to being my dream town: Marietta, Montana, where the scenery is breathtaking, the people are friendly (for the most part),and where happily ever after is just around the corner. Kiss The Bride works well as a stand alone or as part of the series, although for my money you'd be foolish not to read the other books too ... and all the other books set in Marietta as well, because you'll get to know who's who in town. Jake Kohl, country singer extraordinaire, heart throb and all round good guy has settled in Marietta and is now faced with the unwelcome prospect of singing at a celebrity wedding in town. To make matters worse, he has to audition half the town to find the right lady to join him in singing the duets that have been chosen for the wedding. Imagine his surprise when stunning Magdalena Davis steps onto the stage and begins to sing. Jake is instantly in lust, but there's something more. Magdalena squashed any hopes of a singing career way back when, as a 17 year-old she found herself pregnant. She's only just returned to town after learning of her mother's cancer, and she's determined to fly under the radar. The last thing she wants is to have people talking about her again, so she's pretty reluctant to get up on that stage. When she starts to sing, though, it's a different thing, and singing with Jake, takes things to a whole new level. I'm constantly amazed by authors who manage to develop and present a complex story in the short novella format, yet they do and Rachael Johns has nailed it with this book. Go on! Read it for yourself. You won't be disappointed.

  15. 5 out of 5

    bookaholic ge

    Magdalena Davis is back in town and she is causing quite a fuss. She somehow gets talked into auditioning to perform a duet with one of the sexiest country singers she has ever met Jake Kohl, Country music singer, Jake Kohl, has lost his muse and he needs some inspiration fast. Although he was frustrated when he was told he had to pick a local singer to perform with him, he cant help but be happy Magdalena stepped onto the stage. Both Jake and Magdalena has skeletons in their closets but the real Magdalena Davis is back in town and she is causing quite a fuss. She somehow gets talked into auditioning to perform a duet with one of the sexiest country singers she has ever met Jake Kohl, Country music singer, Jake Kohl, has lost his muse and he needs some inspiration fast. Although he was frustrated when he was told he had to pick a local singer to perform with him, he cant help but be happy Magdalena stepped onto the stage. Both Jake and Magdalena has skeletons in their closets but the real question is can they handle when their skeletons refuse to stay hidden? Read and find out! I received this book as an ARC from Net Galley for my honest review. I love the Montana Born Bride series and everything it has to offer. The fact that they use different authors to tie this series together keeps things fresh and gives you an introduction to many of the authors. This book is more on the short and sweet side with a little bit of spice and heartache. Now I want to start by saying as a single mother, thank you Rachel Jones for making Magdalena such a strong woman. Magdalena did not fall apart because of the life she was dealt, she did what had to do, after suffering through so much, to take care of her child. I also loved that Jake was such a strong man who had no problem stepping up and showing not only Magdalena but her daughter that he was interested in being a part of their lives. Now that I have said that I felt like I needed maybe 50 more pages, there were a couple of questions I needed answered. Don't get me wrong there was a complete story I just wish that one big question was answered. This book is being sold for 2.99 on Amazon and I feel like that is a very fair price. I definitely recommend this author and I can not wait to see what else she has in store.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    Check out the full review on Bookaholics Not-So-Anonymous. Note: This ARC was provided by Tule Publishing in exchange for an honest review. Rachael Johns's Kiss the Bride is the fifth novella in the Montana Born Brides series, with each story written by a different author. This is my favorite among the currently available books, with just the right amount of drama peppered with humor to keep things on an even keel. Magdalena Davis and Jake Kohl were delightful lead characters, especially since bei Check out the full review on Bookaholics Not-So-Anonymous. Note: This ARC was provided by Tule Publishing in exchange for an honest review. Rachael Johns's Kiss the Bride is the fifth novella in the Montana Born Brides series, with each story written by a different author. This is my favorite among the currently available books, with just the right amount of drama peppered with humor to keep things on an even keel. Magdalena Davis and Jake Kohl were delightful lead characters, especially since being with Jake allowed Mags to loosen up and truly explore a side of herself she buried deep inside for fifteen years. These were two good, honest people who simply deserved to finally have a chance to go after their own happily ever after. The supporting cast was great but Mags's teenage daughter Belle stole the spotlight a time or two, and was spunky and sassy. This was a story about second chances, but not in the traditional sense of the phrase when it comes to romance novels. Jake and Mags had never met before but their meeting and being in Marietta provided them with opportunities to start over and have another and far better chance at love, success, and happiness personally and professionally. In terms of Mags's story, it was about not just surviving from a traumatizing experience in her past but moving forward and creating a better life for herself and her daughter because they deserved it. Overall, this was sweet with just enough steam to tickle my fancy and it certainly set the bar higher for the series. I'm giving Kiss the Bride by Rachael Johns 4.5 stars, rounded off to five stars. ♥

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    Kiss The Bride is more than romance, it's also about relationships, family dynamics, and secrets, and how they all weave together to shape the present. I really liked the main characters, Magdalena (Mags) and Jake. They are both mature and meet changes and challenges in their lives head on. Especially Mags. She's back in Marietta at last, despite her fears, for her mother and her daughter. When Mags pairs up with country singing superstar Jake to sing at a wedding, there is an instant attraction Kiss The Bride is more than romance, it's also about relationships, family dynamics, and secrets, and how they all weave together to shape the present. I really liked the main characters, Magdalena (Mags) and Jake. They are both mature and meet changes and challenges in their lives head on. Especially Mags. She's back in Marietta at last, despite her fears, for her mother and her daughter. When Mags pairs up with country singing superstar Jake to sing at a wedding, there is an instant attraction for both of them that quickly evolves into more. Although it is quick, I felt that the speed of their relationship was believable, especially since it is not all smooth sailing. Mags' fears and secrets might threaten this new found relationship, but I like how Jake is persistent, wants to know all of Mags, and he doesn't let her push him away easily. For a short novella, there is a lot of character growth. There is a lot going on in Kiss The Bride, but Rachael manages to write smoothly and keep the focus on Magdalena and Jake, and the issues that arise for them. I liked being back in Marietta where I feel like I know everyone! Kiss The Bride is part of a series, but if you read it as a stand alone it is just as strong. I liked that Rachael touched on family and small town dynamics in Kiss The Bride...I felt that this gave the story an added dimension and made things even more interesting without bogging the story down with unnecessary details or characters. I'd recommend Kiss The Bride to romance readers looking for a fast paced novella that will leave you feeling good!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Brigitte

    The preparations for the celebrity wedding continues in Marietta. Jake is a professional country singer who has been called upon to sing at the celebrity wedding. The bride and groom have requested duests as part of the repertoire. To be able to do this, Jake holds an audition in order to find a suitable singer to be his partner in the duets. Magdalena was born in Marietta but left seventeen years ago when she was pregnant. She is now back in Marietta to be with her mother who has cancer. She is The preparations for the celebrity wedding continues in Marietta. Jake is a professional country singer who has been called upon to sing at the celebrity wedding. The bride and groom have requested duests as part of the repertoire. To be able to do this, Jake holds an audition in order to find a suitable singer to be his partner in the duets. Magdalena was born in Marietta but left seventeen years ago when she was pregnant. She is now back in Marietta to be with her mother who has cancer. She is prepared to put up with the malicious gossips to be with her family. Her fifteen year old daughter Bella talks her in entering the auditions and she is so good that Jake picks her to accompany him in the duets. There is also an instant pull between them which Jake is only too keen to explore. Magdalena has never told anybody about her pregnancy and who was responsible but somehow she opens up to Jake. This information is not what one would expect with Magdalena's reputation at high school. They develop this comfortable relationship during rehearsals but when Bella has this accident, Magdalena starts to doubt herself. I like the strong sense of duty Magdalena holds for Bella and her willingness to sacrifice her own happiness. Jake is a strong and supportive character who goes after what he wants. This novella would appeal to those who like to read a quick and easy sweet romance. I received this ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  19. 5 out of 5

    A Klue

    (My review is based on ARC e-book generously provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest opinion.) Thoroughly enjoyed this mildly angst-filled contemporary romance novella by Rachael Johns, which is book #5 of the Montana Born Bride series. She did a good job with character development and keeping the storyline focused on the main couple, all within the scope of only 113 pages. The writing seemed to flow effortlessly and the plot was intriguing, mainly due to Magdalene’s deep da (My review is based on ARC e-book generously provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest opinion.) Thoroughly enjoyed this mildly angst-filled contemporary romance novella by Rachael Johns, which is book #5 of the Montana Born Bride series. She did a good job with character development and keeping the storyline focused on the main couple, all within the scope of only 113 pages. The writing seemed to flow effortlessly and the plot was intriguing, mainly due to Magdalene’s deep dark secret. It added a touch of suspense in the beginning that evolved into a gut wrenching reveal at the end that I did not see coming. The close relationship of Magdalene with her daughter was very heart warming, especially considering Magdalene’s past, and the cast of believable supporting characters also added a lot to the story. Overall, if you are looking for a quick read that contains a musically gifted couple, love at first, a few steamy scenes, but most importantly a romantic HEA, you should consider Kiss the Bride. Since I also really enjoyed Bride by Mistake by Nicole Helm, Book #3, I hope to read the others, as well. Two Nights With His Bride by Kat Latham, book #6, will be released on June 6, 2015. Though each book is a standalone and written by different authors, they are cleverly interwoven to make a complete great series.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Psusan

    Kiss the Bride is a quick read that once again allows us to visit Marietta, Montana. I remembered Jake Kohl, country music star, from Selah’s and Levi’s story but at first did not remember Selah’s sister, Magdalena being mentioned. That probably says more about me than it does the author or her writing. This simple but thoughtful story has warm, caring likable characters with Jake, Magdalena and her family. Even with the instant love between Jake and Magdalena, this is very much a returning home Kiss the Bride is a quick read that once again allows us to visit Marietta, Montana. I remembered Jake Kohl, country music star, from Selah’s and Levi’s story but at first did not remember Selah’s sister, Magdalena being mentioned. That probably says more about me than it does the author or her writing. This simple but thoughtful story has warm, caring likable characters with Jake, Magdalena and her family. Even with the instant love between Jake and Magdalena, this is very much a returning home and facing your past story for Magdalena. The story takes its tone from Jake’s personality, so in spite of Magdalena’s dark secret it is carefree and easygoing. I chuckled over the ice cream events and continued comments. Really these references helps gives the story a smooth cohesion that made it a stronger read for me. In fact I like everything about this novella except the ending feels rushed with Magdalena makes a decision then turning a complete about face in only a few minutes. Her confusion over what would be best for her family would take longer to work out in her mind. Afterwards the epilogue shows that time has passed before Jake and Magdalena officially tie the knot. While this helps I still feel more time should have shown earlier in the story. Overall a must read if you love to get caught up in love and romance. The publisher through Net Galley provided a copy.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Mags is back in Marietta with her daughter to help take care of her sick mom, how long the stay is unknown at this time. The only problem facing Mags is she has a secret no one knows and she would like to keep it that way for the sake of her daughter and those involved, but will she be able to keep that secret and for how much longer. Jake is now living in Marietta and he's not sure what is the next step in his life he just know one thing he is not to happy about having to sign at the upcoming w Mags is back in Marietta with her daughter to help take care of her sick mom, how long the stay is unknown at this time. The only problem facing Mags is she has a secret no one knows and she would like to keep it that way for the sake of her daughter and those involved, but will she be able to keep that secret and for how much longer. Jake is now living in Marietta and he's not sure what is the next step in his life he just know one thing he is not to happy about having to sign at the upcoming wedding of Nancy Parsons and he's ready to get the auditions for his counter part over and done with. When the most beautiful voice he has ever heard stands up on stage and wows everyone he knows this is the one he needs to sign with theres only one problem and he hopes that she won't see it and will sign with him. This is a follow up to the Montana born bride books, this book is fun and really sweet. I love this little town and the fun people in it. The author did a great job with getting a story with a tough subject told but not just glossing over it and still keeping the story light and fun. The chemistry in the book from the beginning to the end was differently jumping off the pages and has you turning each page wanting more. I just loved the way this story ended and can't wait to read more about this fun group of women from Montana.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ash P Reads

    This was really sweet story with very sad twist but a really great HEA. Magdalena after being estranged from her family for more than a decade has finally plucked up the courage to return home and be with her mother who is ill. Though amends have been made, her relationship with her parents are still strained. The cause: the unknown father of her teenaged daughter Country music singer, Jake Kohl, has lost his inspiration. He hasn't written anything new in a while and has moved to Marietta in sear This was really sweet story with very sad twist but a really great HEA. Magdalena after being estranged from her family for more than a decade has finally plucked up the courage to return home and be with her mother who is ill. Though amends have been made, her relationship with her parents are still strained. The cause: the unknown father of her teenaged daughter Country music singer, Jake Kohl, has lost his inspiration. He hasn't written anything new in a while and has moved to Marietta in search of a fresh start. Being forced in to participate in the event of the year, a celebrity wedding in Marietta, he auditions several female singers for a duet, when he is surprised by Magdalena's sweet voice. Irresistibly drawn to each other, Magdalena finds herself trusting and confiding in Jake about things that no one knows. And Jake finds his muse again. But when past and present collide, Magdalena finds herself returning to her shell that had protected but isolated her from the people she loved for all these years, believing that life was better than the one in which she must face her fears and stand up for the truth. Free copy provided in exchange for an honest review.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Janine

    A beautiful love story. Magdalena Davis has finally returned home after leaving town when she got pregnant at 17. The popular girl and preacher daughter was ashamed of what happened. When she found out her mother had cancer, she decided it was finally time to come home and be with her family. She wanted her daughter to get to know her family better. Jake Kohl needed some time away from the music scene. He fell in love with the small town of Marietta when he performed at the annual fair. This is wh A beautiful love story. Magdalena Davis has finally returned home after leaving town when she got pregnant at 17. The popular girl and preacher daughter was ashamed of what happened. When she found out her mother had cancer, she decided it was finally time to come home and be with her family. She wanted her daughter to get to know her family better. Jake Kohl needed some time away from the music scene. He fell in love with the small town of Marietta when he performed at the annual fair. This is where he decided he would settle down. When a celebrity wedding comes to town, they ask Jake to sing at the wedding. He needs to find someone locally to sing a duet with him. He knew the minute he saw and heard Magdalena sing she would be perfect for the job. Practicing together brings Magdalena and Jake closer than either expected. Will they survive the wedding madness and town gossips? I really enjoyed this book. The characters seemed so real and the story one that leaves you wanting more.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

    Review featured on www.books-n-kisses.com 3.75 Hearts This is the fifth in the series but is easily a stand alone and since I haven't read the other four I can guarantee that. This is a very sweet short story. It is only about 65 pages so it is quick and yet enjoyable. Magdalena is a sweet single mom who has been through a lot in her life. She has raised her now 15 year old daughter alone and no one really knows why and who the dad is. Jake is the son of country music stars and has become a star Review featured on www.books-n-kisses.com 3.75 Hearts This is the fifth in the series but is easily a stand alone and since I haven't read the other four I can guarantee that. This is a very sweet short story. It is only about 65 pages so it is quick and yet enjoyable. Magdalena is a sweet single mom who has been through a lot in her life. She has raised her now 15 year old daughter alone and no one really knows why and who the dad is. Jake is the son of country music stars and has become a star in his own right but has lost his muse. That is until he meets Mags. I don’t want to say too much about the story since it is so short and even the smallest detail can give some things away but I want to say it was a wonderful read. There were some grammatical errors that I hope will be fixed before it goes to ebook but even if they are not then it will still be great. Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Christina Reed

    Kiss the Bride by Rachael Johns was a sweet story. Magdalena Davis is a single mom who was convinced to audition to sing with Jake Kohl, a country star, at Marietta's celebrity wedding. Well Jake likes Magdalena from the moment he sees her, and her voice blows him away. They get to know each other through rehearsals and start falling for each other. Mags has a secret tho, she's never told anyone who fathered her daughter. I have to say, I enjoyed seeing Jake and Mags fall for each other and them Kiss the Bride by Rachael Johns was a sweet story. Magdalena Davis is a single mom who was convinced to audition to sing with Jake Kohl, a country star, at Marietta's celebrity wedding. Well Jake likes Magdalena from the moment he sees her, and her voice blows him away. They get to know each other through rehearsals and start falling for each other. Mags has a secret tho, she's never told anyone who fathered her daughter. I have to say, I enjoyed seeing Jake and Mags fall for each other and them open up to each other. The story of how Mags got pregnant was one I predicted from the beginning, but I didn't mind that. I found myself reading through this story quickly because it was engaging and entertaining. This was a good addition to the Montana Born Brides series, and one I will most likely be revisiting in the future. I give it 4 stars overall.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Margaret Sholders

    I liked this story. It was just the perfectly short story I needed to read. I am glad I picked this out as I have found another new author. Rachael wrote the story line to go straight to your heart. She has the best people for this story. Jake is a country singer who has moved to Marietta to find his Muse. He needs to find a singer to sing with him at Nancy's celebrity wedding. Bella pushes her Mom, Magdalena, to audition. Jake likes her before singing and more after hearing her. She falls for h I liked this story. It was just the perfectly short story I needed to read. I am glad I picked this out as I have found another new author. Rachael wrote the story line to go straight to your heart. She has the best people for this story. Jake is a country singer who has moved to Marietta to find his Muse. He needs to find a singer to sing with him at Nancy's celebrity wedding. Bella pushes her Mom, Magdalena, to audition. Jake likes her before singing and more after hearing her. She falls for him too. Mags has a hidden past. Spoiler. Bella breaks her leg in a car accident and scares her Mom to death. Big Spoilers here. Jake asks her to marry him with help from Bella so she doesn't have to fix life alone. Please check this story out. It is a quick read and for once I didn't need tissues. I hope you take time to read this story. Enjoy! I have this book for an honest review for NetGalley.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Diane

    This book is part of the Montana Born Brides series and tells the story of Preacher Davis' daughter, Magdalena, a Marietta, Montana born girl who got pregnant at 17 and left town to have her baby. She's been gone for 15 years and only returned to try to make peace with her mom who is undergoing chemotherapy. Mags' daughter and sister goad her into trying out to perform a duet at a celebrity wedding in town. Mags' fabulous voice earns her the spot of singing with the famous country singe Jake Koh This book is part of the Montana Born Brides series and tells the story of Preacher Davis' daughter, Magdalena, a Marietta, Montana born girl who got pregnant at 17 and left town to have her baby. She's been gone for 15 years and only returned to try to make peace with her mom who is undergoing chemotherapy. Mags' daughter and sister goad her into trying out to perform a duet at a celebrity wedding in town. Mags' fabulous voice earns her the spot of singing with the famous country singe Jake Kohl if her nerves don't let her down. Jake is simply blown away by her beauty and her beautiful voice and hopes for something more than just a song together. I liked this book and this whole series. It's a feel-good read and really, if you want romance, what's better than a wedding series? I received this book as an ARC from Net Galley.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mia

    A fast weekend read Secrets always have a way of always surfacing. Magdalena Davis left home years ago to keep her secret safe. But she moves back home to be there when her mom gets sick and brings her daughter with her. Magdalena is sweet talked by her daughter into auditioning to sing with a country music star who has moved to Marietta hoping to recapture his muse. There is a lot of chemistry between these two and things heat up. But the secrets surrounding Magdalena's daughter's father swirl A fast weekend read Secrets always have a way of always surfacing. Magdalena Davis left home years ago to keep her secret safe. But she moves back home to be there when her mom gets sick and brings her daughter with her. Magdalena is sweet talked by her daughter into auditioning to sing with a country music star who has moved to Marietta hoping to recapture his muse. There is a lot of chemistry between these two and things heat up. But the secrets surrounding Magdalena's daughter's father swirl around the blossoming romance. Will love win out? You need to read this to find out. This book is perfect for a weekend read curled up on the porch swing with a frosty drink by your side. Full disclosure - I was provided with an advanced reader copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Books and Spoons

    This wedding novella from Marietta, Montana made me smile all the way through. It is so heartwarming, full of joy and wonder of life. The instant attraction, chemistry, connection Jake has with Magdalena is steaming hot, yet at the same time tender and rather fragile. The fact that this famous country star is so down to earth, nice, and respectful is a true delight. His admiration of Magdalena, the way he is patient with her, willing to wait for her, and letting her take the time she needs is so This wedding novella from Marietta, Montana made me smile all the way through. It is so heartwarming, full of joy and wonder of life. The instant attraction, chemistry, connection Jake has with Magdalena is steaming hot, yet at the same time tender and rather fragile. The fact that this famous country star is so down to earth, nice, and respectful is a true delight. His admiration of Magdalena, the way he is patient with her, willing to wait for her, and letting her take the time she needs is so attractive. And when Magdalena opens her heart and tells him her secret, about her past, the understanding and protectiveness from Jake melted my heart. Not to mention the ice cream addiction... Take a blanket, go out in the sun and melt away with this wedding novella, that is celebrating the bliss of falling in love ~ Five Spoons

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jean

    Jake is a country singer who recently moved to Marietta. Magdalena recently returned after having left when she was 17. Jake has to find someone to sing a duet with him at the celebrity wedding coming up in Marietta - and Magdalena's daughter talks her into auditioning. Magdalena was great. I ached for her when I found out the secret that she hadn't even shared with her parents. Jake was great, and very down to earth, especially for someone famous. This was a great story and I loved all of the cha Jake is a country singer who recently moved to Marietta. Magdalena recently returned after having left when she was 17. Jake has to find someone to sing a duet with him at the celebrity wedding coming up in Marietta - and Magdalena's daughter talks her into auditioning. Magdalena was great. I ached for her when I found out the secret that she hadn't even shared with her parents. Jake was great, and very down to earth, especially for someone famous. This was a great story and I loved all of the characters. I'm looking forward to the next book as we are getting closer and closer to the big celebrity wedding. This is definitely one of my favorites from the series. (Each book can be read as a stand alone though - you don't lose anything by not having read the rest.)

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