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ARC BOOK REVIEW: Don’t Kiss the Bride by Carian Cole (reviewed by Dana Hoffman)



I went through so many feelings and emotions while reading this book, and I am going through even more now that I finished it. Getting to the end of it felt like the sweetest and sexiest kind of torture. It’s no secret that it has a happy ending, but it was such a rollercoaster getting there, pretty much just like Lucky and Skylar’s relationship. While unconventional, their love and care for each other felt like such a natural progression of their entire relationship. It was a soft kind of love, the softest. It was also something to swoon over, so hot and sexy, sweet and raw, and just perfect in all the ways. It was gentle and hard, emotional to perfection. I loved everything about it, including the realistic way that showed the natural fear of judgement from others due to where they each were in their lives at the time of their getting together. I have to mention that there’s a “tub scene” at some point that I think it’s one of the most erotic scenes I’ve ever read. I’d also be remiss not to mention the awesome cameo of Asher Valentine from the Ashes & Embers series, which, if this is your first Carian Cole read, it should seriously push you to read that whole series which culminates with Asher’s story and this particular point where Lucky meets Asher.

I’m going to end this with saying that if you’re like me and have waited for this book with bated breath, you will not be disappointed in the slightest. Don’t Kiss The Bride really is everything that you could’ve wished for, and more.

reviewed by Dana Hoffamn

Title: Don't Kiss the Bride
Author: Carian Cole
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 1, 2021


I guess you could say I was a damsel in distress, and he was my knight in shining armor.

But more accurately, I was a girl with a lot of bad luck, and he was a guy with a lot of muscles and tattoos.

Jude “Lucky” Lucketti wasn’t just a sexy, brooding construction worker. He was my own personal hero who seemed to be in all the right places at the right times. Like when my car broke down and I needed a ride home, and when I face planted on the sidewalk right in front of him and had to be taken to the emergency room.

Those weren’t exactly my best moments, but they were his.

We became friends, and it didn’t matter that he was sixteen years older than me. We had a lot in common—like our love of old rock music and vintage fast cars, and our aversion to relationships.

When he approached me with a crazy idea to help me out, I couldn’t say no.

The arrangement was supposed to be temporary. A marriage on paper and nothing else.

It should’ve been easy, but it wasn’t.

Because here I am, eighteen years-old, still in high school, and married to a man I was never supposed to fall in love with.

We had just one rule—no kissing the bride.

But we broke that rule, and it sealed our fate forever.



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Carian Cole has a passion for the bad boys, those covered in tattoos, sexy smirks, ripped jeans, fast cars, motorcycles and of course, the sweet girls who try to tame them and win their hearts. 

Born and raised a Jersey girl, Carian now resides in beautiful New Hampshire with her husband and their multitude of furry pets. She spends most of her time writing, reading, and vacuuming.

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