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A year’s worth of novellas from twelve inspirational romance authors. Happily ever after guaranteed.

What started as a whim turned into an accidental—and very public—engagement. Can Layla and Seth keep up the façade in Chapel Springs this holiday season—for the sake of her career . . . and his heart?

Under normal circumstances, Seth Murphy—the best friend of Layla O’Reilly’s ex-fiancé—would be the last person she’d marry. But the news of their upcoming (and phony) nuptials convinces a big client that Layla may be high-society enough to work for his agency—a coup that would put her fledgling home-staging business on the map.

Seth has secretly loved Layla for years, even when she was dating his best friend. Maybe she’ll never forgive him for the way he hurt her back then, but he has to try. And Layla is willing to keep up their engagement farce until she’s landed her client.

For Layla, it's the chance to save her career. But for Seth, it's his last chance to win her heart.

“Denise Hunter knows how to warm up an inspirational romance with sizzling chemistry. You’ll fall in love with this December wedding story!” —Kristin Billerbeck, bestselling author of What a Girl Wants

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A December Bride
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4.3 / 5
February 2nd, 2014
Layla O'Reilly is a strong woman in her own way. Coming from the wrong side of the tracks, with a dead mother and an alcoholic father, she has had to work hard for everything she has. And she is making it - crawling up the ladder with teeth and fingernails, working as a waitress and trying to get her business off the ground. She is hit hard when her (Loser!) fiance' dumps her for her own cousin. Her snotty, plastic, self centered cousin. Not only that, she has to attend their wedding! When her wedding date, her good friend Cooper gets a 102-degree fever on the day of the wedding, her ex's best friend Murphy comes to the rescue as a replacement date. When her "ultra snotty" cousin insults Layla in front of Murphy, he decides to claim an engagement with Layla, much to her horror - for Murphy is who she blames for the ex's betrayal. (Why do women never blame the EX's for the nasty things they do?) What happens after is expected, but at the same time both fun and a bit more creative than most. The pains that Layla goes through to get the attention and jobs due someone of her skills is battered by the behaviour and insular attitudes of the people whom she needs to sell her business services as a home stager to. I admired her for her guts and her strength, if not so much for her inability to see what a jerk her ex is. Overall, if you like sweet, romantic stories without all the sex that overpowers so many books with strong possibilities as good stories but wind up as nothing but porn, this is one you should read. I received this book from NetGalley and the publisher in return for my honest opinion.
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