Married for Christmas

Married for Christmas

By Noelle Adams

  • Release Date: 2013-12-01
  • Genre: Contemporary
Score: 4.5
4.5
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Description

After years of dreaming, Jessica is finally getting married, but the marriage isn't exactly what she thought.

Daniel is her best friend, and she's known him all her life, but he's never gotten over losing his wife two years ago. His dream is to become the pastor of the church in their hometown, but the small-town congregation keeps balking over calling an unmarried minister. Since Daniel needs a wife and Jessica wants a husband and family, she proposes an arrangement that benefits both of them.

They can get married. They can build a life together. They can celebrate Christmas as a couple. It's fine that he doesn't love her. And it's fine that she's not exactly suited to be a small-town pastor's wife. And it's fine that she's more attracted to her sexy, brooding husband every day.

Jessica can be practical about this marriage. She knows what she's getting into, after all...

This book includes fully-developed sex scenes between a husband and wife.

Reviews

  • Light Holiday Read

    3
    By Maribel @ Platypire Reviews
    I was looking for a cute Christmas story to get me into the mood for the holiday season. I didn't read the synopsis, so I didn't know it wasn't a clean read. It's okay though, I just skipped those parts and it did not take away anything vital from the story. What's new to me about this story is that most Christian reads I've read before never included intimate scenes. They tend to always be clean, so this was different. Not bad, in my opinion, for those who like to read those kinds of scenes. Anyway, I found Daniel to be a bit infuriating because he has such a hot and cold attitude. He can be kind and caring one moment, and the next moment he can just clam up. I certainly understand why Jessica is getting all sorts of mixed signals from him. And as for Jessica, you can see she has feelings that grow throughout the story, but she feels are unrequited. I felt the resolution was very dramatic (in a good way) because they finally talk everything out. Overall, it was a quick read and I give it 3 Platypires.
  • Married

    5
    By Deadfall it's
    Emotional, somewhat funny, and stubborn. Loved the story
  • Unexpected

    5
    By Bryanbrenaes mom
    I didn't think I would like this so I passed it and then on a random day I started reading it and couldn't put it down. It's a really great read!!!!!
  • Great read!

    5
    By Dancemanleo
    This is a great book! It's romantic while not feeling over done. Loved it!!
  • Ugh...

    1
    By RenegadeOfE
    I wanted to like this story; the concept is great. It started out as a three out of five for me, but quickly went down to a two. It stayed there for a while until the last few chapters when it plummeted to a one. The author describes things well, however the characters were awful. There was no depth to any of them. The main character, Jessica was okay, but the other main character Daniel was not enjoyable at all. Although I'm sure this was not the author's intention, I found this entire story insulting. Daniel is supposed to be a pastor, a very godly man, and Jessica is supposed to be just as godly, yet I saw very little to reflect that about them. Daniel read his bible a lot, but shut his own wife out and acted extremely hypocritical and almost never talked about God to her. He had no character at all, and the dialogue the author gave him, as well as the other characters, was ridiculous. So repetitive, so repetitive. I can't stress enough about the characters. There was barely any content about other characters. There was no mini storyline for the other characters, and I couldn't feel anything for any of them. It got very annoying how toward the end, Jessica kept crying ridiculously while Daniel demanded to know what's wrong. The author told a story, telling me what the characters felt, but the author shouldn't have to tell me. I should be about to feel it, but I felt nothing for the characters except annoyance. It seemed like the author just randomly made them feel or say something because it made the story move in the direction the author wanted it to go, but a story should be able to tell itself, unravel itself and spill out of your head onto the paper (or screen) the audience reads from. This story screams amateur. I felt like it was written by a middle schooler. Another thing I would like to point out, is that again toward the end, even though Jessica doesn't feel "connected" to people and therefore she gets married in hopes that will change that, she never made an effort. It's mentioned that she started "feeling connected", one phrase which was repeated too many times, yet it was never shown in the story. Not once did I see Jessica connecting to anyone. The grammar was horrid and there were typos. Too many unnecessary vocabulary words and phrases were used repetitively. The characters were stale, ridiculous, and made me feel absolutely nothing except thankful that this story was free.
  • Married for Christmas

    5
    By Heggadathi
    Beautifully written. Could not stop reading.
  • Beautiful story!

    5
    By Katg96
    I laughed and cried and laughed while crying. This book is very well done. The characters are believable and the plot line is beautiful. I'm not very religious or spiritual but this book is an amazing read for anyone.
  • Enjoyable

    4
    By Buzzsgirl
    Was delighted with the storyline and how the minister was so relatable and the romance was just about the man and a woman and nothing more. Good read and I enjoy the author.
  • Loved it

    5
    By Jujulove17
    I absolutely loved this book! In the past year I have read over 300 romance novels and this is one of my top 10! Loved the mixture of romance and religion! Nothing too extreme and it was perfect!
  • Good read!

    5
    By Oregon Slug
    Refreshing read about love without steamy sex. (Although I enjoy those books, too!). This is a good book, you'll enjoy it.

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