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Don’t Kiss the Bride

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.


Going into Don’t Kiss the Bride, I knew it was an age gap romance with an older hero and a younger heroine. I’d read Torn by Carian Cole before and loved it even though it was more taboo then this one. That being said, I felt uncomfortable reading the scenes were Skylar was in high school. I did get over that really quickly though and pulled into the phenomenal writing of Carian Cole. Skylar is in a terrible situation, a truly dangerous one, and when an older man who she is starting to get to know, offers her a safe way out, she takes it. The way out though, means she marries Jude. It’s purely a marriage of convenience in the beginning, a way to help Skylar and give her the future she desperately wants. However, the more time Jude and Skylar spend together, the stronger the desire between them becomes. Soon, their marriage of convenience becomes way more but is it the right path for Jude and Skylar? In terms of heartbreaking Carian Cole books, this book isn’t anywhere near Asher or No Tomorrow. There were definitely poignant moments and tough issues addressed but I always knew they would find a future that works for both Jude and Skylar. Overall, Don’t Kiss the Bride was another great Carian Cole story and I’d recommend it to those who like age gap romances.

*Received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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