The Wedding Date: A Christmas Novella

The Wedding Date: A Christmas Novella

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by Cara Connelly
     
 

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In The Wedding Date, Cara Connelly launches her new Save the Date series, about the magic—and mayhem—of weddings!

Julie Marone isn't your ordinary matchmaker. Instead of setting up singles, she matches already-happy couples with their dream homes. And since she lost the other half of her own happy couple, it's her passion.

Cody

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Overview

In The Wedding Date, Cara Connelly launches her new Save the Date series, about the magic—and mayhem—of weddings!

Julie Marone isn't your ordinary matchmaker. Instead of setting up singles, she matches already-happy couples with their dream homes. And since she lost the other half of her own happy couple, it's her passion.

Cody Brown isn't your ordinary cowboy. Instead of roping runaway steers, he wrangles sick kids and strung-out junkies as an ER doc. And since his brother lost his wife to a drunk driver, it's his mission.

When Cody moves from Austin to Boston, he wants Julie to find him a condo. But not only is Cody single, he's a doctor, and ever since her fiancé died, she's got a major grudge against doctors.

Cody angles to be Julie's date for her sister's Christmas Eve wedding but discovers that her "no doctors" rule is unbending. Still, he's not quitting. If Cody has his way, they'll be a couple by Christmas, and the next dream house Julie finds will be their own.

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Editorial Reviews

Jill Shalvis
“If you like your contemporary romance to sizzle than look no further.”
RT Book Reviews (top pick) on THE WEDDING FAVOR 4 1/2 STARS
“Connelly’s debut novel is a delicious, scandaous and moving enemies-to-lovers tale [...] A wealth of quirky, sympathetic secondary characters and some zany predicaments round out this utterly enticing romance and mark Connelly as an author to watch.”
Harlequin Junkie
“The Wedding Date is an emotional, sexy novella to start off Cara Connelly’s new Save the Date series. If the series is as well written and flirty as this story was, then count me in. [...] The characters were complex, their chemistry was great, and the plot was interesting.”
Straight Shootin Book Reviews
“I love, love, love this novella. I’m also super excited to find a new author that that has more to read coming out very soon. This book was sexy as hell and sad and heartbreaking, too.”
A Generous Helping of Romance Blog
“Funny. Sweet. And addicting. The Wedding Date is a breath of fresh air. [...] This story was an interesting, mostly hilarious, heartfelt and feel good read that never left me bored.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062282231
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
11/19/2013
Series:
A Save the Date Novella , #1
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
54,569
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Cara Connelly is an award-winning author of contemporary romances. Her smart and sexy stories have won high praise, earning Cara several awards, including the Romance Writers of America's Golden Heart®, the Valley Forge Romance Writers' Sheila, and the Music City Romance Writers' Melody of Love. Cara, who lives in rural Upstate New York, works as an appellate court attorney when she's not crafting steamy novels of love and romance.

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The Wedding Date: A Christmas Novella 4.1 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 14 reviews.
ReneeEntress More than 1 year ago
4.5 Star Review - The Wedding Date I recommend this book. This book contains heartache, passion, and laughs. Julie has a gift for matching couples to there perfect homes. When Cody stops in her office he needs a condo. She turns him down as she only works with couples. When he talks her into helping him out she does but she's not happy about it. He is not part of a couple and even worst he is a doctor. Something in her past has made her hate all doctors. How will Cody breakdown her walls if he is hated by her for his profession? Cody is very attracted to Julie and really wants to get to know her better. With her doctor issue is it even worth it? I like Cody and Julie. You can feel the chemistry jump off the pages. On one hand you can understand Julie's issue with Doctors but since Cody was not even around can she really blame him also? Love how Cody slowly breaks down her walls one by one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. The witty banter and steamy scenes. The only critisim I have is I wish it was longer. Cara Connelly has become one of my top three favorite authors. I can't wait for the next books to come out.
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Very entertaining
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Here if you want to
sharon1JT More than 1 year ago
This is a delightful Christmas love story. It will make you smile.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ill try not to give anything away but it had a great relationship. Relatable characters and a story complete with a dream relationship - conflict included. About 80 pages of a good light take me away romance story. Note: Mild conversational swearing (nothing crazy but it is there) and one erotic encounter detailed.
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gaele More than 1 year ago
Cody has relocated from Texas to Boston; this doctor is used to having it all: from women fawning over him, to really fawning when they learn he is a doctor, his confusion when he arrives in a real estate office to engage their services for a new home.  Julie is a real estate agent with two rules: she only finds homes for couples, and she doesn’t like doctors. Not one bit.  So this man, in his cowboy gear better suited to warmer weather and not appropriate doctor-wear shouldn’t ring her bells.  But he does.  And, this is a quickly paced clever story with great banter and interaction, some ridiculously predictable, yet still funny, situations and misconceptions from family, and a heartwarming happy ever after.   With meddling family, family dinners and weather unlike any found regularly in Texas, Cody and Julie don’t stand a chance of ignoring the sparks between them.  Cara Connelly has written a fun and clever holiday story,  a perfect afternoon’s getaway to recover after a busy day!  I received an eBook from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. 
kydirtgirl68 More than 1 year ago
Julie helps couples find their happily ever after place to live. She can find the perfect house or place for any couple. She is great and her job and doesn't work with single people. However she finds Cody Brown irresistible when he ask for her help finding a place. He has one major thing against him and that is he is a doctor. Where a lot of woman want a doctor, Julie wants nothing to do with them. She lost her fiance years ago and blames the doctors. Julie's sister keeps setting her up on dates with different guys so she can have a date for her wedding but Cody wirks his way in. Julie will have to let go of the pain of the past if she can hope to find love again. No Matter how much Julie pushes Cody away he won't back down. Julie is excellent at her job and pairing couples up with their perfect house is a gift she has. She doesn't date much and while she is lonely she still mourns for her ex fiance. She is a great character one you get to know and understand. She is holding in lots of grief and anger but it is understandable. Cody is the sexy doctor who has also been a cowboy. Big double wammy there. He is also funny, charming and cares about people. He has had his problems with woman in the past and he sees right away Julie isn't like them. I liked both of these characters as they fight their own emotions. This book draws you right in from the sexy doctor to some horrible blind dates you never know what is going to happen. I laughed a few times at the stuff Julie goes through on these dates. Cody will give you quite a few chuckles as well as he teases Julie. I liked the chemistry and the heat between these two. You never knew what they would do next. I like how Cody wouldn't back down from Julie and instead of babying her over her fiance he tries to make her face facts. This book is a wonderful story with endearing characters. I hated to see it end even if the ending was great. If you love romance books with a good plot give this one a try.
HarlequinJunkie_ More than 1 year ago
In The Wedding Date: A Christmas Novella by Cara Connelly, Cody Brown is definitely a long way from home, he realizes, as he trudges through the sleet and snow in Boston. The Texas born ER doctor is on the hunt for a place to live and he's been told realtor Julie Marone is just the woman to help him. However, Julie seems immune to his charms when he tries to persuade her to find him a condo. Cody knows there is chemistry between them, he can sense her interest in him, but something is holding her back. Cody isn't one to give up easily, so he continues to chip away at Julie's resolve until she agrees to help him with his housing dilemma. As he learns more about her and the painful reason she pushes people away, especially him being a doctor, Cody's feelings for Julie deepen. He only hopes he can find a way to help her move past the pain and to be ready for the relationship he wants to build with her. Julie Marone's family is breathing down her neck to find a date for her sister's Christmas Eve wedding. It has been a few years since her fiance passed away, and she knows she should be ready to move on. But knowing she should be ready and actually being ready are two very different things. Then cowboy Cody Brown walks into her office looking for a realtor. Sexy doesn't even begin to describe him. And then there's the electricity between them. But that all changes when he tells her he's a doctor. The Wedding Date is an emotional, sexy novella to start off Cara Connelly's new Save the Date series. If the series is as well written and flirty as this story was, then count me in. I was honestly a little conflicted when it came to Cody's character at first until I got a little further into the story. He comes across as a player, and a bit chauvinistic as well. But thanks to this being written from both pov's, switching seamlessly I might add, I understood his actions better and liked him more. Julie, on the other hand, I connected with quickly only to become frustrated by her choices, even though I already knew why she felt like she did. In the end it all worked out for our protagonists (as it should!) but it was a roller coaster of emotional baggage to get there. Cara's writing style was a lot of fun to read and I thought she was very creative in her descriptions and dialogue. Even though some of the plotline dealt with very heavy situations like overcoming grief and fear, there was still room for flirting between Cody and Julie and some spicy love scenes. It gave the story a nice sense of balance and kept it from becoming too dark. Overall I really enjoyed The Wedding Date. The characters were complex, their chemistry was great, and the plot was interesting. I look forward to reading more in this new series by Cara Connelly.