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.

don't kiss the bride

by carina cole

Carian Cole's approach to storytelling is so beautifully poetic that her words consume every inch of your soul leaving you utterly breathless as you inhale her epic love stories that make you feel. She is without a doubt an author that will NEVER let you down when it comes to her storytelling ability and character development. She brings such a unique voice to all of her characters that you just can't help but fall completely head over heels in love with them.

Don't Kiss the Bride is an alluring slow burn age gap romance about two damaged souls that unexpectedly enter into a marriage of convenience agreement and ultimately discover parts of themselves that they never knew existed. Skylar (Sparkles) and Jude's (Lucky) journey will leave your heart full of emotions as you lose yourself amongst the pages of their epic love story. From the second these two laid eyes on each other, I could feel this undeniable connection between them that ran deep and honestly I found myself absolutely addicted to every moment they shared.

You could feel the sexual tension between Skylar and Jude deep in your veins as you experienced the ups and downs of their relationship. What started off as a simple arrangement, soon becomes an explosion of raw emotions and attraction that will leave you mesmerized long after you have reached the end. Carina Cole never ceases to amaze me with her writing and I just couldn't get enough of these two. This story is a MUST read and ALREADY one of my top reads of the year!

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series: standalone
genres: age gap, contemporary
release date: february 1, 2021