by: Therese Beharrie
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Christmas
Release Date: November 1, 2018
Publisher: Harlequin Romance
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The bridesmaid, the best man…
A Christmas wedding they’ll never forget!
A year after being jilted, Ava Keller finds herself forced back up the aisle — as bridesmaid at a beautiful Cape Town wedding. Best man — and Ava’s first crush — Noah Giles is the perfect distraction from her painful memories. But their flirtation turns serious when Ava’s feelings for him resurface! Hurt when Noah left after their kiss years before, will Ava give their chemistry a second chance?
Therese Beharrie is a new to me author. The cover for Her Festive Flirtation is what captured my attention. I read the blurb and was intrigued by the story taking place in Cape Town. This prompted me to look up Therese and discover she was a South African author which further intrigued me.
Her Festive Flirtation is a second chance love story with a little Christmas thrown in and one of my favorite tropes, best friend/sibling. A year ago, Ava Keller’s world was turned upside down when she was left at the altar. For a whole year, she’s had to endure the pitying looks and behind the back whispering of family and friends. In one of the worst showings of compassion and solidarity I have ever seen, Ava’s older brother Jaden is set to get married almost a year to the day of her failed wedding. Adding insult to injury, her soon-to-be sister-in-law has chosen Ava to be one of the bridesmaids.
For the past seven years, Noah Giles has traveled the world being a photojournalist. At first, him leaving was a way to escape his past and embrace his passion of photography. But he’s now ready to return home. Being the best man in his best friend’s Christmastime wedding seems like the perfect opportunity to do so. He just isn’t prepared for the feelings returning home stirs.
I love meet cutes and Her Festive Flirtation contains a really nice meet cute/re-introduction scene. Ava and Noah were very likeable characters who I loved getting to know. They were playful and supportive of each other. This was a romance like I can't remember reading before. Noah and Ava's journey towards an HEA involved them helping each other heal from their pasts. The story was more about them healing individually, with them being a couple secondary. In fact, they were never truly a couple on paper. I liked that the secondary characters eventually stepped up and acknowledged the things they did wrong. My only complaint is that the flashback scenes came without warning.
I’m looking forward to reading more from Therese Beharrie.
**Received a copy of the book from the publisher and voluntarily reviewed.**
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