#TheLeftoverBride by: Elodie Nowodazkij

All Sorcha O’Connor wants for Christmas is for her life to turn into a Hallmark movie–but sexier.

Ryan Sawyer has a few things on his wishlist. First, he wants to stay away from Swans Cove. Second, he wants his NHL career back. And third, he wants Sorcha. Always has, always will.

When wedding dress designer Sorcha O’Connor got stranded at the altar and went viral as #TheLeftoverBride, she lost everything: her fiancé, her thriving business, her glowing reputation, and her dreams. To forget the upcoming first anniversary of that fateful day, Sorcha is ticking items off her “31 Things to Do Before the 31st” list and working day and night to get her life back on track. Not on her list? Falling for her former best friend –at one point more than best friend–hockey star Ryan Sawyer. Especially since he’s now known as the #HockeyHottie; Sorcha’s got enough hashtags for a lifetime.

Ryan Sawyer skated out of Swans Cove right out of high school. And since then, he stuck to the one item on his wishlist he could control. He busted his ass, making sure he always had the perfect excuse for avoiding Swans Cove: hockey. But thanks to his injuries, rumors about his uncertain future at the Tacoma Angels, and his mother’s birthday, he’s back for a quick visit. His agent and the team’s publicist were crystal clear–Ryan’s got to avoid stirring up trouble or risk losing his spot on the team. But he can’t stop thinking about Sorcha, the redhead who knows him better than even his therapist. Ryan wasn’t there for her when she needed him most, and for that, she might want to shred him with her dressmaker’s shears, though… Maybe he could just pass by and say hello?

When Sorcha’s former #RunawayGroom becomes the Most Coveted Bachelor in America, virtual eyes focus on Sorcha again. This time, Ryan’s not going to bolt–even when Sorcha blurts out on national TV that both she and Ryan are working on their so-called “Happy Lists”…together. “

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Just a heads up that Sorcha deals with OCD and anxiety and Ryan grew up with a crappy deadbeat bio dad and a stepdad that found an opioid addiction.

Childhood BFFs, Sorcha and Ryan, who occasionally were so much more, are perfect for each other. Most times all it takes is a smile/look/movement and the other instantly knows, exactly, what the other is thinking about. They seem to know each and every truth except when it comes to how they feel, emotionally, about each other. When it comes to love they both seem to be blind.

Both Sorcha and Ryan carry similar baggage, they both feel like the world, and their families, see them as a disappointment or failure, and they’re both desperate to prove that thought wrong.

The reason they haven’t really talked in a few years is that each feels that the other wasn’t there to support them when they needed them to. Such a simple misunderstanding caused a hole in each of them.

I really enjoyed this story as we get to know each character in the present as well as learn a lot about their past history together. This really played out as one of those stories where everyone, except the two main characters, knew they were meant for each other.

If you enjoy sweet second chance, small-town Christmas romances between childhood BFFs then this is the book for you! Another book is teased, at the very end, for another potential couple and I am so excited to get my hands on it when it comes out!

Here’s the link for book two, which is set to release next fall!

#SweetsforLove

Published by Noelle Loves Books

Growing up, Japanese and Indigenous, it was hard to find books that showcased stories and worlds that accurately portrayed Noelle’s experiences. Fantasy quickly became her main love, as you could really be anyone, anywhere. As the years went on, and technology grew, Noelle was finally able to see more stories and authors that looked and felt like her. Noelle is open to all genre’s though she can mostly be found reading own voice, fantasy, and romance. Ratings: 5 Stars: Completely blew me away 4 Stars: Loved the story but didn't feel completely blown away by it 3 Stars: Liked the overall concept of the story but either had poor execution, had a lot of plot holes, or was written poorly 2 Stars: I struggled to understand the plot, poorly written, or just had really unlikeable characters along with a poor writing 1 Star: Horribly written, major plot holes, or extremely unlikeable characters and plots.

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