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17 November 2021

Book Review: White Wedding by Carla Luna *AD gifted

I was provided with a free ebook of White Wedding by Carla Luna ahead of the blog tour.

I enjoyed this book so freaking much. It made me feel just about every emotion under the sun and oh boy was it worth it. Grab some tissues.

This is the third Blackwood Cellars book, but they can absolutely be read on their own. I don't feel like I missed out on anything, but I did like the peeks we got at other members of the Blackwood family.

White Wedding by Carla Luna book cover

Take one lavish holiday wedding. Add one evil ex and his bridezilla. And toss in a smoking-hot chef from the past. It’s a recipe for disaster.

Victoria Blackwood has spent years trying to redeem herself after falling victim to a blackmail scheme that cost her father thousands. So, when he insists she coordinate a big Christmas wedding at her family’s winery, she can’t say no. Even if the groom is her ex, and the caterer just quit.

For Rafael Sanchez, a last-minute call to cater a huge society wedding is a golden opportunity. If he can prove he’s up to the challenge, his brothers might entrust him with more responsibility in the family catering business. But when he meets Victoria, he can’t believe his eyes. Five years ago, they had a passionate fling that rocked his world. Until she left him with only a fake name to remember her by.

To pull off the perfect wedding, Victoria and Rafael can’t afford to get caught up in the past. But keeping things professional won’t be easy, not when the attraction between them burns hotter than Christmas in July.

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Source: Blog Tour | Review Copy

5 Word Review: Family, betrayal, secrets, responsibility, love.

Excuse me while I ugly cry, because this book did things to my feels.

Oh Victoria. Poor Victoria, she didn't deserve what she had to go through. But she is so resilient, and I loved her. I loved her drive and her passion and her generosity. Even when her hand was forced, she still did her best.

I thought Rafael was the perfect other half for Victoria. I loved how their differences made them perfect for each other, even if they tried so hard to deny their feelings for various reasons. I just really want him to cook for me, because the FOOD oh my goodness the food. A plate of nachos just didn't cut it.

The antagonists in this book are bloody awful, in the best of ways. I hated them. Also I am completely on Victoria's side when it comes to people called Ben - sorry guys, they're dicks. I was so furious on Victoria's behalf at how she was treated by her ex and his girlfriend, and by her own parents. Especially her father, he's a special type of arsehole.

Family is messy, and White Wedding explores this in a marvellous way. I loved the contrast between Victoria's family and Rafael's family, it made the differences all the more stark.

Also, can we talk about how gorgeous the cover is? It's simple and eye catching, and I love the simplicity. The colours are gorgeous and it's not what you'd expect from a slightly Christmassy romance. 10/10 for design!

I enjoyed White Wedding by Carla Luna so much that I've added the author's other books to my TBR, and I'm excited to read the other Blackwood Cellars stories, because this family has me intrigued.

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Carla Luna writes contemporary romance with a dollop of humor and a pinch of spice. A former archaeologist, she still dreams of traveling to far-off places and channels that wanderlust into the settings of her stories. When she’s not writing, she works in a spice emporium where she gets paid to discuss food and share her favorite recipes. Her passions include Broadway musicals, baking, whimsical office supplies, and pop culture podcasts. Though she has roots in Los Angeles and Victoria, B.C., she currently resides in Wisconsin with her family and her feisty Siberian cat.

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