November 30, 2013

The Kissing Season

Book Cover The Kissing Season
The Kissing Season
Rachael Johns
Published: Harlequin Australia
Date: 1st December 2014
Pages: 100
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format: e-ARC
Source: Publisher via NetGalley

It’s no surprise to anyone when Hannah Elliot makes the spontaneous decision to marry a stranger in Las Vegas. But when she finds herself pregnant and her new husband files for an annulment, she dreads having to tell her family.

Returning to her Australian hometown of Wildwood Point, Hannah is determined to become a devoted mum and put her baby’s needs ahead of her own. She’s also set to prove to her family she can actually be responsible. This means putting her wild past behind her and accepting a job back in the family business...while keeping her pregnancy a secret!

Except, when gorgeous Italian Matteo Della-Bosca walks through the shop door, Hannah finds her resolve slipping fast...

My thoughts
This novella is the first book I have read by Rachael Johns and I enjoyed it.  It is only 100 pages so there is not a lot of time for the characters to really develop, however when I am reading a novella, I am happy to suspend certain expectations.

Hannah is a fun character, thought to be flighty and irresponsible by her family, she has returned home after a travel fling.  She works in the family business and there she meets Matteo who on first sight seems to be a charming womaniser.  As I read along I realise that there is more to Hannah than flighty and irresponsible, and that maybe her family don't see her that way at all.

It is not long though before it becomes evident that Matteo has a mother he cares about a lot, he cared for his own Dad but had a rough time with his step dad.  He really is quite responsible and ready when the right time and person comes along to step up and find his true heart's content.  He champions Hannah right throughout the story.

This book was a very good introduction to Rachael Johns' writing, I am looking forward now to reading Outback Dreams in the near future.
3 stars

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