Don’t Kiss the Bride – Carian Cole

Reviews by Yael Waknin


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.

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My review

I knew Carian Cole from the book Torn. I loved that book on a deep and genuine level (read the review on the book Torn), and when this book – Don’t Kiss the Bride – came out, I’ve read the synopsis, and it was clear that I would read it.

So Carian knows how to bring us stories of such a beautiful age gap that it’s a real art.

This book is about Jude, the owner of a construction company that works on a building close to Skyler’s high school.

Jude helps her when the car gets stuck, and then when she faints in the school parking lot, he sees it and immediately goes to help her.

Slowly they get closer despite the 16 year age gap between them and find things in common. Skyler is an Old-soul, and it makes sense that she’d feel comfortable with Jude despite the age difference 😊

There is something about well-written Age-Gap books that can be full of emotion and depth far beyond ordinary love stories – one that the couple is close in age.

Think of the struggles that many couples have and add the age gap between them—the feeling of forbidden. Her lack of understanding, immaturity, innocence in comparison to his experience, maturity, and knowledge of things she hasn’t yet experienced.

Skyler’s background story really made my stomach churn. As someone who likes to read light-hearted and good romantic stories, Carian’s books are not that kind. Still, I love her writing so much. The characters stay with you in your mind and heart, also after dozens of other books.

Jude really was Skyler’s guardian angel. He started with a bit of help here and there and continued with an actual rescue.

Skyler’s life at home is something I’ve never read before. It was fascinating. It was painful. It made my stomach ache.

I don’t want to elaborate too much, so I wrote in a very general way because this is a book you must experience for yourself. Read this book, and you’ll feel like you are going through everything with the characters.

Carian even added a guest appearance in this book, Asher Valentine – whoever knows her books knows who he is 😊

A fantastic book, and although I have only read it once, I know for sure that I will read it again and even listen to it on audio.

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