THE CHRISTMAS WEDDING RING by Susan Mallery is a reissue of The Wedding Ring Promise. Having never read the previous edition, I can't say how the two compare. However, THE CHRISTMAS WEDDING RING has Susan Mallery's trademark emotional punch. The Christmas-time setting adds to the, at times wistful and at times magical, feel of the book.
It can only be serendipity when Molly finds a ring in her dresser that reminds her of her old crush Dylan Black -- a ring he once gave her with the promise that he would give her an adventure. An adventure is exactly what Molly needs to take her mind off some recent unpleasantness. Luckily for Molly, Dylan is in exactly the right point in his life where a getaway is exactly what he needs too. I like the symmetry in THE CHRISTMAS WEDDING RING of Molly and Dylan both being at a crossroads in their lives at exactly the same moment. The journey they take in THE CHRISTMAS WEDDING RING is intimate, fun, erotic, and extraordinary.
I'm glad that THE CHRISTMAS WEDDING RING is told from both points of view. I think this helps add a greater understanding of the characters. I like the idea of two people reconnecting after losing touch for a number of years. It's more interesting when one had a secret crush on the other person. I like that there is no awkwardness because of Dylan's prior relationship with Molly's sister. Molly and Dylan are both very likable and Susan Mallery makes them both sympathetic. For a guy who works with motorcycles and projects a very strong persona, Dylan is incredibly tender and caring with Molly. Susan Mallery does a wonderful job exploring Dylan's background, making him a textured and complex character. I found Molly to be more of an enigma. While Dylan is torn between two directions in which to take his life, Molly's plans for her life are more fluid just as her future is more uncertain. The differences between the two of them make for an interesting dynamic.
THE CHRISTMAS WEDDING RING is another example of how deft Susan Mallery is at creating classic love stories. I look forward to reading other magical Christmas romances by Susan Mallery as well as the next book in her excellent Fool's Gold series. Susan Mallery always creates characters you care about.
Dylan always had a weakness for Molly, and when she
back into his lifeâ€”grown-up and gorgeousâ€”he's stunned. So
why not whisk her away for some no-strings-attached
Laughter-filled days and late-night
are changing Molly's life, for good. The only gift she
wants now is Dylan's love, but when he discovers the
she's been keeping, she may lose him againâ€¦this time