The Christmas Backup Plan by Lori Wilde | Book Review

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The Christmas Backup Plan by Lori Wilde | Book ReviewThe Christmas Backup Plan by Lori Wilde
Also by this author: Christmas at Twilight, I'll Be Home for Christmas, A Wedding for Christmas
Series: Twilight Texas #11
Also in this series: Christmas at Twilight, I'll Be Home for Christmas, A Wedding for Christmas
Published by HarperCollins on October 27, 2020
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Contemporary, Women, Holidays
Pages: 368
Format: Paperback, eARC
Source: Publisher
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ISBN: 9780062953162
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four-stars

A regimented ex-Army man drives an irresistible wedding planner  from Cupid to Twilight in the next Twilight, Texas, novel from New York Times bestselling author Lori Wilde.
You are cordially invited to a Twilight, Texas, Christmas Wedding! The town is decorated, the cookies are made, and the stage is set . . . for love.
 
Wedding planner Aria Alzate has one goal: to give her best friend a perfect day. But after a bump on the head, she’s under doctor’s orders not to travel on her own. So she’s stuck on the road to Twilight with upright, uptight Remington Lockhart in the driver’s seat. True, Remy is one long, tall, Texas male, but the ex-military man never saw a rule he didn’t like—making this one long road trip . . .
 
Remy has left the military, but the military lifestyle has not left him. The uncertainty this ex-paratrooper encountered during his tour of duty has convinced him that plans—combined with backup plans—will keep life under control. Aria is undeniably tempting, but her fly-by-the-seat of her pants attitude is never going to work.
 
Then a sudden snowstorm strikes, and these opposites come together in a night of unexpected passion. And suddenly the magic of a Twilight, Texas, Christmas takes hold, proving that sometimes the best plan is to have no plan at all.

I love when books combine Christmas and my favorite tropes. The Christmas Backup Plan by Lori Wilde is a sweet, somewhat steamy holiday romance set in both Twilight, Texas and Cupid, Texas. Thus this book is a crossover between two of Wilde’s series. I found myself reading this book so quickly over the weekend and ending up quite satisfied with what I had read.

Aria Alzate is the wedding planner for her best friend Oliva’s wedding. She just wants the day to go perfectly without a hitch. And so, she’s about to make her way from Cupid to Twilight, an eight hour road trip. Only, there’s an issue. She was recently concussed and so cannot drive for about eight days. Remington Lockhart who she gets along with like oil and water has been volunteered by his stepmother Vivi who also is Aria’s boss to drive. The trip with Aria is going to last four days. It seems inevitable that Aria and Remington will get together, after all, their siblings are all paired off.

While on the road to Twilight, an ice storm hits. And TROPE ALERT!! Remington has made reservations along the way at different towns in case of emergency and luckily has a reservation in Armadillo. As it turns out though, there’s only one room that he reserved. And in that one room? You guessed it, one bed. Everyone knows exactly what is going to happen and yes, the journey is worth it. However, can what is between Aria and Remington last or are they just too different?

I thought The Christmas Backup Plan was really cute. I genuinely liked both Aria and Remington and could understand their different motivations. Aria is someone younger me could relate to, in that she’s impulsive and not much of a planner. However, older me can relate more to Remington as now life has made me much more of a planner. There’s a side focus on wounded veterans which I also really gelled with. This book is an enjoyable entry into the Twilight Texas series which I have read a book or two from. You don’t need a whole lot of context to enjoy.


On A Scale Of One To Buddy The Elf, How Much Christmas Spirit Does The Christmas Backup Plan Have?

Well, The Christmas Backup Plan is set during the holiday season. There’s a winter wonderland wedding. There are also armadillo statutes dressed up in Santa hats. I would say that yes Christmas is important to this book, but it isn’t like the central pivot of the book. All of it takes place during the time leading up to the holiday season, but we don’t get an overabundance of holiday traditions. I would say that if you’re someone who wants your books with a HINT of Christmas but not overpowering FA LA LA LA you should pick up Lori Wilde’s The Christmas Backup Plan.

four-stars
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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.
About April (Books&Wine)

April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.

Comments

  1. I’ll have to add this one to my Christmas book list! I read a Wilde novella and found it delightful but didn’t now where to start with her books–this sounds like a good one to start with. The hero has such a Romance Hero name.
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