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The Christmas Wedding Ring

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  1,969 ratings  ·  225 reviews
In her youth, Molly Anderson couldn't help crushing on gorgeous bad-boy Dylan Black—even though he only had eyes for her older sister. When things didn't work out between them, he said goodbye to Molly as well, vowing they'd have a great adventure when she grew up. Years later, dumped by her fiancé just before Christmas, she's finally ready to take Dylan up on his promise. ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published October 7th 2014 by Harlequin HQN (first published August 1st 1998)
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Geri Reads
3.5 stars!

This was a cute holiday read featuring an innocent heroine and a 'bad boy' hero. I enjoyed and liked it but I didn't love it. And for anyone who knows me, this is the kind of books I tend to love. Unfortunately, this was just an okay read for me.

Molly Anderson had been in love with Dylan Black ever since her older sister introduced him to their family. But Dylan Black only had eyes for her sister and Molly was content to fade into the background and suffer silently from her unrequited
Jan 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Nice heartwarming romantic story
Dec 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Good story of two people at crossroads in their lives, how they helped each other and found love at the same time. Molly had known Dylan when she was a teenager and he was her sister's boyfriend. He'd been a bad boy motorcycle rider who always had a kind word for her awkward self. He left town the day of her sister's wedding, but not before promising Molly an adventure any time she wanted it, once she'd grown up.

Molly had had a huge crush on Dylan and was sad when Dylan left town. Fourteen years
J.E. Benoit
Dec 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“I promised myself no regrets,” she whispered into the darkness. “No what-ifs, no second guessing. I promised myself that I was going to live my life, instead of always taking the safe route.”

Rounding out my Christmas 2015 reading list, I recently finished The Christmas Wedding Ring by Susan Mallery. It was a sweet holiday story that had a nice message of being happy with who you are, making the most of every day and living with no regrets. Overall I enjoyed the story, I had a few gripes (whic
Kate Vale
Jan 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemp-romance
The secret that sends Molly over the edge is one any woman could understand, to say nothing of losing her job and hearing from her fiance that's he's jumped the traces with his secretary. What a jerk! What's a girl to do? Why, find a place other than home or her sister's place to lick her wounds and try to come to terms with what to do with the rest of her life. But who to do it with?

Molly's a smart girl and when she rediscovers the little gold ring her sister's former boyfriend had given Molly
I read this story as my 1998 published book for my "A Lifetime of Books Challenge". I absolutely adore the work of Ms Mallery, especially the Fool’s Gold Series. As much as I enjoyed this story, I can tell that it was an early work of hers, originally published as The Wedding Ring Promise. The writing style is a little less refined, as compared to other, more recent, endeavors. I really like the fact that the heroine in this book is from Mischief Bay, where Ms. Mallery’s latest series of books t ...more
Dec 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was such a cute Christmas read! I love Susan Mallery's books and this one was so good! Loved Dylan like crazy! I suggest this book for an easy and fun Christmas read!
Karen Furlong
Nov 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Predictable but a cute story.
Dec 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, christmas
The Christmas Wedding Ring was a very sweet holiday romance about taking risks and learning to live life to the fullest.

As a teenager, Molly Anderson couldn’t help having a crush on bad boy Dylan Black, her older sister’s boyfriend. After things didn’t work out between Dylan and her sister, Dylan left town but not before he promised Molly an adventure when she was older. Fourteen years later with her life taking a few unexpected turns, Molly is ready to take Dylan up on his offer. Dylan always e
Amarilli Settantatre
Dec 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
3,5 - Carino, nella sua semplicità.
Un soft-romance, dove la dolcezza la fa da padrona.
E tuttavia molto belle le pagine dove l'uomo tutto d'un pezzo si dimostra capace di empatia e tenerezza molto rare.
Una lettura adatta per chi ha voglia di sognare e crearsi un po' di energia positiva.
Anna Drenick
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
I can’t believe I read another one you guys. I’m done.
Dec 15, 2018 rated it liked it
This December I wanted to read a nice Christmas story. This book had very little about Christmas. Simple, repetitive writing for this short rewritten novel.
Char (1RadReader59)
Dec 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Molly Anderson was 12 when she first laid eyes on Dylan Black her older sister’s boyfriend. She had always been the outcast in her family but Dylan never reacted to her that way.
He always took an interest in everything she was doing, her school, or her ideas.
At 18 he was by far the most handsome guy you ever saw. Unlike all her other boyfriends he would talk to Molly. He would tell her jokes, tease her about silly things but never in a mean hurtful way like her own family. Since Janet saw no f
Sep 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ich bin bereits seit Jahren begeisterte Leserin von Susan Mallerys Werken. Zuletzt ist diese Leidenschaft leider viel zu kurz gekommen, sodass dies nun wieder dringend nachgeholt werden muss. Auf der Suche nach neueren Werken von der Autorin ist mir besonders "Pleiten, Pech und Prinzen" aufgefallen, sodass ich diesem Buch unbedingt eine Chance geben wollte und ich bin froh, dass ich es getan habe, denn es ist wunderbar.

Susan Mallery besitzt seit jeher einen sehr angenehmen Schreibstil, den ich b
Oct 20, 2014 rated it did not like it
It pains me to write unfavorable reviews for books written by favorite authors, and Susan Mallery is definitely one of my favorites. But as painful as it is for me to write this, it was just as painful to read it.

I must state that yes, I knew this is a re-publish of a much earlier work. I was expecting the book to have less polish than her newer ones, I like it when authors re-release oldies that I missed the first time around. I wasn’t expecting a literary masterpiece. I was expecting a harlequ
Virginia Campbell
"The Christmas Wedding Ring" is a very prettily packaged re-issue of author Susan Mallery's 1998 release "The Wedding Ring Promise". It took me a while to get into the groove of this story line and to find the appeal of the characters. I am a longtime Susan Mallery fan--so I kept reading. As the hero and heroine got reacquainted with one another and they grew on each other, they began to also grow on me. As a teenager, Molly Anderson was hopelessly infatuated with her older sister Janet's boyfri ...more
Nov 17, 2014 rated it liked it

This is a reissue from 1998. I had not read it before so was glad to see it. I don't know anything about the series Triple Trouble. I liked most of the story. Towards the end their was a lot of love scenes.

I like the character Molly Anderson. She has had a really bad week. So she wants to runaway but not sure where. Molly has just been dumped by her fiancé right be for Christmas. She also has some other bad things happen to her. While packing she finds a wedding ring that was given her
Mary Gramlich
Oct 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
We should never give up on childhood dreams

Molly Anderson has been thrown way too much at her in a short period of time. Losing her job and fiancé was bad enough but the health scare she is trying to come to grips with pushed her to say, enough. Molly has lived a life of doing the right thing and never taking chances or pursuing dreams she has always sought to find. But now Molly is going to chase down her childhood crush, Dylan Black and see if this bad boy wants to go on an adventure with her.
Oct 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
What a complex and captivating novel. Mallery had me hooked throughout. Her easy flowing writing takes you through this intense tale that touches on so many aspects of life. Although this story is very realistic and extremely plausible, Mallery’s imagination and gift as a storyteller had me hooked. The premise behind this story is not only unique but extremely brave and intriguing. I was completely invested in this story by the end. At times this novel is physically and emotionally frightening – ...more
3.5 stars.

Review originally posted on Rather Be Reading Blog

Nothing says the holidays like bumping into old friends, although… it’s not merely a coincidence when Molly sets out to find Dylan, her sister’s high school boyfriend she was always crushing. Way back when, he promised her an adventure when she needed one most and she hopes he’s ready to pay up. In a stroke of perfect timing, Dylan is ready to take a break from civilization too and agrees to accompany her out of town so they both can ca
Oct 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
A young girl with a crush. A 20 year old guy with a motorcycle and a hard lived past. Now all grown up Molly, the young girl with crush needs time away to figure things out, finds a gold band given to her years ago by her sister's boyfriend. He told her that when she was ready for an adventure, to look him up. After the week Molly has had, an adventure just might be what she needs. She has lost her job, her fiance and there is one more thing she just can't or won't talk about.

Dylan, the 20 year
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This was delightful. Sweet, full of tension, laugh out loud moments and times when I was saying "seriously? Get a clue!" You know the happy ending is ahead, but this story really drew out that will-they-or-won't-they conclusion. It featured a main characters in the real world - a woman who was curvy and insecure that she wasn't a willowy, slender girl like her sister. And a guy who grew up abused and neglected, then made his fortune with his own company and still fights the demons of insecurity. ...more
A Susan Mallery book that isn't set in Fool's Gold? No shoehorning every ex-hero/heroine into the book by hook or by crook (hee, I rhymed)? If this story had had better protection worked in (and Goodreads allowed it), it would've rated a four and a half.
Molly fell in love Dylan when he was dating her older sister. He was the bad boy who left when her sister married someone else. As he was heading out of town, he gave her the wedding ring he had bought, and promised that, when she grew up, they c
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I loved this book, a great read by Ms. Mallery, she has done it once again.
Dylan and Molly are both struggling with possible major life changes. After Molly has a terrible week of bad news she decides to take an adventure and who better to take it with than the one person she had a crush on so many years ago and who gave her a ring and a promise. After tracking down Dylan and taking him up on h
Allison L
Oct 19, 2014 rated it liked it
The Christmas Wedding Ring by Susan Mallery was a cute holiday story featuring a slow-burning romance between an innocent heroine and a ‘bad boy’ hero. The two main characters of the story, Molly and Dylan, who have known each other since the days of when Dylan was dating Molly’s older sister in high school. Young Molly developed a bit of crush on the older bad boy and held on to every second that she and Dylan spent together. Eventually, Dylan and Molly’s sister broke up and Dylan left town but ...more
Shannon Winslow
Nov 21, 2015 rated it it was ok
Although there were aspects of this book I liked very much, as a whole it fell short for me. Or, in another sense, I could just as truthfully say it fell "long." Perhaps it's because I don't normally read category romance novels, but I found the constant, repetitive introspection irritating. Every time you turned around, the girl (or the guy) was launching into another internal monologue about how inadequate s/he feels and how the other could not possibly care for him/her, ignoring mounting evid ...more
If I'd known that this was a reissue of a story from 1998, I may not have have bothered with it.

Molly's looking to get away from a life that's getting her down, so she looks up Dylan Black, her teen crush and persuades him to take a break as well. They take off on his motorcycle on an adventure, and as the days pass, they catch up on their lives, they grow closer and then they realize they've fallen for each other. Sad to say, I never really felt any chemistry between Molly and Dylan, and even t
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AJ's Review:

I never read Susan Mallery's The Wedding Ring Promise, but I truly enjoyed getting to know Molly and Dylan. One of my favorite tropes is friends to lovers with a twist...he was her sister's boyfriend. :) There's nothing like a bad boy who for intent and purpose, is really not bad. Just came from the wrong side of the tracks - whatever that is - and figured out how to survive. Read More. . .
Nov 29, 2014 rated it it was ok
It was a romantic idea but it just did not pan out the way I thought it would. I really didn't like Molly. Her insecurities just got on my nerves and yes she's going through a lot but her indecisiveness about whether to take her cheating fiance back, I was just like "really you should know this". Also they both admitted their feelings to themselves and she even admitted it to him and they still look like 5 days to come together officially, I mean seriously get it together.
Dec 16, 2014 rated it did not like it
Ugg Susan get it together and stick to what you do best: Fool's Gold. This book what NOT representative of what Susan Mallery can do. The themes of this book were repeated over and over, it was tiresome. She was afraid of a small incision mark...? talk about laying on the drama and Molly cried the whole book. Boo :(
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#1 New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery writes heartwarming and humorous novels about the relationships that define women's lives—family, friendship, romance. She's best known for putting nuanced characters into emotionally complex, real-life situations with twists that surprise readers to laughter. Because Susan is passionate about animal welfare, pets play a big role in her books. Bel ...more
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