Novella Review: Down the Aisle by Christine Bell


Down the Aisle (A Dare Me Novella) (Entangled Brazen)

May Contain Spoilers


I don’t get to read many Brazen titles because my reading schedule is jam-packed with releases from Entangled’s other lines. When I saw that Down the Aisle dealt with fertility issues, I immediately wanted to read it.  I haven’t read many titles dealing with this issue, so I was curious to see how Christine Bell handled Lacey’s disappointment that she can’t get pregnant.


Lacey and Galen, protagonists from Down for the Count, return in this novella.  I haven’t read Down for the Count, but that did not hinder my enjoyment of Down the Aisle.  Returning readers will, I suspect, enjoy it even more, as it gives a glimpse into the lives of two likable characters after their initial HEA. 

Lacey and Galen’s wedding is fast approaching, but both of them are not exactly ecstatic.  Lacey is wallowing in depression because she can’t get pregnant, and after adoption alternatives leave them disappointed, she is reeling with self-doubts.  How can Galen possibly be happy with her if they can’t have children?  They both long for a big family, and now that she isn’t able to conceive, she is distraught.  I really felt bad for her.  This is supposed to be the happiest time in her life, but her inability to get pregnant is twisting her inside out.  Galen knows that something is wrong, and he desperately tries to get her to open up, only to be left hanging when Lacey repeatedly puts him off.  He begins to worry about their future.  Will Lacey ever be happy, or will she continue to keep her worries bottled up inside?

I really enjoyed this novella.  It starts on a lighter note, but quickly delves into Lacey’s bitter unhappiness.  She’s torn about what to do; should she hold Galen back from the future he has made no secret that he wants?  Or should she let him go? Even their ceremony is rife with questions about what she should do.  I really loved everything about their wedding.  Lacey’s mother has a heart to heart with her that is awkward and endearing at the same time, and Lacey’s behavior leaves all of their family and friends wondering what’s going on with the couple.  Luke, during the middle of pouring his heart out to her, is almost left broken hearted right there at the alter.  Wow!  I was so nervous for him!  Even being new to this couple, I wanted them to work out their issues and have a wedding that would be remembered with joy instead of Lacey’s indecision.

The ending is just a little pat, but I had great time reading Down the Aisle.  The characters are engaging and the plot is compelling.  I finished it in one sitting, and look forward to more books by Christine Bell.

Grade:  B+

From Amazon:

Lacey Garrity is about to have the wedding she’s always dreamed of. She and Galen had planned on a big family, but now fertility issues are turning that dream to ashes. When another setback comes to light a week before their wedding day, she wonders how she can marry him knowing that being with her might mean he can never have the life he imagined…

Galen Thomas loves his woman, and whether they have a big family or it’s just the two of them forever, he can’t wait to spend his life with her. With the big day coming, he’ll pull out all the stops to remind her how good it can be between them and that, together, they can do anything…if he can just get her down the aisle.

Review copy provided by publisher