Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The Three Kings by Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez

Book Details
The Three Kings by Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez
Paperback, 288 Pages
2010, St. Martin's Griffin
ISBN: 0312605331

Who’s bearing gifts this Christmas?  Three hot, single guys!

Christy de la Cruz has it all: a great career as an interior designer for the stylish homes of New Mexico, marriage to a tall and handsome man, and a great family—especially her cousin Maggie. But as the holidays approach, she’s down to two out of three—that handsome husband has walked out the door. Christy is so not up for dating . . . until Maggie takes Christy on as the ultimate romantic project. Just like the wise men in the nativity story, Melchior, Caspar, and Balthazar arrive bearing gifts and displaying their best stuff. One’s a pretty boy, one’s a rugged cowboy, and one’s an animal lover. Which one will win Christy’s heart?

The Three Kings is a cute, romantic Christmas story with a chick lit feel. Christy's husband left her for another man and she hasn't really dated since. Her cousin decides to change that by setting her up with three men, the boy who made fun of her when she was younger and his two cousins. She turns it into a game, where each man gets three dates with Christy to prove he's the right man for her, all while her family makes wagers on who the winner will be.

The competition between the three men while wooing Christy is predictable more often than not, but there are a few surprising twists along the way. What really makes The Three Kings worth the read is Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez's voice. The story is funny, but in a sarcastic way, where Christy says aloud what most of us would be thinking. Beneath the slightly unbelievable premise and the snarky humor lie some truly heart-warming moments.

The Three Kings is a feel-good holiday tale. Christy's attempts to follow "The Rules" dating advice is both hilarious and kind of sad all at the same time, yet the best parts of the book are Christy's interactions with her family. If you're looking for a funny, romantic Christmas story, you should definitely check out The Three Kings.


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