Rating: 4.75 stars out of 5
Seth Bellski and Lars Varga have opened their own law firm that specializes in representing the underrepresented–whistleblowers, disadvantaged employees, and those lacking power. The good news is, business is never slow.
But that also means they are busy when all Seth really wants to do is plan his pending nuptials. So when his brother-in-law approaches him with concerns about his own business, and when Lars’s brother gives them the cold treatment, Seth wishes he could just tune them all out.
But holidays are all about families, even the annoying members. If Seth and Lars are going to enjoy their joint Hanukkah/Christmas celebration this year, they’re going to have to deal with the brother that has a problem, and the brother that IS the problem. And do so before anything else comes in the way of them and their happily ever after.
Ah, Wedding Bellskis (Holidays with the Bellskis, #3) by Astrid Amara, what I can only assume is the final story in the Bellski tale is finishing off with Seth and Lars now happily established in their law practice and after all this time, able to get married and ready for it. It’s been a long time coming for this couple and a great way to go out in style but it has to be Bellski style! So that involves tons of family drama from both sides of their families, business intrigue, familial angst (of course involving the Vargas), and mayhem all around. It’s wonderful.
It’s been ten years for Seth and Lars, what a journey it’s been! From Lars’ closeted lawyer status and Seth’s as his paralegal lover who called it off to equal partners in a successful law firm and happily out couple, it’s been a tumultuous, adventurous, funny, and heartwarming road to the present.
It all begins with a law case and reflection on marriage, the story unfolding from there. The fact that they couldn’t get married was huge in the earlier stories. That they legally can now shines just as large in Wedding Bellskis. What an earth shattering difference ten years can make! Planning the wedding takes over, with input from both families, just as you would assume it would, but with more chaos because the Bellskis are involved.
I’m not sure how only three stories, even ones spaced as far apart as these, has managed to feel so warm,vivid, and alive, but Astrid Amara has managed it. I love these people and wish to celebrate in their lives, no matter what is happening, and Astrid Amara’s writing lets me do just that. Her narrative pulls me intimately into each setting and the scenes unfolding there. I feel as though I’m standing off in a corner, inches away, from the shouting or the hugs, or the laughter or tears that maybe flowing. Or even the bullets whistling past your head. That happens too.
All the characters I’ve come to love show the emotional and personal growth one would hope to see over ten times time. They’ve aged and so have we but the love and romance has only deepened between Seth and Lars. We get that too. Now they get their wedding and oh what a marriage! I loved it. It was perfection for these two, and a great way for them to go out in style. Although, Astrid Amara, if you’re listening, another holiday story with the Bellskis is always welcome! Who knows what happens with the happily married couple?
For me this story is a must read but pair it with the other two stories. Read all three together for a trilogy to charm your socks off! .I think this series is magical any time of the year and I highly recommend it.
Cover art by April Martinez continues with the menorah branding all three but the men now look a little young for Lars and Seth.
ebook, 128 pages
Published December 12th 2017 by Loose Id (first published December 11th 2017)
SeriesHolidays with the Bellskis ;