A Valentine's Read: A Billion Reasons Why by Kristen Billerbeck

Book Description:  There are a billion reasons Kate should marry her current boyfriend.
Will she trade them all to be madly in love?
Katie McKenna leads a perfect life. Or so she thinks. She has a fulfilling job, a cute apartment, and a wedding to plan with her soon-to-be fiance, Dexter.
She can think of a billion reasons why she should marry Dexter…but nowhere on that list is love.
And then in walks Luc DeForges, her bold, breathtaking ex-boyfriend. Only now he's a millionaire. And he wants her to go home to New Orleans to sing for her childhood friend's wedding. As his date.
But Katie made up her mind about Luc eight years ago, when she fled their hometown after a very public breakup. Yet there's a magnetism between them she can't deny.
Katie thought her predictable relationship with Dexter would be the bedrock of a lasting, Christian marriage. But what if there's more? What if God's desire for her is a heart full of life? And what if that's what Luc has offered all along?

My Review:  Sometimes our past just won't stay in the past.  The past has a way of coming up and slapping us upside the head and we, then, must face those memories, mistakes and emotions that wove their way into our life.
This pretty much sums up Katie's life.  She is "practically" engaged to Dexter but then her ex-boyfriend, Luc, literally sweeps her off her feet and Katie must face her past.  A past filled some fairly painful memories.  Memories that she would have rather left untouched.
The story centers around the beautiful, antique engagement ring that Katie's dad left for Katie.  Of course, Luc has said ring but Katie doesn't know this small fact and is intent to go back to her hometown to retrieve the ring.
Now that Luc is a millionaire, Katie thinks Luc has been caught up un a world of money.  A world that Katie feels is too filled with stuff and self.  
Luc is a steady guy and not too full of himself he has a kind heart and seems to really love people more than money.  His energy is contagious and the good guy in him just pops off the book.
Katie is, Oh.So.Sassy!  A little too mouthy!  Why can't she just be gracious and accept a gift without looking a gift horse in the mouth.  She seems to be of two minds-love Dexter or love Luc.  Listen to Eileen or listen to her own heart.  Learn from the past or plunge into the future.  Decisions! Decisions!
Katie's roommate, Eileen, is quite bossy.  She seems to want to control Katie from the health foods she cooks to her advise concerning men and marriage.  This aspect of the read really portrayed how people can be as roommates.  Quite realistic.
I was disappointed that more of God and the Word wasn't in this book.  
A fun, clean, and sweet read just more "on the edge" than I usually like to read.  A nice 4 star chick lit read!

*This book was provided for review by Audra at The B&B Media Group *

About the Author:  Kristin Billerbeck is a successful novelist from northern California. She has authored more than 30 novels, including the Ashley Stockingdale series and the Spa Girls series. She is a leader in the Chick Lit movement, a Christy Award finalist, and a two-time winner of the American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year Award. She has appeared on The Today Show and has been featured in the New York Times.

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