Friday, December 23, 2011

All She Wants for Christmas by Jaci Burton

Title: All She Wants for Christmas
Author: Jaci Burton
My Rating: B+

Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Series: -
Main Characters: Riley & Ethan
Release Date: December 2010
Publisher: Carina Press
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Sexual Intensity: spicy 

Story Overview:
Big Star, Small-Town Christmas
Country singer Riley Jensen would never have returned to her small Missouri hometown if her publicist hadn't come up with the scheme to tape a Christmas special there. So she never would have known that the man who broke her heart at eighteen—causing her to flee to Nashville—was now a widower with a seven-year-old daughter. Riley has ten years of angst-filled hit songs and Grammy awards to prove she doesn't need Ethan Kent. But suddenly, she can't help thinking of all she gave up by running away...
Ethan Kent knew Riley had the talent and the drive to make it as a singer. He also knew she wasn't going anywhere if she stayed in their nowhere town for him. Then one night and one huge mistake sent her running on the road to fame. Which doesn't mean he ever stopped loving her...
But with so much separating them, can Riley and Ethan find their way back together one magical country Christmas?

My Review:

This was another sweet little holiday read. This story was about high school sweethearts that had a horrible heartbreaking breakup after a betrayal, which sent Riley running off to Nashville and Ethan running into another girl's arms. On the surface, things have worked out for both of them. Riley is a huge country star and Ethan has a beautiful little girl in Zoey that he adores, but neither one of these two have forgotten or gotten over their passion and love for each other, although it's been 10 years since they saw each other.

I loved the premise of this story and the angst and emotion that is at the base of it. I felt the pain all the way to the core of Ethan's character, but had a harder time connecting with Riley. I think that was probably more of a personal thing with me though, rather than  any kind of writing flaw in the book. She just wasn't a character that I connected with. I loved the Kent aspect of it, especially at Christmastime. Ethan is a part of this big, loving family.

Riley, on the other hand, grew up without any family. When she ran away from it all ten years ago, she not only lost the love of her life, but she also lost the stability from the Kent family. So why did I feel more empathy for Ethan than I did for Riley while reading this book?? I am telling you, it makes no sense. Part of it may be because she is so mature about it and the fact that she just wants to be past it, whereas Ethan still has regrets.

Despite my VERY confused emotions about this book, the one thing that I am sure of is that I definitely enjoyed it. I loved getting to know these characters and giggled about the precocious little Zoey...a lot. It's a sweet book and I am very glad that I read it.

1 comment:

Aurian said...

Nice review, I'd like to read this one myself. I love second chance at love themes.