Title: All She Wants for Christmas by Jaci Burton
Book One in the Kent Brothers Series
Publisher: Carina Press
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Length: 30,000 words
Book Rating: B
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 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?
All She Wants for Christmas is a sweet second chance at love story that will melt your heart. Jaci Burton easily captures the holiday spirit in this wonderful tale of forgiveness and love.
What makes All She Wants for Christmas such an outstanding read? Riley Jensen and Ethan Kent. Two wonderfully imperfect characters that not only admit to their mistakes, but they actually learn from them as well. And there is also the fact that they can easily forgive one another without endless recriminations and constant rehashing of their bitter past.
Then there is the close knit and loving Kent family. Ethan’s daughter Zoey is utterly adorable and has her daddy (and everyone around her) firmly wrapped around her little finger. Ethan’s brother Wyatt is heartbroken, brooding and entirely cynical about love. Brody, the third brother, is fun loving, light-hearted and loves to tease everyone. Stacy and Roger are loving and supportive parents and they are clearly the anchor for this wonderful family.
If you are looking for a romantic novella with engaging characters and a compelling storyline, then I highly recommend Jaci Burton’s All She Wants for Christmas. It is a heartwarming romance that will you put in the holiday mood and leave a smile on your as Ethan and Riley find that love is even sweeter the second time around.
Wyatt’s story, A Rare Gift, the next installment in the Kent Brothers series, will be in virtual bookstores December 5.