- File Size: 336 KB
- Print Length: 140 pages
- Publisher: Carina Press (December 6, 2010)
- Publication Date: December 6, 2010
- Sold by: Harlequin Digital Sales Corp.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004CJ810Q
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #449,808 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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All She Wants For Christmas (The Kent Brothers Trilogy Book 1) Kindle Edition
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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.
ON REREAD: rounded down. It just didn't capture me as much as the first time....
The story continues pretty much with the same tone. IMO, the H did nothing to win the h back or to build trust again, it just happens as though it was a given: the h will take the H back. The reconciliation was too easy and the H was completely unimpressive. All his actions spoke of a man with little passion or action. For example, the h sees him in bed with her best friend but he won't go after her because he believes she should go. He thought that the OW might have been lying about the paternity of the baby after they had sex but he marries her anyway. The OW had a miscarriage, the reason he married her, but he stays married. This H sucks!
Worse of all, the entire story they kept talking about the OW as though she was not a huge source of betrayal among them. Things like "your house is beautiful, she must have really loved it" and while skating mentioning how the OW went skating with the daughter all the time or what a wonderful mother the OW was.
The comment that the h said to the H mom towards the end of the book pretty much sums up the book : "I should have stayed and fought for him." Really? Because in my book I would fight to get rid of a man who would sleep with my best friend, made no effort to make amends and then complained about how hard HIS life was because everyone knew he cheated on her. I have read brilliantly written stories about reconciliations before; this one is simply not one of them.