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All She Wants For Christmas by Jaci Burton

All She Wants For Christmas (edition 2000)

by Jaci Burton

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Very touching story about misunderstanding, forgiveness and love, very quick read, read it in one sitting couldn't put it down. ( )
  Grandy | Jan 10, 2014 |
I didn't really care for anyone in this story. Will not be continuing the series. ( )
  Aelianna | Jun 5, 2013 |
Riley left town and never looked back but now she's forced to return for the sake of a tv special. Ethan was the guy she left behind after he broke her heart. There was more to the story but their lives still seem headed in different directions. This was a very loving story and a great holiday romance. Sometimes you have to figure how how to get what you need so you can have it ALL. ( )
  KatyBethMcKee | Mar 30, 2013 |
In this short story we have a regathering of a lost love, a return to the hometown and Christmas. It "talks" about the capacity of forget and forgive but the heroes are a little strange and if the plot wasn't a little off it should be a great novella. ( )
  Lost_Lenore | Dec 17, 2012 |
This was a very heart warming Christmas short story. ( )
  tometender | Oct 28, 2012 |
This was a very heart warming Christmas short story. ( )
  tometender | Oct 28, 2012 |
What happened? I quite like this author!

The short review:

Hero cheats on heroine and then gets angry at her for getting angry. Heroine returns to her hometown and apologises to everyone for being unhappy the hero stuck his manroot in her best friend and knocked her up. World's most irritating kid rounds out the 'Christmas romance'.


The rant:

Okay, so I wouldn't call this much of a romance at any time - but ESPECIALLY not as a Christmas romance. I want happiness and sparkles (well, not really, but I'll take it over cheating hero and doormat heroine). The writing isn't bad, but the story is horrid. The main thing that signals this is a Christmas story is the token excruciatingly hyperactive and over the top little kiddie who you want to strangle every time she appears on the page.

But don't worry, the heroine's a serious BABY LUVA. She starts crying when she sees the Spawn of Satan asleep:

..."I don't think I've ever seen anything more beautiful."...

I know of plenty of things more beautiful than drooling kid dressed in fluorescent pink. Maybe Riley needs to get out more.

The plot? Childhood sweethearts Riley and Ethan end their relationship after Riley catches Ethan in bed with her best friend. Riley leaves town to become a singer. Ethan and best friend marry and have an annoying child. Riley returns to town, famous, to film some sort of biography. She discovers the ex-best friend is dead, and then proceeds to spend the entire book having the guilt laid on her for NOT BEING NICE ENOUGH to stupid Ethan and the backstabbing friend about the whole cheating and marriage and baby thing.

You're joking right?! How is the woman who was betrayed the one who has to do the apologising?! How is this a Christmas romance??!!

This story works on the certainty cheating men always deserve to be forgiven, and a woman is not a good person if she is unable to do that and get back with the man. I simply don't understand why a woman should spend a decade expecting to be disliked and blaming herself because the love of her life couldn't keep himself out of her best friend. Women have the right to get angry about that and react accordingly. It's not the thirteenth century anymore!

Ethan discusses the situation with his brothers - talking about those dumb, irrational women.

...Wyatt snorted. "All women hold grudges."...

Ya think? After he boinked and impregnated her best friend and stayed there for Riley to find them together, starkers, in bed? Geez, those irrational women. Watch out for their hormonal stupidity.

...his brothers were here and she'd just bet they weren't members of her fan club....

That cow! How dare she get herself cheated on!

Then Ethan feels the need to do a bit of yelling at her because he had trouble going out in public with the best friend after they'd done the sex. You won't believe it, but the town blamed him instead of Riley.

...She'd acted like a child in there, tossing accusations and arguing with Ethan...

So when Ethan catches up, she apologises again.

..."What your family must think of me."
"Actually, they thought I was an asshole."
"They did? Why?'"...

Uhhh, Riley. HE cheated on YOU, and his family just watched him yell at you because of it.

But don't worry. Turns out Ethan had had a few drinks the first time he cheated. So he's NOT RESPONSIBLE. Of course this means Riley feels even guiltier and does even more apologising for being such an awful, selfish person.

Of course this is one of those `return to your small hometown and realise how much you hate your exciting city life' stories. Just in case you couldn't figure that out on your own.

There's sex of course.

...Suddenly she was on her back on the seat, Ethan looming over her, all his guy parts lined up against all her girl parts....

I prefer Christmas to be a happy time. This book is infuriating and depressing. Not a good experience for the season! ( )
  ZosiaCanberra | Jan 14, 2011 |
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