All She Wants for Christmas by Jaci Burton

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?

Singer/songwriter Riley Jensen steps off the bus in her hometown and runs right into the boy/man who broke her heart, and his seven year old daughter Zoey, who is a big fan.  Of course, Ethan was the very last person she wanted to see, but her publicist gives him and his daughter backstage passes to her concert. 

Riley and Ethan were high school sweethearts, but she ran off to Nashville as fast as she could when she discovered Ethan had cheated on her.  Her entire career was built off the songs she wrote in response to that heartache.  And now she’s back to do a biographical television special in her hometown during the holidays.  Riley is a foster child with no family and so Ethan’s family reaches out to her so she won’t have to be alone during the holidays.

It was a sweet book, despite Ethan’s cheating ways.  The back story about the cheating was interesting and I didn’t hate Ethan, so that’s a plus.  Riley was vulnerable, of course, but she was no victim.  And I really liked Zoey, Ethan’s daughter, and the rest of the family.  In fact, Ethan’s older brother, Wyatt, has his own story coming out next month in the anthology Holiday Kisses, which I just got on netgalley, so be expecting that review imminently.  🙂

Pecans: 3.5/5

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