Type: Contemporary Romance Box Set
Publisher: Carina Press
My Copy: Sent
All She Wants for Christmas (The Kent Brothers Book One) 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 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…
A Rare Gift (The Kent Brothers Book Two) With a disastrous marriage behind him, Wyatt Kent has no interest in getting involved with any woman, let alone his ex-wife’s younger sister. But when Calliope Andrews hires him to build an addition onto her day care center, Wyatt can’t help but notice her. But it’s going to take a Christmas miracle for Wyatt to put his trust in love a second time.
The Best Thing (The Kent Brothers Book Three) A year ago, Tori let her guard down and Brody Kent slipped right in, planting one hot, unforgettable kiss on her in a dark corner at the company Christmas party. Though the kiss surpassed her wildest dreams, she can’t let it happen again–Brody’s got a reputation for loving and leaving. And he’ll have to get creative if he wants to convince Tori that he’s a changed man.
I’ve always been a fan of Jaci Burton and I was looking forward to reading this trilogy. Even though it is a reprint, it is new to me and reading these holiday novellas a week before Christmas was perfect.
All She Wants for Christmas is Ethan’s story, but the main focus was on Riley Jensen – local girl turned country star. Riley and Ethan Kent were high school sweethearts. When he broke her trust – and her heart – she left town at eighteen and never looked back. When Riley returns home to film parts of a biography her publicist insisted on, she comes face to face with the only man she’s ever loved. Ethan has always regretted his actions that drove Riley away all those years ago. Seeing her again brings all of his feelings to the surface.
Normally I find love stories about a celebrity and a non-celeb a little far-fetched. I don’t know if it was because Riley and Ethan had so much history or what, but this storyline worked for me. Riley had a superstar aura about her, but there was still enough small town girl in her to make her likable. I liked that Ethan owned up to his mistakes and even apologized. He wasn’t a jerk, and Riley wasn’t a diva. They were both hesitant to open their hearts to each other again, but in the end, old feelings and a renewed attraction were impossible to ignore.
A Rare Gift was my favorite of the three books. Wyatt Kent is my type of hero – brooding and gruff on the outside but with a heart of gold. In this book he is paired with Calliope Andrews, who just happens to be his ex-wife’s sister. Calliope owns a day care and she hires the Kent brother’s construction company to build an addition onto her building. She has had a secret crush on Wyatt since she was sixteen and her sister brought him home to meet the family. Now that she is a grown woman and he and her sister are divorced, Calliope decides it’s time to act on her feelings for him. Bitter since his very ugly marriage and subsequent divorce, Wyatt has no interest in women or relationships. He spends his days buried in work and his evenings either at home alone or drinking at the local bar.
When his job brings him into contact with Calliope, he is instantly on alert. Calliope is exactly the kind of woman he’d be interested in, if he was interested in being with a woman. She is gorgeous with curves in all the right places. She is outgoing and unafraid to speak her mind, and she appreciates the small things in life. Unfortunately, she’s also his ex-sister-in-law. His marriage to Cassandra was dreadful and their bitter divorce even worse. Calliope insists that a last name is where the similarities end between her and her sister and she decides not to let Wyatt’s negativity towards Cassandra influence his feelings for her. Neither can deny their attraction for each other, and their chemistry is combustible. Watching the wall’s around the big, strong man’s heart crumble under Calliope’s relentless pursuit was fun and romantic. I loved it!
While The Best Thing was my least favorite of the three stories, it was still an enjoyable romance. Brody Kent has been a carefree bachelor his entire life. He’s never had a serious relationship and is known around town as something of a playboy. Tori Lewis is the office manager for the Kent brothers and she is known for being brash, bold, bossy and beautiful. She runs their office with a tight ship and all of the brothers know they’d be lost without her. What Tori doesn’t know is that Brody feels that way on a personal level as well. He has been attracted to Tori since the day she started working for them. She was too young and he was in no way ready for a relationship then. Brody isn’t sure if he’s any more ready now, but fighting his attraction for Tori is getting more and more difficult.
For the four years she has worked for the Kent brothers, Tori has carried a torch for Brody. She has kept her feelings for him hidden, afraid to risk her heart on a playboy and afraid to jeopardize the job she loves working for a family she is close to. When one of their fiery arguments turned into a passionate kiss at last year’s company Christmas party, Brody and Tori are both forced to realize there is no ignoring what is between them. While Tori remains stoic and refuses to acknowledge her feelings, Brody is forced into action by his brothers who insist he “fix” what’s been wrong with Tori ever since that night. Brody and Tori were fun and their romance was hot. The one thing I didn’t like was “the big misunderstanding”… you knew it was coming and I just hated to see it happen.
All three of these stories included rugged, hunky alpha men – Jaci Burton does know how to write a good hero! What surprised me was how different the heroines were from each other. She couldn’t have written three more opposite women if she’d tried. I liked it. While there was nothing extraordinary about any of these novellas, I enjoyed the Kent brothers’ stories.
I give the Kent Brothers Trilogy by Jaci Burton 4 stars!