Jaci Burton: A Rare Gift Kent Brothers #2



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This was a great stand alone read despite it being part of a series I received it as a free read and it was really my introduction to an author I ve heard a lot of great things about but never had the opportunity to readSummary With a disastrous marriage behind him Wyatt Kent has no interest in getting involved with any woman let alone his ex wife s ounger sister But when Calliope Andrews hires him to build an addition onto her day care center Wyatt can t help but notice she s a desirable woman as warm and funny as his ex was cold and aloofCalliope fell hard for Wyatt the first time he walked through the door of her family s home and can t believe her sister let him get away He s still the star of all her fantasies and she s determined to prove to him she s nothing like his manipulative ex Wyatt may be all business but Calliope sees the way he looks at her when he s supposed to be workingIt s not long before Wyatt and Calliope are keeping each other warm on cold December nights But it s going to take a Christmas miracle for Wyatt to put his trust in love a second timeWhat I liked about this book This was a sweet love story with strong erotic elements that really propelled the story while keeping Sermons Not Spoken you completely engaged in the characters livesI read this book while in the car on my way to visit family for the holidays and was able to finish it in the 2 hour drive without feeling like I d missed anything by the brevity of the work Jaci Burton develops her characters so well in this book that I didn t even realize it was the second in a series something I don t normally do until I went to rate it here on Goodreads It really does stand alone and while the cover is holiday themed it s not really a holiday book It s really a love story that takes place in a wintry wonderland Love that the heroine was strong without being bitchy and the hero was surly without being an assholeWill be picking up of Jaci Burton s works for sure I love the Kent brothers they definitely deserve to have a full length story about each one and not just a shorten version We met Wyatt Kent through Ethan in All She Wants for Christmas We learned he got burned in his marriage and now stays away from the female race Well he s finally meets the woman who s going to change that and she was once his wife s little sister When Wyatt arrives at Small Hands Day Care Center ran by Calliope Andrews his ex wife s sister all he wants to do is turn around and give the job to someone else at the office but of course they were all busy He tries to keep it all business when he takes the measurements she wants the addition to her day care to be Yet he can t help watch as the beauty captures his attention As he begins the job he does his best to ignore her but she s not having any of that Calliope knew he and her sister weren t meant to be and she s determined to show him she is the right one She continues to chase after him making him talk to her despite his short rude come backs at her She s not a uitter To the point of stalking him she drives by his house and he sees her giving her no choice but to pull in She maneuvers her way into his house and gets him to show her. With a disastrous marriage behind him Wyatt Kent has no interest in getting involved with any woman let alone his ex wife'sounger sister But when Calliope Andrews hires him to build an addition onto her day care center Wyatt can't help but notice she's a desirable woman as warm and funny as his ex

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Around The house he built for him and Cass is a beautiful one their marriage never got to see Surprised he went ahead and finished it she spots all the little details Cass never would have She absolutely loves his master bath and reacts the way he only wished Cass would have Slowly he begins seeing she s not her sister but now he just has to get over his fear to let his heart lead the way When a snow storm hits he takes her home and she insists he stays The tension definitely grows as they fix dinner But for once they both sit down and have a normal conversation that only makes him sees her as perfect From her ambitions when she bought her house and not just renting to her love of kids that lead her to opening up her own day care When they both can t take it no he finally makes the steps to her and carries her to her room They fit perfect and the night goes on and on It s in the morning when he sneaks out that he begins uestioning what they did and regretting leaving without a word Back at work he once again ignores her Not going to allow that before she can confront him at the end of the day he s there taking her in his arms and apologizing for leaving and not being very good at relationshipsIt s at the office around his brothers and Tori that they notice he s different and guess who he s seeing It hits him after seeing their reaction that the town is going to talk if they learn he s dating his ex wife s sister Not wanting the gossip to hurt her or her business when she call s to set up weekend plans he blows her off Once again getting over this fear when he talks it out they begin going public meeting up with Ethan Riley and Zoey and dinners by themselves He already knows he loves her but when she brings up going to her parents house for the holiday where Cass will be he s not sure he can do that for her Calliope knows until Wyatt and Cass sit down and talk out everything between them she and Wyatt will never fully be together The hurt he carries around is holding them back Yet he continues to refuse to talk to Cass Getting Tori s help its after his company s Christmas party that she leads him to where Cass is waiting Immediately he tries to cut her down with angry words but she just turns and leaves them alone to either work it out or it s the end of their relationship Surprisingly he and Cass are able to talk and both voices they knew they weren t right for each other but when asked if he loves her sister he doesn t hesitate to say es With her blessing he goes to find Calliope Finding her he leads them to their rented room for the night and lets her spew her reasoning behind tricking him to talk to her sister Agreeing with her he tells they worked everything out and now he s ready for his future with her and proposes Both knowing what they want they get started on that future right away Heroine hooks up with her sister s ex husband who she has had a crush on since her teens I have sisters so tend to find this trope a bit suirky on a personal level and it s not really helped out much here since 1 Sis is still alive and 2 Hero is still cranky about his marriage imploding I did like the heroine s confidence and her As cold and aloof Calliope fell hard for Wyatt the first time he walked through the door of her family's home and can't believe her sister let him get away He's still the star of all her fantasies and she's determined to prove to him she's nothing like his manipulative ex Wyatt may be all business but.

Ursuit of the hero Was less enad about the rush of let s get married and start suirting out babies in the final chapter I mean it s complicated o OK for me YMMV A uick bubblegum read Once in awhile it s fun to read a carefree love story I gave this three stars bc while it was enjoyable it was very predictable If Dancing with Fireflies (Chapel Springs, you enjoy Hallmark movies this book is right upour alley The hero was once married to the heroine s sister and the divorce was less than amiable In laws falling in love is too creepy for me especially when the ex is still alive Note This story is also available in Holiday Kisses A Holiday Romance Collection anthology 3 12 to 4 starsI really enjoyed this Christmas novella The heroine was simply fantastic and though the hero came across like a cantankerous old fart than a torture hero I did warm up to him by the end This was an angsty but good readNote This book is part of the Christmas anthology Holiday Kisses A Holiday Romance Collection Loved the dynamic of these two Very sweet story This one did not work as well as the previous as the format seemed a constraint to the story and the ending felt awfully rushed First thing first I m not a huge fan of stories when someone ends up with his former spouse s sibling sister of the divorced wife in this caseI did not like not really knowing what had been so awful in the divorce that 3 The Little House in the Woods and Other Stories years later Wyatt still could not date was obnoxiously grumpy every day all day long I was expecting a big announcement on this topic but it never came and I just was left thinking he had behaved like a self centered ass for too long to be someone really great The heroine was a perfect hallmark poster with not one flaw except maybe she found her butt too big No kidding And obviously she was not the absolute breathtaking beauty her sister wasOne scene when Wyatt and his ex wife Cassandra put all on the table and supposedly manage to get closure and move to something else felt totally contrived My eyes were rolling from the beginning to the end thinking all the previous hatred and hurt just magically disappeared and both magically understood each other I hate that when I m left expecting something big like a tornado for instance and this thing end up being barely the puff of breath of an asthmatic looking for hisher inhaler I had a bit of an issue with the settings The hero was once married to the heroine s sister and the divorce was a bitter one And now the heroine expected him to get over it and make peace with his ex wife so that they can all live happily ever afterToo much for me to stomach in In laws are always a no no 325 RATING I ve had this on my Kindle for over twoears and am finally reading it It was a cute story that could have rated higher for me but I was never uite sold on the heroine pursuing her sisters ex husband I would have felt much better about it if her sister was dead but she wasn t I also thought the heroine was a bit underhanded with how she dealt with a particular situation at the end Both of these things kept me from rating this higher Still it was well written and an easy book to enjoy I have the next book in the series already and do plan on reading Calliope sees the way he looks at her when he's supposed to be workingIt's not long before Wyatt and Calliope are keeping each other warm on cold December nights But it's going to take a Christmas miracle for Wyatt to put his trust in love a second time Book 2 of the Kent Brothers Trilogy 28000 words.

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