All I Want for Christmas is You by Lisa Mondello

Release Date: December 1, 2013

 

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Her family abandoned Lauren when she decided to keep her baby. For mother and daughter, it has been about looking out for each other so it’s no surprise when Kristen asks Santa for a husband for her mother. Santa isn’t a matchmaker but he may have an idea of how to make it happen. Kyle, a real estate developer, may be Lauren’s perfect match. Can Santa make it happen?

 

 

While perhaps not seasonally appropriate, [easyazon_link identifier=”B005KDG236″ locale=”US” tag=”rabidreaders-20″]All I Want for Christmas is You: a Holiday Romance (Fate with a Helping Hand Book 1)[/easyazon_link] is everything readers want in a holiday or weekend read. It’s fast and frothy. When reading the description, your first reaction is that it’s not a terribly inventive premise you would be correct. Lauren, a perfectly adorable child, asks Santa for the impossible but magic happens at Christmas and, trust me, it takes magic to find a match for her mother.

Lauren is awful. She is self-absorbed and wishy-washy. She’s a woman that says she’s hesitant and then jumps in with both feet. She is a woman in need of a man and the proof is in how rapidly he accomplishes things that she hasn’t been able to achieve. I’m not sure that I can suspend belief in a way that Kyle’s attraction to Lauren makes sense. She’s an overly dramatic mess and a truly bad liar.

With the exception of Lauren, [easyazon_link identifier=”B005KDG236″ locale=”US” tag=”rabidreaders-20″]All I Want for Christmas is You: a Holiday Romance (Fate with a Helping Hand Book 1)[/easyazon_link] is a truly delightful read. Kyle is a nice guy and Kristen is adorable. The two of them have a cute relationship and readers wouldn’t be happy with just any Daddy for this sweet little girl. The setting was exceptionally warm and very holiday-perfect. That the novel is listed as Christian fiction is likely but only down to the fact that it features a Christian holiday. [easyazon_link identifier=”B005KDG236″ locale=”US” tag=”rabidreaders-20″]All I Want for Christmas is You: a Holiday Romance (Fate with a Helping Hand Book 1)[/easyazon_link] has no overt religious messages and features some pretty explicit sex between the main characters. Graphic sex isn’t unusual in romance but perhaps not the hallmark of what would be known as “clean fiction.”

[easyazon_link identifier=”B005KDG236″ locale=”US” tag=”rabidreaders-20″]All I Want for Christmas is You: a Holiday Romance (Fate with a Helping Hand Book 1)[/easyazon_link] could have used a good editor. There are a number of typographical errors so clear that this reader picked up on them easily. One would expect a USA Today best-selling author to have an editor and likely she does, but that editor doesn’t seem to be one able to catch even the clearest of issues. I have also seen the phenomenon in the work of a New York Times best-selling author (name withheld) that I know has an editor that cannot possibly be actually reading her books and at the same time leave so much uncorrected. The end effect, whether accurate or not, is a talented writer that phoned this novel in; a bit down to the somewhat unimaginative title.

If you’re looking for Nietzsche, [easyazon_link identifier=”B005KDG236″ locale=”US” tag=”rabidreaders-20″]All I Want for Christmas is You: a Holiday Romance (Fate with a Helping Hand Book 1)[/easyazon_link] is not a smart buy. Lauren and Company have nothing in common with the erudite philosophers. [easyazon_link identifier=”B005KDG236″ locale=”US” tag=”rabidreaders-20″]All I Want for Christmas is You: a Holiday Romance (Fate with a Helping Hand Book 1)[/easyazon_link] is a good read if you’re looking to cover a few hours and want a generally good book and don’t mind a heroine that is simply unlikable.

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