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I generally review romance, paranormal and urban fantasy. I tend to pick review books that I want to read, so generally my reviews will be positive. I always give my honest opinion: good, bad, and indifferent. 

 

Note: on my blog I use a letter grading system. I've listed the ratings below. For sites with stars, I have listed the equivalent rating. If I didn't finish the book, I will not rate it with stars.

 

A+  Personal Favorite (5 stars)
A    Loved It (4.5 or 5 stars)
A-   Enjoyed A Lot (4 or 4.5 stars)
B+  Liked It A Lot (4 stars)
B    Liked It -- Recommend (4 stars)
B-   Liked It -- But I had a few small issues (3 or 3.5 stars)
C+  Liked It -- But I had issues (3 or 3.5 stars)
C    Finished It -- Liked some, didn't like some (3 stars)
C-   Finished It -- Liked a little, didn't like a lot (2 or 2.5 stars)
D    Not A Big Fan (2 stars)
E    Don’t Waste Your Time (1 star)
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TW: Reading this book was like watching a Train Wreck
DNF: Did Not Finish

 

updated July 9, 2015

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The Christmas Fantasy - K.T. Grant My Rating: 4.5 stars: Loved it - enthusiastically recommend (A)

Just days before her thirtieth birthday, Mandy, together with her BFF Jessica, head to her brother’s annual party to try and get some action. Both women have worked hard over the past six years to slim down and get healthy. They are taking their “new” bodies and attitudes in hopes of getting laid. Mandy seems to have a head on her shoulders and knows she wants the one man she’s lusted after for years: her brother’s best friend, Jackson. On the other hand, Jessica wants Mandy’s brother, who has a semi-serious (albeit skanky) girlfriend and won’t listen to Mandy when she tells Jessica to look elsewhere.

Ms. Grant does an amazing job capturing the sights and sounds of a 20-something party scene. I swear, I felt that I was back in college just reading this short story. The atmosphere of the party was spot on, although I'd gotten over that by 30, I know many others who haven’t. 

Mandy seemed more like an early twenty-something girl, but if she spent her teens and twenties hiding because of her weight, her insecurities and somewhat naive attitude towards Jackson make sense. I also felt that the interactions between Jessica and Mandy were spot on given their backgrounds: still fearful, supportive yet critical and/or competitive. But in the end, they are there for each other.

Jackson and Mandy's first kiss was HOT! It was sweet and perfect: just like a first kiss should be. Characters like Jackson remind me of why I'm a hopeless romantic and give me hope that there are real men out there that are this awesome! 

The Christmas Fantasy is the perfect holiday treat to lift your spirits and enjoy a little love.  What a feel good, wonderful little tale. Loved it!!