Book Review: All I want for Christmas by Jennifer Gracen

All I want for #christmas #romanceCassandra Baines almost has it all: a flourishing career as one of the youngest English Lit assistant professors at NYU, an apartment in a city she adores, and a close circle of lifelong girlfriends that are like sisters. The only thing she doesn’t have is someone special to share it with. She’s been married to her work since Sean McKinnon broke her heart seven years ago.

Musician and bar owner Sean McKinnon keeps busy – too busy for a love life. He blew it with Cassie all those years ago, and no one has held a candle to her since.

But then one fateful night, of all the people in New York City, Cassandra walks into his bar, and he’s drawn to her as strongly as ever. She wants nothing to do with him, but he’s not going to give up so easily.

Can a bit of New York Christmas magic help two people take a second chance on true love?

Received from Netgalley in exchange for a review. Can be read as a standalone, or in conjunction with other books in the series that tells about 4 women, each taking a second chance at love.

Cassandra is out with her friend Bree (the focus of the book This Christmas by Jeannie Moon) to watch the lighting of the Christmas Tree at Rockerfeller Centre, and they end up in a bar, part owned by Sean, who broke Chrissie’s heart 7 years previously. It’s a second chance of love for the two of them, but since both of them are hurt and damaged by what happened previously, there’s some barriers to confront.

I think we all know how it finishes, and this is a novella to add to the other three books in the series as follows:

This Christmas (Jake and Sabrina) – Jeannie Moon
All I Want For Christmas (Cassandra and Sean) – Jennifer Gracen
A Light In The Window (Jade and Ben) – Jolsye Barnett
Goodness And Light (Elena and Lucas) – Patty Blount

I *may* have reached my limit of “second chance at first love at Christmas” stories, as I felt a little jaded by the time I read this story, but believe it is entirely my fault, rather than the author’s.

The story fits well into the overarching premise of the 4 girls and 4 different stories, where (in this case) a young, successful woman is confronted with a previous lover who has his own issues to confront if they are to renew their love affair. Both people are portrayed decently with neither one being secure in their feelings, and each having a reason for what they do and what they want

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