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Laura Briggs first entered the publishing world in 2010 with the romantic novella, ONLY IN NOVELS, which later received a CAPA award nomination. She also has a series of contemporary romance indie novels, and is co-author of THE DARK WOODS TRILOGY, a grimmer version of the classic Brother Grimms' tales.
on Dec. 17, 2012 :
Pretty good. There is a belief in Colleen’s family that you can recognize your mate through love at first sight if you’re wearing a specific necklace considered a family heirloom. Colleen holds this belief all her life. That is the reason, although she would not admit it, that she is still single at the age of 30. I really liked that about her. She definitely ignores other men, waiting only for her true love. But it seems that this is getting in her way of giving Jack a chance.
I liked how the Secret Santa was set up in this story. Her Secret Santa decides to do something about her single status through the first gift. This leads her to meeting up with Jack for other reasons.
The story was nice but I think I would have liked there to be more tension or somewhat dire situation included. Perhaps, just a little more depth to their feelings which might have seemed absent since we were not given Jack’s point of view. The story did really without that male’s perspective but I think it would have done better with that missing part. And I think that would have also helped me overlook the fact that the writing in the beginning seemed a little too young adult for me.
Overall nice story but I would have enjoyed it much more with the above mentioned elements.
(reviewed the day of purchase)