Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Review: Pastels & Jingle Bells by Christine S. Feldman

Title: Pastels & Jingle Bells
Author: Christine S. Feldman
Series: Heavenly Bites #1
Publication: November 1st 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format: e-book
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Cover Rating: 4/5
Overall Rating: 5/5

Review copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review.


Trish Ackerly never expected to cross paths with Ian Rafferty again, but when she spots the former bully of her childhood years through her bakery window, she thinks she may just have been given the best Christmas gift ever: the opportunity to finally give Ian the comeuppance he deserves.

But clearly she does not have a knack for this whole revenge thing, because before she can make good on her plans, Trish gets inadvertently drawn into Ian’s life in an unexpected way that lets her see just how different the man is from the boy he used to be. In fact, much to her astonishment, she actually starts to like the guy.

A lot.

Trouble is, Ian doesn’t know who she really is, and explaining it to him is going to be a little difficult now—which is bad news, because Trish is starting to realize that all she really wants for Christmas this year…is Ian.

~My Thoughts:

Oh my gosh! This was the cutest and heartwarming story ever and so christmassy! I'm really glad I got a chance to read it. Again a huge thank you to Christine S. Feldman, the author of this lovely short story.

When Trish Ackerly crosses paths with Ian Rafferty, who used to be her childhood bully she decides to tell him exactly what she always had wanted to and finally get her revenge. But things don't plan out as Trish wants when she learns Ian isn't the same guy he used to be.

There aren't many novellas like this that are as great because usually they're not decently written or edited in a good way. Pastels and Jingle Bells wasn't like that at all. It was actually really well done. Though this genre isn't my favorite ever, every now and then I like reading stories like this, especially one that was so sweet and funny. 

I loved the main character, Trish. The things she did were so funny at times, like hiding from Ian when he walks into the bakery she works in or trying to make Ian "eat his heart out" over her. I also like the way she was with Ian's daughter, Kelsey, the way she pretty much dropped anything to make her happy and paint her windows. 
Ian was also really, really great. I like the name Ian for male characters but this Ian was epsecially amazing. The way he takes care of his little girl,  was so sweet. I awww'ed a lot over him. I also loved Trish's friend and co-working, Nadia. I'm so glad the next story will be about her. I can't wait to read it!

Overall, this book was all possitive for me. A cute and at times really funny story, characters that I loved reading about, great writing that never got boring and sweet romance. What else can you want for Christmas?

Favorite Quotes:
"He seemed nice enough to me," her friend returned, shrugging unapologetically. "And easy on the eyes, too."
"And single," put in Mrs. Beasley eagerly, one wrinkled hand fluttering over her heart. "No wedding ring."
"Of course there's no ring! No woman wants to marry the devil."
Eat you heart out, Ian Rafferty, she thought, and then stumbled when the heel of her pump caught in a crack on the sidewalk. Yanking it free, she nearly slipped on a patch of ice and did a wild sort of sideways shuffle with her arms windmilling until she recovered her balance.
"But that's a good thing, isn't it? I mean, that he's turned out to be a nice guy after all?"
"Sure, but it was a lot simpler to just hate him from afar."
"And he's gone and ruined that. The creep."

About The Author:
Christine S. Feldman writes both novels and feature-length screenplays, and she has placed in screenwriting competitions on both coasts. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her ballroom-dancing husband and their beagle.

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