DNF: Christmas Light by Jolyse Barnett

Posted December 21, 2018 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 8 Comments

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DNF: Christmas Light by Jolyse Barnett
Christmas Light


Series: Christmas in New York #2
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Holiday Romance
Published by Tule Publishing
Released on November 9, 2014
Pages: 159
Format: eBook
Source: Free Book
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I was in the mood for a cozy holiday romance and had this one ready to go on my shelves.  A woman coming home for the holidays and a new start encounters a man who was once her childhood best friend.  It sounded like a good reunion romance.

So, Jade encounters Ben during a holiday snow storm when they both had to take shelter for the night.  She hasn’t been home in many years and mostly because of the way she treated the man sharing dinner with her.  She cruelly ditched her best friend to be part of the cool crowd and then moved on from them to an unfulfilled life down in Florida.  Now, she’s back because of family and her own need to try again back home.

I made it into the second chapter and had to stop.  Jade’s past actions could be chalked up to a teenager making mistakes, but then as a woman in her mid-twenties, she unleashes more meanness.  She is incredibly rude to the waitress because she’s uncomfortable with the hots she feels for the former geek turned hottie.  She feels guilty about the past while making excuses for her past- even blaming Ben because he should have realized he was a drag on her coolness and not forced her to cruelly squash him in public like that.  This is all while Ben is thinking such kind things and wants a second chance with the one who got away.  Yeah, she’s still that mean girl and I am done.  It’s only chapter two and her transformation to nice girl is probably going to happen, but nope… moving on.


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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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3 years ago

Oh my. So sorry this was a failure. I hope your next book will be better.

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Nadene

Yeah, I might have stuck it out a bit longer if she hadn’t gone after that waitress for no reason or if she was defensive about the past, but when she actually blamed someone else’s niceness and friendship for causing her to be mean this many years later… Not something I wanted to invest my time reading.

Stephanie Jane (Literary Flits)

Doesn’t sound like Jade was worth Ben’s time then or now!

Sophia Rose
3 years ago

Exactly my thinking, too, Stephanie.

Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books

I don’t think that I would enjoy a romance with such a mean lead character. I am thinking that Ben should run in the opposite direction.

Sophia Rose
3 years ago

Yep, same here. LOL

herding cats
3 years ago

Oh that is a lot of nope! Too bad it looked good. smh

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  herding cats

Upstate New York small mountain town girl comes back home and guy with crush sounded good to me, but when she laid into that waitress because she was nervous around the guy and then felt that the past would have been different if he would have understand her non-existent hints that she was hanging with the cool crowd and a geek wasn’t welcome friend material any more. I slapped that book closed so fast when she thought ‘he brought it on himself and made me be mean to him’ while he’s thinking how nice it will be to have a… Read more »