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4.25  ·  Rating details ·  160 ratings  ·  55 reviews
Breaking up is hard to do, but three weeks before Christmas it’s even more painful. Jessica Raymond isn't in love with her ex-girlfriend anymore; she just hates to emotionally limp through the holidays. When a cute gray kitten shows up on her doorstep, Jessica panics. She doesn’t have time for a pet. Finding sexy Veterinarian Dr. Taylor Mitchell intriguing isn’t part of ...more
Kindle Edition, 103 pages
Published December 10th 2019 by Bold Strokes Books (first published December 1st 2019)
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Lex Kent
This was the perfect read to get in the mood for the holidays. I normally don’t purposely look for holiday books except if you count Halloween. I don’t know why that is because they usually have entertaining family moments and lots of sweetness which I normally enjoy. So this year I decided to attempt to purposely read some fun holiday books. Lucky me, I got to start off with an author that is on my top five favorite author list, Kris Bryant. Bryant has slowly and sneakily won me over book after ...more
Corporate Slave
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh I definitely needed this one :) This was Such a fun, cute, feel good read that I totally recommend it for anyone who needs to have a big smile on their face when they finish reading a book :)

So this is a novella basically that involves an unbelievably cute cat (by the way I’m not a cat lover I prefer dogs but for some odd reason I fell in love with this cat), a Vet and a clueless MC that needed some straightening out at the beginning of the book :)

This book got me excited about winter! Now
I've read and enjoyed other books by Kris Bryant but this is my absolute favourite.

Damn, it has all the feels. Hours after turning the last page, I'm still sitting her with a stupid grin on my face.

Told in first-person and completely from Jessica's view point, this story lacks for nothing. The secondary characters are as three dimensional as our leading lady.

I enjoy reading books with pets in them, but I don't think I've ever read one where I feel like I've bonded with the animal. Cat lover or
Bryant hit a homerun with this shorter, Christmas-ish themed novella!

I'm normally not a big fan of holiday themed stories (or cats!), but this short story was exactly what I needed. Told in first person from Jessica's POV, this one really has all of the good feels that I needed right now. The reader is taken on a journey right along with Jessica as she tries to navigate her life after yet another breakup. When an adorable kitten forces her way into Jessica's life, whether she likes it or not,
Tinsel by Kris Bryant is a wonderful little Christmas present, full of cute Holiday goodness to get you in that festive mood.

We have Jessica, who is acting like the Grinch who stole Christmas after she has to boot out her cheating, asshole girlfriend. We have a cute grey kitty who turns up on Jessica’s doorstep like a little early Christmas present (not that Jessica appreciates that right away). We have best friend Mo who’s perfect little family unit reminds Jessica of all the good things she is
4 Stars for this 2019 Christmas novella by Kris Bryant

Jessica Raymond is not having a great day. She is breaking up with her girlfriend in her neighborhood coffee shop. I loved Jess’s to the point reasoning –

“What exactly do you want me to say? It’s my fault? I forgive you? Let’s be friends? Because none of those are true. It’s not my fault, I don’t forgive you, and I never want to see you again.”

While in the coffee shop, she spots a gray kitty in the window. Not really a cat person, but she
Reluctant cat mom and grumpy Grinch Jessica gets her frozen heart melted by Taylor, the hot new local veterinarian.

That's actually the entire book in one sentence but if you need more incentive to read this here's what you need to know:

~ A cat named Catmas Evergreen.
~ This will get you in the mood for Christmas.
~ Extra fluff; both the cat and the story.
~ Not one drop of angst to be found.
~ It's written by the amazing Kris Bryant!

I don't know how anyone can not like this book. They'd have to be a
Nov 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kris Bryant's latest outing, "Tinsel," was inundated with holiday feels! Well, obviously because...just look at the cover! Right? Well, more than that, it was a quirky, bashful, witty, whimsical (yes!) story about life after a break-up, taking a chance, letting go and just.... having fun with the new, the unknown, in life.

It was a different kind of writing and storytelling style for Bryant in this novella. Well, at least different for me compared to her previous work, in the tone, rhythm and
Dec 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dystopian Inspired Cat.

This Christmas novella begins with Jess ending a 6-month relationship with a cheating girlfriend. She is distracted by a stray cat outside her window who later happens to find its way to her doorstep. She takes it in, determined to provide it shelter from the elements until she can find its rightful owner.

This story was the perfect length for this cute romance. What made this especially endearing were the relationships Jess has with her best friend, Mo, and her mother.
Lexxi Kitty
[A] ball of fur uncurled from on top of the mantel and stretched out, knocking over a photo of me and Stephanie that I'd forgotten. Catmas looked down at the shattered glass, then back at me.

Now this is what a whole complete story is about. It's not about length, it's about having a solid beginning, middle, and end. Which this story had. I've read 1000 page books that felt like the only reason the book ended was because there are only so many pages that can fit between the book bindings and
Dec 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“Tinsel” is a terrific slow burn Christmas holiday romance between likable MCs, thanks to a mysteriously magical cat!

MC Jessica, 29yo, experiences her 2nd breakup with a cheater just before Christmas. Leaving a coffee shop, she encounters a cat, which then meets her at her home a few blocks away. Not a pet person, Jessica is determined to find the owner, and takes the cat to a vet to see if it’s been chipped. At the vet’s, Jessica encounters MC Taylor for the first time, in the first of several
Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A few weeks before Christmas, a stray cat cleverly schemes to bring together her two most favorite humans on the planet, her veterinarian, Taylor, and her new mom, Jessica. Yes, the pov is first person told via Jessica but we know it’s really kitty’s tale to tell.

There’s nothing more heart tugging than seeing an abandoned pet out in the cold and so when Jessica spots the grey fluff ball, there’s no way to say no. Doesn’t matter that she’s never ever had a pet. She just knows she’s got to do the
Les Rêveur
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was the best feeling this morning to wake up to on the first of December and read Tinsel. It has officially put me in the Christmas mood.

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Ameliah Faith
Dec 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sweet, Sweet Sighs
Jess has just broken up with her cheating girlfriend when she sees an adorable cat at the window of the coffee shop. When the cat follows her home, she can’t help but keep it just for the night… till she can get to the vet to see if it has a chip. Taylor a vet and literally crashes into Jess at the vet’s office. Thinking the Dr rude, Jess dislikes her and when they literally crash into each other again, Jess is even more determined to dismiss the attractive woman…if only her
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
As an unwilling aunt to 6 cats, I would be proud to adopt Catmass BUT

- One hundred, seventeen dollars and fifteen cents for her first vet bill, I might have to file chapter 7 in the near future.

+ I should not worry about the vet bills and I don't have to bear the cost of playing matchmaker anymore. Just 'throw' her around the vicinity of two people who should be together but totally clueless. The newly coupled will be more than happy to pick up the bills.

Jess is not a
Lorraine Rusnack
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
That’s got to be one of the sweetest stories I’ve ever listen to it’s so adorable. Tinsel really is a bit of Christmas magic. Best friend Mo was a great sidekick for Jessica. The narrator Keira was awesome This is a must have holiday story Thanks Kris
Dec 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice story, liked it. 4 stars.
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was a cute story, I liked Jess dislike for Taylor and her overall grumpiness. Her relationship with Mo and her mother. Her work stuff felt just there, I thought it will lead us somewhere, but nope.

I’m not a cat person, but now I need to get a kitty. Catmas was described so adorable and cute, I need one.
3 stars - This was a cute holiday story :)
Carly Faith
Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-reads
Oh my god!

I loved this so much more than I thought I would.

I felt myself starting to die out with books but this just brought me back to life. I loved this from beginning to end and I never wanted to put it down.

This was absolutely so adorable. Christmas vibes even though I tend to stray from Christmas books because they make me cringe, I am so glad I had the chance to read this after being gifted this!

Also, this was my first Novella, so go me!

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Kris Bryant has helped me to kick-start my holiday festivities and comfort reading with this delightful story. I have a huge mushy heart when it comes to fur babies and it doesn't matter if they're puppies or kittens so I don't think I need to say how much my heart practically melted from the moment this fuzzy, grey sweetheart entered the story. I must admit that I spent a few moments swooning over Taylor because she's generous, fun-loving, witty and ...more
Dec 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It has a cute cat :) a cute couple and it's written by Kris Bryant what more could you want

did I mention the really cute cat ;) pity none of mine are that cute (adorable though)
Pam Holzner
Dec 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, novella
short. sweet. I didn't care much for the narrator's personality. She gets better but I mostly wondered why the vet bothered ...
Nathan Burgoine
Nov 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: glbt
Grumpy lesbian meet-cutes (more like spill-cutes?) plus kittens = fun, light, Grinchy-comes-around novella. :)
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was lucky enough to get to read this novella several weeks ago and it is fantastic! It will totally get you into the holiday spirit. I love the main characters and also the cat (who has the cutest cat name ever). Kris Bryant is the queen of first person and it works here perfectly. Lots of snark and sarcasm and then later chemistry and steam. And a cat. Read this in front of the fire on a Friday night and you'll be in the mood to decorate that weekend!
Dec 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a great novella. I loved both main characters but Taylor was my favourite and as I am a cat lover, I also loved Tinsel.
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love holiday romances, but the Hallmark nonsense this year made me painfully aware of how little diversity is in my holiday reads. Someone tweeted a list full of recs of LGBTQ reads and I snagged this one right away. A stray cat helps two women find love at Christmas? It’s as adorable as it sounds. Loved it.
Suzy Q
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tinsel is such a fun quick read. I found myself smiling through the whole book. I’m still smiling. Jess is having a bad day. She is breaking up with her girlfriend. Jess found her girlfriend in her bed, on her new sheets with her coworker. She decided to do it at a public place as to not make a scene. They were by a window and outside was a kitty pawing at the glass. Jess looked for the kitty when she went outside but the kitty was gone. When she got home the kitty was beside her. She let her in ...more
Cathie W
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Admittedly, I’m a bit bah, humbug when it comes to sappy Christmas romances, but Tinsel quickly became the exception when a cute, fuzzy kitten barges in on Jessica’s life abruptly after a break up with her cheating girlfriend. Although the breakup happens a mere three weeks to Christmas, Jess just isn’t having it. There’s enough snark and potent comebacks that had me laughing and cheering her on when she could’ve just crumbled after discovering her girlfriend in bed with a coworker. Jess’ snarky ...more
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Award winning author Kris Bryant was born in Tacoma, WA but has lived all over the world and now considers Kansas City her home. She received her B.A. in English from the University of Missouri and spends a lot of her time buried in books. She enjoys hiking, photography, spending time with her family, and her dog, Molly (who gets more attention than she does on Facebook).

Her first novel, Jolt, was
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