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For My Own: A Contemporary Christmas Anthology

3.16  ·  Rating details ·  45 ratings  ·  18 reviews
Snowy days and steamy nights

This year, a modern-day Scrooge learns the true meaning of Christmas with the help of a suddenly sexy old friend. A down-on-his-luck baseball star finds a beautiful new beginning with a hometown girl. And a prim-and-proper teacher is determined to bring out the holiday spirit in a grumpy tree farmer. Settle in for the season with this collectio
Published December 2013 by Carina Press
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Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
I got only about halfway through the first story in this anthology when I gave up. The language was raunchy and the story was boring. There are too many Christmas romances out there to waste time on one I don't like. ...more
Jaime Fiction Fangirls
These stories were cute and simple and just enough to help put me in a holiday reading mood. I listened to the audiobooks and wasn't thrilled with the narrators. I think I would've liked reading the actual book a little better but overall they were a god read.

Edited 11/25/17

I didn’t even remember that I listened to this whole book. Today I listed the the first 1/4 while on a drive and when I got home I purchased the book to read. I was right, the books were much better when I read than as oppose
Mar 20, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible-escape
3 stories. #1 is lovely. 4 stars. #2 3.5 stars. #3 2 and I'm being generous. Skip it if you have anything else to read. Ridiculous and the world's most ridiculous immature sisters. They're annoying and not worth your time. ...more
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I love the Carina Press holiday anthologies, and this year I couldn’t wait to see what Angela James had in store for us. The contemporary romance lover in me was super excited to see so many contemp stories this year, and getting the chance to read more of a new favorite, Alison Packard, was an extra special treat. Two of the stories in this anthology I absolutely adored, and unfortunately the third was a little lost on me.

Nov 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
4 stars

I enjoyed all the stories and I would recommend it for anyone how enjoys a romantic holiday read :)

The first book is A Christmas for Carrie by Alison Packard

A Christmas for Carrie

4 stars

A Christmas for Carrie was a heartwarming read, loved Carrie and Nick :)

Nick hasn't been home in a long time and is looking forward to spending the holidays with his family. After bumping into Carrie on his first day back he is pleasantly surprised to see her, he can't believe how beautiful she is. How di
Nov 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
My favorite story in this anthology was A Christmas for Carrie. I have loved everything I’ve read by Alison Packard. I especially enjoy how the stories, even this novella, are a part of the same world. I wasn’t expecting that in this story, so when the first familiar character was mentioned, I was surprised and excited.

Nick has turned his love of sports into being a part of the sports world. He’s an agent for a couple of the San Francisco Blaze players that I first met in The Winning Season. Ca
Dec 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: holidays
This was a very good collection and I enjoyed reading it. All three of these authors were new to me and I will be looking at other books by them.

Christmas for Carrie by Alison Packard: This was a very sweet heartwarming story and I enjoyed it very much. Carrie had a very rough childhood and hates Christmas, Nick decides he’s going to change her mind. These two had good chemistry and I thought their story flowed very well. I thought that the characters and storyline were very well developed for a
Dec 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
I loved all three of these short stories, they made me smile, and just really reminded me of why Christmas is so awesome.

A Christmas for Carrie
Its so sweet when a guy wants to give a girl the perfect Christmas gift. Nick has come home for the holidays. He is no longer a geek, but now a very successful sports agent in San Francisco. Carrie hates Christmas, because it reminds her that she has never had a good one thanks to her no good parents, and something tragic which happen several years ago.
Jan 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
In Christmas for Carrie by Alison Packard, Nick has returned home for the holidays, he is no longer the geek he was in school but a successful sports agent now. After he arrives into town he runs into Carrie and is pleasantly surprised to see her. She is so beautiful, how could he have missed this back in high school?
Carrie hates Christmas since it reminds her of her childhood and all the Christmas that were not happy at all thanks to her parents. So when she runs into Nick she is in a very bad
Dec 13, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: seriesoftubes
A Christmas for Carrie: 3.5 stars
Christmas Curveball: 2.5 stars
Kissing Her Scrooge: 1 star

Average: 2.33 which rounds down.

I'm sad, because I did quite enjoy the first story, and moderately enjoyed the second. I just had problems believing the speed with which the relationship between the two protagonists was developed in the third story (and to some degree, the second). I know that novellas have a limited word count, but I wish more of those limited words were spent developing the story and fewe
Dec 16, 2014 rated it it was ok
Couldn't get into the other two stories. Pages of description and forced interactions in Christmas Curveball bored me. I was displeased with the Kissing Her Scrooge heroine. DNF'd both at some 30%.

Will be deleting this entry and adding the separate release for Packard's novella when I'm in a better mood.
The second story had some clever dialogue, but over all this is really a 2-star book. The narrators left a lot to be desired.
Denise Hallauer
Dec 03, 2013 rated it liked it
The full review can be found on my blog.

A Christmas for Carrie by Alison Packard - ★★★
Christmas Curveball by Shari Mikels - ★★★★
Kissing Her Scrooge by Kinley Cade - ★★★
A Christmas for Carrie by Alison Packard


Christmas Curveball by Shari Mikels


Kissing Her Scrooge by Kinley Cade


Hannah and her sisters came across as immature and childish
Stephanie Collins
Nov 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: review-pending
3.5 full review to come
Amber Kaltsas
Dec 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Review to come!
Dec 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
4 stars for 'A Christmas for Carrie' by Alison Packard
4 stars for 'Christmas Curveball' by Shari Mikels
2.5 stars for 'Kissing Her Scrooge' by Kinley Cade
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Freelance editor and publishing strategy consultant, Angela James is a veteran of and long-time advocate for digital publishing. She has enjoyed seventeen years of experience in her field, including successfully launching, building and serving as editorial director for first Samhain Publishing and then Harlequin’s Carina Press for a combined 15 years of editorial lead experience.

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