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For This Christmas Only

(Masterson, Texas #3)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  42 ratings  ·  23 reviews
He was successful in business but not in love in this great romance by USA TODAY bestselling author Caro Carson

His book inspired her to return to school

But he no longer believes his own advice

After nearly dying in a plane crash, financial guru Eli Taylor wants to find meaning in his life. A chance encounter at a small town’s Yule log lighting leads to an eve
ebook, 224 pages
Published December 1st 2020 by Harlequin Special Edition
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This is a Christmas Romance, and this is the third book in the Masterson, Texas series. I have to say I really love this story, and it was so well done. This is about a guy that has a lot of money, but he does not have love that finds a girl that does not have money, but has a lot of love and caring. I loved all the characters, and I loved that we also got to see what the characters where thinking a long with what they where saying. If you like fun cute clean romance stories then you should give ...more
Terrific book. Eli nearly died in a plane crash and hasn't been the same since. He no longer has the same passion for his work, he's haunted by nightmares of the crash, and realizes that he's pushed his family away for so long that he doesn't know them anymore. Eli recently accepted a semester-long teaching job at his alma mater, but even that doesn't break through his gloom. In an attempt to face one of his fears, he attends the town Yule log lighting and ends up facing much more.

Mallory is a s
Dec 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
For This Christmas
Caro Carson

Caro Carson’s latest in her Masterson Texas series is all about dreams and regrets staring a truly deserving yet very odd couple. E.L. (Eli) is a mega rich man looking for a new start and Mallory is as poor as a church mouse but an eternal optimist and are both genuine likeable people. Masterson Texas is all decked out in holiday style and the way Caro has her couple meet and get to know each other as strangers at a Christmas festival is excellent. Anyone looking for
Dec 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Thank you for being my fake boyfriend on my birthday."

Mallory Ames is returning to school at almost thirty, after putting her studies on hold, to become a caregiver for several family members. It's the reading of a business book two years ago that put a spark in her to finally get her life back, after allowing said family to choose a life for her that wasn't really her choice. She have absolutely no idea, when she meet a broody stranger at a Christmas festival, that he's the business man she's
Nov 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This book was received as an ARC from HARLEQUIN - Romance (U.S. & Canada) - Harlequin Special Edition in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This book arrived just in the knick of time and it is perfect to get you in the mood for the holidays. I needed a book that brings up spirits and gets you excited for the holiday season despite the effects of COVID-19 and the story was so heartwarming that I felt so relaxed and loved when finis
Dec 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 24, 2020 rated it liked it
"For This Christmas Only" features broody and damaged millionaire business genius E.L. Taylor and determined and resourceful college business student Mallory Aimes, who meet an a Christmas celebration.

The background build-up for both Mallory and Taylor, and then their meet-cute really had me enthralled in this book in the beginning. The magic of the Christmas bonfire, the children singing carols, what a magical atmosphere! You could tell they had a connection. Then we kept staying on that same n
Margaret Yelton
Nov 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
For This Christmas Only is the third book in the Masterson, Texas series and my first book read by this author. Overall I found this to be an enjoyable read, I got some laughs from the storyline although it did have its serious moments also. I would certainly recommend this book to others.

I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher Harlequin Special Edition and was under no obligation to leave a favorable review, all opinions expressed here are my own.
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Holiday Romance, Small Town & Rural Fiction, Romance, Contemporary Romance
Masterson, Texas (Book #3)
Sometimes Carson's books are just so hard for me. I love her writing, I love her gift of characterization, but she often has very juvenile heroines who - despite their age - are just embarking on grown-up life, and that makes me uncomfortable. Mallory is one of those heroines: at twenty-nine she's finishing up her undergraduate degree after almost a decade of working as an unpaid carer for various family members. I thought this was really well-done and Mallory is intensely sympathetic as someone ...more
Mar 12, 2021 rated it liked it
When we meet Mallory, she's having a rough night. It's her birthday and she just wants to go out and have fun walking around town. It's the holiday season and there's a fire going. What else could she want?

But she runs into some rowdy college boys who give her a hard time, so when she sees a guy all on his lonesome she goes up to him and pretends to be his girlfriend. He's not so open to the idea at first, but when he realizes that she's trying to get away from the guys who are harassing her, he
Joyce Stewart Reviews
Apr 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
For This Christmas Only
by Caro Carson
( Masterson, Texas Book 3)
5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
After nearly dying in a plane crash, financial guru Eli Taylor wants to find meaning in his life. A chance encounter at a small town’s Yule log lighting leads to an evening spent as the fake boyfriend of his superfan Mallory Ames. When she finds herself homeless for the holidays, he invites her to stay with him as his fake girlfriend so he can show his siblings what a loving partnership should look like. The arrangement will e
Ann Major
Mar 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
Sweet, heart-warming romance between two great characters who deserve to find each other…

If you like to curl up with your cat or dog and lose yourself in a terrific Hallmark movie, this book and these characters are for you.

Sometimes life lets loose with a curve ball or two. Both leading characters have had more than their share of bad luck and have been thrown off course.

Mallory has let her family take advantage of her kind heart for far too long. As a result, at the age of twenty-nine, she fi
Kate Vale
One of the Masterson TX series of tales, in which Eli Taylor has survived a life-threatening plane crash with his body intact, but his emotions in turmoil. When impoverished Mallory Ames, finally finishing her senior year at the university where he is scheduled to conduct several graduate seminars, comes upon him and implores him to pretend to be a fake boyfriend so that the three frat boys bothering her will go away, Eli discovers that what he's missing in his life is not only this woman who do ...more
Dana Busenbark
Dec 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Who is Mallory Ames? Where is she? What is going on around her? Who is E.L. Taylor? What is the deal with Mallory about Taylor? Who are the douche canoes? Who is Eli? How does she meet the four of these people? Who are Eliza and TJ? Wha thappens when Mallory meets her hero? When do we get to meet them and why? Oh, I liked them very much! This book turned out to be a really fun read! Especially when E.L. Taylor showed up at Kappa Lambda! I hooted at the rules they were given. You need to read thi ...more
Dec 27, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christmas
Wow. This book is so disappointing after reading another by the author that I really liked. Either this was written much earlier or it was more experimental, I'm not sure which. But it didn't work for me at all.

About the first half of the story takes place on one night when the MCs first meet. Unfortunately nothing really happens that night, and we spend waaayyy too much time in the heroine's head, with her thinking the same kind of thoughts over and over. Once the book starts moving it goes qui
Beatrice Followill
Dec 22, 2020 rated it liked it
Enjoyable read for most , I do like this author , the storyline was good , the characters were a bit hard for me to get attached to , The Christmas theme was perfect in the beginning .I would recommend this book .
Alisha Collins
Dec 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
For This Christmas Only by Caro Carson is the 3rd in the series and a wonderfully written book. This is a sweet Christmas story about a couple that have their own problems that they learn it’s easier to work through them together. I highly recommend to anyone that wants a sweet Christmas romance.
Tammi Kendall
Dec 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love the story of Eli or E.L. Taylor and Mallory Ames. Who knew that a chance meeting at a Yule log would lead to a love story. And just think it all starts with quicksand! 5 stars!! Highly recommended!
Nov 11, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DNF at 32%. This is too much of a slow burn for me. This far into the book and we are still in the same place. The characters have almost no chemistry either.
Dec 07, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is the 2nd book I read by Caro Carson. I liked this story 📖 setting & the some dialogue made me laugh 😂. Other than that this story 📖 didn't interest me. ...more
Peggy Baldwin
Dec 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book it was funny and romantic
I loved the characters Eli and Mallory and the way they me and I hope there will be more Masterson Texas books.
Mar 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
He has everything, or he think so
She doesn't have anything
I enjoyed this story a lot.
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Despite a no-nonsense background as a West Point graduate and U.S. Army officer, Caro Carson has always treasured the happily-ever-after of a good romance novel. After her military service, she worked in the healthcare industry with a Fortune 100 company, talking science with doctors who were rarely handsome bachelor Texans like the doctors in her books. Now a RITA™-award-winning and USA Today bes ...more

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