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Shopping for a Yankee Swap

(Shopping for a Billionaire #17)

4.53  ·  Rating details ·  470 ratings  ·  113 reviews
Christmas is nostalgia heaven for my family (unless you count the Christmas tree fire last year, which we won't...).

Mom owns more holiday decorations than twelve area malls combined. Dad prides himself on hand-chopping the best live tree, while my older sister perfected peppermint cookies to the point of unparalleled bliss, and my younger sister has memorized every Christm
Kindle Edition, 228 pages
Published December 23rd 2020 by Prosaic Press, Inc.
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Julia Kent
Dec 01, 2020 added it  ·  (Review from the author)

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McCormick Men are VERY Competitive, but the Jacobys aren't Far Behind!
Such a Great addition to my Beloved Series! I love This gang so much, Shannon+Declan are My Favs and I can't put it into words how much I Loved seeing them here. The Fun & Feels are on Spot Perfect. I Laughed-out-loud (Especially during the Yankee Swap: a Weird tradition to Exchange Crazy gifts) AND Choked up on my emotions many times throughout the story. It was reminiscing & Making new memories Alongside. The Writing is Beau
Diane (Books and Tequila Blog)
I loved this fun addition to the Shopping Series. Shannon’s family is introducing Declan and his family to the Jacoby’s traditional Christmas Yankee swap. And the McCormick men don’t even have a clue! It’s a bit of a competition for the best gag gift, so everyone wants to win.
Along with the shopping shenanigans the author gives us a little catch up with the whole cast of characters. It was great to get another glimpse into Shannon and Declan’s life.
-4.5 Stars!-
Dec 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As usual Julia Kent has you laughing over and over! The Jacoby’s, McCormick’s and the rest of the Shopping series characters are back with all the love, competition, family drama, hot times and a surprising number of emotional/sentimental moments that tug on your heartstrings and help you understand the characters just a little more. I couldn’t put this down as usual with this series! I would love to she my favorite laughs and tears but I don’t want to spoil it, so just know be careful where you ...more
Linda Dossett
Dec 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This light hearted story from one of my favorite authors, is exactly what I have come to expect from Julia Kent, humorous, heartwarming, slapstick fun. We catch up with the McCormick\Jacoby families as they celebrate the Holidays in a way only they can. Well worth the read. Grab this one.
Dec 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shopping for a Yankee Swap (or you might know it as a white elephant or dirty Santa gift exchange) is the 17th book in the Shopping for a Billionaire series. It could be read as a standalone and if you have an eccentric family member, you will find some parallel laughs in this Christmas season book.

James, Terry, Declan and Andrew are pulled into the Yankee Swap for the first time ever this holiday. They are having a hard time with the concept of one man's junk being another man's treasure. Follo
Dec 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As only Kent can do, she brings together the McCormick and Jacoby families for the holidays in a captivating, humorous, full-of-feels, delightful story that I couldn’t get enough of. I’m not sure if it was the laugh-out-loud hilarity, the outrageous Christmas practices and competitiveness, or the poignant, breathtaking, incredibly special reveal, but this book made my heart ridiculously happy!

This holiday story is a fantastic way to get to know the characters in the Shopping Series, or to catch
Dec 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Who came up with the idea to bring the craziest gift possible, have people pick numbers out of a hat, and then systematically steal the most prized gift from each other? You have to have a sense of humor and be a bit of a sadist--and a holiday one at that--to enjoy such a ritual."

Any time I get to revisit the characters who made me fall in love with Julia Kent's writing, I'm a happy reader. I fell in love with Shannon and Declan in the first ever book in Julia's Shopping series, and each instal
Dec 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
And they say that the McCormick men are competitive! Compared to the Jacoby’s and their Christmas Yankee swap, Declan and Andrew are rank amateurs. This book, while letting you catch up with all your favourite characters in the Shopping For a Billionaire series, will have you laughing out loud at the antics of Shannon, Declan & co. I’ve never read books before where the main characters are billionaires but at the same time manage to come across as being so normal and down earth….. or maybe it’s ...more
Dec 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is book 17 in the Julia Kent's Shopping and it just keeps getting better with each book! This book has all of my favorites...more Shannon, Declan, Andrew, Amanda, Ellie and the twins with of course Marie and Jason. We have Shannon and Marie shopping for the Christmas Yankee Swap together and Declan and Marie as well. While doing that together they find something precious to Declan's family! Declan and Jason spend some time together on a road trip with Andrew and some Boy Scouts ...more
Joe Kendall
Dec 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Seventeen books in and I still cant get enough of these characters.
Declan and Shannon's exploits along with their families is gold, pure genius.
I laughed out loud many times, snorted quite a few and nearly wet myself with glee :-) nothing new with this series then.
Declan is new to the Yankee Swap (just like me coming from the UK). But when Declan commits to something, he is all in.
Just like Jason and Bessie. Not giving it everything is not an option.
The raw emotion coming from the page and serio
Jammie Bebout
Dec 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Ah, the time-honored tradition of the yankee swap, or white elephant gift exchange as we Okies refer to it… always a fun way to bring families together to lie, cheat, and steal their way to the best of the worst gifts imaginable. And when those families are the Jacobys and McCormicks? Well, hilarity and utter ridiculousness is sure to follow. This book was such a lovely bit of goodness and fun in a year that has been sorely lacking in both. It’s absolutely laugh-out-loud funny while also managin ...more
Amber - TBR Book Blog
Welcome back to the crazy world of Shannon and Declan! I never realize how much I miss these characters until I read the latest installment of their story. And then it makes me want to go back and read the start of the series with Shannon mystery shopping. Which I might just do because why not?

I'd never heard of a Yankee Swap, so I'm glad it was explained. It's essentially what I know as a white elephant party/gift. This year, the Jacoby Christmas tradition will include the McCormicks. BUT in tr
Didi Ps
Dec 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shannon & Declan’s story continues, with Declan deciding to spend more time at home & with some talk about expanding their family. This holiday, the Yankee Swap (a weird tradition of exchanging crazy gifts) is coming back, with Shannon’s mother at the helm. She is, of course, a “funny eclectic sadist...”

Does anyone need a stool sample hospital refrigerator?
How about an envelope doinker?
How does one break a ThighMaster, anyway?

This book has it all...

Including “the realization that testosterone” i
Dec 20, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun read. Perfect for this time of year.

Enjoyed the audiobook very much, too.
Judi Borne
Jan 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Just as entertaining as the rest of this series of books. It could be a stand alone but reading the whole series fills in all the gaps. I would recommend the whole series.
Dec 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A much needed Christmas memory

I have followed these characters from the beginning of the series. Each book has me laughing out loud and this book is no different. All the characters are dear to me. The McCormick men have grown and evolved since their involvement in the Jacoby family. The Christmas family gathering was special to me because the pandemic prevented me from having my extended family to celebrate this year. I loved this book!
Dec 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Cute Read

What an cute funny read - learned a lot about a Yankee Swap (might have to do this next year). Looks like lots of exciting things in the future.
Kristen Lewendon
There are two things I love about this series. The first, and probably the most obvious thing I love about the McCormick and Jacoby families, is that anything they’re involved in is guaranteed to make me laugh so hard I hurt myself. The other thing I love about this series is a little sneakier. It’s nowhere near as in-your-face as the comedy. I love that these books have moments of great introspection and give me the opportunity to think about my own opinions on some heavy personal topics. Thing ...more
Dec 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Shopping for a Yankee Swap” is part of Julia Kent’s long running “Shopping” series. It’s thoroughly enjoyable, and fans of the series won’t be disappointed. And although it’s probably not the best novel to enter the series with (I’d recommend an earlier one), it’s still likely to be highly enjoyable for new readers.

This series of romance novels usually comes with a solid helping of humor; here I found a little less humor than usual, and a little more serious reflection on issues such as attitud
Nickie Adler
Mar 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Like the rest of the series, this book is just as funny.

While Declan and Shannon decide they are going to try for baby number two, Declan has to learn the art of shopping at thrift stores. Who is better to teach him than Marie. Declan is at a loss of the word Flea Market, complaining that why would anyone want to buy fleas! Poor Declan, this day is going to be long one. Of course, the reason for this, is the annual Yankee Swap held on Christmas Day at the Jacoby household. He is bewildered that
Elaine Coghlan
Shopping for a Yankee Swap~Shopping for a Billionaire bk 17 by Julia Kent
Julia has only done it yet again, this is why she is one of my top authors, how does she do that.
Shopping for a Yankee Swap is Declan and Shannon's third Christmas with Ellie, I love her names for her two uncles, so funny. Poor Declan is out with Marie on his own where he finds a perfect gift at the flea market! not telling lol not even he knew. There is a Christmas tree called Bessie for Jason and Marie~ there's more to th
Payton Box
Dec 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a hilarious addition to the Shopping Series and I loved seeing more of Declan and Shannon as parents and how they are making it work. With the length of this series, I love seeing how much Declan and Shannon have changed throughout each book and they are one of my all time favorites couples I've read. I get super excited for each of their books and this book did not let me down. I loved the way both Jason and Marie were able to get Declan out of his comfort zone and teach him more about ...more
Stephanie Villere
This is Shopping for a Yankee Swap, book 17 in the Shopping for a Billionaire series, written by Julia Kent. There are very few families I would rather spend Christmas with besides the McCormick and Jacoby families. Declan and Andrew are still are still as brutally competitive as before, maybe even worse now. Add the Yankee Christmas swap madness of the Jacoby's and its a free for all! Its very fun and entertaining to read of their antics while they are trying to find the best possible gift to b ...more
Dec 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Finding Treasures

A fun, spontaneous novella providing quirky characters, real life situations and loving relationships. The holiday revelations that compare the rich and cosseted to regular, if a bit outrageous, folks are hilarious. But the real gem in this series of Shopping escapades is the first hand education of buying for a Yankee Swap gift and then, how to play the game. The story provides insight into the Jacoby and McCormick family dynamics, reflecting on how their social and economic ba
Joy Roberts
Dec 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had never heard of the yankee swap before but looking it up it shows everything. Julie you have another hint on your hands. My favorite characters are back. Declan and Shannon’s daughter is two. Andrew and Amanda’s twins boys are sixteen months. It’s Christmas time and the family is getting together. They don’t want a repeat of a couple of years ago when the animals caused the fire. Jason is the Boy Scout leader and the boys are selling wreaths. Jason asks Declan and Andrew to go along to this ...more
Sharon  in SF
Jan 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love anything that Julia Kent writes because her stories are always filled with LOL moments and heartfelt sentiments felt by her characters. Yankee Swap primarily focuses on my favorite "emotionally distant" (except with his wife, Shannon) Hero, Declan McCormick. His no-filter mother-in-law, Marie, introduces him to the secrets of finding the best eclectic gift for the Yankee swap/white elephant exchange their family enjoys on Christmas. Surprisingly along his reluctant adventure, he starts to ...more
LA Loves RomComs
This series is one of my absolute favorite rom com series, with emphasis on the comedy. I love the outrageous humor that Julia Kent infuses in these books, and the extended McCormick/Jacoby family is a riot and a half at all times. The lengths that matriarch Marie goes to in order continue the Yankee Swap tradition are outrageous. Declan, Andrew and James McCormick are not used to this caliber of holiday shenanigans to say the least. And I love the growth that all of these characters have shown ...more
Kristin Jones
Dec 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can never get enough of Declan and Shannon. The Shopping for a Billionaire series is one of my favorite romantic comedy series to read. There’s no other book/character in the billionaire trope where I feel like the billionaire is truly relatable and as easy to connect to as Declan McCormick. While “Yankee Swap” is as hilarious as its predecessors, the moments of sweet reality where we see more emotional depth to the characters are what make this particular story hard to resist for me. Sometime ...more
Maria Dodd
Jan 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
I love this family at any time of the year but there is always something about Christmas time that makes everything sweeter. I have to say James is getting on my nerves now and I am SO glad his sons are coming together and standing strong. I love to see them all together but Declan is still my favourite ❤. Will we have news from Dec and Shannon soon??
The Yankee Swap was new to me this year (in the UK) but we did something very similar at work so this was good fun. Dec and Andrew never cease to a
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Julia Kent writes romantic comedy with an edge. Since 2013, she has sold more than 2 million books, with 5 New York Times bestsellers and more than 21 appearances on the USA Today bestseller list. Her books have been translated into French, German, and Italian, with more titles releasin

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