All I Want by Jolene Perry, Kaylee Baldwin & Rachael Anderson
Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Genre: Christmas Romance
Source: Received electronic copy to review
Book Description: THREE STORIES. THREE COUPLES. ONE HOLIDAY.
Pretty Near Perfect
by Jolene Perry
The last thing Norah needs is to be attracted to anyone – especially in her deceased fiancé's parents' home. Collin’s starting a new career, and has no business getting involved – especially while staying with his roommate’s family, who very kindly offered to take him in for the holidays. Unfortunately, you just don’t always pick the most convenient time and place to fall for someone.
Six Days of Christmas
by Kaylee Baldwin
When Natalie goes home with her best friend for Christmas, she expects plenty of quiet time to work on a winning ad so she can turn her dream internship into her dream job. Instead, she gets time-consuming Christmas festivities, a house full of children, and Jimmy, her best friend’s brother - someone who makes her question everything she’s always thought she wanted.
Twist of Fate
by Rachael Anderson
When a postcard meant for Kenzie winds up in Ty's mailbox, Ty's faced with a decision. Should he tell her that her fiancé is breaking up with her and let it ruin her favorite holiday, or should he do what he’s wanted to do since he met her - make a move and hope that he can win her over before she discovers there won’t be a wedding after all.
Each story is unique and well written. Each one left me with a smile on my face and feeling satisfied. I can't pick a favorite.
A Guest post from Author Jolene Perry!
One of the coolest things about being a writer is the freedom. And not just the freedom to have any kind of “work” schedule that I like, but to write about anything or anyone that I feel like writing about. And then it gets even more exciting when someone gives me parameters…
Pretty Near Perfect, my contribution to All I Want, started with a few things - a picture, an idea for short stories from Rachael Anderson, and my need to tell a story that I’ve wanted to tell for a while.
As I was looking for a book cover for a friend, I ran across this great picture of a tiny woman in a green shirt who was lying on the grass with dark hair and a funky haircut. I wanted to know her story, but I was doing other things at the time, so I pulled the pic onto my desktop and let it sit.
A few weeks later, Rachael Anderson talked to both Kaylee Baldwin and me about doing some kind of themed short story collaboration, and we ended up deciding on Christmas stories.
So, between my love of this picture, and Rachael’s suggestion for our collaboration, I had a direction for the story.
I’ve always loved the idea of falling for someone when you least expect it and in the most awkward of circumstances, and I love the picture, and I loved Rachael’s idea, so that’s where the whole idea of Pretty Near Perfect came from.
So. Yes. My favorite part of being a writer is the freedom and how that open-ended idea of writing about anything becomes more and more solid until the story becomes something real.
Author Jolene Perry
Jolene Perry is an enigmatic figure. She is most often seen behind her laptop, staring at the words flying onto the screen with reckless abandon.
She survived growing up in rural Alaska, driving like a lunatic, and her husband’s careers in the military, as a perpetual student, and an Alaska State Prosecutor. She also survived as a middle school math teacher using her degree of Political Science and French.
One day Jolene was playing her guitar (probably some-thing juvenile for her kids) when she wondered what it would be like to write a song for a rockstar, and her first book was born. (that book is shelved)
She now lives a very glamorous life as a stay at home mom, elbow deep in dirty dishes and peanut butter sandwiches. She doesn’t even attempt to keep up with the laundry because non-writing time is precious, and her family is sorta awesome.
Author Rachael Anderson
Rachael Anderson is the author of four contemporary romances: Divinely Designed, Luck of the Draw, Minor Adjustments, and The Reluctant Bachelorette. She's the mother of four, can't sing, doesn't dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.
I grew up in Mesa, Arizona, and graduated from Arizona State University
with a degree in English literature.
I currently live in southern Arizona with my husband, Jeremy, and our three children. When I am not writing, I enjoy reading, starting new craft projects, and spending time with my family.
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