Tuesday, January 1, 2013

All I Want Blog Tour: Book Review

**I totally missed the boat on this blog tour! I had a recent death in the family and so had to put it off for a few days and then I thought I had scheduled it to publish and just realized today that it never did! So even though the tour is over I still wanted to put it up.

About the Book

Title: All I Want
Authors: Jolene Perry, Rachael Renee Anderson, & Kaylee Baldwin
Release Date: November 2012
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Genre: Clean Holiday Romances

Pretty Near Perfect
by Jolene Perry

The last thing Norah needs is to be attracted to anyone – especially in her deceased fiancĂ©'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 fiancĂ© 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.

Novellas are very different reading for to me. I sometimes feel like the characters do not have as much time to grow and develop as they do in regular length novels. However, I do like how the stories are not drawn out and how the author can get right to the point. Fortunately, the cute romances in the All I Want collection fall into the latter category. Each of the stories had distinct characters and their stories felt complete.

Another positive feature of having separate short stories is that you can get a number of different perspectives from each of the authors. I especially enjoyed the unique voices of each author in All I Want and how each of the stories was so different.

All I Want was also unique in that it was a compilation of Christmas themed stories. Christmas is such a romantic holiday and I feel like each of these sweet stories captured that feeling. The "Six Days of Christmas" especially seemed to portray that magical holiday sentiment with the special holiday traditions that Natalie and Jimmy were able to participate in.

My favorite romance of the three stories was between Natalie and Jimmy in the "Six Days of Christmas" story. I love relationships that begin with friendships, especially ones that are "long lost". I also liked the playful nature of their relationship and how Jimmy seemed to bring out Natalie's fun side. The other romances were sweet as well but this one was definitely my favorite.

Overall, All I Want is a perfect collection of short stories for this magical and romantic time of year!

About the Authors

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.

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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.

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KAYLEE BALDWIN grew up in Mesa, Arizona, and graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in English literature. She currently lives in southern Arizona with her husband, Jeremy, and their three children. When she is not writing, she enjoys reading, starting new craft projects, and spending time with her family.

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