Friday, December 4, 2020

#GIVEAWAY Review For This Christmas Only by Caro Carson #Harlequin #hohohoharlequinholidayextravaganza


For today's Ho Ho Ho post I'm reviewing Caro Carson's Special Edition holiday novel, For This Christmas Only and I'm including a recipe from her from my very first holiday blog blast from 2014.
And I want to say a special thank you to Caro for her service and share a picture of her in her West Pointe Cadet uniform.


ISBN-13: 9781335894977
Publisher: Harlequin
Release Date: 12-01-2020
Length: 288pp
Source: Publisher for review
Buy It: Harlequin


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 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 end when the new year begins…or will it?

From Harlequin Special Edition: Believe in love. Overcome obstacles. Find happiness.

My Review:

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 a great holiday read will really enjoy this.

After her six and a half year detour to finish her degree the last thing Mallory Ames needs is to be bothered by some frat boys at the annual Masterson University Yule Log celebration so she seeks the help of a handsome stranger to help fend them off, a stranger named Eli who the more she spends time with the more she confides in him about her journey getting to this point and the hopes she has to aspire to live life like her hero.

E.L. Taylor is an extremely wealthy venture capitalist entrepreneur but after nearly dying in a fiery plane crash he realizes he has nothing but money, no friends, no relationship with his family, no love of his own. But while attending the Yule Log celebration he meets a woman who makes him feel alive for the first time since the accident and just as he’s about to tell her who he really is she reveals who her hero is and that hero is no hero, that hero is just a broken man, that hero is him and he knows its best if he just keeps on lying to her because she deserves more than he could give.


A recipe from Caro:

Peppermint Chocolate Bark
6 squares of Baker’s milk chocolate
6 squares of white chocolate
1 cup of crushed peppermint candies (about 50 starlight mints, or we’ve used candy canes, too).

In separate bowls, microwave the brown and white chocolates about 2 minutes, stirring at least once.
Remove from the microwave and stir until they chocolate is completely melted.
Add half of the crushed candy to each bowl, and stir again.
Onto a piece of wax paper spread over a cookie sheet, drop spoonfuls of alternating chocolate, brown, white, brown, white…and I pat the mounds to flatten them.
Draw a knife through the chocolates to create a marbleized look.
Chill in the fridge, then break into bite-sized pieces.  Makes about 1 pound.

  About Caro:
Despite a no-nonsense background as a West Point graduate, Army officer, and Fortune 100 sales executive, Caro Carson has always treasured the happily-ever-after of a good romance novel. As a Rita-winning Harlequin author, Caro is delighted to be living her own happily-ever-after with her husband and children in Florida, a location which has saved the coaster-loving theme park fanatic a fortune on plane tickets.

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  1. Thank you for all the kind words! Believe it or not, my kids just made that peppermint bark recipe two days ago--and it is all gone. We're adding more chocolate squares to the grocery list, because one batch just isn't going to be enough.

  2. Sounds like a great read and a wonderful author. Another tempting read!

  3. Love peppermint bark! Looking forward to reading this!