New Release & Review ~ Shopping for a Yankee Swap ~ by ~ Julia Kent

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 Christmas carol with her fingers for a piano bash that goes on and on.

And on.

But this year, Christmas is different.

This year, the McCormick men are joining the Yankee Swap.

You know how it works, right? Bring the craziest gift you can possibly find, pick a number, open the presents in order and play β€œsteal the gift” until person Number One gets one last chance to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.

My husband, Declan, is on a mission to win. He’s so sure he can find the absolutely, positively, unreservedly weirdest gift that he’s willing to go to any extreme to find it.

Any extreme.

That’s right.

He’s going thrift store shopping with my mother. The billionaire and the frugal queen are on a quest.

Only one will win.

And on Christmas evening, after we’re stuffed silly, sung out, the kids fall asleep and the adults break out the bizarre presents and the alcohol, it’ll be showtime.

Because there ain’t no competition like a McCormick competition.

But the Jacoby family has a trick or ten up its sleeves, too.

Declan and Shannon are back in yet another hilarious Christmas family saga in Julia Kent’s New York Times bestselling romantic comedy series.

It’s a competitive Yankee Swap – what could go wrong? Read and find out πŸ˜‰ .


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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 true McCormick fashion, it’s a competition over who can get the most ridiculous gift within the parameters.

If you’ve read this series, you know the hilarity that can ensue and certainly does in this latest installment. Between the crazy Jacoby family, to the staunchness of the McCormick men, there are tons of laugh out loud moments that only the “Shopping” series can bring.

5 stars!

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