Published by Carina Press on December 5th 2011
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 65 pages
Claire Rutledge still believes in love, despite losing her husband. So, after two years, she's not surprised by the steamy dreams telling her it might be time to start moving on. But she didn't expect her friend Justin to have the starring role.
Justin McCormick has loved Claire since the moment he first saw her, but his best friend got there first. Now that Claire is ready to move on with her life, Justin is finding it harder than ever to hide his true feelings. And when they both get caught up in the holiday spirits at a party, their simmering mutual attraction boils over into a night neither of them can forget..
Mistletoe & Margaritas is the 3rd novella I’ve in the last two days by Shannon Stacey and I enjoyed it just as much as the other two. Stacey has made it to my auto-read list for contemporary authors.
What I like most about her romances is that the couples have a history. It’s not an instant-a-love, it builds over time making them believable and emotionally charged.
Nothing like best friends following in love. There’s that line that they don’t want to cross because they don’t want to lose their best friend because of sex making things awkward. But add in the fact that Justin has been in love with Claire since before she married his best friend only adds to the emotional roller coaster. Oh and the fact that Claire is a widow now because her husband and Justin’s best friend died 2 years ago in a car accident. WOW
Justin has been the rock that Claire needed after loosing her husband but Justin is dying a little on the inside from guilt of loving his best friend’s widow and he doesn’t know if he can stay her friend anymore. Claire is slowing realizing that her love for Justin is changing into a different kind of love.
Shannon Stacey delivers yet another great romance under 100 pages. I really need to check out one of her full length novels!
Mistletoe & Margaritas is just one story in the Holiday Kisses anthology.