Review: Mistletoe & Margaritas by Shannon Stacey

Posted November 10, 2013 by Jennifer in Book Review | | 2 Comments

Review: Mistletoe & Margaritas by Shannon StaceyMistletoe & Margaritas by Shannon Stacey
Published by Carina Press on December 5th 2011
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 65 pages
Format: eBook
Source: Library

Rating: A

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.






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About Shannon Stacey

New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Shannon Stacey lives with her husband and two sons in New England, where her two favorite activities are writing stories of happily ever after and riding her four-wheeler. From May to November, the Stacey family spends their weekends on their ATVs, making loads of muddy laundry to keep Shannon busy when she’s not at her computer. She prefers writing to laundry, however, and considers herself lucky she got to be an author when she grew up.

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After 17 years I've finally finished my BA in English (no I do not want to be a teacher). Before majoring in English I would not have touched anything labeled "classic", but I have enjoyed a few along the way in my college career.

While I hated to read growing up, I am now an avid book reader and audiobook listener. I love rejecting reality one book at a time. I only read fiction within my favorite (at least to date) genres which include: most romance (paranormal, contemporary, D/s, BDSM, M/M)Urban Fantasy, and a few YA (mostly PNR or UF from favorite adult authors, but I'm slowly stepping out of my comfort zone after enjoying a few contemporary YA novels in adolescent literature class I took).
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