Holiday with a Twist by Shannon Stacey

Posted December 19, 2016 by Jennifer in Book Review | | 4 Comments

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Holiday with a Twist by Shannon StaceyHoliday with a Twist by Shannon Stacey
Published by Carina Press on November 21st 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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After a messy breakup, Leigh Holloway is ready to start her life over. Until her parents put the family home on the market and call her back for one final, memory-making Christmas. The last thing she wants to do is deprive her mom of the perfect holiday, so she'll lie her way through the visit and worry about her future in the New Year. Too bad the only bar in town is owned by a guy she seriously wronged in high school.

Leigh's best friend broke Croy Dawson's heart, and Croy knows it was Leigh's fault. They've never liked each other, but Croy isn't cruel: he'd never turn away a pretty woman in need of some family-Christmas fortification. He doesn't expect her to drink just enough candy-cane martinis to tell him her secrets—and he definitely doesn't expect to get caught up in her holiday madness.

Despite the surprising love and laughter, Croy and Leigh can't escape the truth: he can't walk away from his family obligations and she has a life and career to reboot. But anything is possible if your holiday comes with a twist…

Nothing like a coming home story for a 30yo heroine who is down on her luck in life during the holidays. And of course, with it being a story written by Shannon Stacey you know there will be some laughs and romance. Holiday with a Twist delivered on both.

Leigh Holloway is visiting her parents for Christmas and helping clear out the family’s home so the parents can sell it. Leigh has mixed feelings about the family home being sold. She is going to miss it but she also knows her parents are excited about the next chapter in their lives. Her parents’ excited is one of the reasons she keeps her current personal and business status secret from the family. She’s afraid if they knew she was no longer with her fiance and quite her job they would not sell the house and move like they had planned.

Leigh needs a little liquid relaxation after flying to New Hampshire from Houston but there is not a drop of liquor in her parents’ house. She finds herself in the only place that has a liquor license in her small hometown. A restaurant that is owned and ran by her ex-best friend’s ex-boyfriend who happens to be Leigh’s ex-friend too. (Boy that’s a lot of exes) Here enters Croy, the sexy bartender Leigh grew up with, but the last time they saw each other they had words over their ex-friend and his ex-girlfriend leaving him for another guy in college.

The make nice and put the old water under the bridge behind them long enough to foster a budding attraction. Shannon Stacey makes these two characters work for a HEA and it was fun reading their journey to small town / second chance romance.

If you’re looking for a quick read with just the right amount of holiday flair added in, pick up Holiday with a Twist.

“A Candy Cane Martini, huh? You sure that’s a real drink?” He folded his arms across his chest and gave her a skeptical look. “Sounds like something a princess would drink in a Christmas fairy tale.”

[ . . .]

“Vanilla vodka, white creme de cacao, and peppermint schnapps.”


I Googled Candy Cane Martini and I found this recipe with similar ingredients.


Also available on audio

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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