Author: Shannon Stacey

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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Heat Exchange by Shannon Stacey

Heat Exchange by Shannon Stacey

Posted October 15, 2016 by Jennifer in Book Review | 2 Comments

I am a big fan of Shannon Stacey’s Kowalski Family series and I have all her other books on my TBR so it was a no-brainer to jump at the opportunity to review Heat Exchange via SocialBookCo‘s book review program. One of the reasons I really enjoy Stacey’s books is the strong family connection her characters share and Heat Exchange is all about those strong ties with actual families and those that are bounded not by blood but by the brotherhood of firefighting. That brotherhood can have it’s drawbacks and especially the way the women in those firefighters lives. Lydia is convinced that brotherhood is the reason her first marriage didn’t work out. So what’s a gal to do when her dad, brother and pretty much every male in […]

Fully Ignited by Shannon Stacey

Fully Ignited by Shannon Stacey

Posted May 23, 2016 by Jonetta in Book Review | 8 Comments

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Gotta Love a Firefighter! Controlled Burn by Shannon Stacey

Gotta Love a Firefighter! Controlled Burn by Shannon Stacey

Posted February 8, 2016 by Jonetta in Book Review | 8 Comments

    Jessica Brussard has never met her paternal grandparents (they don’t even know she exists) because of her father’s estrangement with his family. When she learns there might be a medical emergency involving her grandfather and her own father is “unavailable,” Jessica uses the opportunity to go meet them and handle things. Rick Gullotti is a Boston firefighter who stays in the upstairs apartment of the Brussard’s home and helps them maintain the property. When Jessica shows up, they’re both wary of each other’s motives.   This was such an interesting story with so many dynamics in play. Rick views the Brussards as family and is naturally predisposed to protect them. Jessica’s not certain if he’s just an interloper intent on taking advantage of […]

Audio Review: Defending Hearts by Shannon Stacey

Audio Review: Defending Hearts by Shannon Stacey

Posted December 30, 2015 by Jonetta in Book Review | 6 Comments

  Photojournalist Alex Murphy returns to Stewart Mills following his trip there for the football fundraiser. He plans to do a piece on the team and rents a room from Gretchen Walker and her grandmother at their farm. Gretchen and Gram need some extra money and he needs a longer-term place to stay.   What I enjoyed about the story was Alex’s introspection about his life and career, examining what was really important and where he was heading. I also appreciated Gretchen’s dedication to her grandmother and the farm. Her reality was enlightening and I admired her independence and skills.   What didn’t work so well for me was the romance. While I thought Alex and Gretchen had chemistry, most of the focus was on […]

Audio Review: Under the Lights by Shannon Stacey

Audio Review: Under the Lights by Shannon Stacey

Posted October 7, 2015 by Jonetta in Book Review | 2 Comments

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Hot & Spicy! Heat Exchange by Shannon Stacey

Hot & Spicy! Heat Exchange by Shannon Stacey

Posted September 8, 2015 by Jonetta in Book Review | 2 Comments

    Lydia Kincaid returns to Boston when her sister’s marriage starts to fall apart. It’s a tough decision since she left to establish her independence from her family of firefighters following her divorce from a man in the same line of business. So it came as a huge surprise to her when her younger brother, Scotty, enters the family bar with his best friend and fellow fire fighter, Aidan Hunt, and she feels the urge to take a second look.   I loved all of the conflicts in this story. First, Aidan is younger than Lydia and her image of him was as her kid brother’s friend. He had the hurdle of getting her to see him differently. Then there’s the issue of him […]

Read It, Track It – Taken With You by Shannon Stacey

Read It, Track It – Taken With You by Shannon Stacey

Posted January 22, 2015 by Jennifer in Book Review | 1 Comment

      Read It, Track It  is a  way for me to track books for my reading challenges and they will be super short. You don’t have to be a Kowalski to get your HEA. TAKEN WITH YOU is a fun romance where opposites attract. Ok I cheated a bit on this TBR Jar read. I waited and waited for  TAKEN WITH YOU to be released on audiobook because I love Lauren Fortgang’s narration of the series. But after waiting for so long I bought the ebook for my Nook. Then I was contacted by Fortgang to review the audio. I jumped at listening! Lauren brings Hailey and Matt’s story to life with her narration. Her pacing and tones are spot on for Shannon Stacey’s characters […]