Saturday, December 24, 2011

Holiday Sparks by Shannon Stacey

Title: Holiday Sparks
Author: Shannon Stacey
My Rating: A-

Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Series: -
Main Characters: Chloe & Scott
Release Date: December 2010
Publisher: Carina Press
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Sexual Intensity: spicy 

Story Overview:
House-sitting for her parents seemed like a good idea, until the microwave blew up and the lights went out.
Now Chloe Burke thinks upgrading the electrical system of her childhood home while they are away would make the perfect Christmas gift. Fortunately, there's an electrician in town who can get the job done by the holidays.
Scott Quinn has wanted to get his hands on the Burkes' wiring for almost as long as he's wanted to get his hands on their daughter. Chloe didn't notice Scott back in high school, but she's noticing him now, and soon they're indulging in a little festive fun: no strings, no expectations. After all, Chloe plans to get out of this goldfish bowl of a town and back to her real life in Boston by New Year's.
But Chloe and Scott discover they enjoy each other's company just as much out of bed. Could their holiday fling turn out to be the real thing?

My Review:

I enjoyed this book. It wasn't a new storyline...boy & girl knew each other in high school, one was cool, one was decidedly not, unrequited crush, years later and the chemistry is through the roof when they meet again. What was a bit different about this story line was that in this story, it was the guy that was seriously uncool in high school. I really liked that one little twist especially when Scott is chatting with his friend from high school about quickly they revert back to being 17 years old...LOL!

When Chloe is house-sitting for her parents over the holidays, she decides to surprise them by having the entire house re-wired while they are gone. The electrician is Scott, the overweight, dorky kid that gave her a dandelion in high school, and he has turned into a serious hottie as an adult. I really loved Scott and how he would have those flashback moments where he revisited his 17 yo mentality. It made him completely human with a slightly vulnerable side which made him completely adorable. He is a completely sexy gorgeous man now, but he has moments that are just so sweet as he remembers how Chloe has always made him feel. The mix of that along with the very real chemistry that they have as adults makes this just a phenomenal heart-warming read.

I liked Chloe too. You would think from hearing about her and how she was so perfect in high school, that she might have an attitude, but she is a web designer now. Yes, she lives in the big city of Boston now, but she spends most of her hours working out of her house and being a homebody. Just the fact that she remembers Scott from that one little dandelion gift says so much about her character. She may have been the popular one in high school, but she was always a good person...just in a prettier package than Scott had at that point in time.

This novella was part of the holiday Carina Press anthology from last year. After reading several of these novellas from both this year's and last year's anthologies (both their general and m/m anthos), I have to say that I think that these are some of the best holiday novella reading to be found. I truly have enjoyed every single one of these that I have read. Another winner with this one!

1 comment:

Aurian said...

O this sounds like a nice read, thanks!