Monday, November 3, 2014

Her Holiday Man by Shannon Stacey

Title: Her Holiday Man
Author: Shannon Stacey
My Rating: B

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: -
Main Characters: Christina and Will
Release Date: November 2014
Publisher: Carina
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Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
Christina Forrester is starting over. After a financial scandal sent her ex-husband to prison, she's left raising her young son without any of the comforts of their old life. Budgets, coupons, lawn care—you name it, she's learning to do it all on her own. Well, almost on her own—she'd be lost without Gail Broughton, the kind widow across the street. But when Gail's son comes home, Christina's vow to never trust a man again is put to the test.

Will Broughton left town because he was tired of being "that poor man" who lost his wife and unborn child in a tragic accident. But years have passed and, with his dad gone and his mom alone, it's time to go home. Only his mother's not alone. She's taken Christina under her wing, and the beautiful and determined single mother awakens something in Will he thought was buried forever.

As Will and Christina are forced to spend more time together, feelings that are more than neighborly grow between them. And with Christmas coming and a child filling both houses with holiday cheer, it becomes nearly impossible not to embrace the joy—and the love—in their lives.

My Review:
If you're looking for a light, quick, holiday read, this is a good choice. 

Will & Christina both have tragic romance histories, but they are brought together in this small town by their ties to Will's mother. The story is filled with movie-worthy holiday vignettes from decorating the houses, drinking hot chocolate, and Christmas parades, complete with snuggling-inducing fireworks in the cold outside. Every picturesque scene you imagine when you think about Christmas occurs in this book and it completes the peaceful effect I look for when I look for holiday stories. There isn't a lot of angst, although the conflict is believable and works for the history of the characters. Both of them were wretchedly hurt before and don't plan to ever experience that kind of pain again.

Overall, I enjoyed the story. There was enough back-story so that the story didn't have a novella feel and I enjoyed the chemistry between Will and Christina. The Christmas setting in this small town was all things happy and joyful during the holiday season and I can recommend it just for that. It's a good little escape for some holiday magic and ambience. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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