Monday, November 21, 2016

Holiday with a Twist by Shannon Stacey

Title: Holiday with a Twist
Author: Shannon Stacey
My Rating: B+

Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Series: -
Main Characters: Leigh and Croy
Release Date: November 2016
Publisher:  Carina
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Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
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…

My Review:
I do enjoy these short little holiday novellas for a happy, sweet, little romance with a bit of holiday magic added in. This was an interesting book just in that Croy and Leigh have really bad feelings between them. Growing up, they were friends, but in college Leigh stole Croy's girlfriend and convinced her to move to Florida with Leigh. That ended up destroying their relationship and Croy blamed Leigh for that, despite their former friendship.

Leigh is home for the holidays to help her parents get their house ready to sell, so they can move into an easier to upkeep condo. Her family has enough stress right now, so she decides not to tell them about her breakup from her fiance and her subsequent job loss. That secret shouldn't have been an issue, but she never counted on this thing that sparked with Croy. 

When they were younger, Leigh was just his friend. Croy never saw her as a female. That all changes when she walks into his family restaurant and bar. He's drawn to her, but dating her isn't a good idea. As far as everyone in town thinks, she's an engaged woman. She's off-limits. 

This was one of those books that was simply sweet to read. I liked the scenes and the romance build-up between Croy and Leigh. I enjoyed the holiday scenery and atmosphere. 

Simply put...I liked it and think you will, too.

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

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