New York Times bestselling author Shannon Stacey celebrates the season in this brand-new holiday novella
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…
I think that Shannon Stacey does a great job creating a full story in the novella form, something I think is very rarely done well. While the story felt slightly rushed at first, things immediately become clear based on the history the characters have together. From the first scene in the bar where Leight orders her cocktail, through the end the story moves quickly and easily and feels like a natural pace for this story. This was a sweet and easy holiday read and I recommend it for anyone looking to get into the spirit of the season.
OVERALL RATING - 4 STARS!
MATURITY RATING - 18+ a little steamy
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Shannon Stacey, a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, 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.