Book Review - Hold Her Again by Shannon Stacey


A country-music star returns home to win back the woman he loves in this charming holiday novella from New York Times bestselling author Shannon Stacey 

Ava Wright isn't happy to see her high school sweetheart rolling into their hometown a few weeks before Christmas. He's only come back to bury his estranged father, but there's no way she'll be able to avoid him. No one can: he's become a country-music superstar since going solo and leaving Ava behind. 

Jace Morrow grew up believing "money can't buy happiness" was something people said to make themselves feel better. But now he knows it's the truth: no matter how many number-one hits he has, he'll never recapture the magic of singing with Ava. Missing her—loving her—and living with making the wrong choice in life were what made him who he is. 

When Jace is roped into being part of the town's annual Christmas party, he only cares about earning Ava's forgiveness. And though Ava's heart has never healed, she loved Jace too much and for too long to shut him out when he's hurting. As they fall in love all over again, they're both faced with choices for their future…and this time Jace intends to make the right one.


I love second chance romances, rock star romances, and Shannon Stacey so this story seemed like the perfect slam dunk for me.  I’ll start with the good.  There is a lot of small town charm that Stacey is able to bring to life and makes it easy to feel a part of the town, which is difficult to portray in a novella format.  Ava and Jace were really interesting characters and well developed and would be very easy to root for and want together except… Now for the bad.  Jace was such a jerk to Ava when he left I personally couldn’t really get over that and I really couldn’t see how Ava could.  It actually made me like Ava less as a character for being able to forgive so easily.  I think this is where the novella length really hurt the story because I get for the sake of time this needed to happen quickly, but it just felt too forced and was hard to enjoy all of the rest of the good in the story. 

MATURITY RATING - 18+ a little steamy


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.


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