Review: Holiday with a Twist by Shannon Stacey

Celebrate the holiday’s a little early with this brand new novella from New York Times bestselling author, Shannon Stacey!

Holiday With a Twist

Shannon Stacey

Carina Press

Available November 21st 2016


Book Summary

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…

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My Thoughts

*E-ARC provided by Publisher*

I really liked this novella. Like all Shannon Stacey stories, Holiday With A Twist is equal parts humorous, sexy, and sweet, with an added bonus of fun family dynamics and great holiday traditions. Fast-paced, well-written, and engaging, Holiday with a Twist easily caught and held my attention with its great setup, fantastic characterization, and small town romance feel.

When Leigh Holloway goes home for Christmas to help her parents and two sisters clear out their family’s house before it’s sold, she doesn’t tell them her own life isn’t so settled anymore, and she doesn’t plan to, either. She also doesn’t plan on seeing and developing an attraction for her old frienemy, Croy Dawson. And with her current need for secrecy about her personal life, it isn’t long before Leigh finds herself surrounded by one lie or omission after another…both about her past and about her increasing time spent with Croy Dawson

If you’re looking for a sweet, sexy, small town holiday romance, pick up a copy of Holiday With A Twist by Shannon Stacey. And if you’ve somehow never read a book by this particular author, you’re in for a treat because Shannon Stacey is a seriously talented author who never fails to deliver a fun, compelling story with characters you can’t help but like and relate to.

Final Analysis

4.5 “Fantastic Story” Stars


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.

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Deanna Lynn has been a substitute teacher, a baker, a website designer, a ceramic artist, a business co-owner and a sales and marketing manager for a ceramic shop in Oklahoma. She reads widely, laughs often and loves to talk about writing, books, and this confusing thing called life.

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