Holiday With a Twist

Shannon Stacey
Holiday With a Twist
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Carina Press
Release Date
November 2016
Contemporary Romance

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…

Book Review by Delta (reviewer)
Dec 20, 2016   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
134 people found the following review helpful
Leigh Holloway's life is limbo. After quitting both her fiancé and her job, Leigh heads home for the holidays to help her parents move but not telling them what's going on in her life. When she reunites with old friend Croy Dawson, she's shocked at her body's reaction to him, especially since the last time they spoke it was in anger. Leigh and Croy begin spending all their spare moments together, but hiding their blooming relationship from everyone is taking a toll on them both. It's just a fling, there's no reason to rock the boat and stress her parents out, right?

HOLIDAY WITH A TWIST is a sweet and sensual holiday romance. It wasn't my favorite read by Ms. Stacey, but I can't really pinpoint why. I think it was just rather dull, there was nothing wildly exciting or dramatic in here that kept me flipping pages furiously. That said, the book was well written and edited very nicely, and Leigh and Croy had good chemistry. The sex scenes were more sweet than erotic, but they were still decently hot. Overall there isn't anything spectacular in HOLIDAY WITH A TWIST, but it was a nice lead up to the holiday season.

Bottom Line: No OW/OM or sharing; condom use; no BDSM; no kink; no sexual assault; no murder/violence.
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