Darcy Shaughnessy has gotten used to her overbearing brothers chasing away any man she wants to date. But a chance meeting with a brooding — and deliciously handsome — artist is about to make this holiday season one to remember.
There’s only one thing Benjamin Tanner loves more than his woodcarving: solitude. Then he gets snowed in with Darcy in his cozy cabin in the woods, and their heated feelings begin to melt the icy barrier between them.
With Ben’s need for privacy and Darcy’s love of family and social life, will opposites still attract once the snow clears and the holiday festivities come to an end?
Titles in The Shaughnessy Brothers series include: Made for Us – Love Walks In – Always My Girl – This Is Our Song – A Sky Full of Stars -Holiday Spice
Title: Holiday Spice
Series: The Shaughnessy Brothers #6
Author: Samantha Chase
Genre: Contemporary Christmas Romance
Published: October 3, 2017
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
My Rating: 4.5 stars
I have enjoyed the Shaughnessy family for some time now. Seeing each brother find that just right for them woman has been an exciting, satisfying adventure. Now it’s Darcy’s turn and Holiday Spice is going to pack such a powerful, emotional reading punch.
When Darcy fills in for her sister-in-law heading into the “wilderness” to work with an artist, she has no clue that her life is about to do a major turn around. Ben is reclusive, a bit of a hermit and completely happy to be shut off from the rest of the world… people included. He’s raised his younger brothers but is not close to them. He’s happiest working his craft and letting the world with it’s emotional madness pass him by. He hadn’t counted on one stubborn, sassy, determined woman to step in and turn his world upside down. In fact, neither had counted on falling in love in the middle of a snow storm, at Christmas time when memories are strong and emotions even stronger.
Of all the siblings, Darcy has taken the death of their mother the deepest. That’s not to say that anyone else didn’t miss and need their mom, yet Darcy kept searching for a mother figure, for someone to fill that role that really is impossible to fill. She’s at times brash, opinionated and doesn’t always believe that tact is the way to go during an argument. Between Ben hiding his emotions away, and Darcy’s misunderstandings theirs was a romance that had a lot of challenges to survive. In spite of what appears to be an impossible romance, I really liked both Darcy and Ben for different reasons. Sometimes totally opposites really do work out, and on many levels they weren’t all that opposite as it appears at first glance.
I’ll be frank, I never like to see series that I’ve loved end… yet, Holiday Spice was a satisfying story for many reasons. Family can be the best gift and the most annoying one as well. And there were moments here that the family just butted in a bit too much. But all ended well eventually. Yep, being vague because you should enjoy this Shaunghnessy Christmas tale for yourself. It’s good, really good.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
** This review originally appeared on my all genre romance blog, Keeper Bookshelf. It’s been re-posted here at Heart Full of Christmas to keep all the holiday stories in one spot among friends. ** 🙂
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