The Shaughnessy family is ready for the holidays! Samantha Chase’s HOLIDAY SPICE is available now and contemporary romance lovers won't want to miss this one! Read an excerpt below and pick up your copy today!
About HOLIDAY SPICE
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?
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I really liked Darcy. I completely understood her drive. She's best when she's busy, when she can avoid thinking and dwelling on herself. So instead she focuses on everyone and anything else at times. I get that; it's her coping mechanism. My heart ached for Darcy and what she went through but I really loved getting to see her grow here.
Ben. Oh Ben. Who doesn't love an emotionally guarded introvert? He's hot, sweet underneath it all AND works with his hands? No brainer-sign me up for this guy! I loved seeing him try to handle his feelings for Darcy and balance his sense of self with that.
These two have chemistry, there's no denying it. Neither of them are expecting each other, neither of them want to want the other-which just made this fun. However, aside from their heat they both carry some pretty intense emotional baggage. Seeing them expose their inner scars and hurts was so sad but seeing them help each other heal? Well that was beautiful.
This book really worked as a holiday story. In fact, I don't know that Darcy and Ben would have worked without this setting. The extra bit of magic was there in this story for sure. This is technically the last book in a series but can absolutely be enjoyed as a standalone. I truly enjoyed this book and would recommend it.
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The laundry was going. She’d made enough cookie dough for several dozen cookies and baked a cake. And she was slowly losing her mind. Yeah, her usual happy place—baking in the kitchen—was so not cutting it right now. She’d used up most of the basic ingredients and knew if she kept going, she was going to have to get creative. Why the hell had she stopped Ben earlier? Right now, she could be naked and satisfied in that amazing bed of his and feeling completely at peace, and instead, her fingers were coated in cookie dough, and she was frustrated. Good plan, Darce. Okay, he’d scared her. Or maybe she’d scared herself. It was all just so intense. So everything. She felt consumed and hot and bothered, and her heart had felt so damn full that she’d almost had a panic attack over the whole thing. What the hell was that about? Sex! She was just supposed to want sex! It would be a great way to pass the time, get out of her slump, and move on! Why had emotions gone and gotten in the way? Or worse, her heart! She wasn’t that girl! Or at least, she had thought she wasn’t that girl. Rinsing her hands off, she walked over to the kitchen table and sat with a sigh. Wasn’t this exactly what she had been worrying about a week ago at Riley’s house? She wanted to feel like this. She wanted to be wanted like this. She just didn’t think she wanted it with Ben. And what was so wrong with Ben? Um, the whole crush on Savannah thing, she reminded herself. But then instantly, she pushed that aside. He had a point last night, and so did Anna. Darcy knew she was flirty with some of her guy friends, and it had nothing to do with being attracted to them. Right now, she needed to come to grips with why she was being so closed-minded about Ben. He was sexy, attractive, considerate—he had saved her from being stranded in an airport in a storm—and when she wasn’t arguing with him and actually let herself relax and have a conversation with him, she found he was funny and someone she enjoyed talking to. Looking around, she took in her surroundings and sighed. There was the whole he looked a little like a lumberjack and lived like a mountain man thing, but was that so bad? Probably not. She wasn’t looking for forever with him. Maybe she was looking for a hot and heavy fling. And boy, did she want to get flung. For hours at a time. And after discovering how Ben kissed and how she responded to those kisses, Darcy had no doubt that getting flung by him would be incredibly satisfying. So how did she get them to that place? How did she approach him when he came inside after shoveling and let him know she would be agreeable to…flinging? “Ugh,” she murmured as the timer on the oven went off. Rising, she walked over to her baking station and started rolling the dough into little balls to place on the baking sheets. “I need to come up with a better metaphor than that.” Rather than obsess on euphemisms, she simply let herself get into the groove of getting the cookies formed and onto their sheets. It was mindless work and the perfect distraction at the moment. Once she had everything ready to go, she began placing things into the oven and setting timers and starting her cleanup. This was good. This was what she needed. Part of the problem was that she’d stayed up late reading sexy, snowed-in stories. It was feeding her imagination. At least partly. Ben being sexy as all get-out was feeding the rest. And she was just going to have to wait and see what she could come up with where Ben was concerned.
Don't miss the other books in the Shaughnessy Brothers series!
Books in the Shaughnessy Brothers series
Made For Us / Love Walks In / Always My Girl / This Is Our Song / A Sky Full of Stars / Holiday Spice
About SAMANTHA CHASE
Samantha Chase is a New York Times and USA Today bestseller of contemporary romance. She released her debut novel in 2011 and currently has more than forty titles under her belt! When she’s not working on a new story, she spends her time reading romances, playing way too many games of Scrabble or Solitaire on Facebook, wearing a tiara while playing with her sassy pug Maylene…oh, and spending time with her husband of 25 years and their two sons in North Carolina.