Book Review: Holiday Spice by Samantha Chase 9

Holiday Spice

The Shaughnessy Brothers #6

by  Samantha Chase 



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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?



My Rating:



Favorite Quotes:


“It would make me crazy. I like order and knowing everything has its place.” “It does have its place. It’s just not there yet.”


Never before had a mundane conversation over breakfast had her ready to throw down on the kitchen floor.


…her emotions. She normally only seemed to have two— happy or pissed off.


What? I know I’m old enough to be his mother— his young mother… I can still appreciate an attractive man!


My Review:


I had a hard time appreciating Darcy for quite some time as she was a bossy, selfish, and inconsiderate brat who as the youngest of six children and the only girl, was used to getting her way whether it was though tantrums, mulish behavior, or being a major pain in the ass, and she certainly had that mastered. She was pushy, thoughtless, highly social, and as stubborn as a bulldog. In contrast, Ben was an introverted semi-recluse who lived quietly and alone in a kitted-out cabin in the woods where he created, sculpted, carved his art. Ben was the oldest of three orphaned brothers and had always been the responsible one who worked hard and helped his younger brothers achieve. And while opposites attract, the process isn’t always pretty or easy. I enjoyed their sassy and multi-textured story as well as catching up with the rest of the large, diverse, and alluring Shaughnessy family. But alas, Ms. Chase has run through all the siblings, I am curious to see what she conjures next.


About the Authorsamantha Chase

New York Times and USA Today Bestseller/contemporary romance writer Samantha Chase released her debut novel, Jordan’s Return, in November 2011. Although she waited until she was in her 40’s to publish for the first time, writing has been a lifelong passion. Her motivation to take that step was her students: teaching creative writing to elementary age students all the way up through high school and encouraging those students to follow their writing dreams gave Samantha the confidence to take that step as well.

When she’s not working on a new story, she spends her time reading contemporary romances, playing way too many games of Scrabble or Solitaire on Facebook and spending time with her husband of 25 years and their two sons in North Carolina

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9 thoughts on “Book Review: Holiday Spice by Samantha Chase

  1. Reply nerdybooklife Oct 4,2017 6:13 am

    This looks like such a cute story! I am adding this to my Christmas books list!

  2. Reply Jenn @ Bound to Writing Oct 4,2017 8:34 am

    It’s too early for Christmas! I can’t say this story is for me, I think Darcy would drive me nuts. I enjoyed reading your review!

  3. Reply terriluvsbooks Oct 4,2017 10:14 am

    I tell ya what I want, what I really really want… (in reference to the title. I hope you get it)
    I love a good Christmas love story.

  4. Reply Jen Oct 4,2017 12:19 pm

    I know it’s too early for Christmas, but these books have all kinds of holiday feels… Need a few of this in my life <3

  5. Reply Isatta Oct 4,2017 1:38 pm

    How far in the book did you get before she annoyed you less?

  6. Reply Katie @ Book Ink Reviews Oct 4,2017 5:04 pm

    She would make me throw my kindle.. No thanks! But great review. 🙂

  7. Reply Whispering Stories Oct 5,2017 10:47 am

    Lovely review and cover, just not one for me.

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