Mistletoe and Margaritas [NOOK Book]

Overview


Heating up the Holidays

Claire Rutledge still believes in love, despite losing her husband. So, after two years, she's not surprised by the steamy dreams telling her it might be time to start moving on. But she didn't expect her friend Justin to have the starring role.

Justin McCormick has loved Claire since the moment he first saw her, but his best friend got there first. Now that Claire is ready to move on with her life, Justin is finding it...

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Overview


Heating up the Holidays

Claire Rutledge still believes in love, despite losing her husband. So, after two years, she's not surprised by the steamy dreams telling her it might be time to start moving on. But she didn't expect her friend Justin to have the starring role.

Justin McCormick has loved Claire since the moment he first saw her, but his best friend got there first. Now that Claire is ready to move on with her life, Justin is finding it harder than ever to hide his true feelings. And when they both get caught up in the holiday spirits at a party, their simmering mutual attraction boils over into a night neither of them can forget...

20,000 words


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426892769
  • Publisher: Carina Press
  • Publication date: 12/5/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Original
  • Sales rank: 37,562
  • File size: 999 KB

Meet the Author


New York Times bestselling author Shannon Stacey lives with her husband and two sons in New England, where her favorite activities are writing stories of happily ever after and riding her four-wheeler. The Stacey family spends many weekends on their ATVs, making loads of muddy laundry to keep Shannon busy when she’s not at her computer. However, she prefers writing to laundry and considers herself lucky she got to be an author when she grew up. Visit her at www.ShannonStacey.com.


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When Justin McCormick was fourteen, a dirt-bike crash had put him in the hospital for two weeks, but even three broken bones and a concussion hadn't hurt as much as loving his best friend's widow did now.

And yet, here he was, parking his truck next to her geriatric Volvo and walking up the exterior staircase to the apartment over her landlord's garage, just like he'd gotten back on that dirt bike. Knowing there was a chance he'd get banged up again, but willing to take the risk.

Unlike with the dirt bike, though, there wasn't any chance about it. Justin knew he'd get banged up again every time he showed up on Claire's doorstep. He knew it would hurt, but even if he didn't have an empty Dunkin' Donuts bag full of crumpled-up receipts he had to drop off with her, he would have stopped by. He always did. Because they were buddies. Instead of weakening after Brendan's accident, their friendship had only gotten stronger.

Claire opened her apartment door to him just as he reached for the knob, her pale blue eyes alive with excitement and her long, blond ponytail swinging as he flashed her the friendly smile he'd been perfecting since the day they met. A friendly smile so perfect, in fact, Claire had never guessed—through two years of dating Brendan and three years of marriage and two years of widowhood—how Justin felt about her.

"You brought me doughnuts?"

"Receipts." He handed her the bag and laughed when she scowled at the contents.

"Work disguised as doughnuts? That's just mean." She walked over to the corner of her apartment that served as her office and tossed the bag on her desk. "I should give Moxie your sandwich."

The massive tortoiseshell cat in question wound between his feet, pausing to headbutt his shin before Justin picked her up and scratched between her ears. "You don't even like doughnuts that much."

"I like them more than I like handfuls of filthy, torn receipts you've scrounged from under the seat of your truck."

"Watch it or I'll start to think bookkeeping's not your true calling."

"Of course it is." She gave him a smile that would have struck him dumb if he didn't have so much experience resisting it. "There are only so many jobs I can do in sweatpants."

He set Moxie on the couch and moved toward the kitchen in search of the food Claire had said would be waiting. The only thing she did better than keep books for local small-potato contractors was cook.

Since he'd warned her this would be a quick stop, Claire had thrown together some sandwiches. But they were thin-sliced honey ham with Swiss cheese on homemade whole wheat with butter and spicy mustard, just the way he liked it.

She knew how he liked everything and most of the time knew what he was thinking before he even said it out loud, but she didn't know how much he loved her. It puzzled him sometimes. He couldn't see how, unless she was refusing to see it. Maybe she did know, but she'd never feel the same and the pretense preserved their friendship.

While dumping some chips onto her paper plate, Claire looked at him and asked, "How are things going with...Trish, was it?"

"Yeah, Trish. But we broke it off a few days ago."

"You mean you broke it off." The look she gave him was a familiar one, full of womanly disgust. "What was wrong with her?"

She wasn't you. "It wasn't going anywhere. I did us both a favor."

When she reached over and touched his arm, it took all of his willpower not to pull away. "At the rate you're going, you'll run out of fish in the sea, you know."

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  • Posted December 7, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    great

    I just finished this short novella and I am still thinking about it. This was a wonderful read I couldn't put down.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 21, 2013

    Enjoyed this book

    I enjoyed this book so much I ordered 10 more of Shannon Staceys books. I have found a new author.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2011

    Weak plot. Little steam.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 5, 2011

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    My favorite trope.... done well!

    My Review:
    Rating: A+
    Oh wow! Friends to lovers is my favorite trope and although there wasn't anything new with the story line in this book, it was written amazingly well. Shannon captured the tortured emotions of both of these characters so well as they deal with the guilt of falling in love with each other when Brendan is dead. I really truly loved both of these characters, Claire and Justin. I love that, for him, he has loved her the entire time that he's known her which adds a different kind of guilt to his emotions.

    This is short even for a novella, only 20,000 words, but it didn't lack in anything. I loved the addition of Brendan's mom to the mix and how she sets both Claire and Justin straight. I love the fact that they have been absolute best friends for the 2 years since Brendan's death, so they have all these little traditions that they have as friends. I loved the addition of all that snow....the plowing, the snowmobiling, the outdoors during Christmas...such a magical ambiance.

    This was an amazing novella. In fact, all of them in this anthology were fantastic. I plan to re-read them over and over for holiday seasons to come!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2013

    Highly Recommeded

    Short but good!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2012

    Cute

    Cute, easy read.

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  • Posted January 18, 2012

    Great short story - Fast read

    Really good short story. This was a great story to read at christmas time. The charactors are really good together. I really enjoy all books that Shannon Stacey writes. Fast read, so if you have time I recommend this one.

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  • Posted January 15, 2012

    Recommended

    I enjoyed this holiday feel good book. It is a great pick me up from guilt and grief by friendship and family support.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2012

    Not recommended

    Not that great, outcome very predictable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

    Recommended

    A good story, especially during the holidays. I enjoy reading books by this author.

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  • Posted January 5, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    Mistletoe spurs yet another relationship¿Because something had to break that tension!

    Can I start by saying how much I love Shannon Stacey’s writing. When I interviewed her this summer she let it slip that this story would be out around the holidays. You don’t even want to see how excited I got when this collection went up on NetGalley. E.X.C.I.T.E.D. doesn’t even do it justice.

    Stacey didn’t disappoint. Her characters, as always, were down to earth and funny. You hit this relationship not at its beginning but close to its boiling point. You’re literally waiting for these characters to implode! They’ve spent so much time trying to resist each other because of the nature of Claire’s first marriage that the tension is through the roof. Their relationship, both physical and emotional, comes together very realistically. Though this is the shortest title in the collection I never felt as though the progression of their relationship was rushed. And they were given time to deal with the emotional ramifications of their attraction. When this one ends you’ll find a Happily Ever After, not just because the Author tells you there will be one…but because you can see it for yourself in the character’s new-found understanding.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2012

    Touching story!

    An emotional story about friendship and love. Recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2011

    Very short easy read

    Nice book to read during the stressful holiday

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2011

    Gr8!!!

    Loved it from start to finish. Couldn't b better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2011

    Loved it!

    Cute, romantic, and funny

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  • Posted December 13, 2011

    Heartwarming Story!

    This was the first book (Novella) that I have read by this author but I am looking for more. A very sweet story of a young widow and the young man that saw her first. A very believable tale of how "best friends" can and do wind up as so much more. A story that could happen to you, your daughter or the girl next door... Read and enjoy!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2011

    Laughed & cried! ADORED IT!

    Lived it like l live everything she writes!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2011

    Made me weep

    Wonderful and honest.

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    Posted December 23, 2011

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