An Unexpected Christmas

An Unexpected Christmas

by Shannon Richard


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Adele James's favorite time of year has always been Christmas, but this year she's in no mood for the holiday season. Thanks to her famous A-list actor boyfriend cheating on her! Now that her photo is splashed all over TV, the internet, and tabloids her number one goal is to get away. She heads to her family's cabin to be alone, but there's another occupant when she arrives: none other than the frustratingly sexy Jace Kilpatrick... the man she's been avoiding falling in love with for the past six years.

Jace Kilpatrick has never been the biggest holiday guy, and after three months of the NHL being on lockout, celebrating is low on his priority list. Getting the keys to his best friend's family cabin was supposed to be about being alone. But those plans are foiled by Adele James who brings the mother of all snowstorms with her.

Adele is gorgeous, funny, and fiery, but she's also his best friend's sister, aka, completely off limits. But when the cabin loses power in the middle of the storm, Jace forgets the rules and spends the Christmas days and nights with Adele wrapped in his arms. Once the snow thaws, they'll call things off, no harm, no foul... if they can agree to keep their hearts out of the equation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781641970761
Publisher: NYLA
Publication date: 11/30/2018
Series: Taking the Shot , #1
Pages: 270
Sales rank: 698,019
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.61(d)

About the Author

Shannon Richard grew up in the Panhandle of Florida as the baby sister of two overly protective but loving brothers. She was raised by a more than somewhat eccentric mother, a self-proclaimed vocabularist who showed her how to get lost in a book, and a father who passed on his love for coffee and really loud music. She graduated from Florida State University with a bachelor’s in English literature and still lives in Tallahassee, where she battles everyday life with writing, reading, and a rant every once in a while. Okay, so the rants might happen on a regular basis. She’s still waiting for her Southern, scruffy Mr. Darcy, and in the meantime writes love stories to indulge her overactive imagination. Oh, and she’s a pretty big fan of the whimsy.


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An Unexpected Christmas 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Worth the wait.
HEABookNerd More than 1 year ago
For the most part this was all me and apparently I'm just not meant to enjoy holiday romances. I liked the set up for the story with Jace and Adele being trapped in the cabin during a snowstorm but I was just really bored with what I was reading. I couldn't connect with this story or these characters. My only complaint up to the point I stopped at is that the author spends too much time describing small actions that aren't necessary. For instance, Adele gets some food out of the fridge and all the steps are written from her opening the door all the way to removing the plastic on the food. It did make things a bit tedious to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
mamalovestoread22 More than 1 year ago
Adele James is nursing a broken heart and has decided that instead of spending the holidays with her family she is going to go to the family cabin for a little alone time. But once she pulls in the drive she soon realizes that she isn't the only one in need of some solitude, her brothers teammate is already there enjoying some alone time. Spending the holidays, in close quarters with a handsome hockey hunk is not what she had in mind, but a storm is brewing and leaves her with no choice. A few days with him can't be all that bad, right? With his hockey world up in the air, and his personal life unusually quiet, Jace Kilpatrick decides to spend a few days in the mountains, all by himself. But an unexpected surprise shows up on the doorstep, and quickly brightens up his dull little solitary vacation. When Adele wanders through the door, he's hit with a case of desire that he has no idea what to do with, acting on it would be so wrong, but it could be a lot of fun too! For a long time he has thought of her as just a friend, but for some reason he is seeing her in a whole new light, and he likes what he sees. But he's pretty sure she doesn't feel the same way... or does she? An Unexpected Christmas was the perfect remedy for my holiday blues, it inspired smiles and tons of holiday spirit! I loved watching these two circle around one another and fight the sparks brewing between them, they had some serious heat going on. Ms. Richardson really outdid herself with this one, the words were absorbing, and the characters were perfectly crafted, I loved it!! I am anxious to see what she has in store for us next, if this first story is any indication of what is to come, the next one is sure to be just as amazing!! Highly recommend you get your hands on this one, it'll leave your heart happy! I requested an advanced copy of this title from NetGalley, and I am voluntarily leaving my honest opinion.
Danii_045 More than 1 year ago
An unexpected Christmas is a great title for this book. It fits perfectly. Adele wants the dream when it comes to romance. She doesn’t date people she works with and likes to take things slow. She’s a costume designer on the set of a period drama, Ponce. She loves her job. Troy has been chasing Adele for a while and when his part on the show comes to an end she decides to give him a chance. 4 months later it’s the biggest mistake of her life. He’s a celebrity and everyone wants to know his business and his indiscretions are all over the news. Adele wants to escape her very public break-up. Her family own a cabin and she decides to hideaway. Unknown to her there is a mystery guest and the weather is taking a turn for the worst. Jace is Adele’s brothers best friend. He’s a hockey player and a ladies man. Adele has had a crush on him for 6 years. Now the pair will have to spend Christmas together snowed in. It’s heated and turns into more than a crush. I’m on a Christmas reading bender at the moment and I just can’t get enough. Adele is a special lady and deep down she only wants one man. Luckily Jace is ready to settle down and already feels like part of the family. 4 stars out of 5. *I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.