Holiday Spice (Shaughnessy Brothers Series #6)

Holiday Spice (Shaughnessy Brothers Series #6)

by Samantha Chase

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Overview

As soon as the mistletoe goes up, that's when life gets really interesting

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?

The Shaughnessy Brothers Series:
Made for Us (Book 1)
Love Walks In (Book 2)
Always My Girl (Book 3)
This Is Our Song (Book 4)
A Sky Full of Stars (Book 5)
Holiday Spice (Book 6)

What People Are Saying:
"Delightfully satisfying...a Christmas to remember. " —USA Today Happily Ever After for A Christmas Cottage/Ever After
"So much more than just a romance." —Night Owl Reviews for Always My Girl

"Fans of Susan Elizabeth Phillips may also enjoy Chase." —Booklist for Love

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492616382
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 10/03/2017
Series: Shaughnessy Brothers Series , #6
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 18,063
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

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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Holiday Spice 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Darcy growing up in a house with five brothers thought she'd never find her true love. They seemed to scare them away before it got very far. But not Ben. Ben seemed to take everything they dished out and still love her. Darcy was just what Ben needed to draw him out of isolation. Together they gave each other the strength they needed to overcome their pasts. l loved this book and wish their were more. Thanks Ms. Chase for another amazing read!!
Lelim0612 More than 1 year ago
Ok, I put off reading this book for several weeks. You see, I absolutely LOVE the Shaughnessy family and all the phenomenal stories about each family member the spectacular Samantha Chase has created. I did not want the stories about this family to end. Sorry, I am a bit greedy that way. But, I broke down and Darcy’s and Ben’s story is phenomenal!!! I think it is one of my favorites in this series. My favorite type of romance is one that draws out a lot of emotions for me. Holiday Spice certainly does this, it is an emotional roller coaster ride from the prologue, thru to the epilogue. The tears both happy and sad started Christmas morning when Darcy came…. Oops, Sorry no spoilers from me. I will say I started crying like a baby, here and several additional spots in the book. AND I LOVED EVERY FREAKING WORD I READ!!!! I love the family dynamics of the Shaughnessy family. You can see the love that comes through whenever the family is together. They are a family that anyone would love to be a part of. Each family member has met the “love of their lives” and Darcy is no different with Ben. I thoroughly enjoyed watching these two fall in love. Then, when her brothers found out, oops!! Both Darcy and Ben have issues dealing with the death of their parent or parents, they each are handling it different, but the same. Ms. Chase certainly knows how to write the best kind of emotional romance books. She sucks you in from the very beginning until the very end. I have yet to find a book by Ms. Chase that I have not absolutely loved, and Holiday Spice is no exception. I was gifted with a copy of this wonderful book for my honest opinion. Thank you for reading my review. Now, what are you waiting for, go hit that one-click button, you will not be sorry. Ms. Chase, phenomenal finish to a spectacular series. Kudos!!!
MaimeosAngelsEL More than 1 year ago
My favourite holiday of the year is Christmas; and I love stories about Christmas, throw in a couple who get snowed in and interfering family and you have Holiday Spice by Samantha Chase, a new author to me. Although I enjoyed this book for the majority, there were parts that had me frustrated and at times annoyed. Darcy, the youngest and only girl in the Shaughnessy family has accepted a temporary job to assist an artist. When she arrives on the other side of the country, she meets Ben, the sexy but brooding artist she has been employed to help. Initially they are both attracted to each other, but sometime during g their first night together, Ben manages to annoy Darcy with something he says. Ben, who is not the most socially apt person has no clue what is wrong and so begins the frustration. Ben is the opposite to the friendly, outgoing, Christmas and family loving Darcy, so much so in fact that due to a family tragedy years before he no longer celebrates Christmas and though not estranged from his brothers, he doesn’t go out of his way to seek his only family out. Darcy is often frustrated by her brothers interference in her life, so it was rather annoying that she chose to do to the same to Ben. Both Ben and Darcy each had demons from their past to overcome before they could reach their happily ever after. I really liked Ben, Darcy not so much however by the end of the book I was on board with these two being together. I liked how strong and determined Ben was, yes he was miss guided at times but his genuine feelings for Darcy and the way he helped her to put her life into perspective was great to read. I will also say that Darcy certainly did the same for Ben, it was just that she was a tad more annoying in the way she did it. Although I enjoyed this book and will when time permits, go back and read the brothers stories I do feel it may have been better to have read the previous books in the series first.
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LindaTownsend More than 1 year ago
A fun, sexy read despite being frustrating at times... He was the perfectly flawed man. Holiday Spice by Samantha Chase is the sixth installment in the author’s Shaughnessy Brothers series. It can be enjoyed as a standalone even though the series features a family whose members appear throughout the books. It’s a fun, sexy read despite being frustrating at times. This is the long-awaited story of Darcy, the youngest and sole female in the Shaughnessy brood, and Benjamin Tanner, an artist and a loner. She lives in North Carolina. He lives high in the mountains in Washington State. The story opens with a prologue illustrating a sad memory of Darcy’s when she was six-years-old and had made a heartbreaking Christmas wish for a Mom that Santa didn’t fill. While Darcy was surrounded by her father, brothers, neighbors and friends, she had never known her Mom and the pain of her loss was palpable. The story then picks up in the present day where Darcy is grown up with no love prospects and looking for a job. Darcy accepts a temporary assignment helping Ben, a friend of her sister-in-law’s, create a book about his one-of-a kind art carvings. Since Ben lost his parents two weeks before Christmas six years ago, he had stopped celebrating the holiday and had essentially become a hermit focusing on his art and raising his two younger brothers. His brothers have since moved on, but not Ben, who still lives reclusively. Prepare for fireworks when the two prickly, set-in-their- ways main characters share a strong chemistry and, at times, over-the-top bullheadedness. My heart went out to Darcy at her lifelong sense of loss. However, I confess that the heroine’s lack of maturity seemed too much and grated on me. Darcy ran hot and cold with no in-between and, when things got tough, she would take flight. I found it easier to relate to serious Ben who had immersed himself in his work concentrating on putting food on the table for his brothers and then educating them, without the support of other family. On their way to a HEA, there was a lot of emotional pain, angst, tantrums and family meddling. The two were so pigheaded that sometimes I didn’t care for either, but I definitely sympathized with Ben more. That all said, there’s plenty of love and humor in this tale too. I found Ben’s art to be fascinating and Darcy’s talent for organization to be awesome. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the breathtakingly gorgeous, but treacherous, snowy scenery which the author describes so vividly that I felt it as well as saw it in my mind’s eye. The two get snowed in at his home courtesy of Mother Nature and spend some quality time together which fast forwards their connection. Together the two rocked it… if they could just learn to meet half-way. This series has been a wonderful immersive experience. While I experienced many exasperating moments of wanting to shake some sense into Ben and Darcy, their story was infused with the magic of the Christmas season with plenty of redeeming shining moments. The ending was perfect and the book served as the quintessential wrap-up for the series. The epilogue was so wonderful that I confess to shedding some happy tears as I literally inhaled it. For fans of the series, Holiday Spice should not to be missed. I would recommend the entire Shaughnessy Brothers series to anyone who enjoys family-oriented romances. My full review is published at Reading Between the Wines Book Club. Please check it out there!
pughtwins More than 1 year ago
I love the warm cozy feeling this book gave me! Darcy and Benjamin aren't two people I would have expected to fit together, but it works so well. I have to go back and read the rest of this series! #MSBB
LynnB888 More than 1 year ago
A bittersweet ending to The Shaughnessy Brothers series! If you are like me, you have adored this series and this family from the very first book. They are the close-knit family we only dream of having ... always there to help when needed, full of unconditional love no matter what you may say or do in anger, and loyal to a fault. We have gone through the journey of healing and the finding of love with all of the brothers, and this book brings us the final sibling's story ... little sister Darcy. She's been spoiled and has gotten her way all of her life with all of these warm and compassionate brothers and father that she grew up with, and now it's time for her to meet the man that teaches her that life isn't always going to go your way! She and Ben are a bit like oil and water on one hand, and yet destined to be together on the other. I enjoyed catching up with everyone again! Darcy Shaughnessy is still working on figuring out what she wants to do with her life when she's asked to do a favor and go meet with an artist that could use some help on a project having to do with his work. She's happy to help, but when she arrives and the guy doesn't seem all too happy to have the help that was requested, she's a bit irritated! Benjamin Tanner prefers his solitude in his cabin in the woods in Washington. He loves his work, but he doesn't love the jobs of promoting and interacting with the real world outside of his uninterrupted bubble. When Darcy shows up with her enthusiasm and peppy attitude, he seriously doesn't know what to make of her. At first they clash and get off on bad terms with each other ... but when things calm down and they end up getting snowed in together, they find out they like each other a little too much!
gromine49 More than 1 year ago
I think every time I read the next story in this series it's the best one yet but I was surprised again. Darcy is the only girl among a family of boys so to say they have been protective is not surprising. Great read and a great ending to the series. Samantha Chase has become one of my go-to read authors.
Alwaysahappyeverafter More than 1 year ago
I haven't read any of the Shaughnessy Family Series until now, but I will certainly be looking out for the other books. That being said you can read this as a standalone book. Darcy is the baby girl of the Shaughnessy family. Having lost her Mother before she even knew her she has always felt lost and angry towards her Mother, even if she didn't want to admit it. To keep her family close she is outgoing and gregarious, helping everybody all of the time so that they need her. Now Ben is chalk and cheese to Darcy in the way he handled the grief of losing his parents. He's pushed the memories and his brothers away, isolating himself in the often snow bound cabin. Can two people on the opposite ends of the spectrum, pull each other towards the middle. Well, we only have HEA's here, so of course they can but it isn't without some heartache, bull headiness and tears. A great book, with wonderful characters and a good length too. I will keep my eyes open for this author in the future.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What an amazing end to this great series. Darcy Shaughnessy and Ben Tanner where do I start. I loved the chemistry (banter) between these two from the moment they shook hands. I’m glad Darcy met someone who would stand up to her. The banter made their coming together that much better. I really enjoyed when Ben met the family for Thanksgiving and Darcy put her foot down with everyone when they “interrogated” him too much. When Owen was there for Darcy and told her some hard truth’s was the icing on the cake. This book had me laughing one minute and crying the next. Darcy and Ben both had guilt and ghosts from the past to deal with but they each did that in their own way and it freed them both. The way this book and therefore the series ended, was exactly as it should have been. This was definitely one of my favorites.
etoile1996 More than 1 year ago
the last shaughnessy gets her happily ever after in holiday spice. darcy may be the youngest shaughnessy but she might have the biggest heart of them all. the only daughter with five older brothers, she's used to fighting for her independence. at the same time, she's fiercely loyal and close to her family. so when she falls in love with reclusive artist ben tanner things are complicated. for one thing he lives in a remote area of washington state. her family lives outside of charlottesville, north carolina. he's an introvert who generally avoids spending time with people. she's an extrovert who thrives in a crowd. and yet, together they make sense. when they can shut the world out of their relationship bubble, everything is wonderful. so they need to figure out how to quiet the noise. remote cabins outside the cascade mountains help. and eventually they both find a solution that works. both of them have some family issues and old baggage to work through too. and once they settle those things it's easier to find a happy medium. on the one hand i really enjoyed this story, on the other, i have to acknowledge that darcy did her best to make herself unlikeable. it's actually pretty amazing that ben stuck it out with her, because she was horrid to him for a large chunk of the novel. but he's a good guy, and he's so upfront about how much he loves her. and i can't help but get swoony over it. **holiday spice will publish on october 3, 2017. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/sourcebooks casablanca in exchange for my honest review.
MPruett More than 1 year ago
I Love The Shaughnessy Brothers Series by Author Samantha Chase and I was super excited to read the story of the only girl and youngest sibling in this book series. Darcy lost her mother when she was very young and has been raised in a house by her dad and very protective older brothers. She has watched her brothers grow up and get married and start families and now she wants that for her own life. Ben Tanner has isolated himself since the death of his parents. He has kept a distance from his brothers and people in general. When Ben and Darcy meet he knows he has met his match. Can Darcy see passed Ben's hurt and hard exterior ? Can Ben let go of the past to have a future with Darcy ? Samantha Chase saved the best for last. This is a Great series and I will miss reading about this wonderful family.
Laura_V0ss_SBR More than 1 year ago
I adore this series and the entire Shaughnessy series. This is the last in the series and each book references the books before but they can be read on their own. I have the admit that I an seriously bummed that this is the last story we get from this family for this series. However, I feel like this isn’t the last we will hear about them. Darcy is the baby of the family and the only girl. She had a lot of overprotective brothers but she has also been a little spoiled. I love her spunk and energy. In Holiday Spice she is looking to grow up some and find a career she can really settle into but she takes a job that is supposed to be temporary helping Ben get his book displaying his art put together. Ben is crabby and likes his space, bur she’s met his match in Darcy. She won’t let him get away with being a jerk all the time and he opens up his home and himself to her.Both of them are holding on to issues they have to face if they can make it work. Both make sure to push the other into seeing their issues and working on them to grow. Samantha Chase did an amazing job with the characters and the story. She had me crying though the last % of the book. I was crying from the emotion Samantha brought out in the characters, but also because I knew that this was it. When I finished this book it would end my time with the Shaughnessy’s. I have become so inversted in theor lives throughout the series it’s sad to let them go. Holiday Spice is a great snowed in holiday read get it today!
shobeteener More than 1 year ago
This is book 6 in the Shaughnessy Brother Series and is about their sister, Darcy. Samantha saved the best for last. Though I think it's fitting that the 'baby' of the family is the last book in the series. This is a series that I highly recommend you read in order, not that they can't be stand-a-lone, just that I think you'll get a deeper appreciation for them and get a better understanding overall of the family dynamics. This is a series that I'm going to miss. I loved getting to know the Shaughnessy family and ride along as they live their lives. Darcy at first comes across as 'flighty' but as we read we get a better understanding of her that, that isn't the case. She's a brilliant young lady that wears her heart on her sleeve. She lives her life to please others, mainly, her family. She doesn't even really know herself. She carries a lot of guilt with the passing of her mom. Benjamin Tanner, woodcarving artist, hires Darcy to help him finish a book. They start off on the wrong foot with a misunderstanding but once they get that issue resolved, watch out, their attraction builds. Since the death of his parents Ben has lived a life of solitude. One thing he does not do is celebrate the Christmas Holiday not even with his own brothers. This is something that Darcy can't relate to as Christmas is a huge deal with her. I love all the words of wisdom that Darcy receives from her sister-in-laws, her dad and her brother, Owen. Sometimes she has a little bit of tunnel vision and these tidbits on realities of life really help her see a bigger picture. Through Darcy Ben opens himself up not only more to her but to his brothers and to others around him. I also love it when the author is describing the eagle that Ben is carving. Through her description I could actually envision it. It's breathtaking. I love the way Samantha has a way of pulling the reader into the story. Darcy is the only one that actually 'gets' Ben and vise versa. These two are soulmates. These two will have to learn to compromise or their relationship will be over before it even begins. This book has an overall fuzzy warm holiday feel to it.
ReaderGirl87 More than 1 year ago
I am so in love with the book and the series! I have loved the Shaughnessys since book one and Holiday Spice was the perfect ending to the series. I appreciated how the author held firm to Darcy's character as she's been throughout the series. The attraction between Ben and Darcy is awesome and this was the perfect holiday romance without being too cheesy. Definitely recommend.
EileenAW More than 1 year ago
WOW!! Words can’t describe my reaction to Holiday Spice by Samantha Chase. I’m not sure how she does it but each of Ms. Chase’s books is better than the last. Ms. Chase has the gift to create a sweet story with two people needing to find that confidence and understanding of themselves and their lives while finding love along the way. The manner in which she has created a family in which everyone is supportive of each other, no matter how difficult things seem is amazing. This is Darcy’s story; Darcy the baby, who never knew her mom and longed for the perfect two-parent family. Darcy flitted from temp job to temp job, not sure what she wanted to do. Then her sister-in-law sends her to Washington State to help Ben Tanner finish his book on wood crafting, craving, and creating. All he needs is help organizing everything, which Darcy is a master at doing, plus Darcy understands Ben’s vision misunderstanding, these two fell harder than either thought possible. With Darcy on the east coast and Ben on the west coast can these two find a way to meet in the middle. I really enjoyed reading this book. Ms. Chase is an excellent storyteller, keeping me interested in this story so that I had trouble putting it down. I highly recommend this outstanding book to other readers. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
astroyic More than 1 year ago
Holiday Magic! Samantha Chase brings all the feels in the final book in her Shaughnessy’s series. This was really such an excellent story. It was super off the chart-sizzling hot but more than that, it was really entertaining, so incredibly sweet, had a bit of drama, and a lot of emotion. 
There is definitely more to Darcy than meets the eye and I loved her story. She is such a survivor and so caring but doesn’t see herself how others do. Loved her journey as she figured everything out. Ben wasn’t what I expected either. From that very first scene of them connecting you could tell he was just a genuinely good guy. So sweet, selfless and sexy. It was wonderful how their time secluded together in the snowstorm brings their sizzling chemistry, passion and emotions to life. Don’t miss their incredible story. 
The author’s talent for combining genuinely moving romance ensure that the story is as intense as it is emotional. Loved it! 
I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.
anapjm02 More than 1 year ago
The Shaughnessy Brothers’ series is about a family of five brothers and one sister living mostly in North Carolina. During the series, we got to know all of them and they are all stubborn, fiercely loyal but incredibly protective and now it is the time for Darcy Shaughnessy, the female stubborn part of the family. In order to have Darcy a man should have to be as strong and stubborn as the Shaughnessy family and stand up for himself. And... here comes Ben Tanner! Ben is everything Darcy has dreamt about and is the worst nightmare for her brothers. This is a very sensitive story, one you must hold your tissues very near to you, and almost all is a wonderful ending for an unforgettable series. The fact that both Darcy and Ben had suffered incredible losses is the main fact that hold them together, they know each other and their pain. Their romance is so sweet and sexy and their connection is incredible. Really a wonderful book!
JaneN17 More than 1 year ago
Loved It!! I have enjoyed every book in this series and Darcy & Ben's story did not disappoint. Two people who have lost important people in their past and in their own ways still grieving that loss. They learn together that it's alright to say goodbye and learn to live again on their terms. There is a lot of angst & misunderstandings but also sexy times and sweet moments. This is a really touching story and you made need a kleenex or two to get through it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A satisfying end to a series that swept us into the lives of the Shaughnessy's and showed us that not everyone is made the same, loves the same or even thinks the same despite being related. Darcy was the one sibling who connected everyone and I have enjoyed this journey. I am thrilled that she finds love and works through a few issues from her past. The holidays are a time for family, traditions, and love. If you love reading holiday romances then be sure to add this to your list.
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
HOLIDAY SPICE is the sixth and final installment in Samantha Chase’s contemporary, adult THE SHAUGHNESSY BROTHERS romance series focusing on the Shaughnessy siblings. This is youngest child and only sister Darcy Shaughnessy, and recluse artist Benjamin Tanner’s story line. HOLIDAY SPICE can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous story lines is revealed where necessary. SOME BACKGROUND: Approximately twenty years earlier the Shaughnessy’s lost their mother to a drunk driver that left six siblings (including a one year old infant daughter) without a mother. Fast forward to present day where the now adult children continue to struggle with the loss. Told from dual third person perspectives (Darcy and Ben) HOLIDAY SPICE follows the building relationship between Darcy Shaughnessy and artist Benjamin Tanner. Benjamin Tanner is in desperate need of some organization in his life but the shy, quiet and introspective woodcarver prefers the solitude of his cabin in the woods. Enter Darcy Shaughnessy, his friend’s sister in law, and the woman with whom he will fall in love. What ensues is the turbulent and emotional relationship between two people whose lives are the complete opposite. Darcy Shaughnessy is a butterfly who enjoys the boisterous, family get togethers and social functions that allow her to express her ideas and have fun. Growing up the youngest child and only daughter, Darcy struggled with the over –protective nature of five older brothers who chased away all the men she wanted to date. Benjamin Tanner is a loner; a social misfit who battles the need to remain hidden from the paparazzi and social functions that come with being a successful artist but Benjamin also struggles with the holidays-the reminders of everything he has lost- and two younger brothers who would give anything to reconnect with the brother they love. The relationship between Darcy and Ben begins as a business arrangement that quickly dissolves due to misunderstanding and Ben’s needs for privacy. Their attraction to one another is immediate and palpable but the potential for a long distance relationship begin to build a wall between our leading couple that may be too hard to pull down. The $ex scenes are all implied. All of the previous story line couples and characters play secondary and supporting roles. The Shaughnessy’s are a close knit family, and their over –zealous attitude is too much for our story line hero. HOLIDAY SPICE is a story of family, friendship and love. The premise is entertaining and emotional; the characters are colorful and dynamic; the romance is sweet. HOLIDAY SPICE is the perfect ending to a well-loved series.
sbart84 More than 1 year ago
Loved this book, so worth the wait. I have been waiting for Darcy's story since the beginning of the Shaughnessy Brothers. Darcy gets snowed in at a cabin in Washington with Ben, who is a polar opposite of Darcy. He prefers the solitude of quietness. Darcy will soon bring him out of his shell. They both have suffered loss in their family. The banter between them is great, They are sweet, spicy and everything nice in between. A great end to the series with catching up with all her brothers. Must have kleenex, for happy and sad tears. Good bye, Shaughnessy Family, you brought many hours of happiness to days/nights. I hiighly recommend this series.
PegGlover More than 1 year ago
Holiday Spice is a sweet, well-written, contemporary romance. Darcy, the youngest of the Shaughnessy siblings, had a strong need for family closeness. She had lost her mother when she was a young child, and although, Darcy didn’t remember her mom; she felt the loss deeply. Darcy’s favorite holiday was Christmas. It was the time of year for family gatherings and fun. Ben Tanner loved working with wood. Each sculpture he created was a magnificent work of art. He was well known and sought out. To devote himself to his work, Ben lived like a hermit, in the mountains of Washington. He convinced himself that he enjoyed his solitary life. That was, however, until Darcy Shaughnessy, was stuck in his home, snowed in, and turned his world upside down. Although it had been several years since Ben’s parents died, their death still affected him profoundly. Ben didn’t feel that he should be allowed to enjoy life, especially the Christmas holiday since that was his mother’s favorite time of year. It grated on him that Darcy not only loved Christmas but that she wouldn’t stop talking about it. Holiday spice is an entertaining fun read, filled with love, romance, and emotion. It is story-telling at its best. Thank you, Sourcebooks Casablanca and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.
Lauren817 More than 1 year ago
I know it's only October, but I've been in such a holiday book mood lately (case in point: Chasing Christmas Eve). Therefore, as soon as I heard about Samantha Chase's Holiday Spice, and it's "cozy cabin in the woods" setting, I had to have it! Also, isn't that cover just GORGEOUS?! I just love the pink and purple combo. The result? I LOVED Holiday Spice. It was a read-in-one-day kind of book - I read it at the laundromat, at my favorite coffee shop, while I was stirring my mac and cheese that night for dinner! I simply COULD NOT put it down - I was that in love with Darcy and Ben's winter romance. One of my favorite aspects of Holiday Spice was the setting. Nothing says a holiday read like a snowy, Thomas Kinkade like heaven, and that's exactly what Holiday Spice provided in the form of Ben's cabin and workshop. Samantha Chase did an amazing job of describing it. I especially loved the time she put into describing the wooden artistic touches Ben painstakingly added to his house. I wish it was real so I could go visit! Over the course of Holiday Spice, I also came to love both Darcy and Ben. Darcy was the most lovable of the two. She was the perfect combination of sweet and sassy, and while her tendency to jump to conclusions irked me to pieces at times, I could admittedly relate because been there done that. I also liked how family orientated she was. Her relationships with her brothers, sister-in-laws and father not only brought laughter and smilies but also some tears (mostly happy tears but some sad ones as well!!). Unlike Darcy, Ben's never had a close relationship with his brothers. Instead, he's used to closing himself off to the world, and living in his own winter wonderland. When he's first introduced, I was instantly swooning, as he's just the right mix of macho and sweet. I especially loved how Darcy came to change his way of thinking overtime. He goes from being someone who can't stand to open up to others to someone who won't let anything get in the way of FINALLY getting that happy ending! Tying Darcy and Ben together, we get a whole bunch of ROMANCE of course (and really what is a holiday romance without the steamy and hot romance!). I enjoyed how real their connection was. There was no insta-love feelings present here; instead, their relationship developed steadily over time, going from haters to friends to lovers. Most of the book had to do with their day to day interactions and chores, but never was I once bored, because I just loved seeing seeing them be themselves. Darcy's cooking was horrendous yet hilarious, Ben's desire to hide-hide-hide during the snowstorm had me chuckling, and their banter had me laughing and swooning from here till the moon. Seriously, I couldn't get enough. Grab a piping hot cup of hot cocoa (or your fall-winter drink of choice) and settle in for the long haul, as Holiday Spice isn't a book meant to be read over time, it's a book to be read in one extra-long sitting. However, be prepared, because if you're anything like me, the epilogue will have you outright sobbing! Grade: A+
KindleKat64 More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite Samantha Chase series and I feel each book just surpasses the previous one with it's awesomeness. Although Owen's book is still my favorite :) What an absolutely fantastic way to finish up the Shaughnessy series! Darcy, the only female among all of that Shaughnessy testosterone, finally gets her HEA! Darcy is still struggling to find a career. When recluse wood sculpter, Ben Tanner reaches out to his friend Savannah Shaughnessey for some help, she sends Darcy in her place. And thus begins our tale. These two definitely don't appear to hit it off very well from the get-go but that is soon to change. I enjoyed watching Darcy and Ben find their groove and become everything to each other. They definitely don't see eye to eye on some pretty important issues to Darcy, like family and Christmas. They had some high hurdles to jump over and it was looking a little hopeless there for a bit but alas no worries. I laughed and cried and just enjoyed this book so very much. I loved getting glimpses of what the other siblings lives are like now since we last left them. I especially loved the scene with Darcy and Owen near the end. This is a must read conclusion to a fantastic contemporary romance series by Samantha Chase. 5 shining swooning stars!!