Mistletoe & Margaritas
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...more
I loved everything about this story. The H/h were very sweet with each other when they were still in the friends phase. And they were absolutely explosive together in the lovers zone.
Claire was the widow of Justin's best friend, so he always felt a strong protectiveness of her. Even after Claire's revelation that she was ready to move on and start dating again, Justi ...more
The story was incredibly sweet and I really enjoyed it...however...this might have been one of the books that would be better to read in print, as opposed to listening to the audio version. The narrator did fairly well with Justin and the other male characters, but the women...EGADS!! I don't understand why he felt the need to mimic a woman, instead of just softening his tone when he read their parts. It was not good! So for narration I would have to give 2 stars, but it's Christmas, I ...more
Claire lost her beloved husband two years ago. Since then she became closer than ever with her husband's best friend Justin. In the early days he was the one she turned to when she needed comfort. Now, they are really good friends. If only she didn't want more.
Justin has been in love with Claire from the beginning. He knew it would never become anything serious, after all she was married. But now, when it appears she is ready to start living fully again, things are ...more
Thumbs Up: 4
Overall: A really good quick satisfying read
Plot: Wanting something you think you can’t have
Page Turner: Yes
Series Cont.? Yes
Book Boyfriend: Justin
SUMMARY (50 words or less)
This author knew how to create a story in a small span of words. Heartwarming in the end and touching all at the same time. Quick but satisfying read with conflict and resolution all tied up in a neat bow. I’ll look for more from this autho ...more
The heroine is ready to move on and for some reason she keeps dreaming about her best friend. Things happen between them but the hero has to get over his guilt first.
I had high hopes for this one, since I heartily enjoyed Stacey's book Exclusively Yours. It was cute and sexy and funny. Unfortunately, Mistletoe and Margaritas was a big flop for me. Some authors can capture the magic in a shorter format, and some can't. This book was too short, the ending was way too abrupt, and the sex scenes were a huge let-down. Which made me think about something that drives me nuts.
The sex scenes in a romance/erotica need to be ap ...more
Loved, loved, loved this one!
I think definitely my favorite holiday read this season. I would've given it 5 stars, but it is a novella and therefore subject to the limits of a short story. Ms. Stacey does lots with those limitations though and weaves a beautiful "friends to lovers" holiday tale.
Claire and Justin are friends. Claire is now a widow after her husband was killed in an accident. Her husband Brenden was Ju ...more
Ms. Stacey makes it so easy for us to connect with both characters and even, to a certain extent, to Brandon. Our family has experienced loss like this, but in our case he was 22 and single. As a result, I SOBBED through a good part of the end of this story. But in a good way, as Ms. Stacey wrote the emotions ...more
I wouldn't say that this is one of the best holiday stories that I've ever read. I'd probably lean more toward "average" actually. But this is a friends-to-lovers story, and I do enjoy those a great deal. I like the way that Claire and Justin had to work through the grief of l ...more
After downloading it onto my Kindle, this short novella was impossible to put down! I loved every moment of it, despite my heart breaking for both Claire and Justin as they'd lost their best friend. And then, they've got this connection - that can't be denied. And the book ...more
It’s tough being in love with your dead best friend’s wife...just ask Justin McCormick. Poor Justin has been in love with Claire for years and hasn’t been able to act on his feelings. First because she married his best friend Brendan and then because they're both suffering the loss of Brendan when he suddenly dies in a tragic car crash. For the past 2 yea ...more
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 ...more
This wasn’t a bad story and I actually ended up liking it better than I expected. It was sweet, occasionally amusing, and for something that was a short romance and nothing else, it was surprising lacking in trite. On the downside, as this was another one that I listened to instead of reading, the narrator was great for some of the voices, but many of his “female” voices grated on my nerves, pulling me out of the story. The real problem for me was that the characters were kind ...more
4 stars for the narration. I like this narrator a lot. His performance is, as always, well paced and enjoyable to listen to.
I'm not a huge fan of Shannon Stacey, to be honest, as I just don't 'get' her Kowalski series. However, I really loved this story. There's some real depth, emotion and well drawn characters. It's a classic love story of a man falling in love with his best friends widow. Yes, it's well trodden tale, but I felt this was partic ...more
Mistletoe and Margaritas is a sweet, slightly angsty and mildly steamy friends-to-lovers novella. I liked this short story but didn't love it. I felt it was too short for the context and the ending too rushed and abrupt. Still, it was a good holiday read.
Note: This book is part of the Christmas anthology Holiday Kisses: A Holiday Romance Collection