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Mistletoe & Margaritas

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  1,173 ratings  ·  142 reviews

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

Kindle Edition, 65 pages
Published December 5th 2011 by Carina Press
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From-best-friends-to-lovers has always been my favourite settings for a romance read. And this one is definitely a LOVVIT worthy.

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
4 Stars!

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
Jan 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
A cute short story, I liked it.

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
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Jul 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio
Quick review:

Cover: Cute
Rating: NC-17
Thumbs Up: 4
Overall: A really good quick satisfying read
Characters: Solid
Plot: Wanting something you think you can’t have
Page Turner: Yes
Series Cont.? Yes
Recommend: 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
Katrina Passick Lumsden
This was my second Shannon Stacey, and I enjoyed it so much that I purchased and read one more. I enjoyed that and my first, as well, but here's the problem; while they're sweet and engaging, well-written and with likable characters, there isn't much to them. I couldn't figure out why I simultaneously wanted to read more, but also felt empty after each one. Shannon Stacey's books are a lot like Twinkies; fun to eat while you're in the moment, but when they're gone, you're still hungry, you haven ...more
Jan 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was a short and sweet love story. The hero has loved his best friend's wife for years but he's been her best friend as well and it's been two years since he is gone and he is honourable enough not to act on the feelings.

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.
Dec 04, 2017 rated it liked it
*** 3,5 stars ***
Penny Watson
Nov 29, 2011 rated it liked it
Mistletoe and Margaritas by Shannon Stacey

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
Dec 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Reread 12/30/12. Should've given this one 5 stars! Way better than I remembered!

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
Dec 30, 2016 rated it liked it
After mourning her husband for two years, Claire Rutledge is ready to move on with her life. Believing she is ready for a romantic relationship, she is surprised when the first person who pops into her head is Justin McCormick, her late husband's best friend. Justin supported her through her darkest days. Claire is nervous that a change in their relationship may ruin their friendship. Justin has been in love with Claire since he saw her across the room several years ago. Unfortunately his best f ...more
LOVED this book. I've been looking forward to this particular story since Ms. Stacey first told "us" about the story. I'm a sucker for a good friends-to-lovers story, and this was a winner.

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
This was sitting unread in my audio library and I realized that MacLeod Andrews narrated it, and honestly sometimes that's all the motivation that I need to take a listen to something because I like it when he reads books.

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
Nov 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Gotta love a sweet story about a guy in love with his best friend. Justin has been in love with Clare from the moment he first saw her but his best friend ended up getting the girl. Clare now feels that she is ready to move on with her life. Justin has a hard time with this. He wants Clare to move on - but with him. As the holiday rolls around - its getting harder and harder for them to resist one another. And Justin and Clare realize that its what their friend would have wanted.
Ellen W-S
Dec 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I just love Shannon Stacey books, they always end with a big HEA grin on my face!
Miss Kim
Jan 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012, contemporary, e-book
Another great novella from Ms. Stacey. Once again I just wish there was more. :)
Jac (For Love and Books)
Dec 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
I am a long time Shannon Stacey fan, but for some reason I'd not yet read her Christmas Novella, Mistletoe and Margarita's. But last week I saw a review on April's blog (Good Books and Good Wine) and I knew I needed to read it!

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
Dec 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
If your in the mood for a cute, sweet, friends to lovers holiday story then you can’t go wrong with Mistletoe and Margaritas by Shannon Stacey.

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
Christi Snow
Dec 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Heather in FL
This was really, really sweet. A little angsty as well, but not sure how else it can be when a guy has been in love with his best friend's widow since before they were married. I felt really bad for Justin. He was trying to just get by, but I don't think he'd have ever had a good relationship considering how strongly he felt for Claire. And Claire, having been friends with Justin for as long as she knew her deceased husband, fell in love with Justin by accident. And of course, there are feelings ...more
Kate Reads
Aug 12, 2012 rated it it was ok
2.5 out of 5 Stars

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
Oct 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
As it is December, I feel it is my duty to spread Christmas cheer by writing reviews for all the nearby holiday books. Y’all, I am so excited that I can buy Christmas books and not be ashamed because they are out of season. Now, Mistletoe & Margaritas by Shannon Stacey is an audiobook novella that I obtained for free on Audible because they were doing a Christmas in July promotion where members got to choose a free Christmas-themed listen. Obviously, I went for Mistletoe & Margaritas bec ...more
I'm a huge fan of Shannon's and this was no exception. This one really tugged at the heart strings. Claire has now been a widow for a few years, her husband Brandon dying at a young age. Justin was Brandon's best friend and has been a huge support to Claire in her grief and they are the best of friends. Justin has been in love with Claire for a long time and has kept his feelings to himself. Claire is now feeling some attraction to Justin and after a party one night they both end up in bed toget ...more
Nov 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Listened to on audio. Narrated by Macleod Andrews.

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
3 to 31/2 stars

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
Jeff Yoak
Given how long the queue of books that I've purchased and not yet read is, sometimes I have no idea what made me pick up a particular thing. This is such a case. I can't imagine what I was thinking.
Short but sweet story about a guy who is guilt-ridden over the fact that he is in love with his dead best friend's wife. The narrator for this audiobook, MacLeod Andrews, should be credited for giving this tired plot the oomph it needed to make this a worthwhile listen.
Evanne Lorraine
Dec 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoying Ms. Stacey's Christmas novellas, the perfect length for a bedtime story!
this is a cute novella I listened to on audio. I don't remember where I got it, but I enjoyed the narrator and the story. It was a bit far-fetched and predictable, but sweet.
Jul 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Short and sweet! I was not sure how much I would like this, so I dove in cautiously optimistic. I was rewarded more than I expected to be.

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shannon Stacey lives with her husband and two sons in New England, where her favorite activities are writing romance and really random tweets when she’s not riding her ATV. She loves mud, books, football & watching way too much TV.