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Holiday Spice

(The Shaughnessy Brothers #6)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  1,609 ratings  ·  298 reviews
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: s
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Published October 3rd 2017 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
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Even Santa can’t always fill the wishes of a small child. That’s exactly what happened to young Darcy and she never quite got over the pain of never knowing her mother. Now grown up, headstrong, often tactless and very inflexible, Darcy has a heart of gold that has been surrounded by barbs. Ben has shut himself off from the world since the death of his parents just before Christmas. Ben was left to protect, raise and provide for the happiness and futures of his younger brothers, but he forgot to ...more
Darcy was left motherless in a family of all boys. She hoped that she would find a mother figure her entire life but it has been one disappointment after another.

Ben was left guardian to his younger brothers after his parents died. Young and inexperienced he learned to shield his heart from pain by hiding in his artwork.

Darcy is recommended by her sister-in-law to assist in her stead to Ben. Ben doesn’t like change, so to say he is unhappy to see Darcy is an understatement. Combatting for the st
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Holiday Spice is one of those romances that had to grow on me as a reader. I’ll admit that while I liked the two main characters in this book, it took me a good long while to love them (almost to the end), however there was something compelling about their story that made me stick with this book, add in the rest of the Shaughnessy family and I really couldn’t put it down because I had to know not only how things between the main characters turned out, but I was hoping for a series ending epilogu
Liv ☾
Oct 12, 2017 rated it really liked it

☾The opening to this book was heartbreaking! I didn't get it at first but the prologue brought tears to my eyes so quick! We're quickly brought to present time where Darcy is meeting Ben for the first time. I loved the pov's in this book because it switched back in forth so much and not necessarily chapter by chapter. It would switch at times where I wished I would get to read Ben's pov and then it happened. literally. It was like the author was reading my mind

☾I've read this series an
DJ Sakata
Favorite Quotes:

“It would make me crazy. I like order and knowing everything has its place.” “It does have its place. It’s just not there yet.”

Never before had a mundane conversation over breakfast had her ready to throw down on the kitchen floor.

…her emotions. She normally only seemed to have two— happy or pissed off.

What? I know I’m old enough to be his mother— his young mother… I can still appreciate an attractive man!

My Review:

I had a hard time appreciating Darcy for quite some time as she w
4 Heartwarming Stars

Holiday Spice by Samantha Chase was a beautiful and heartfelt read.
I enjoyed watching the relationship between Darcy and Ben develop. They made me laugh, they frustrated me at times and they made me swoon. These two were perfect for each other and I have no doubt they would have a long and happy life ahead.


While I enjoyed Holiday Spice, for me the epilogue stole the show. I laughed, I smiled and I cried, oh boy did I cry.
This was one of the best epilogues I've read in a very
Meegz Reads
Oct 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
*4 Stars*

ARC kindly received in exchange for an honest review.

This was my first Samantha Chase book and I did enjoy the storyline. I will be reading the rest of the series since this was a good read.

I liked both the main characters, but I liked Ben more than Darcy I think. I think he was a bit more reasonable, although they both certainly had their moments, and for understandable reasons. They both needed to grow and learn from each other, and it was interesting to see the dynamic between th
Dec 15, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Part of her wanted to chuck the book across the room, but she really was a sucker for a holiday romance."

I was on chapter 3 and debating whether I should continue reading this book or move on, when I got to that quote from this book 😆 I didn't like Darcy and Ben much at the beginning. Once I learned more about their backgrounds, they started to make to make more sense to me. I haven't read any of the other books in the series, but I think this works fine as a stand-alone holiday romance.
Jessica Alcazar
So this was fun and frustrating but really fun. The story itself wasn't frustrating, but Darcy made me a little twitchy too many times. I fully admit it's a maturity/age thing with me. I can't do the whole hot/cold thing. I'm just way too old for it in real life and fiction LOL But she never took it too far that I didn't fully enjoy the story. So that's the frustrating part for me. And yes, the brothers were a little too OTT for me .. realistic, but a little OTT. But again, it didn't take away f ...more
Isha Coleman
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A little holiday magic to experience all year round. That's the best description for Holiday Spice. Every Shaughnessy has had their shining moment and taken a piece of my heart along the way, but Darcy sealed the deal. This time, Ms. Chase went for broke and laid claim to my heart in it's entirety. Darcy, the lone girl in a sea of men has grown into a lovely woman with a beautiful caring soul, but she still has wounds. Ben is a loner. He eats, breathes and sleeps woodcarving. When a cry for help ...more
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Around this time I'm always on the lookout for holiday reads and I tend to try new-to-me authors in the process.  That's what happened with Samantha Chase in this case.  I've never read her before and the pretty cover and holiday theme made me do it.  It didn't hurt that this is about a recluse hero, always a favorite of mine.

The setup for this story was almost the perfect holiday read.  The grumpy hero and the bubbly heroine get snowed in at his home and get to spend some quality time toget
Maree Repa
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A Christmas Tale

Five Winning Stars

I was absolutely thrilled to enjoy the wonderful sixth book, The Shaughnessy Brothers. Written by my favourite author Samantha Chase. I have so adored this marvellous entire series so far. I was just pleased to enjoy this one in particular, Darcy's book now!!

Benjamin Tanner had always knew his truest place to end up in Washington State. He needed a place that was all his. His own siblings would just hate it here. But this place. But Ben was just different from a
Kayla (BOOKadoodles)
Dec 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
Honestly, I just wanted some Christmas fluff. I skim-read through this, it was enjoyable but I probably would’ve been more interested if I would have read the previous five books in the series. Some parts really lagged for me, but I thought the chemistry between the two main characters was well-written overall.
Sep 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
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 n
Brandi (Brandi Janee's Bookshelf)
**3.5 stars**

Darcy Shaughnessy has grown up with her five older brothers and dad. Her mom died when she was a baby so they were all she knew growing up. Flash forward, Darcy is now 25 and she is trying to figure where she's supposed to be in life. As a favor for one of sister-in-law, Darcy ends up in Washington state and gets snowed in with Ben, the guys she went to work with. The story basically takes off from there.

With Holiday Spice being the 6th book in what I believe is a companion series,
Oct 05, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

Holiday Spice is a winter story told from late Fall through the Holidays. I usually wait to read Christmas stories until a bit later but since I am on the blog tour for this one I started early. I have to say that I loved getting those Holiday feels so early!

This is book number 6 in the Shaughnessy Brothers series, but it is the first book I have read and I had no issues with starting so late in the series. This book centers around Darcy, the youngest and only girl in the Shaughnessy
Dec 12, 2019 rated it liked it

There were good and bad elements of this book. It explores the relationship between Ben, an introvert, and Darcy, an extrovert. It was an interesting contrast and sometimes it worked, other times it was a little annoying. Darcy is pushy, childish, and overly clingy with her family, while Ben is the mature adult and it kind of didn't work for me. A lot of the dialog was not like real conversations, the characters would talk out loud to themselves and note how odd it was that they were talking
Jaime Fiction Fangirls
4.5 Stars

What I Liked:
Ben. I love that he's smart and reserved. He's talented and successful. He has a beautiful home set far away from the hustle and bustle of the world. He has a dream kitchen that he actually cooks in. He. Builds. Things. With. His. Hands!!! He's basically my ideal man. Sure he can be a bit stubborn and he has some issues to work through but, in general, he's a pretty great guy.

I liked Darcy and was really excited to see her get her HEA. I've been waiting for her perspectiv
Kayla Hemmerle
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book has the perfect release date. Weird thing to notice, right? I haven't ever felt like a book came at just the right time, but this book does. 

A big reason for that is Darcy and Ben meet well before Christmas, in October. For me, this added some build up to the holiday season and made their story more than a holiday love story. 

Darcy is the youngest in the Shaughnessy family and the only girl. I felt the author really captured Darcy's personality perfectly. I say this because at times, I
Dotti Elrick
Dec 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Holiday Spice
Finally the youngest and only girl of the Shaughnessy family gets her story.
Overall I liked this book. It was a quick read, and had a nice flow.
Ben and Darcy.
Outwardly, opposites in every way. Darcy is loud, talks non stop, loves being the center of attention. She’s a social butterfly, she loves her family fiercely. Ben hates crowds, noise and socializing. He loves his brothers but barely tolerates being in their company. Deep down, they both have structured their lives around the l
Sandy S
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
Novel Grounds
Jan 27, 2018 rated it really liked it

I got this SUPER fun box from Samantha and Inkslinger PR MONTHS AGO, and finally got the chance to dive into it! This was such a fun read. In the winter time sometimes I want to curl up with a romance that I know is just going to bring the swoon.

I have not read any of the other novels in this series but had no trouble jumping in here.

This book was all about the magic of the holidays. What do you get when you have a man who hates Christmas and a book about the holidays? Well, I can tell you
Oct 04, 2017 rated it liked it
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3.5 stars

I never read any of the other books in this series but I do love a good Christmas themed story. Plus this story takes place around the same time of release which made it interesting. From the prologue I had a feeling this event will be the a focal point of Darcy's issues later on. Ok so in the present I wasn't sure how to read her, she was complicated losing a mom so young despite getting cared for can have an effect. But I still didn't get why she was being rude and snippy to Ben. Ben
Erin Lewis
Sep 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 Star Review of Holiday Spice (The Shaughnessy Brothers #6)by Samantha Chase
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 arti
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 lo
Lynn Lim
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
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-star
**ARC provided courtesy of InkSlinger PR**
I love a good holiday read; there's just something a little special about them. There is always a little extra magic, a little miracle work that just makes them a little sweeter. Holiday Spice from Samantha Chase definitely brought the holiday spirit for me.

I really liked Darcy. I completely understood her drive. She's best when she's busy, when she can avoid thinking and dwelling on herself. So instead she focuses on everyone and anything else at times.
Richelle Robinson
Oct 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
I’m a sucker for all things Christmas and especially Christmas romance novels. This book didn’t disappoint as it was a perfect opposites attract type book. Darcy is outgoing and cheery while Ben is broody and a homebody. Their friendship gets off to a rocky start and that's when the story got interesting. I felt like Darcy got off the hook too easily with her assumptions and she was a little bratty. I wanted Ben to put her in her place for the way that she acted but sadly he didn’t at that time. ...more
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
HOLIDAY SPICE: Book #6 in The Shaughnessy Brothers.
Ms. Chase brought tears, laughter and so much more to this book. It's like that in every single
one of the books in the series. But Darcy is different. You'll see why after you read.

Darcy was the only girl in the Shaughnessy household. Growing up with 5 brothers as nice as they are, loving and protective it was hard.

Now as a women she's doing her thing. Truth be told she's a little undecided. That's when her sister in law sends her to help a f
Alex Sacha Chris
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
Full disclosure, the name of the heroine (Darcy) is the name of my little niece. That put me in the unenviable position of one part amused at her antic, and three part exasperated at her.
First this is book six in The Shaughnessy Brothers series, and Darcy is the last sibling and only sister. Because this is part of a series, and I haven't read the previous books yet, my OCD had been bothering me nonstop. Those hint of the previous book because I haven't them yet made those part less then enjoya
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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 ...more

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“Are you telling me there is something better out there than icing in a can? Because I’m finding it hard to believe. That’s been my dirty little secret for years.”

In a move he didn’t see coming, she chuckled and then shifted to straddle him until they were chest to chest. “That’s your dirty little secret?” She shook her head. “We’re going to have to work on that.”
“Head to toe, Ben pressed up against her, and Darcy wanted to rub along him.
There wasn’t room for her to move.
Her back was against the cabinet and counter, and Ben was all over her front.
Would it be wrong to purr? She wondered.”
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