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An Unexpected Christmas

(Taking the Shot #1)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  116 ratings  ·  44 reviews

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 occup
Kindle Edition, 266 pages
Published December 4th 2018 by NYLA
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Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 busin ...more
Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
An Unexpected Christmas was a delightful romance that's the perfect read to get you in the holiday spirit.

Adele James loves the Christmas season but this year instead of enjoying the festivities she's dealing with the fallout of her famous boyfriend cheating on her. To escape, Adele decides to head to her family's cabin to be alone only to arrive and find her brother's best friend already occupying the cabin. Jace Kilpatrick has never been big on Christmas and being on month three of an NHL lock
Suzi (Obsessive Reading Disorder)
Adele and Jace have been friends for 6 years through her brother. She has longed for him but felt he didn't return the feelings. Accidentally stuck in a snow storm together, they find out they have more in common than either of them thought.

Fantastic holiday read,. Little bit of sports thrown in for fun. Super steamy and great friends to lovers romance. Loved the back story on Jace and Adele's loving family. I hadn't read the previous books in the series but this one stand fine on it's own. In
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a super sweet holiday romance!

I loved Adele and Jace and my most favorite type of romance is friends to lovers. The only twist with this one is that Jace is Adele's brothers best friend, and having an older brother myself....that's never a good thing!

I'm also a huge fan of hockey and I love when sports are thrown in the mix. Overall, this was just a really cozy romantic holiday read with a lot of angst and spice thrown into the mix ;)

I'm really excited to read more from this series though,
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When I saw the cover of this book on Netgalley I immediately wanted to read where this story was about. It sounded like a lot of fun so I requested it and was super excited when I got approved to read it. ‘An Unexpected Christmas’ was the first book I read for the HoHoHo Readathon that I participated in, and it was the perfect book to start.

In ‘An Unexpected Christmas’ we meet Adele. Adele is going to her family’s cabin to get away from everyone after she finds out her boyfriend of a view months
MJ Symmonds
Nov 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Adele and Jace really helped get me in a very nice Christmas spirit. This was such a sweet holiday read with some hot & spicy lovin' thrown in.

Adele James is running away from the paparazzi after her actor boyfriend is caught quite literally with his pants down in a very public cheating way. Jace Kilpatrick just wants to unwind and relax while still waiting to get back on the ice from the months long lockout of the NHL. Time away at the Jamses cabin is just what he needs. Time away at the famil
Nov 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
I’m a big of Shannon Richard. I randomly found her book, Undone, on the Walmart shelf. Loved the cover. Read the blurb. I had to buy the book. I’ve been addicted since. Real talk.

I was so excited to hear that Shannon was writing a new book... and it’s her first that isn’t in the Country Roads series! Ah!!
This series is set around... wait for iiiiit... HOCKEY PLAYERS! *happy dance*
And guess what the trope is... brother’s best friend! Yes! A fan favorite trope that include a hot as hell hockey pl
Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
When Adele is confronted with her boyfriend’s cheating, she decides not to celebrate Christmas with her family but to go to the family cabin on her own. However, her brother’s best friend and hockey teammate, Jace, is also there with the same idea. And a snow storm is coming.

No, this book is not original but is is a warm and christmassy story about two people spending Christmas together and realizing there might be a future for them if they would let go of their trepidations.

Great if you want t
Heather andrews
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jace is a handsy man, "cupping her jaw in his hands, he gently pulled back, lightly nipping at her lips. “Yup… so much better.” And then he was kissing her again." There aretimes Jace gets distracted easily, "...grabbed one of her hands from his chest, lightly tugging her to him. “Your breasts are distracting me.” I liked this book, I loved Jace. ...more
nick (the infinite limits of love)

Too much sex, too little feels!
Lauren loves llamas
The best description of this book I can come up with is “steamy Hallmark” – it’s cozy and comfy holiday goodness, with lots of sex. It’s also ridiculously tropetastic – there’s “best-friend’s-little-sister” plus “snowbound” plus a dash of “Christmas-elf-wannabe-must-teach-Scrooge-how-to-enjoy-the-holidays.” In other words, it ticked a whole bunch of my boxes!

“But continuing to keep him oblivious was going to be that much harder now…with just the two of them…alone together…in a two-thousand squar
Renee (The B-Roll)
Dec 19, 2018 rated it liked it
I have been killing the Christmas books this year!  If you have read any of my other book reviews for Christmas books, you will be well aware of that fact that I read books set during the holiday season, during the holiday season.  For me, that starts pretty early.  I like to get a head start on all of my Christmas things in late October, maybe early November if I'm busy.  I have been known to start before Halloween sometimes out of spite for the lost Halloween holiday.

Once again, I received thi
Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-again-books, arc
4.5-Stars for the swoon-worthy full length read An Unexpected Christmas by Shannon Richard, Book 1 in Taking the Shot series. It's cliche & probably not real helpful to include 'must read' when describing a book, but I have no other words to really convey the need to one-click & read this book, especially for those who enjoy the romance genre, it is a truly amazing, heartfelt romance. Once in a while I enjoy a romance with alot of steam, and if that's what you are looking for, this book is Not I ...more
Marsha Keeper Bookshelf
Reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf

An Unexpected Christmas begins the Take The Shot series by Shannon Richard. If you’ve read the Country Roads series it’s possible that you’ve run into the James family before… if not that’s fine, but it is an excellent series you may want to check out for yourself. I just happen to enjoy catching little snippets of connections between series or characters, and the fact that Adele has been crushing on her brother’s friend, Jace, for years is a sweet touch to the begin
Misty (Reds Romance Reviews)
Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 d ...more
Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it

An Unexpected Christmas was an unexpected delight.... just kidding. :) The description and the synopsis nailed this one: it is a fun romantic Christmas story will all of the perfect ingredients to make a situation unforgettable and a couple irresistible. The best thing about this story is that while it seemed a bit like a Hallmark movie at times, it wasn't too cheesy and was just the right amount of cozy. Adele and Jace were great to fall in love with as characters and it warmed my heart to see

Dawn Cunningham Roether
Dec 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, net-galley
Adele is a consume designer and is dating a well known actor, when through the tabloids she finds out that he had a moment of indiscretion. Not wanting to be around family and people in love, while being freshly raw over the incident, she decides to visit the family cabin. Unbeknownst to her, He long-time crush and her brother's best friend/hockey teammate, is skipping the Christmas for similar reasons and is already at the cabin. There has been an attraction between the two for six years. He ha ...more
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars! 🎄

I'm a HUGE fan of Shannon Richard, so pretty much anything she writes, I love.

An Unexpected Christmas is her first foray into self-publishing and I'm so happy to gush over how much I loved this book. Sometimes when an author has been "traditionally" published the voice can change... due to editing and other factors. The voices can be so different that I simply cannot read their self-pub books.

This is so not the case with Miss Richard. I have always loved how she combines small-tow
Sherri Babb
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have a thing for hockey romances and this book was an unexpected treat. From the moment I picked up this gem I could not put it down. I just loved Jace and Adele. From there very first meeting you could just feel the chemistry between these two people. Both of them kept there distance because Jace was Adele's brothers best friend and we all know sisters of best friends are off limits. When they are stranded together in a cabin during a snow storm the pull between them becomes too much and they ...more
Dec 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was just such a great Christmas read, it gave me all the warm and cuddly feelings required for a Christmas read.

I thought that these two were just amazing together, and the author did a great job of slowly building up the story so that it never felt rush or dragging. I have to say that for me that is essential to balance in a good book. Firstly there was Adele who is a great heroine as she is both vulnerable, but unbelievably strong, and she is a dog lover which always gets extra points in
Jenn (YeahOrNeighReviews)
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
After her boyfriend is caught cheating and it's plastered all over social media, the idea of going home for the holidays is the last thing Adele James wants. She sneaks away to the family cabin without telling anyone, which is why she ends up being snowed in with long-time friend of the family, Jace Kilpatrick (not to mention the guy she's had a crush on for years).
I enjoyed this holiday romance immensely! It definitely got me in the Christmas spirit and I especially loved all the antics with Ad
Amk256 King
Jan 13, 2019 rated it liked it
I received this book from net gallery in return for an honest review. Thank you.

Pretty much what I expected this to be. A charming, well written tale of girl meets boy. Nice characters and easy to read with a Christmas theme throughout. Perfect for a chilled evening in a hectic month! I would read more from this author.
Nov 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Received an ARC courtesy of the publisher via NetGalley.

I have read the other series by this author and really enjoyed those books. I thought this was a good start to the new series. It was a quick, holiday read.
Cristie Underwood
Dec 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
This book is the perfect feel good holiday read. You know how the story is going to end up, but enjoy the ride! I enjoy these heartfelt books during the holidays and this one was extremely well written.
Katie Hansen
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An Unexpected Christmas was the perfect remedy for anyone that has the holiday blues, it inspired smiles and tons of holiday spirit! This is one of the best Christmas romances I’ve read in a long time. This book is the perfect feel good holiday read.
Dec 25, 2020 rated it liked it
(3.5 stars)

This romance was a great mix of cute and steamy! The level of drama was just right, and the snowed in shenanigans were pretty funny. Adele and Jace were so lovely together and I enjoyed their love story.
Dec 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this story. I didn't want it to end. Looking forward to the next book in the series ...more
Pattie Babbitt
Dec 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
A great final Christmas book for the holiday season.
Sheena ☆ Oh, the Sheenanigans!

Are you looking for a cute mushy holiday romance to put you in the Christmas mood? Look no further because this is it! Besides this novel being a great way to start the holiday season, I would say the romance escalated pretty quickly from a crush that lasted six years for then Adele and Jace to finally say their I love yous in a matters of days (literally) which prompted the three star rating but what can I say, it's must be a Christmas miracle!

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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 ...more

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