HOLIDAY SPICE is book six in my Shaughnessy Brothers series and oddly enough, doesn't focus on a Shaughnessy brother, but instead, a Shaughnessy sister. The lone sister - Darcy. I have been planning her story almost since she first appeared on the page back in book one (MADE FOR US) and I have loved watching her grow and evolve over the course of the series. Giving her the spotlight this time around has been pure joy.
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?
Are you ready for more? Here's a little excerpt:
Darcy turned her head and looked at him with a sleepy smile.
He was in serious trouble.
“Hey,” she said softly.
“Hey, yourself.” Without thinking, Ben simply shifted them until she rolled over and was tucked in at his side. There was so much he wanted to say and yet not. The silence was comfortable, and honestly, he was already letting his hands roam up and down her back and her arms, and the softness of her skin was enough to entrance him.
With a small kiss on his chest, she looked up at him. “So…”
Clearly, she was a talker. But rather than respond, Ben arched a brow at her and waited.
She settled against him. “I guess you liked the cake, huh?”
That was the last thing he expected her to say, and he lost it—completely laughed out loud. When he felt her body shaking with laughter beside him, he decided Darcy Shaughnessy brought something to his life he hadn’t realized he’d been missing.
“Technically,” he began after a moment, “I never got to taste it.”
“There was the icing,” she corrected. “And you did mention how you tend to eat more of that than anything.”
“It’s really good icing.”
Shaking her head, she made a tsking sound. “Clearly, you’ve never had real icing.”
Ben lifted his head and looked at her. “Are you telling me there is something 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. “’ your dirty little secret?” She shook her head. “We’re going to have to work on that.”
Now it was his turn to shake his head. “Uh-uh. That’s the extent of keeping secrets for me.” His tone went serious, more so than he had intended. “I don’t do secrets. My life is an open book. I enjoy my privacy, but what you see is what you get with me. No lies. No pretense.” He paused. “No games.”
The playful expression was gone as she considered him.
“I wanted you from the first moment I saw you,” he said, carefully watching her reaction. “It bothered the hell out of me when your attitude toward me changed, but it didn’t stop the want.”
“So this was to prove—”
“No,” he immediately interrupted with an edge to his voice. “This wasn’t about proving anything. This happened because I find you fascinating and beautiful and sexy as hell. This happened because you’re all I’ve been able to think about.” One hand anchored in her tousled hair and gripped it lightly. “And it’s going to happen again, because I love the way you feel in my arms and when you’re completely wrapped around me.”
He pulled her head down and kissed her with a ferocity he didn’t recognize in himself. And when they broke apart, panting, Ben positioned her so her forehead rested against his.
“And I love the sounds you make,” he stated. “And I want to hear them again.”
Darcy’s gasp was soft, her eyes wide. Ben could tell she was trying to come up with something to say, but he didn’t want that. He didn’t want her coming up with something she thought she should say—he wanted her honesty. The kind of thing that would simply slip out unfiltered.
So rather than wait, he kissed her again. Rolled her beneath him.
And did his best to keep her from thinking of anything other than him for the next several hours.
Ooo...just when it was getting good, right?? Well, how about this - how about a giveaway to make up for not giving you more of the story?? How about I give THREE lucky readers, a SIGNED copy of HOLIDAY SPICE??? Sound fair??
GIVEAWAY CLOSED!! WINNERS ARE Katie Chapman, Glenda & Chelci! CONGRATULATIONS!! Please reach out to me on FB to claim your books!!
In the meantime, you can preorder HOLIDAY SPICE right now and it will be out on Tuesday, October 3rd!
Happy Reading and Good Luck!!