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Available October 3 2017

Holiday Spice

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A brand new holiday romance in the Shaughnessy Brothers series from NYT and USA Today bestseller Samantha Chase.

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?
 
The Shaughnessy Brothers Series:
Made for Us (Book 1)
Love Walks In (Book 2)
Always My Girl (Book 3)
This Is Our Song (Book 4)
A Sky Full of Stars (Book 5)
Holiday Spice (Book 6)

 

Description:

 The laundry was going.

She’d made enough cookie dough for several dozen cookies and baked a cake.

And she was slowly losing her mind.

Yeah, her usual happy place—baking in the kitchen—was so not cutting it right now. She’d used up most of the basic ingredients and knew if she kept going, she was going to have to get creative. Why the hell had she stopped Ben earlier? Right now, she could be naked and satisfied in that amazing bed of his and feeling completely at peace, and instead, her fingers were coated in cookie dough, and she was frustrated.

Good plan, Darce.

Okay, he’d scared her. Or maybe she’d scared herself. It was all just so intense. So everything. She felt consumed and hot and bothered, and her heart had felt so damn full that she’d almost had a panic attack over the whole thing.

What the hell was that about?

Sex! She was just supposed to want sex! It would be a great way to pass the time, get out of her slump, and move on! Why had emotions gone and gotten in the way? Or worse, her heart! She wasn’t that girl!

Or at least, she had thought she wasn’t that girl.

Rinsing her hands off, she walked over to the kitchen table and sat with a sigh. Wasn’t this exactly what she had been worrying about a week ago at Riley’s house? She wanted to feel like this. She wanted to be wanted like this.

She just didn’t think she wanted it with Ben.

And what was so wrong with Ben?

Um, the whole crush on Savannah thing, she reminded herself. But then instantly, she pushed that aside. He had a point last night, and so did Anna. Darcy knew she was flirty with some of her guy friends, and it had nothing to do with being attracted to them.

Right now, she needed to come to grips with why she was being so closed-minded about Ben.

He was sexy, attractive, considerate—he had saved her from being stranded in an airport in a storm—and when she wasn’t arguing with him and actually let herself relax and have a conversation with him, she found he was funny and someone she enjoyed talking to.

Looking around, she took in her surroundings and sighed. There was the whole he looked a little like a lumberjack and lived like a mountain man thing, but was that so bad? Probably not. She wasn’t looking for forever with him. Maybe she was looking for a hot and heavy fling.

And boy, did she want to get flung.

For hours at a time.

And after discovering how Ben kissed and how she responded to those kisses, Darcy had no doubt that getting flung by him would be incredibly satisfying.

So how did she get them to that place? How did she approach him when he came inside after shoveling and let him know she would be agreeable to…flinging?

“Ugh,” she murmured as the timer on the oven went off. Rising, she walked over to her baking station and started rolling the dough into little balls to place on the baking sheets. “I need to come up with a better metaphor than that.”

Rather than obsess on euphemisms, she simply let herself get into the groove of getting the cookies formed and onto their sheets. It was mindless work and the perfect distraction at the moment. Once she had everything ready to go, she began placing things into the oven and setting timers and starting her cleanup.

This was good.

This was what she needed.

Part of the problem was that she’d stayed up late reading sexy, snowed-in stories. It was feeding her imagination.

At least partly.

Ben being sexy as all get-out was feeding the rest.

And she was just going to have to wait and see what she could come up with where Ben was concerned.

A Message from Samantha:

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Hey, Everyone!  I am dealing with some bittersweet emotions as we countdown to the release of HOLIDAY SPICE – book six in the Shaughnessy Brothers series.  I didn’t think I was going to fall in love with the family quite as hard as I did, and from the responses and fan mail I get from all of you, I know you have too.

So I’m going to go out on a limb here and answer what has become the number one question about HOLIDAY SPICE.  Are you ready?  “Why did you name the series The Shaughnessy Brothers when clearly there is a sister?”  To that I say, Good Question!  I knew all along that there was going to be a female in the family and that she was the baby and her book would be last.  On top of that, apparently readers are drawn to a series title with the word ‘brothers’ in it.  Who knew?  I think it all works out in the end because you’ve fallen in love with all of those brothers and you’ve watched the way they interact with their little sister and now you’re curious to see how they handle watching her fall in love.

And boy was that fun to write!

If you’ve been reading the series from the beginning, you’ve essentially watched Darcy Shaughnessy grow up.  When we first met her in MADE FOR US (book one), she was kind of a bratty and immature seventeen year old.  As the series progressed, she’s grown and matured and unlike her brothers, she’s kind of floundering on finding her place in life.  All along I wanted her to be different from Aidan, Hugh, Quinn, Riley and Owen.  That was important to me.  She needed to have this transformation throughout the series so readers would know her better than any of our other leading characters before her.

And then we gave her Benjamin Tanner.

These two – on the surface – are opposites in every sense of the word.  She’s social, he’s reclusive.  She’s chatty and personable while Ben is happy going for weeks at a time without speaking to anyone.  But as they get to know each other, there is a common bond that they share and it was very emotional to write and watch unfold.  In the end, however, you see how it’s that bond that makes them stronger together.

It’s hard saying goodbye to this sweet Irish family and I hope you’re going to love HOLIDAY SPICE as much as I have.

But let me leave you with this…never say never…

 

The Shaughnessy Brothers Series