Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Review 'An Unexpected Christmas' by Shannon Richard


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 occupant when she arrives: none other than the frustratingly sexy Jace Kilpatrick… the man she’s been avoiding falling in love with for the past six years.

Jace Kilpatrick has never been the biggest holiday guy, and after three months of the NHL being on lockout, celebrating is low on his priority list. Getting the keys to his best friend’s family cabin was supposed to be about being alone. But those plans are foiled by Adele James who brings the mother of all snowstorms with her.

Adele is gorgeous, funny, and fiery, but she’s also his best friend’s sister, aka, completely off limits. But when the cabin loses power in the middle of the storm, Jace forgets the rules and spends the Christmas days and nights with Adele wrapped in his arms. Once the snow thaws, they’ll call things off, no harm, no foul… if they can agree to keep their hearts out of the equation.

The Facts:

Publication Date:
December 4th, 2018
Taking The Shot #1
Contemporary Romance, Christmas
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My Review:

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 is cheating on her. Although it’s almost Christmas, her favorite holiday, Adele is determined to be alone and forget about Christmas this year. What she didn’t expect is to find Jace, her brother’s best friend in the cabin. Adele has had a secret crush on Jace for years. But Jace has never had eyes for her. Being stuck with him in the cabin can only end bad. He is definitely not someone her heart would be save with. But when they find themselves forced to spend Christmas together, things start to feel very different fast.

‘An Unexpected Christmas’ is a perfect Christmas read if you ask me. Both main characters Adele and Jace are fun to get to know. This book is written from both their point of views, which I really loved, and which made this book even more fun. There is a lot of chemistry between them, and it was so fun to read about how they slowly grew closer together.

If I think of Romantic Christmas books, I definitely think of cozy cabins in a snow covered land. And this story takes place in that kind of world. It definitely made me feel all those Christmas feels. There is Christmas tree decorating, Christmas movies watching, making a snow man.. I mean this book had it all. Even a dalmatian!!

I loved the romance between Adele and Jace. It was really fun reading about them, and there were a lot of sexy romantic scenes I definitely couldn’t get enough of. Sure, the story was a little ‘too’ perfect at times. For example they had all the food and ingredients they wanted for everything they wanted to make! How? I want that!! And I have access to the grocery story all the time. But it didn’t bother me at all.

Yes, ‘An Unexpected Christmas’ is a perfect Christmas read that I finished in one day. I loved it and I definitely want to read more books by Shannon Richard. 

My Rating:

About the Author:

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 and still lives in Tallahassee, where she battles everyday life with writing, reading, and a rant every once in a while. Okay, so the rants might happen on a regular basis. She’s still waiting for her Southern, scruffy Mr. Darcy, and in the meantime writes love stories to indulge her overactive imagination. Oh, and she’s a pretty big fan of the whimsy.

For more information about Shannon Richard please visit her website. Or visit her on Facebook and Twitter.

I received this book through Netgalley.


  1. Sounds like a good one! I'm a sucker for a cabin and snow... And Hockey players and 'off-limits' romances... So yeah. I'll be looking this one up. :)

    1. Well.. Then you will love this one! Such a fun read! Definitely a perfect Holiday read if you ask me. ;)


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