2/3 stories did not work for me (as shown by the ratings). Shannon Stacey uses sex as both a plotline and for characterizations. However, her over use of sex in such short length works left this reader rolling her eyes and making the reading a slog-fest. I won't be reading any more from this author.
1. Holiday Sparks - .5 star
Chloe was Clint's high school crush; Sophie didn't know Clint was alive. Ten-ish years after high school, they meet up again and get horny for each other. Clint always seem to be living out his high school fantasies without getting to know the Chloe as she was now, so the HFN/HEA was completely unbelievable. As par for the course with Harlequins, the woman gives up her life in the big city for small town life with hero - this is a trope I am really starting to hate.
2. Mistletoe and Margaritas - .5 star
Claire was the widow of Justin's best friend. He has been in love with her since she was dating her now deceased husband. Claire if finally out from under her grief and decides to use Justin to re-introduce herself to the dating world. Friends to lovers trope usually works for me, but not in this story. Justin was just too emo for my taste and Claire just wanted sex, so I didn't believe the HFN/HEA.
3. Snowbound with the CEO - 3 stars
Rachel is Adrian's executive assistant. This is so stereotypical Harlequin type of story, but out of the 3, this one works. I actually believed these grown ups actually had a good chemistry beyond the bedroom. Definitely agreed with the HEA.