She’s falling for the one man who could destroy everything…
Alex McAllister always dreamed of a life filled with the laughter and love of a family, but being abandoned at a young age left her wary of letting anyone in. Now that she’s settled in Still Harbor, Alex struggles between keeping her distance and the magnetic pull of the handsome stranger who claims he’s the biological father of her adopted daughter.
Hayden Brooks never wanted to be a father. Long hours spent building his family’s real estate empire suits him just fine. But when he discovers an ex put the baby he unknowingly fathered up for adoption, his world crumbles. He tracks the child to Still Harbor with the intention of bringing her home—and comes face to face with his daughter’s stunning adoptive mother.
The paternity test is in. And Hayden’s about to make the most shocking decision of his life, just in time for Christmas…
About the Author
Victoria James is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance.
Victoria always knew she wanted to be a writer and in grade five, she penned her first story, bound it (with staples and a cardboard cover) and did all the illustrations herself. Luckily, this book will never see the light of day again.
In high school she fell in love with historical romance and then contemporary romance. After graduating University with an English Literature degree, Victoria pursued a degree in Interior Design and then opened her own business. After her first child, Victoria knew it was time to fulfill her dream of writing romantic fiction.
Victoria is a hopeless romantic who is living her dream, penning happily-ever-after’s for her characters in between managing kids and the family business. Writing on a laptop in the middle of the country in a rambling old Victorian house would be ideal, but she’s quite content living in suburbia with her husband, their two young children, and very bad cat.
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He’s sweet trouble…
Natalie Holden wants three things: To be the best chocolate chemist in Hershey, Pennsylvania, to prove her chocolate recipe can help teenage depression, and to get over gorgeous Luke Elliott, the guy she’s had a crush on since birth. Unfortunately, he’s the microbiologist set to debunk her chocolate study. And, of course, he looks more delicious than ever!
Luke Elliott is still bitter over his divorce. Work is his passion now, and landing a huge promotion is just what he needs. What he doesn’t need is a crackpot trying to prove that chocolate cures depression. The last thing he expects is for the crackpot to be Natalie Holden—his “what if” girl from high school—or that she’d still tempt the hell out of him.
They may not see eye-to-eye on her project, but they can’t deny the explosive chemistry that keeps pulling them together. Even when it risks their jobs and the very different futures they both want…
About the Author
USA Today bestselling author Ophelia London was born and raised among the redwood trees in beautiful northern California. Once she was fully educated, she decided to settle in Florida, but her car broke down in Texas and she’s lived in Dallas ever since. A cupcake and treadmill aficionado (obviously those things are connected), she spends her time watching arthouse movies and impossibly trashy TV, while living vicariously through the characters she writes. Ophelia is the author of AIMEE & THE HEARTTHROB; DEFINITELY, MAYBE IN LOVE; the Abby Road series; Perfect Kisses series; Sugar City series; and the brand new cozy mystery CHALK LINES & LIPSTICK. Visit all her books HERE, but don’t call when The Vampire Diaries (or Dawson’s Creek) is on. #paceylove
KISSING HER CRUSH
Meet the Heroine
Name: Natalie Holden
Hair and eye and celeb doppelgänger: Blond, brown, Emily VanCamp from “Revenge”
Profession: Food Chemist in the Sweets & Refreshments lab at Hershey Company
Home base: Hershey, Pennsylvania… “The Sweetest Place on Earth”
Kudos: After 3 years of hard work, was finally awarded grant money to begin her research project on how a special Amazonian cocoa plant with its neighboring root oils can help teenage depression. Yes, chocolate makes you happy!
Diet: Lots of salads so she can eat alllllll the chocolate!
Vices/Weaknesses: 1) short temper, 2) overly-protective of her little brother, 3) feeling like she has to solve everyone else’s problems so she won’t have to face her own—especially when it comes to relationships, 4) a guy who kisses that one spot below her ear, over and over, 4) NOT bologna!
About Natalie: creative, fiercely loyal, devoted to Hershey and all the sweet joys it stands for—even when a superhot nutritionist (who she’s kind of been in love with forever) fights her at every turn
Meet the Hero
Name: Luke Elliott
Profession: Microbiologist and all-around superhealthy dude
Hair and eyes and celeb doppelgänger: Brown, blue, the guy who stars in “Arrow”—but taller
Home base: Has lived in Philadelphia for 10 years, but born and raised in Hershey, PA
Kudos: Specialist in nutrition and headhunted by the National Institutes of Health to run his own research team. Able to break safety bars with his bare hands in the Tunnel of Love at Hersheypark, just so he can make out with Natalie
Workouts: running the streets of Philly like Rocky. Followed by many, many, many pushups—which makes Natalie quite happy
Vices/Weaknesses: 1) a big, caring heart that is still closed to relationships, 2) chocolate…especially when offered by Natalie on the tip of her tongue, 4) a woman who lets him kiss that one spot under her ear, over and over, 3) NOT bologna!
About Luke: strong, patient until pushed, “King of the Bets,” willing to drive the dusty Amish roads of Intercourse to track down the woman he loves.
Did these little character profiles whet your romance whistle? Now you have to know what happens when these two explosive personalities collide. When it comes to reading romance, are you more about opposites attract or a perfect match?
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