By Susan Mallery

A vintage heartwarming story for the vacations from  New York Times bestselling writer Susan Mallery 

The cheer in Fool's Gold, California, is bringing out the humbug in dancer Evie Stryker. An damage has compelled her to come back domestic to her estranged kin. So she will not upload to the awkward situation through falling for the charms of her brother's ally, regardless of how tempting he's. while she's recruited to level the iciness pageant, she vows to do as promised, then stream on, anyplace yet here. 

Jaded legal professional Dante Jefferson is being used to the city he now calls domestic, however the pounding of little dancers' ft above his workplace is greater than he can take. while he confronts their wonderful instructor, he is unprepared for his or her searing charm. Evie is his most sensible friend's sister—off-limits until he is keen to danger his center. Dante has constantly believed that love is harmful, yet that used to be sooner than he needed to reckon with the magic of a undeniable small city, the place miracles do appear to happen….

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Ok, ok, i am getting your element. That’s lengthy sufficient to aim to paintings issues out with my relatives. I should still supply them a holiday, or a minimum of credits for attempting. ” He leaned in and kissed her nostril. “See, it’s like I stated. shrewdpermanent and lovely. ” She shoved at his chest. “It’s now not a praise whilst you’re being demanding. ” He chuckled and placed his arm round her. They either watched because the tree used to be pulled upright, then slowly decreased into position. all people cheered. Evie leaned into him, having fun with being part of the satisfied crowd greater than she could have notion. while the tree used to be safe, Dante led her again towards the cubicles. “We want scorching chocolate. ” She shivered just a little. “I may well use whatever hot. ” He acquired them each one a cup they usually looked at the remainder of the compartments. certainly one of them was once promoting adorns in vibrant colours. “They include your identify painted on them,” the girl within the sales space acknowledged with a grin. “How a couple of wonderful megastar? ” She held up a crimson one. “We’ll take it,” Dante advised her, then spelled Evie’s identify. “I don’t have a tree,” she stated. “We’ll get a kind of later. you would like an decoration together with your identify on it. ” “Only when you get one, too. ” “You going to permit me placed it in your tree? ” She laughed and leaned shut. “Yes, yet why does that query sound soiled? ” “Because it used to be speculated to. ” They either laughed. He paid for either embellishes and tucked the small bag into his coat pocket. They endured to wander in the course of the middle of city, then became again towards their local. someplace within the distance, a church clock chimed the hour. She may possibly listen Christmas tune. there have been one thousand stars within the sky, and her breath made puffy clouds within the chilly air. “I’ll admit it,” she advised him. “There is anything somewhat magical approximately this position. The tree, the new cocoa, the window undefined. ” He stopped and confronted her. “It’s going to worsen. ” “What do you suggest? ” “Your family members on the vacation trips? There are going to be loads of get-togethers. ” She may perhaps in basic terms think. “I are likely to remain at the fringes. It’s more straightforward that means. ” “You’re assuming they’ll allow you to. i believe the best resolution is perform. ” She had no proposal what he used to be conversing approximately, however it didn’t topic. Staring into Dante’s blue eyes used to be form of a pleasant strategy to spend a night. She didn’t even care that she used to be freezing. “For example,” he endured, his gaze locked with hers. “What if there’s mistletoe someplace? We’ll be anticipated to kiss. ” She felt herself smile. “Oh, correct. which may be awkward. We slightly understand one another. What if we bump noses? ” “Our timing can be off. humans might speak. i do know you wouldn’t wish that. ” “I wouldn’t. ” Anticipation tiptoed via her belly, warming her from the interior out. She tilted her head. “So you're thinking that we should always perform? ” He sighed seriously. “It’s most likely for the simplest. ” “You’re the sort of giver. ” “I am. ” With that, he diminished his head and pressed his mouth to hers. His lips have been hot and tasted faintly of chocolate. He kissed lightly, lingering as though he’d been watching for this his complete day and deliberate to take pleasure in each moment of it.

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