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Title: His Christmas Spirit
Author: Debra Elizabeth
Genre: Contemporary Romance
As Anna Brown watched her best friend Callie marry Tom Sullivan, she wondered if she would ever find her own true love. No stranger to dating, Anna had yet to meet anyone she would even consider to be marriage material. Do such men even exist or had Callie snagged the last good one? Liam Sullivan was a busy ER doc as well as one of the doctors for Doctors Without Borders. His life was busy helping those less fortunate. He was content until a chance meeting at his brother's wedding. Could Anna Brown be the key to his future happiness?
Anna looked up and stared into the most exotic shade of emerald green eyes she’d ever seen. Sandy-blond hair, broad shoulders, and the hint of a well-toned chest under a crisp white shirt completed the look of the tall, sexy stranger standing next to her.
She stared longer than was polite before finding her voice. “Um…that’s not necessary, but thank you.”
The stranger shook his head and said to the bartender. “Mike, put it on my tab, and I’ll take a Guinness, please.”
The bartender nodded. “Sure thing, Liam.”
With a cocky wink and a confident smile, the stranger extended his hand, “I’m Liam Sullivan, Tom’s brother.”
Anna took his hand in a firm handshake. “Oh, so you’re the infamous Liam. I noticed you weren’t at the wedding,” Anna blurted out before she clamped her mouth shut. She felt her face heating up as she realized what she’d said. She certainly hadn’t meant to throw down an accusation, but from the look on Liam’s face, she had done exactly that.
“You’re right. I was late getting into town. There was an emergency at the hospital I had to take care of, but from the look of the happy couple, it would appear everything went off without a problem.”
“I’m so sorry. I didn’t mean to be rude, and you certainly don’t owe me an explanation.”
“No harm done, believe me. How was the ceremony?”
“It was perfect,” Anna said, taking a sip of her drink to hide her sudden nervousness. She’d known that Tom had two brothers, and she had already met Derek and his lovely wife, Kerry, but no one had ever hinted that Liam was even better looking than Tom, which was quite a feat because Tom was a catch in any woman’s book. Not only was Liam tall and handsome, with a killer smile of straight white teeth, but he was also a doctor to boot.
Liam took a sip of his beer. “I’m sorry I missed it, but I’m here now. Just in time, it seems.”
“Just in time?” Anna asked, glancing at his outstretched hand.
“Yes, just in time to ask you for this dance.”
Anna stood frozen, trying to decide if it was a good idea to dance with Liam. She’d pretty much scoped out the rest of the wedding guests, and no other man had piqued her interest. She’d been planning on chatting and dancing with Shawn for the rest of the reception, but Liam’s appearance changed everything. She thought how impractical it would be to be attracted to someone who lived five hours away and thought it best to politely decline, but then she wondered, why not dance with him? It had been a while since she’d danced with such a handsome guy. One dance didn’t mean she was going to date him, did it?
“Sure, I’d like that,” she said, placing her small hand in his. A delightful shiver raced down her spine when their fingers touched.
Liam led her out to the dance floor as the DJ started playing a slow, romantic song. He pulled her into his arms, and she had to admit, being held by him felt good. Maybe a little too good. She breathed in his woodsy pine scent and let herself get lost in his strong arms while swaying to the music.
He leaned down, and his breath tickled her neck, sending shivers dancing along her skin. “And who am I dancing with?” he whispered.
She looked into his mesmerizing eyes, which seemed to dance with mischief, and said, “Anna Brown. I’m Callie’s best friend.”
Liam spun her around. “Nice to meet you, Anna Brown. I’m glad I made it to the reception in time to meet the most beautiful woman in the room.”
A blush crept up Anna’s face and stained her cheeks a rosy pink. Liam clearly had not looked at Callie who left all the women in the dust with her stunning good looks. “Thank you.” She didn’t know what else to say. Being in Liam’s arms as they danced around the floor took her breath away and made it hard to put two coherent sentences together. She wasn’t used to being tongue-tied with men, but Liam was not like most men. Anna nearly laughed out loud at herself. She was sure no man was as perfect as the fairytale Prince Charming, but Liam was coming pretty close.
He steered her over to where the bride and groom danced and purposely bumped into the groom, who clearly had eyes only for his wife.
Tom looked up, and a smile split his face. “Hey man, so happy you made it.”
“Wouldn’t miss it for the world. Sorry I’m a little late.”
“You’re here now, and that’s all that matters. Can you stay for a while?”
Liam nodded. “Yes, another doc is covering the emergency room tonight.”
“Great. I’ll talk to you in a bit, okay?”
“Catch you later.” Liam turned his attention back to Anna until the song ended. Then he escorted her back to the bar to retrieve their drinks.
“Thank you for the dance, Anna,” he said.
Anna didn’t want to part with him, at least not yet. She was intrigued by the hunky guy and wouldn’t mind sharing his company for a little longer. She picked up her drink. “Would you like to join me at the head table?”
When Liam shook his head, a stab of regret laced through her chest. No? Why his sudden change of heart? Had she said something wrong while they were dancing? He had seemed to be enjoying the dance as much as she did, so she was puzzled at his rejection and more than a little disappointed that he didn’t want to spend more time with her. It was probably just as well, she thought, trying hard to convince herself that Liam’s refusal didn’t matter to her. After all, she hadn’t come to the wedding to meet anyone. She was here to support Callie.
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Debra writes sweet romance in contemporary romance and historical romance. She enjoys telling stories and has been pouring out her passion for romance since her teenage years. When she's not writing, she enjoys working in her garden, motorcycle rides throughout New England with her husband and playtime with her granddaughter. She enjoys hearing from fans and you can contact her at: firstname.lastname@example.org. She is also the author of the blog, Two Ends of the Pen. The blog features all things books--author interviews, new releases, guest posts and reviews.
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