Title: Snowbound with Mr. Wrong
Author: Barbara White Daille
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Holiday Romance
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Worst. Day. Ever. After Lyssa Barnett’s sister tricks her into reprising her role at Snowflake Valley's annual children's party, she doesn’t think anything can be worse than squeezing into her too-small elf costume. Then tall, dark, and way too handsome Nick Tavlock shows up to play Santa…and an unexpected storm leaves them snowbound in the isolated lodge.
The last thing Nick wants is to spend a cozy Christmas Eve with a trio of kids and the woman who dumped him. But as much as Lyssa frustrates him, he can't stop thinking about her. And soon, he's fighting very un-Santa-like thoughts of kissing a certain sexy Miss Elf under the mistletoe. As Nick starts to fall for Lyssa all over again, he knows it will take nothing short of a miracle to have Lyssa in his arms on Christmas Day.
Lyssa looked up, then wished she hadn’t. Nick was so close. If he lowered his head a fraction, if she raised her chin just an inch… As she mentally attempted to push away the thoughts, her hands jerked his bootlaces.
He let out a yelp.
“Sorry. Does it hurt that much?”
“What, having a madwoman trying to amputate my foot with a dull shoestring? Yeah, it hurts like hell.”
When he sat back, she attempted to be gentler while she loosened the top of his boot. “I knew you weren’t being truthful with me about the pain.”
“Well, right now, ask me anything you want to know and I’ll give you an honest answer. My future mobility might depend on it.”
“I’ve already had answers enough from you, thanks.” Ones I didn’t like hearing. “Brace yourself. I’m going to slide this off.” She eased the boot down as carefully as she could. He sucked in another breath but said nothing as she freed his foot. When she saw his red-and-white striped sock, she couldn’t hold back a laugh.
“What’s so funny? All the best Santas wear these.”
“Really? I wouldn’t have classified you as one of the best.”
“Kick a man while he’s down, why don’t you?”
She flushed. “Okay, I admit that was a cheap shot. I owe you one.”
“Why don’t I collect right now? Maybe it will help me forget the pain.”
Before she could blink, Nick tucked his fingers beneath her chin. He leaned down, his intention plain. He was going to kiss her and she was going to let him and the moment their mouths met, all those months she had spent trying to forget him would have been wasted. She had to back off, but where would she find the strength?
Luckily, she didn’t have to. The sound of footsteps on the stairway was enough to make Nick sit back again.
She tossed his boot aside and got to her feet just in time to greet Tommy. He ran up to her clutching an afghan around his shoulders, the tail end of it trailing on the floor behind him. Mollie and Brent came more slowly down the stairs. They both had themselves well wrapped, too.
“We found the blankets,” Tommy announced. “But I’m still cold. I want to sit by the fire.”
She glanced at Nick, who nodded. “That’s fine,” she told the little boy. She had already put the fire screen in place. “Just don’t get too close, or you could get burned.”
Good advice. She needed to heed that herself—when it came to getting near Nick.
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Barbara White Daille lives with her husband in the sunny Southwest. Though they love the warm winters and the lizards in their front yard, they haven’t gotten used to the scorpions in the bathroom. Barbara also loves writing, reading, and chocolate. Sign up for her newsletter to keep up with the latest in her writing life: https://barbarawhitedaille.com/newsletter.
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