My Christmas novella, White-Hot Holiday, is out now. It's one of four stories in Entangled Bliss's Christmas anthology, Stranded With A Hero.
Naomi played with her can of soda, seemingly as ill at ease as he. “Did you speak with your parents?” she asked, breaking the stilted silence.
He nodded. “They were very understanding.”
“I’m so sorry.” Her brow furrowed in sympathy. “For them, I mean. I know you don’t mind missing Christmas with them.”
“I thought I wouldn’t mind, but I don’t feel as carefree about it as I’d imagined.”
“Oh?” She glanced up, gazing at him fully for the first time since last night. A tiny smile curled her lips. “Could it be possible that Aaron Cade isn’t the Big Bah Humbug he likes to make out he is?”
He grinned, glad to see her smile again, even if it was at his expense. “I never claimed to be the Big Bah Humbug. That was you.”
“True.” As her eyes warmed, he moved closer, drawn to her like the proverbial moth to a candle. The choir started up once more. Around them, everyone began singing, except them.
“I’m glad you’re smiling again,” he said under cover of the singing. “I thought I’d mortally offended you last night.”
She looked away, the cusps of her cheeks turning pink. “You didn’t offend me.” She paused, then shook her hair back. “It’s just that I thought you’d be thousands of miles away by now. That’s
why I…” She made a circling motion with her hand as her cheeks grew rosier.
“Why you gave me the most fantastic kisses?”
“Fantastic?” Her eyes widened at him. Her lips parted, and he ached to taste them again right here in the middle of this crowd singing goddamn “Jingle Bells.”
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