Holidays Ever After: Contemporary Romance Holiday Boxed Set
Publication date: December 5th 2017
Genres: Adult, Romance
Which holiday hottie will you unwrap first?
No matter the time of the year, it’s always the season for seduction!
From Spicy to Sweet and everything in between, this sizzling boxed set of TWENTY contemporary romances from today’s New York Times, USA Today, and International bestselling authors will give you tons of holiday hunks to fall in love with.
Inside these pages you’ll find everything from sexy strangers and brooding billionaires to marines, firefighters, and the guy next door.
Whether you’re in the mood for a Merry Christmas, a Happy Hanukkah, or a New Year’s celebration, this limited edition Holiday Ever After anthology is packed with exclusive, full-length titles to lift your spirits. From Halloween to Kwanzaa, Valentines Day, Norooz, and the Fourth of July, these stories will give your holiday season extra spark and will be the best romantic holiday bundle to hit your ereader this year!
Get ready to heat up your holidays when you treat yourself to Holidays Ever After!
Including stories from…
Amy L. Gale
Rebekah R. Ganiere
Fireworks of Love
Jin Yue Wei stomped her foot into the icy ground.
“Where are they?” she asked her roommate Mei-Zhen with a scowl, hugging her arms around herself to keep warm.
Mei shrugged her shoulders. “Be patient, Joanna.”
She appreciated Mei’s use of her English nickname, but Joanna’s patience hung by a very thin thread. After spending the entire night on a train travelling third class from Beijing to Harbin, the last thing she needed was to stand in sub-zero temperatures waiting for two men she’d never met. Weiguoren – foreigners, no less.
She should have stayed home to study for her exams. At least she’d be warm and comfortable. But no, instead of spending the day with her nose in her books, as any dedicated student would do, she had jumped at the opportunity to spend the weekend in Harbin the moment Mei had offered. Mei’s friend had cancelled on her at the last minute, and she’d been looking for another travel partner.
Joanna couldn’t resist. Being born and raised in the southern part of China where it was always warm, she’d never seen snow before. The Harbin Ice Festival was famous far beyond its borders and for many years she’d yearned to visit one day and witness the glorious sights.
Now that she stood here, waiting on some guy she’d never met to show up, and freezing her petite ass off, it had suddenly lost its appeal.
“This certainly isn’t the fun and relaxation you promised,” she said, pouting at Mei, and pushing her bottom lip out dramatically.
“Wait and see.” Mei shrugged.
“It’s freezing out here,” Joanna complained, hopping from one foot to the other and rubbing her hands up and down her arms.
Mei laughed. “That’s why they call it Ice City.” She’d grown up near the Russian border and the Siberian cold never fazed her.
Just when Joanna thought she’d become icebound, Mei pointed to the left and waved at the two men walking towards them. “Our wait is over. Here they come. Remember to use your English name because it’s easier for them to pronounce.”
“What are their names again?” Joanna asked as she took in their appearance.
“Nelson and Rowan. Nelson is the blond with the killer blue eyes, and Rowan is the dark, handsome guy with the green eyes.” Mei winked at her and then whispered, “The blonde is mine.”
Joanna nodded. As far as she was concerned, Mei could have them both. She was here to visit the Ice Festival and not to find herself a man, much less a foreigner.
As the men approached them, she couldn’t help but study their appearance. They were both huge, towering above all the other people around them. Joanna estimated they had at least a full foot on her diminutive height of five foot one. Nelson had the boy-next-door look about him and an easy smile on his lips as he sauntered towards where they stood. He moved like he didn’t have a care in the world and Mei’s eyes flashed with interest.
Joanna turned her attention to the other man, Rowan. The way her eyes widened during her second glance at him pricked her annoyance as did the sudden heat flushing her body. Rowan’s stunning good looks set her back on her heels, even more so than Nelson’s boyish charm. The brooding man possessed dark hair and obvious muscles beneath his down jacket, but no welcoming smile lit his eyes or touched his lips. His chiseled jaw was set, his lips pressed into a thin line, and there was a restlessness about him that no one could miss.
He might as well have had a neon sign blinking above his head stating he’d rather be anywhere else.
She cocked her head and observed him more closely, murmuring to herself, “Good morning, grumpy.”
“Good morning,” Nelson greeted them, shaking both girls’ proffered hands. “I’m Nelson and this here is Rowan.”
Rowan barely unclenched his teeth to mutter something similar to “Good morning”, keeping his hands firmly in the pockets of his down jacket. Now she could add rude to his already growing list of faults.
“Did you wait long?” Nelson asked with a syrupy smile.
Joanna knew his kind, acting as if he were the emperor himself and only out to take advantage of Chinese women. But apparently Mei didn’t see through his ruse or didn’t care, because she fell all over herself, trying to charm him.
“A few minutes. We’re so glad you are here. It’ll be such a fun weekend.” Mei batted her eyelashes at Nelson and stared at him with a silly, star-struck expression on her face that turned Joanna’s stomach. “How about you two? No sudden emergencies?”
Both men worked as resident emergency doctors at the University hospital where Mei and Joanna studied TCM, Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Nelson smiled and shook his head. “No, we’ve got the next few days off. We flew in from Beijing this morning.” Then he struck up a conversation with Mei and soon entwined his arm with hers as they took off towards the festival grounds.
The entrance gate to the Harbin Ice and Snow Happy Valley was an immense castle-like structure built from ice cubes with small cones in trendy red, pink and blue adorning the roof. Above the gate, sat a huge globe that reminded her of an observation deck.
Excitement coursed through Joanna at the prospect of seeing the fabulous sculptures inside, but she hated the fact that Mei’s immediate absorption with Nelson stuck her with the surly Rowan as her companion. She gave him a small smile, hoping he would get rid of his obvious irritation at life in general and at least be civil to her.
“So, you’re studying medicine, too?” Rowan asked as he fell in step beside her.
“Yes, this is my first semester.”
“I thought Nelson said you were about to graduate?” he asked with a raise of his brow.
Joanna nodded and bit her bottom lip. “Mei and her friend are. But I just started.”
A scowl darkened his face and he hurried to close the distance to Mei and Nelson, leaving Joanna no choice but to sprint to keep up with his long strides. She’d just been dismissed.
So much for an enjoyable weekend.
A Harper Christmas
By Astrid Arditi
“Mom? How many dates exactly are we talking about? Two? Three?”
She bit her lip thoughtfully. “Ten. As in ten days until Christmas.”
I forgot to breathe for a second. Maybe the lack of oxygen had impaired my hearing…
“Ten? As in one, zero?”
“Yes, Sloane. Precisely like that.”
“With the same guy? Am I supposed to marry this John by Christmas?”
“Fine with me if you do.” She smirked. “But that would mean canceling the nine others.”
“You’re whoring me to ten different guys?” If more blood rushed to my face, I was pretty sure it would explode across the pink ceramic tiles.
“Dates are perfectly harmless. In fact, I dated plenty before meeting your father. Even fooled around a little bit.” I tried to block the image before it would cause irremediable damage to my psyche. If only my mother agreed to let me think I was the product of immaculate conception! “I’ve raised you well enough to know you won’t throw yourself at every single one of them, which solves the whoring part. You’re too much of a prude. But I do encourage you to sample as many as you’d like. You wouldn’t buy a dress without trying it on, now, would you?”
This torture had to stop.
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