Published: November 24th, 2014
“Moonlight in Winter Park” – A modern-day Beauty and the Beast style Christmas.
All Hope Cooper needed this year was to have the kind of Christmas her family always cherished. But with her parents gone and her only brother having to work, it doesn’t look like it’s going to work out for her. There’s nothing she can do about her parents, but she most certainly can voice her annoyance at her brother’s boss for making him work out of town all through the holidays.
Beckett James hates the holidays and everything that goes with them. They were important at one time, but now the only thing that mattered was his company and it’s continued growth and anyone who worked for him better feel the same way. If not, then they could find employment elsewhere and good riddance. With a major expansion deal on the line, Beckett needs to focus. What he doesn’t need is Hope to come barging into his mountain retreat demanding that her brother come home immediately due to an emergency.
Suddenly it’s two alone in a snowstorm. Two alone for Christmas. And two alone to fight an attraction that had been there all along. Hope soon begins to realize she may have misjudged Beckett while he comes to see that there really is something special and magical about Christmas. But once they leave their private winter wonderland and return to their normal lives, will the magic still be there?
“Hope? Hope, come on, sweetheart, open your eyes. Talk to me,” he coaxed as he quickly got the rope off of her and her suitcase. His hand was bleeding and he was starting to get numb from the cold but he needed her to wake up so that he could get her on the snowmobile and get them back to the house. He felt for her pulse and almost cried with relief when he found it. Patting her cheek, he gently called her name again.
Long eyelashes fluttered open as she seemed to blink him into focus. “Beckett?” she whispered. “What…? How…?”
“Come on,” he said and carefully pulled her into a sitting up position. “You’re soaked to the skin and we need to get you warmed up. Can you stand for me?”
“No, I can’t stand you,” she muttered as she gingerly came to her feet.
Beckett couldn’t help but laugh. The snarky comeback meant that she was going to be all right.
About the author:
New York Times and USA Today Bestseller/contemporary romance writer Samantha Chase released her debut novel, Jordan's Return, in November 2011. Although she waited until she was in her 40's to publish for the first time, writing has been a lifelong passion. Her motivation to take that step was her students: teaching creative writing to elementary age students all the way up through high school and encouraging those students to follow their writing dreams gave Samantha the confidence to take that step as well.
When she's not working on a new story, she spends her time reading contemporary romances, playing way too many games of Scrabble or Solitaire on Facebook and spending time with her husband of 25 years and their two sons in North Carolina.