Wow! It's hard to believe that Christmas is almost here. How about a little Christmas romance? Forever Christmas even has the bonus gift of a story from the Holiday Spice Anthology!
When Anna Meyers purchases the home that her late mother grew up in, she’s determined to prove her independence to herself and to her well-meaning father and brother. She’s been lovingly sheltered and protected for all of her 26 years but now she just wants to live her life- on her own terms.
Sam Gardner hadn’t given much thought to who would move next door to his small Angel’s Lake bungalow. Once his neighbor arrived however, he could think of nothing and no one else. When Anna makes it clear that she’s not interested in having a man around, he invents a girlfriend to put her at ease.
Thinking that Sam has a girlfriend makes it easier for Anna to be herself and open the door to friendship. He frustrates her, makes her laugh, and challenges her but he never tries to step on her independence. The more time they spend together, the more she realizes that whoever has Sam’s heart is a lucky girl.
The only girl that has Sam’s heart is Anna but there’s no way he can tell her this when he started this friendship on a lie. Things take a turn for the worse when Anna mistakes a nightmare client as Sam’s fiancée.
Anna came to Minnesota to fight for her independence but she ends up fighting for much more.
He knocked harder than he intended then stepped back from the door. When she opened the door, his irritation with himself disappeared. She stood there, staring at him while he soaked up the sight of her weird-ass bunny slippers, Old Navy sweats, and a bright pink tank top picturing a dwarf guy that said “I’m Sleepy. He realized that he was sunk. When a woman wearing animal slippers turned you on, you were done.
“Sunuvabitch,” he muttered.
“Nice greeting, Prince Charming,” she replied. He laughed, feeling stupid for saying it out loud.
“Sorry. You look…”
“Sleeeeeeepy?” she looked down at her own shirt, where he was trying not to look.
“Sexy?” she asked self-deprecatingly, making a pitiful attempt to waggle her eyebrows.
“No! Well, yes. No. Was that a trick question?”
“Nope. Come on in. I’m going to freeze by the time I figure out what you want,” she laughed that laugh that made him oblivious to the cold, oblivious to anything but her. He could tell her, in exact detail, what he wanted but he didn’t think that’s what she meant.
He shuffled in behind her feeling like he had the first time he’d been invited into Leslie Knotter’s house when he was sixteen. Her parents had been away and his friends had been pretty impressed that he’d garnered an invitation to Leslie “Knockers” house and wanted a full report. He’d been nervous as hell but he wasn’t sixteen now and needed to remember that for a number of reasons.
She relieved him of the wine he’d forgotten he was carrying when they reached the kitchen. Opening it herself, she grabbed a couple glasses and poured them each one. The kitchen smelled like fresh paint.
“Where do you find time to do all this?” he asked, accepting the glass.
“It’s not like I’m working. I just really want it all done before everyone shows up,” she said, sipping from her own glass. He’d placed the movies on the counter and she jutted her chin toward it.
“We watching a movie?”
He needed to tell her the truth but it was tumbling around in his stomach like acid. Her hair was falling softly around her shoulders as she leaned back against the counter studying him over the rim of her glass.
“You okay, Sam?” The way she said it, the question and his name, like it mattered to her, like he mattered to her had the acid turning to lust. She tilted her head and waited.
“I’m good. Do you want to watch a movie?”
Jody Holford lives in British Columbia with her family. She's a huge fan of Nora Roberts, Jill Shalvis, Rachel Gibson, and James Patterson. She's unintentionally funny and rarely on time for anything. She writes multiple genres but her favourite is romance.
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