Mark considers it a Christmas miracle to find the woman he once lost but never stopped loving in the same cabin with him, But while he longs to rekindle their romance, Bailee is determined to meet the man she’s met online at New Year’s Eve.
With the sparks between them burning hotter than the water in the hot tub will Mark be able to convince her to try again or will Bailee decide that out with the old and in with the new is a much better option?
Mark held Bailee close to his chest as her body trembled. He caressed her back, whispered in her ear. This had to be some type of dream he was in. He couldn’t believe this was really happening, that she was here with him again—naked and wanting his touch. Two days ago, he hadn’t seen this woman from his past in over ten years.
When she seemed to catch her breath again, he said. “How about I get your robe and help you out of this tub?”
She immediately stiffened. Her head lifted and she looked up at him as if just realizing what had happened. “Oh, my God.”
She tried to wiggle away from him, but he held her tight.
“No, don’t. Listen to me. Listen, shhh.” He lifted her chin with one finger to force her to look up at him. He kept one hand firmly on her bare hip to hold her place.
“I’m sorry, this is wrong. I know it sounds like a lame excuse but the wine went to my head and…” She pushed against him to get away.
Her wiggling against the part of him that was already aching wasn’t a good thing, but he tried to force his attention on her feelings and not what he wanted her to feel. He touched his index finger to her soft, plump lips. “It’s okay. If you can’t trust me, who can you trust?”
Review by Annie, author of contemporary romance:
Christmas Past is a warm, feel good story that has you cheering for Mark and Bailee right up to the very end. Divorced ten years earlier, they are now stuck in a cabin during an ice storm. After a day of skiing, a romp in the hot tub has them rekindling their sexual attraction for each other and adds a bit of spice for the holidays. And, it brings the two closer together with hopes of resolving and renewing their love that never really died. This fast developing plot has just the right amount of angst, drama, and Christmas magic. The dialogue is well crafted, as is the characterization of these two misguided individuals who have given up on each other. The fact that they were emailing through an internet dating service—to each other, unbeknownst to each of them--lent an aura of mystery to this feel good story. Would they actually meet up with their ‘new’ love interest they assumed they were emailing and walk away from each other on New Year’s Eve? The description of scenery, the interaction as Mark and Bailee open up and share their feelings and love for each other, and the well developed steamy sex scenes makes Christmas Past one hot read with plenty of warmth for those cold night—no fireplace needed. A very cozy but spicy holiday adventure.
The Wild Rose Press
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Roni Adams, like most authors, has been writing literally her entire life. From the cute short stories about her pets when she was 7, to the high school newspaper, then the local newspaper and finally reaching her ultimate dream of seeing her books published. Her first short story sold to “A Cup of Comfort” in 2005, followed by a couple of years writing for the confessional magazines. Finally in 2007, her first full length book – “Beauty and the Geek” was published by The Wild Rose Press. Since then she has published a few short stories as well as six full length novels with them. Her two Christmas stories, “Christmas Past” and “The Christmas Star” were originally part of an anthology she did with some writing friends. They are both available from www.thewildrosepress.com. When Adams isn’t writing she keeps busy enjoying baking and cooking for her three sons and husband. Summers in Upstate NY are short but perfect and she enjoys spending time at the lake with her family on their boat. She draws on inspiration from all around her for her story ideas and loves to bring the characters from her head alive on paper.
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