The Christmas Match

A Castle Ridge Small Town Romance

Book 2
Alice Fairbanks-Burton
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 The season for second chances.

After heartache at a young age, single mother Danielle Marstrand has finally found her place in her hometown. A good job, a good home, a great daughter—nothing can sway her from her course until Luke Logan returns to their small Colorado mountain ski town.

Champion skier Luke Logan is ready to return home to Castle Ridge, even if he’s not quite sure the town’s ready to welcome him. Especially his high school sweetheart Danielle. Nursing an injury that nearly ended his career, Luke’s struggling to get back more than his range of motion…he’s hoping returning to where his career began might help reignite the passion he’s lost. But instead of discovering his passion for skiing he discovered the daughter he never knew he had.

Hurt that Danielle never told him about Brianna, Luke is determined to know his child. Danielle’s reluctant to allow Luke in, fearing he’ll just leave again, but she’s willing to compromise when Luke suggests fake dating with Brianna tagging along. Why then, does a kiss for show feel oh so real?

In this classic reunion story, love finds a second chance.

Other books in the series include The Romance Dance, The Flirtation Game, The Playboy Switch, and The Billionaire's Ploy.

5 of 5 STARS! "Second chance romance...never anticipating the hero's reaction..."-Cashmere

4 of 5 STARS! "Full of second chances, lies, longing, secrets, steamy moments and love."-Sairaika

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About the author

 Allie Burton has always been a reader and writer. She wrote her first novel at the age of twelve when she was stranded at a hospital by a snowstorm. Receiving her first romance from her grandmother, she fell in love with the genre. As an adult, she read young adult books with her own teens and was excited to find something fresh and new. Now, she writes both.

Having so many jobs as a teen and adult became great research material for the stories she writes. She has been everything from a bike police officer to a mascot escort to an advertising executive. She has lived on three continents and in four states and has studied art, fashion design, and marine biology.

Allie is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators and Romance Writers of America. She loves to ski, golf, and run. Currently, she lives in Colorado with her husband and two children. 

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Publisher
Alice Fairbanks-Burton
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Published on
Aug 17, 2017
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Pages
275
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ISBN
9780996302449
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Romance / Collections & Anthologies
Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
Fiction / Romance / General
Fiction / Romance / Holiday
Fiction / Romance / Sports
Fiction / Romance / Western
Fiction / Sagas
Fiction / Small Town & Rural
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 Love isn't all that's cooking.

After a scandal in Hollywood, celebrity chef Michael Marstrand accepts a position to be head chef at Castle Ridge Lodge and star in a television program about re-opening a five-star restaurant. He believes returning to his hometown to help the struggling restaurant will earn him public relations points and help an old friend. What he doesn’t know is the sous chef expected to be named head chef and the television series is a reality show called Kitchen Catastrophe.

Sous Chef Isabel O’Donnell returned from vacation to discover the restaurant kitchen remodeled and a new head chef. With contracts already signed, she has no choice but to work for Chef Michael, a man she’d had a crush on since middle school. A man who’d stolen her job.

With the hidden cameras rolling, Michael tries to make the day-to-day routine boring so Kitchen Catastrophe will never be shown, but an interfering producer introduces a bridezilla and an employee who causes trouble. Add the simmering attraction between Michael and Isabel and the reality show has everything: drama, fights, and sex.

In this best friend’s brother conflict, will a fake flirtation produce the perfect recipe or inflame desire?

Other books in the series include The Romance Dance, The Christmas Match, The Playboy Switch, and The Billionaire's Ploy.

5 of 5 STARS! "The Flirtation Game was my introduction to not only a witty author, but a flirtatiously innovative series."-Isha

5 of 5 STARS! "I enjoyed reading The Flirtation Game...it is not the first book I have read by this author and it won't be the last."-I.Ray

 Castle Ridge—romance with heat and heart.

Welcome to the small town of Castle Ridge where love takes you higher. Sweeping mountain vistas, large mansions, and gorgeous men line the streets. Romance is in the mountain air with these three full novels.

The Romance Dance

After being abandoned by his fiancée and his fans, former classical pianist Reed O’Donnell returns home to hide. Ex-ballerina Quinn Petrov moved to Castle Ridge to start a dance studio and put down roots. When she meets her secretive and sexy landlord, she’s intrigued but he always seems to be hiding behind a mask.

When Reed’s younger brother begs him to help impress Quinn, he can’t say no. Using the musical language of love, he woos Quinn for his brother, but when his own mask slips will he reveal his secrets?

In a slow sashay to desire, Quinn and Reed dance their way into each other’s hearts.

The Christmas Match

After heartache at a young age, single mother Danielle Marstrand has found her place in her hometown. A good job, a good home, a great daughter—nothing can sway her from her course. Champion skier Luke Logan is returning to where his career began to reignite the passion he’s lost. But instead of discovering his passion for skiing, he discovered the daughter he never knew he had.

Danielle is reluctant to allow Luke in fearing he’ll leave again. To get to know his child, he suggests fake dating. If it’s pretend why then, does a kiss for show feel oh so real?

In this classic reunion story, love finds a second chance.

The Flirtation Game

Celebrity chef Michael Marstrand returns to his hometown to star in a television show. What he doesn’t know is the sous chef expected to be named head chef and the reality program is called Kitchen Catastrophe. With contracts already signed, sous chef Isabel O’Donnell must work for the man she’s had a crush on since middle school. A man who’s stolen her job.

With the hidden cameras rolling, Michael tries to make the day-to-day routine boring so Kitchen Catastrophe will never air, but between an interfering producer and the simmering attraction between Michael and Isabel the reality show has everything: drama, fights, and sex.

In this best friend’s brother conflict, love isn’t all that’s cooking.

5 of 5 STARS! "The Flirtation Game was my introduction to not only a witty author, but a flirtatiously innovative series."-Isha

5 of 5 STARS! "Love it."-Jenny

Her mother slowly dying in a poisonous plot of power.

An ancient instrument of peace threatening ultimate destruction.

A determined brainiac demanding secrets and smart enough to uncover them.

Piper Akins has lived her entire life in the clutches of an evil cult and wants to run away. But with her uncle’s double cross and her mother on her deathbed, she has no choice but to do as the cult demands and search for the supposed magical trumpet of King Tut.

Thanks to an unknown but powerful father, Piper is immune to the trumpet’s effects. But she’s not immune to the charms of Soul Warrior Math, who believes she’s working with him not against him.

Math might be the smartest warrior in the force, but he wants to be respected for his physical prowess. The only way to prove this is to discover Piper’s secrets, find the missing trumpet of peace, and defeat the evil cult. When Piper tricks him, he realizes he’s failed on all counts.

While Piper and Math circle around each other, pretending one thing, believing another, the threat grows. Her mother will certainly die if Piper doesn’t betray her growing love for Math. And Math must offer more than muscles and brains to win Piper over. He must offer his heart.

But can both learn to trust each other in time to stop mankind’s annihilation?

“The characters are fun, flirty and mysterious. The storyline is engaging and wonderfully paced. Oh yes, I am digging these Soul Warriors and their history. 5 Magical Stars!”—I Read Indie Review

Other books in the series: Soul Slam, Tut’s Trumpet, Cleo’s Curse

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