A Prince for Christmas

Royal House of Leone

Book 2
Mangrove
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Lifestyle blogger Serena Raines is used to giving advice on how to "live your best life", but finds herself alone and devastated when her fiancé leaves her. Not ready to share the news of her breakup with her family, she goes into hiding for Christmas alone at a luxurious beach house.

European royal Sandro Leone refuses to let his friends spend Christmas alone, so he rents a house for them to share—and finds a strange and lovely woman already there.

Serena is embarrassed to be discovered in her hideaway and fights a fierce attraction to the charming playboy prince. Things get worse when a surprise winter storm prevents his friends from arriving and leaves them stranded—together.

EXCERPT:

“We all make mistakes,” he said again in that infuriatingly therapeutic tone.

“Do we? I bet you don’t ever make mistakes.” She couldn’t get herself to sound calm. Emotion that had built up in her in the last few weeks, heck, maybe the last year—or maybe her whole life—exploded to the surface. “Why would you? You’re the handsome prince—the knight in shining armor—who any girl would welcome into her life. I bet you’ve never experienced a single moment of rejection.”

He watched her, bemused, and she fought a powerful urge to slap him hard across his handsome, arrogant face. “Have you?”

Her answer came in the form of a hard, hot kiss.

Sandro’s lips crushed over hers, and her protest evaporated instantly in the fire of his kiss. Her limbs grew weak as his big, strong arms wrapped around her. The warmth of his body enveloped her, and his musky, masculine scent overwhelmed her senses.

For a crazy instant she was able to just let go—of all the pain, the embarrassment, the disappointment, the secrecy, the uncertainty about herself and her future—and lose herself in the fierce intensity of his kiss.

A sudden gust of wind threw sand against them and stung her cheek hard enough for her to pull back. She stared at him, blinking, for a moment. Then her heart sank and shame flooded through her. “I guess you just proved my point.” 

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About the author

Jennifer Lewis loves heat in all its forms including spicy food, steamy temperatures and smoking hot heroes. Her romances have been translated into more than twenty languages, and she especially enjoys seeing them in unfamiliar alphabets where she can't even tell her name from the title. She lives in sunny South Florida and when she isn't writing she's can often be found at the beach.

For more information or to join the new release newsletter, please visit her website www.jenlewis.com.

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Publisher
Mangrove
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Published on
Nov 21, 2016
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Pages
75
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ISBN
9781939941336
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Holidays
Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
Fiction / Romance / General
Fiction / Romance / Multicultural & Interracial
Fiction / Romance / Suspense
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 On the eve of releasing her book about Waiting for Mr Right, Serena Raines can’t bear to tell people that her fiancé has dumped her. Worse yet, she succumbed to a holiday fling and now she’s pregnant—by a virtual stranger. Who just happens to be a royal prince.

Sandro Leone is stunned to hear that Serena is pregnant and hurt when she coolly rejects his offers of money and support. He does agree to keep her secrets—that she’s single and pregnant—until her big-budget book tour is over, but he’s determined to get her back.

Serena tries to focus on making the money she’ll need to support her baby, and rejects Sandro’s bold advances. But when it’s time to reveal the truth to her readers, she accepts Sandro’s offer to hide out in his remote European homeland. She soon discovers she’s jumped out of the frying pan into the fire—passion flares and family secrets and intrigue threaten their budding romance. Will she dare to risk her heart for a chance at happiness?

EXCERPT:
It’s him.

An electric jolt of recognition struck her, and despite her worries she knew Sandro instantly. His long strides carried him toward her, hair tossing in the cold breeze and leather jacket zipped over his muscled form. His eyes locked on hers, dark and dangerous, as he covered the tarmac between them.

The icy landscape blurred, and time slowed to an agonizing crawl as she tried to figure out the best way to tell him.

Sandro, I’m pregnant.

“Hi! I’m so glad you called. I was beginning to think you were avoiding me.” He embraced her in a big bear hug that stunned her so much she didn’t lift her arms from her sides.

I was.

Silence hung awkwardly between them. She couldn’t begin to figure out how to make polite conversation with this harsh truth hanging over them.

Sandro looked a little confused. Then smiled. “How’d the book release go?”

“It got delayed. It’s out next week.” Her own voice sounded oddly distant.

“That’s great. I’m sure it will be a best seller.”

“That’s what my publisher says, but I haven’t told them my fiancé left me.” How could you call yourself an expert on relationships when you couldn’t even keep your own? She’d been licking her wounds from this breakup when Sandro burst into her life.

“Did you finally tell your family?”

She shook her head, as shame crept hotly up her spine. “Not yet.”

To her surprise, he laughed. “You’re so secretive. Seriously, you should just open up to people. You might find they like you more for it.”

She stiffened, embarrassment mingling with indignation. He had no idea what she’d gone through the past few days. “I didn’t come here for advice. I came because I have to tell you something.”

You can do it. Just say it! She could rattle on for ages—on video—about how to apply liquid eyeliner or organize your bathroom cabinet, but when it came to the hard truths she was pathetic beyond belief.

“What? You’re scaring me.” He scanned her face. “Are you ill? You look ill.”

“I’m pregnant.”


THE ROYAL HOUSE OF LEONE SERIES:
The King’s Bought Bride (Darias and Emma)
A Prince for Christmas (Free short story with Sandro and Serena’s first encounter)
The Prince’s Secret Baby (Sandro and Serena)
The Princess and the Player (Lina and Amadou - coming spring 2017)
The Princess’s Scandalous Affair (Beatriz and Lorenzo - coming summer 2017)
Taming the Royal Beast (Rigo and Bella - coming fall 2017)

 A convenient bride…

Royal heir Darias Leone needs a wife to claim his crown. He doesn’t want to get stuck with the kind of snooty princess his mother has in mind, so he makes a business arrangement with the pretty young assistant at his New York art gallery.

Emma Ricci thinks the idea is crazy, but the money Darias is offering will allow her to put her brother through drug rehab. Surely she can survive one year as a fake royal wife to save what’s left of her family?

After one year Emma and Darias can divorce and go their separate ways…unless something goes wrong with their plan. With a sizzling attraction, two unsolved murders, a mysterious secret society, and the constant forced proximity of a marriage under the eyes of the entire palace…almost anything could go wrong.

EXCERPT:

Darias watched her, dark eyes gleaming.

She wondered if he intended to say something for any potential eavesdroppers. “I love you,” perhaps. What else would real newlyweds whisper as they lay in bed together on their wedding night?

Sometimes it was hard to remember this was all fake. There was something magical about being folded into the bosom of this big family, when she was still reeling from the loss of her mom.

“You’re a very special woman.” His voice was low enough to be almost a conspiratorial whisper but probably loud enough to be picked up by recording equipment. Was he truly saying this to her, or was it for the benefit of snoopers?

“Thanks.” Did it really matter whether he meant it or not? He was paying her handsomely to be here, and she needed to do her job.

It would get easier over time, wouldn’t it?
 On the eve of releasing her book about Waiting for Mr Right, Serena Raines can’t bear to tell people that her fiancé has dumped her. Worse yet, she succumbed to a holiday fling and now she’s pregnant—by a virtual stranger. Who just happens to be a royal prince.

Sandro Leone is stunned to hear that Serena is pregnant and hurt when she coolly rejects his offers of money and support. He does agree to keep her secrets—that she’s single and pregnant—until her big-budget book tour is over, but he’s determined to get her back.

Serena tries to focus on making the money she’ll need to support her baby, and rejects Sandro’s bold advances. But when it’s time to reveal the truth to her readers, she accepts Sandro’s offer to hide out in his remote European homeland. She soon discovers she’s jumped out of the frying pan into the fire—passion flares and family secrets and intrigue threaten their budding romance. Will she dare to risk her heart for a chance at happiness?

EXCERPT:
It’s him.

An electric jolt of recognition struck her, and despite her worries she knew Sandro instantly. His long strides carried him toward her, hair tossing in the cold breeze and leather jacket zipped over his muscled form. His eyes locked on hers, dark and dangerous, as he covered the tarmac between them.

The icy landscape blurred, and time slowed to an agonizing crawl as she tried to figure out the best way to tell him.

Sandro, I’m pregnant.

“Hi! I’m so glad you called. I was beginning to think you were avoiding me.” He embraced her in a big bear hug that stunned her so much she didn’t lift her arms from her sides.

I was.

Silence hung awkwardly between them. She couldn’t begin to figure out how to make polite conversation with this harsh truth hanging over them.

Sandro looked a little confused. Then smiled. “How’d the book release go?”

“It got delayed. It’s out next week.” Her own voice sounded oddly distant.

“That’s great. I’m sure it will be a best seller.”

“That’s what my publisher says, but I haven’t told them my fiancé left me.” How could you call yourself an expert on relationships when you couldn’t even keep your own? She’d been licking her wounds from this breakup when Sandro burst into her life.

“Did you finally tell your family?”

She shook her head, as shame crept hotly up her spine. “Not yet.”

To her surprise, he laughed. “You’re so secretive. Seriously, you should just open up to people. You might find they like you more for it.”

She stiffened, embarrassment mingling with indignation. He had no idea what she’d gone through the past few days. “I didn’t come here for advice. I came because I have to tell you something.”

You can do it. Just say it! She could rattle on for ages—on video—about how to apply liquid eyeliner or organize your bathroom cabinet, but when it came to the hard truths she was pathetic beyond belief.

“What? You’re scaring me.” He scanned her face. “Are you ill? You look ill.”

“I’m pregnant.”


THE ROYAL HOUSE OF LEONE SERIES:
The King’s Bought Bride (Darias and Emma)
A Prince for Christmas (Free short story with Sandro and Serena’s first encounter)
The Prince’s Secret Baby (Sandro and Serena)
The Princess and the Player (Lina and Amadou - coming spring 2017)
The Princess’s Scandalous Affair (Beatriz and Lorenzo - coming summer 2017)
Taming the Royal Beast (Rigo and Bella - coming fall 2017)

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