The girl who has faith in the magic of Christmas
A stocking full of wishes…a sprig of mistletoe
And a chance to find love under the tree
Zach Harris knows better than to wish for family. His mother ran off when he was a kid and his late father was distant. Now he and his brother are selling the family ranch, his last tie to his parents. For him, Christmas is just another day.
Joy Rollins loves everything about Christmas. She’s living at the Cypress Inn this season, helping her mother run the place since giving up on grad school. She wishes that the holiday will bring inspiration for her artist’s soul. Meeting Zach Harris at Thanksgiving makes her wish for a little romance, too.
When Zach moves into the inn, Joy vows to get him into the holiday spirit. They flirt and kiss under the mistletoe, and as they grow closer she feels artistic inspiration again. But when old family hurt comes back like the ghost of Christmas past, Zach can’t shake the certainty that Joy will leave just like his mother did.
Can Joy show Zach the love and magic of Christmas?
Or will he give up on the wish for happiness?
JoMarie DeGioia is a bestselling author of Historical and Contemporary Romance. She’s known Mickey Mouse from the “inside,” has been a copyeditor for her tiny town’s newspaper, and a bookseller. She is the author of over 40 Romances, and writes Young Adult Fantasy/Adventure stories and Paranormal Romance too. She gets lost in DIY projects around the house and works out plot ideas during long runs. She divides her time between Central Florida and New England, and you may contact her at JoMarie@JoMarieDeGioia.com
The guy always looking for his next thrill.
Staying on the ground or soaring through the air…
Falling in love is the biggest risk of all.
Jake Chapman loses himself in extreme sports to fill the emptiness in his life. But when he meets CPA Claire Callahan at Cypress Corners, he wants to spend his visit proving to her that living in the moment is worth the risk.
Claire cares for her ailing father, a compulsive gambler who repeatedly risked all they had in the quest for a new high. When she falls for Jake, beloved uncle to her close friends’ little boy, she throws her own caution to the wind for once in her life. But his risk-taking soon shows her he’s as addicted to the rush as her father is, and she won’t put her heart in danger.
Can Jake be the man Claire needs to keep her heart safe? Or will his thirst for adventure keep him from taking the biggest risk of all?
Lady Catherine Talbot has always dreamed of having a loving marriage just like the one her dear brother Paul and his beautiful wife Michelle have, but she wonders if her chance at happiness may have passed her by. After all, she was jilted by her fiancé Lord Waltham, who left her and ran off with an heiress. A year has passed since that disaster. Catherine is older and wiser now, but a part of her still dreams.
When James sees Catherine at a society ball he is stunned by her beauty. Paul’s sweet little sister has become a breathtakingly beautiful woman. And Catherine is just as taken with the most charming bachelor in London.
But can a charming rogue and an innocent lady find their own loving truth in the face of jealousy and scandal-mongers threatening to tear them apart? And will it be too late when their very future is threatened by unspeakable danger?
Rebecca has led a very quiet life working for her father at a small country inn. When she meets Geoffrey she falls in love with him right away. But she’s only the daughter of a baronet and men like Geoffrey never marry country girls like her. Do they?
When Rebecca’s father tries to marry her off to a wealthy old man, Geoffrey intervenes and marries her himself. He wants her very much but he couldn’t possibly love her. Love is for fools. At least that’s what he tells himself. But a sinister enemy soon threatens to destroy all that Geoffrey holds dear, forcing him to face the truth. His marriage depends on it . . . And maybe even Rebecca’s very life.
A lady determined to make a love match
Brashness and beauty…danger and distrust
And a chance for a love that lasts forever
Daniel Ashworth, the Earl of Ashworth, inherited his title when his beloved brother was killed in a duel several years ago. He’d been played false, and Daniel vows to never give a woman that kind of power over him. He glides through society, taking whatever comes his way and avoiding any emotional entanglements.
Lady Mary Bridgewater is the toast of London, a diamond of the first water. Many gentlemen vie for her hand, but she is determined that only the strongest love will entice her to marry. When Daniel comes to her aid after an ill-advised visit to a public house, she’s surprised by his anger and his apparent immunity to her charms. She, however, cannot stop thinking about him. As for Daniel? He cannot explain his intense reaction to the impulsive beauty whenever he’s in her company.
When his good friend asks for her hand, Daniel realizes he wants her for his own. Mary falls in love with Daniel, but he cannot rid himself of the fear that she will prove as duplicitous as his late brother’s love. Danger stalks him, however. And only Mary’s love can save him.
Can Daniel ultimately give Mary his heart?
Or will he allow distrust to rob them of true happiness?
The girl determined to keep her life uncomplicated
The thrill of the chase…the heat of the moment
And a chance to win it all
Architect Ben Chapman is building a new environmentally-friendly neighborhood in Cypress Corners. He not only has a new job, though. He has siblings he didn’t know about until three months ago. They welcome him but he feels like he’s on the outside looking in. Raised as an only child, he doesn’t know how to do family.
Tammy Donato’s blend of cool and sexy attracts clients and closes deals at Cypress Corners. She comes from a big family, and vows to never settle down. When she meets Ben, she can’t deny her attraction. But he’s a Chapman. He has forever written all over him.
Can Ben convince Tammy to take a chance on him?
Or will he lose what he never even knew he wanted?
Blake is shocked to see Taylor on his doorstep in the dead of night after so many years. He remembers her as a carefree young girl chasing ducks around the family estate. He, on the other hand, was always causing mischief with Taylor’s older brother Robert. When he invited Robert to join his private investigations firm, it was more of a lark than anything else. He never thought his best friend would go missing while on a case, and he certainly never expected to see Robert’s proper sister at his inn, The Hideaway, with a bruised eye and an air of desperation about her.
Blake can’t deny the beauty Taylor has become. But she’s his best friend’s little sister! How can he find Robert, solve this dangerous case, and protect Taylor, all while trying to ignore her captivating allure?
After all, he’s no hero . . . and he’s certainly no gentleman.
The guy who hides behind a cool mask
The girl who feels she can’t live up to expectations
An appearance of perfection…a very real passion
And a love that can see through to the inside
Corporate lawyer Derek Stone is respected and valued at Chapman Financial. Raised in a privileged world as the son of a highly-successful Boston attorney, he’s hidden the ugly truth of his father’s drunken abuse for years now. When he’s offered a new job at Cypress Corners as in-house counsel, he sees it as a chance to keep his mother safe from his father. And maybe start a new life for himself.
Bree James ran from her own country club life a year ago when her grandmother passed away and left her financially independent. She’s been living and working in Cypress Corners since, but has yet to begin her own life. She longs for something real to hold onto but doubts she’ll ever find it.
Derek and Bree see a lot of themselves in each other, and neither wants to acknowledge their attraction. Bree maintains her cool façade while Derek fosters the stick-up-his-butt reputation that preceded him to Cypress. But that all changes in a second when he kisses Bree.
Can the two of them let down their guard long enough to see what’s right in front of them?
Or will their insecurities about the past keep them from their possible future?