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BLOG TOUR – Wishing for a Cowboy by Victoria James

Today we have the blog tour of Victoria Jamesโ€™ Wishing for A Cowboy! Check out this gorgeous new romance and be sure to get your copy today!


Title: Wishing for A Cowboy

Author: Victoria James

Genre: Contemporary Romance

About Wishing for A Cowboy:

๐‘ญ๐’“๐’๐’Ž ๐‘ต๐’†๐’˜ ๐’€๐’๐’“๐’Œ ๐‘ป๐’Š๐’Ž๐’†๐’” ๐’ƒ๐’†๐’”๐’•๐’”๐’†๐’๐’๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’‚๐’–๐’•๐’‰๐’๐’“ ๐‘ฝ๐’Š๐’„๐’•๐’๐’“๐’Š๐’‚ ๐‘ฑ๐’‚๐’Ž๐’†๐’” ๐’„๐’๐’Ž๐’†๐’” ๐’‚ ๐’‰๐’†๐’‚๐’“๐’•๐’˜๐’‚๐’“๐’Ž๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’๐’๐’—๐’† ๐’”๐’•๐’๐’“๐’š ๐’‚๐’ƒ๐’๐’–๐’• ๐’‡๐’‚๐’Ž๐’Š๐’๐’š, ๐’‡๐’๐’“๐’ˆ๐’Š๐’—๐’†๐’๐’†๐’”๐’”, ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’•๐’“๐’–๐’† ๐’Ž๐’†๐’‚๐’๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’๐’‡๐’‰๐’๐’Ž๐’†.”

Janie Adams has been a single parent to her nephew since he was a baby. Fifteen years later, sheโ€™s finally found out who his father might be, so the two of them travel across the country to find him. Sheโ€™d do anything for this kid. But when they arrive in the small town of Wishing River, Montana, and Janie finally meets the ruggedly handsome cowboy sheโ€™d been told had abandoned his son, his shocked response changes everything.

Aiden Rivers canโ€™t dispute this is his kid when he sees his own features staring back at him, but he had no idea Janieโ€™s sister was pregnant when she left him. He didnโ€™t even know she had a sisterโ€”clearly theyโ€™d all been lied to. Now he has fifteen years of fatherhood to make up for and no idea how to be a dad. This was never in his plans.

Janie sticks around to help him ease into parenting, everything from showing him how to lure a sulky kid out of his bedroom to keeping up with the latest teen-speak. Together, they surprisingly make a good team, this city girl and country boy. But when the past catches up with them, Aiden and Janie must decide whatโ€™s best for the boy who’s connecting them, not only for each otherโ€ฆwhich could mean splitting them apart.

 

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Excerpt:

โ€œWell, Iโ€™m wiped. Iโ€™m going straight to bed,โ€ she said, hopping out of the truck and deciding she needed to grow up and stop fantasizing about this man like she was a teenager.

She waited on the porch, shifting from one foot to the other as he looked for the house key. โ€œDoes it always snow this much out here?โ€ she mumbled.

โ€œNope. Usually more.โ€ He shot her a glance and was about to put the key in the door when he stopped. And then he was back to the Aiden she was beginning to know. The guy with the easy charm. โ€œBefore we go in, I justโ€ฆ Iโ€™m glad you had a good time tonight, Janie.โ€

She tilted her head, feeling like there was more there. Maybe it was the wine, or maybe it was that she just knew that she wanted a little more of that feelingโ€ฆthat feeling that he brought out in her that made her take a step closer to him. โ€œI did. Thank youโ€”I mean not thank youโ€”for bringing me into your world here.โ€ His eyes softened at that, and it encouraged her to go on. โ€œEveryone had great things to say about you. Also, do you know the women in this town have all had a crush on you at some point? And the guys may be slightly miffed at that.โ€

He ducked his head, and she found that little bit of modesty quite attractive. โ€œAn exaggeration for sure,โ€ he said, lifting his head and looking deep into her eyes like he was searching for something.

โ€œIโ€ฆIโ€™m not exactly sure what the allure is, frankly.โ€

His eyes widened, and then he laughed. He took a step closer to her, close enough that she could see the darker flecks of blue in his eyes. โ€œReally?โ€

She nodded, kind of giddy at having his undivided attention. โ€œI was trying to think what it could be about you that everyone seems to find so appealingโ€ฆโ€

The way his grin faltered almost made her stop teasing him. Like he might think she was being serious.

โ€œAnd?โ€ His deep voice seemed to curl around her heart and tug until she couldnโ€™t help but drop the humor and tell him how she really felt.

โ€œItโ€™s that your insides are reflected on the outside. You see, the man Iโ€™m coming to know is hardworking and strong and noble. And that kind of character is reflected in your beautiful face,โ€ she whispered. She held her breath, feeling silly when he just stood there.

But then he lifted his handโ€”his warm, work-roughened handโ€”and gently delved into the hair at the nape of her neck. โ€œJanieโ€ฆโ€

The way he said her name, as though it came from somewhere deep inside, made her feel like she was the most special woman in the world.


About the Author:

Victoria James is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance.

Victoria always knew she wanted to be a writer and in grade five, she penned her first story, bound it (with staples and a cardboard cover) and did all the illustrations herself. Luckily, this book will never see the light of day again.

In high school she fell in love with historical romance and then contemporary romance. After graduating University with an English Literature degree, Victoria pursued a degree in Interior Design and then opened her own business. After her first child, Victoria knew it was time to fulfill her dream of writing romantic fiction.

Victoria is a hopeless romantic who is living her dream, penning happily-ever-after’s for her characters in between managing kids and the family business. Writing on a laptop in the middle of the country in a rambling old Victorian house would be ideal, but she’s quite content living in suburbia with her husband, their two young children, and very bad cat.

Sign up for Victoria’s Newsletter to stay up to date on upcoming releases and exclusive giveaways, follow her blog for daily antics and insight into her daily life, and get to know her on twitter and Facebook. She loves hearing from readers! www.victoriajames.ca

Connect with Victoria:

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RELEASE BLITZ – Wishing for a Cowboy by Victoria James

Today we have the release day blitz of Victoria Jamesโ€™ Wishing for A Cowboy! Check out this gorgeous new romance and be sure to get your copy today!


Title: Wishing for A Cowboy

Author: Victoria James

Genre: Contemporary Romance

About Wishing for A Cowboy:

๐‘ญ๐’“๐’๐’Ž ๐‘ต๐’†๐’˜ ๐’€๐’๐’“๐’Œ ๐‘ป๐’Š๐’Ž๐’†๐’” ๐’ƒ๐’†๐’”๐’•๐’”๐’†๐’๐’๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’‚๐’–๐’•๐’‰๐’๐’“ ๐‘ฝ๐’Š๐’„๐’•๐’๐’“๐’Š๐’‚ ๐‘ฑ๐’‚๐’Ž๐’†๐’” ๐’„๐’๐’Ž๐’†๐’” ๐’‚ ๐’‰๐’†๐’‚๐’“๐’•๐’˜๐’‚๐’“๐’Ž๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’๐’๐’—๐’† ๐’”๐’•๐’๐’“๐’š ๐’‚๐’ƒ๐’๐’–๐’• ๐’‡๐’‚๐’Ž๐’Š๐’๐’š, ๐’‡๐’๐’“๐’ˆ๐’Š๐’—๐’†๐’๐’†๐’”๐’”, ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’•๐’“๐’–๐’† ๐’Ž๐’†๐’‚๐’๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’๐’‡๐’‰๐’๐’Ž๐’†.”

Janie Adams has been a single parent to her nephew since he was a baby. Fifteen years later, sheโ€™s finally found out who his father might be, so the two of them travel across the country to find him. Sheโ€™d do anything for this kid. But when they arrive in the small town of Wishing River, Montana, and Janie finally meets the ruggedly handsome cowboy sheโ€™d been told had abandoned his son, his shocked response changes everything.

Aiden Rivers canโ€™t dispute this is his kid when he sees his own features staring back at him, but he had no idea Janieโ€™s sister was pregnant when she left him. He didnโ€™t even know she had a sisterโ€”clearly theyโ€™d all been lied to. Now he has fifteen years of fatherhood to make up for and no idea how to be a dad. This was never in his plans.

Janie sticks around to help him ease into parenting, everything from showing him how to lure a sulky kid out of his bedroom to keeping up with the latest teen-speak. Together, they surprisingly make a good team, this city girl and country boy. But when the past catches up with them, Aiden and Janie must decide whatโ€™s best for the boy who’s connecting them, not only for each otherโ€ฆwhich could mean splitting them apart.

 

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โ€œAre you a rancher, too, Logan?โ€ Janie asked, and Aiden turned his attention to her. โ€œYouโ€™ve got the right hat for it.โ€

โ€œNo, everyone out here wears cowboy hats. Youโ€™ll be wearing one, too, before long.โ€ Loganโ€™s grin was bashful. Aiden had never seen bashful on him before. Though, with the image of Janie in a cowboy hat coming to mind, he couldnโ€™t really blame him. โ€œIโ€™m a vet,โ€ Logan said. โ€œI have a practice just outside of Wishing River.โ€

Janie smiled at Logan like he just announced he was some kind of superhero. โ€œReally? I have six months left of veterinary college.โ€

Aidenโ€™s stomach dropped as he watched the exchange, as the weird coincidence sank in. One vet, one almost vet, and oneโ€ฆbartender who should have been a vet.

Logan grinned wider. โ€œThatโ€™s great. If youโ€™re in town for a while, Iโ€™m always on the lookout for new people. Are you taking time off from your regular job?โ€

Her cheeks went a deeper pink, lifting one shoulder. โ€œSort of. But I plan to go back as soon as I can.โ€

โ€œWeโ€™re always in need of some extra help at the clinic, so if you want a job in the meantime, itโ€™s great experience. You, too, Will. If you want to come and hang out, we could always use someone to give a little attention to the animals staying overnight.โ€ Logan pulled out his business card and handed it to her.

Janieโ€™s eyes sparkled with excitement, and she accepted the card readily. And Will looked as happy as Aiden had ever seen him. โ€œThat is so generous of you,โ€ she said, smiling.

A job at Loganโ€™s was a hell of a lot better than a job in his bar. He should be happy about that. Instead he was watching Janie and Logan and Will bond over something that he also loved. That was juvenile, and heโ€™d already dealt with that shit. Why was it coming up again now? Janie and Will deserved a break, and thatโ€™s what he should be focusing on instead of thinking like an ass. Itโ€™s just that he wanted to give them that break. โ€œThatโ€™s great,โ€ he said, forcing a grin. โ€œGlad you guys were able to meet.โ€

There were only three stalls with horses in them, but Aidenโ€™s dream was to have them all filled one day and have someone else manage the bar. The familiar, musky smell of the barn, the sound of horses shuffling in their stalls, the soft whinnying, almost made him believe he was living this dream. Until he was reminded that he hadnโ€™t ever fulfilled his dream. But this was second best, what he had going on here. He had the land, the horses, the dedication to them. It didnโ€™t matter that he didnโ€™t have a โ€œDr.โ€ in front of his name.

โ€œWell,โ€ Janie said, โ€œweโ€™ll get back to the house. Itโ€™s pretty cold out here. It was nice meeting you, Logan.โ€

โ€œYou, too, and you as well, Will. Hope Iโ€™ll be hearing from you, Janie.โ€ Loganโ€™s grin was a little too flashy for Aidenโ€™s liking. Hope Iโ€™ll be hearing from you should have been followed by about the job and not so open-ended.

Will gave a small wave, and the two of them walked out. Aidenโ€™s shoulders relaxed as they left the barn. And then tensed again when Logan turned to him with a glint in his eyes. โ€œFirst off, thatโ€™s definitely your kid,โ€ Logan said. โ€œThat sort of disgruntled eyebrow furrowing thing? And that one-sided dimple that women love for some reason thatโ€™s always escaped me, because itโ€™s essentially a defect in your face. Come on. Thatโ€™s you. Second, you never told me Maxi had a sister like thatโ€ฆlet alone who was going to be a vet and is probably the most gorgeous woman Iโ€™ve met in a long time.โ€

Aiden walked over to the horse feeders, disappointed they were full. He needed to do something with his hands. He pulled his hat lower so Logan couldnโ€™t comment on his โ€œbrow furrowing,โ€ which he realized he was actually doing. Why was he getting bothered about Loganโ€™s comment? It was a normal response. He felt the same way.

โ€œHello? Did you hear me?โ€ Logan asked, walking over to him.

Aiden lifted his head and forced his eyebrows into their normal state. โ€œSorry, I have a lot on my mindโ€”like the fact that I might have a teenage kid. Iโ€™m not really thinking about how hot his aunt is.โ€

Logan smirked. โ€œOh, so you did notice.โ€

โ€œI have eyes. Itโ€™s a fact, not a statement confirming interest.โ€


About the Author:

Victoria James is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance.

Victoria always knew she wanted to be a writer and in grade five, she penned her first story, bound it (with staples and a cardboard cover) and did all the illustrations herself. Luckily, this book will never see the light of day again.

In high school she fell in love with historical romance and then contemporary romance. After graduating University with an English Literature degree, Victoria pursued a degree in Interior Design and then opened her own business. After her first child, Victoria knew it was time to fulfill her dream of writing romantic fiction.

Victoria is a hopeless romantic who is living her dream, penning happily-ever-after’s for her characters in between managing kids and the family business. Writing on a laptop in the middle of the country in a rambling old Victorian house would be ideal, but she’s quite content living in suburbia with her husband, their two young children, and very bad cat.

Sign up for Victoria’s Newsletter to stay up to date on upcoming releases and exclusive giveaways, follow her blog for daily antics and insight into her daily life, and get to know her on twitter and Facebook. She loves hearing from readers! www.victoriajames.ca

Connect with Victoria:

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EXCERPT TOUR – Wishing for a Cowboy by Victoria James

Today we have the release day blitz of Victoria Jamesโ€™ Wishing for A Cowboy! Check out this gorgeous new romance and be sure to get your copy today!

Title: Wishing for A Cowboy

Author: Victoria James

Genre: Contemporary Romance

About Wishing for A Cowboy:

๐‘ญ๐’“๐’๐’Ž ๐‘ต๐’†๐’˜ ๐’€๐’๐’“๐’Œ ๐‘ป๐’Š๐’Ž๐’†๐’” ๐’ƒ๐’†๐’”๐’•๐’”๐’†๐’๐’๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’‚๐’–๐’•๐’‰๐’๐’“ ๐‘ฝ๐’Š๐’„๐’•๐’๐’“๐’Š๐’‚ ๐‘ฑ๐’‚๐’Ž๐’†๐’” ๐’„๐’๐’Ž๐’†๐’” ๐’‚ ๐’‰๐’†๐’‚๐’“๐’•๐’˜๐’‚๐’“๐’Ž๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’๐’๐’—๐’† ๐’”๐’•๐’๐’“๐’š ๐’‚๐’ƒ๐’๐’–๐’• ๐’‡๐’‚๐’Ž๐’Š๐’๐’š, ๐’‡๐’๐’“๐’ˆ๐’Š๐’—๐’†๐’๐’†๐’”๐’”, ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’•๐’“๐’–๐’† ๐’Ž๐’†๐’‚๐’๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’๐’‡๐’‰๐’๐’Ž๐’†.”

Janie Adams has been a single parent to her nephew since he was a baby. Fifteen years later, sheโ€™s finally found out who his father might be, so the two of them travel across the country to find him. Sheโ€™d do anything for this kid. But when they arrive in the small town of Wishing River, Montana, and Janie finally meets the ruggedly handsome cowboy sheโ€™d been told had abandoned his son, his shocked response changes everything.

Aiden Rivers canโ€™t dispute this is his kid when he sees his own features staring back at him, but he had no idea Janieโ€™s sister was pregnant when she left him. He didnโ€™t even know she had a sisterโ€”clearly theyโ€™d all been lied to. Now he has fifteen years of fatherhood to make up for and no idea how to be a dad. This was never in his plans.

Janie sticks around to help him ease into parenting, everything from showing him how to lure a sulky kid out of his bedroom to keeping up with the latest teen-speak. Together, they surprisingly make a good team, this city girl and country boy. But when the past catches up with them, Aiden and Janie must decide whatโ€™s best for the boy who’s connecting them, not only for each otherโ€ฆwhich could mean splitting them apart.

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Excerpt

Aiden tensed at the sound of someone whispering. He quietly left the kitchen and spotted Morris jumping on the couch and Janie sitting up.

โ€œDid I wake you?โ€

He heard a sigh, and then the table lamp turned on. Janie was sitting up, wrapped in a blanket, a tangle of gorgeous, shiny hair around her head. She snatched her glasses from the end table and put them on. โ€œCouldnโ€™t sleep, actually.โ€

Her gaze flickered over him, and then her face turned red. He hadnโ€™t bothered with a shirt because he didnโ€™t think heโ€™d see anyone and he was used to being the only person in the house. His plan had been to take his coffee back to his room.

โ€œI, uh, didnโ€™t think youโ€™d be awake. Iโ€™m just going to go grab a shirt. Coffee is brewing if you want some,โ€ he said over his shoulder, heading back to his room, trying to brush off the strange sense of intimacy that hit him when she looked at him.

When he came back, Janie was in the kitchen, still wrapped up in the blanket, drinking coffee. She quickly poured him a cup. He found the hurried gesture odd but chalked it up to the nerves of being in a strangerโ€™s home. โ€œThanks,โ€ he said, accepting the mug.

He noticed she went out of her way to not touch him, and if he hadnโ€™t been fast, the cup would have ended up on the floor. โ€œSoโ€ฆwhy couldnโ€™t you sleep? Is it the couch? I really donโ€™t mind switching with you.โ€

She shook her head, her eyes on him as she took a sip of coffee. โ€œNo, no. Itโ€™s not the couch, itโ€™sโ€ฆโ€ She let out a weak laugh. โ€œLife.โ€

He ran a hand through his hair. โ€œYeah. Tell me about it.โ€

โ€œYouโ€™re not on any social media,โ€ she said abruptly, tilting her head, her eyes on him intently. 

He swallowed, having the distinct feeling he was being evaluated again. That was fine. Deserved. โ€œIโ€™ve lived in Wishing River my entire life. I know everyone I need to know, and I know way too much about them already. Why would I want to see these same people online? Selfies and all that? No thanks.โ€

She smiled as though that answer was acceptable. โ€œYou were looking me up?โ€

She shrugged, the blanket falling slightly, revealing a glimpse of the smooth, creamy skin of her shoulder and the strap of a pink tank top. He tore his gaze from that and kept his eyes on hers. โ€œI had looked you up before, but it dawned on me as I was lying on the couch that we really donโ€™t know much about you. And you donโ€™t know me, either, but I donโ€™t just sleep at strange guysโ€™ houses, especially not with my nephew, who Iโ€™m supposed to be protecting.โ€

He kept his expression neutral and definitely didnโ€™t open his big mouth until he could appropriately filter his thoughts. 


About Victoria James:

Victoria James is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance.

Victoria always knew she wanted to be a writer and in grade five, she penned her first story, bound it (with staples and a cardboard cover) and did all the illustrations herself. Luckily, this book will never see the light of day again.

In high school she fell in love with historical romance and then contemporary romance. After graduating University with an English Literature degree, Victoria pursued a degree in Interior Design and then opened her own business. After her first child, Victoria knew it was time to fulfill her dream of writing romantic fiction.

Victoria is a hopeless romantic who is living her dream, penning happily-ever-after’s for her characters in between managing kids and the family business. Writing on a laptop in the middle of the country in a rambling old Victorian house would be ideal, but she’s quite content living in suburbia with her husband, their two young children, and very bad cat.

Sign up for Victoria’s Newsletter to stay up to date on upcoming releases and exclusive giveaways, follow her blog for daily antics and insight into her daily life, and get to know her on twitter and Facebook. She loves hearing from readers! www.victoriajames.ca

Connect with Victoria:

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram


RELEASE BLITZ – Snowed In With the Firefighter by Victoria James

Today we have the release day blitz of Victoria Jamesโ€™s Snowed In With the Firefighter! Check out this gorgeous new romance and be sure to get your copy today!

Title: Snowed in With the Firefighter

Author: Victoria James

Genre: Holiday Romance

About Snowed In With the Firefighter:

Dr. Melody Mayberryโ€™s life just took a turn thatโ€™s left her questioning everything. Where better to hide out than the remote family cabin in the mountains? The last thing she expects to find there is her swoon-worthy brother-in-law, the one man who may have more baggage than her.

Finn Matthews is not ready to face the fact that the recent injury he sustained in a fire may have ended his firefighting career. Heโ€™s not interested in sharing the cabin with anyone, let alone Melody, and their family just texted with yet another unwelcome surpriseโ€”theyโ€™ll be there Christmas Eve.

To keep their meddling family at bay, the two team up to fake a little holiday cheer. But between ridiculously competitive Monopoly games, marathon Christmas decorating, and a storm that strands them together with nothing but a fire and a warm couch, they realize something majorโ€”their fake holiday cheer isnโ€™t feeling so fake anymore, and thatโ€™s something neither of these two Grinches expected…

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Exclusive Excerpt:

โ€œChristmas with all of them? Decorating? He pointed at Melody with his coffee mug. โ€œThis is your fault. You canโ€™t just go around saying our worst nightmares out loud and expect them not to happen.โ€

She gasped. โ€œThatโ€™s ridiculous. And not at all how the world works.โ€

He shook his head. โ€œYou believe what you want. Weโ€™re stuck either way. The worst part is theyโ€™re allโ€ฆโ€ He grimaced. โ€œNice. Like, too nice. And over-the-top happy. And this is their cabin, so we canโ€™t even say no.โ€

She groaned. โ€œI know. They probably think theyโ€™re doing us a favor. We have no choice. Other than just run away, which is still a possibility, but thatโ€™s too obvious at this point. I guess weโ€™re doing Christmas and we have to fake being happy.โ€

He frowned. โ€œIโ€™m happy.โ€

She tilted her head, her eyes narrowing on him. โ€œYouโ€™re about as happy as I am.โ€

โ€œFine. But I wouldnโ€™t say Iโ€™m that bad.โ€

Her mouth dropped open. โ€œWhat is that supposed to mean?โ€

He sipped his coffee slowly, deliberating whether or not he wanted to start an argument or end this conversation. If he ever hoped to get her to open up, an argument probably wasnโ€™t the way to go. โ€œIโ€™m just saying, you seem really unhappy, and it seems like Iโ€™m not the only one who thinks that. Everyone must. Thatโ€™s why theyโ€™re coming up here. They probably already assumed you wouldnโ€™t go back for Christmas.โ€

โ€œHow do you know this is about me? If I were them, Iโ€™d be more worried about the person whoโ€™s been locked away up here for months,โ€ she said with a triumphant little smirk, which he found inexplicably adorable.

He grunted. โ€œWell, when they get here, theyโ€™ll see just how happy I am.โ€

She shook her head and crossed the kitchen, grabbing a notepad and a bunch of different-colored pens from her purse. He straightened up, worried, as she started writing. โ€œWhat is all that?โ€

โ€œPlanning. Faking happiness and Christmas cheer takes a lot of work. No one will believe us. No one will believe you, especially with that beard. So now weโ€™re going to start a list of things to decorate and get ready so no one thinks weโ€™re miserable. We have three days to get happy.โ€

He walked over to the island. โ€œCanโ€™t a man let his facial hair grow without constant commentary? This doesnโ€™t mean Iโ€™m miserable.โ€

She gave him a side-eyed glance and continued with her notes. โ€œYou need to shave it off. They wonโ€™t stop bothering you until you do.โ€

He turned his attention to what she was writing. The page was divided into columns, and the heading for the first column was Happy Decorations in red ink, underlined a few times.

The next column was Happy Food.

He didnโ€™t even know what was happening anymore. โ€œI didnโ€™t know there was happy food.โ€

She paused and gave him a pitiful glance. โ€œOf course, because youโ€™re not happy. Hot chocolate, eggnog, gingerbread cookiesโ€ฆoh, marshmallows for the hot chocolateโ€”happy people love adding thoseโ€”and we should get some kind of pre-fab gingerbread house for Isabella.โ€

โ€œI think happy people make them from scratch,โ€ he said, just to bother her.

She shook her head, still writing. โ€œWe donโ€™t have time.โ€

โ€œNone of that stuff is going to make people think weโ€™re happy,โ€ he said, pointing to the ridiculous list.

She put down her pen with a theatrical sigh and turned to him. โ€œDo you have a better idea? I mean, the only thing Iโ€™ve heard out of you since we got the text is blaming me for bringing the family down onto us and your self-consciousness about your beard. Weโ€™re stuck in this situation together, so it would be really nice to have some cooperation. Think outside the box. Like, look at this chart Iโ€™m making. I think we should make more coffee and brainstorm.โ€

He was barely following her train of thought. โ€œWhat? Iโ€™m not making a chart on how to be happy, Melody. I know how to be happy. Iโ€™m a very happy person. No color coding in the world is going to make me look happier,โ€ he snapped.

She gave him a side-eye and a smirk. โ€œSure. So happy.โ€

He ran his hand over his beard and forced himself to not sound irritated. โ€œAlso, Iโ€™m not self-conscious about my beard.โ€

She raised a brow and picked up a green pen. He had the uncontrollable urge to grab all the pens and throw them in the snow.

โ€œYou know what this is?โ€ he asked, wondering how he hadnโ€™t seen this all along.

She finished her coffee and let the pen fall from her hands before crossing her arms over her chest and turning to him again. โ€œLetโ€™s hear it. Hopefully, it involves shaving the beard.โ€

He frowned and ignored that comment. โ€œWell, you know how theyโ€™re all sitting there plotting about us. Trying to set us up?โ€

She frowned. โ€œNo, I donโ€™t think so. I think they got the message. Nothing would ever happen between us.โ€

He took a step closer to her, slightly irked that she felt that way. โ€œFine. Wishful thinking. Benโ€™s trying to get me back because this is what I did when Molly moved to Shadow Creek.โ€

Her mouth dropped open. โ€œYou set them up and meddled?โ€

He shrugged. โ€œYeah, it was pretty bad. I literally threw him under the bus. Our mother was coming out of surgery, and I told her they were engaged. Iโ€™m basically responsible for their entire relationship.โ€

She tucked a strand of hair behind her ear. โ€œIโ€™m sure thatโ€™s a gross exaggeration. But anywayโ€ฆso? What does this have to do with us?โ€

โ€œBen and Molly must actually think they can do the same thing to us. What I did took talent. The whole idea is ridiculous. Way too much snooping in our lives. They wonโ€™t let you go away for the holidays and run from whatever it is youโ€™re running from, Iโ€™m not allowed to grow facial hair without a doctorโ€™s note, and then they make it obvious theyโ€™re trying to set us up. Clearly the only logical thing for us to do is actually pretend their dumb trick worked.โ€ He leaned back and grinned. โ€œWe pretend to be a couple for the holidays.โ€

She choked on her coffee. โ€œAre you kidding me?โ€ she managed in a strangled voice, her eyes wide.

He wasnโ€™t sure whether he should laugh or be insulted. โ€œWhy would I lie about this? Think about it: weโ€™ll get the ultimate victory when Christmas is over, and we tell them it was all a joke. As if you and I would ever get together.โ€


About the Author:

Victoria James is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance.

Victoria always knew she wanted to be a writer and in grade five, she penned her first story, bound it (with staples and a cardboard cover) and did all the illustrations herself. Luckily, this book will never see the light of day again.

In high school she fell in love with historical romance and then contemporary romance. After graduating University with an English Literature degree, Victoria pursued a degree in Interior Design and then opened her own business. After her first child, Victoria knew it was time to fulfill her dream of writing romantic fiction.

Victoria is a hopeless romantic who is living her dream, penning happily-ever-after’s for her characters in between managing kids and the family business. Writing on a laptop in the middle of the country in a rambling old Victorian house would be ideal, but she’s quite content living in suburbia with her husband, their two young children, and very bad cat.

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