Mandy never planned to return to Newburgh, NH, the hometown that unfairly branded her a slut, but when her father dies, she must spend Christmas settling his affairs. She hopes to get in and out of town without notice, but when she runs into a certain Oakley-wearing, Harley-riding cop, an old crush is revived and the rumor mill restarts with a vengeance.
Cole has always been attracted to Mandy, but he has never acted on it. Besides being years older than her, he was friends with her father. The rumors about her were bad enough without an inappropriate relationship adding fuel to the fire. But when Mandy comes home fully adult and more gorgeous than ever, he can’t keep his distance, especially when an old secret of her father’s puts her in danger. He’ll stop at nothing to protect her, but convincing her to stay will take a Christmas miracle.
Mandy’s father is dead. But his secrets live on, putting her in danger. It’s a good thing she has a Harley-riding cop to help her face down her father’s enemies. But facing down her troubled past, even with Cole by her side, will take a Christmas miracle.
He cupped her chin and made her look at him, even if they couldn’t see each other in the dark. “What did he do after?”ABOUT Jessi Gage
“What do you mean?”
“When you freaked out. What did your boyfriend do after that?”
Tension straightened her shoulders. “What any decent guy would do. We stopped. He stopped. He was a perfect gentleman.”
“What? He was. I was a total spaz and he was cool about it.”
“He was cool about it?”
“What? What’s that superior tone for?” She was getting angry. He loved that about her. She’d stood up to Tooley a few days ago. She was standing up to him now. If she didn’t like something, she let you know about it. Now that was a characteristic he could believe she’d gotten from Gripper.
“You said you freaked like always when things get to a certain point, that you always blow it. You think you blew it with that guy because a single attempt at second base went poorly. I meant what happened afterwards? Was there a conversation? A second attempt after you had some time to process what happened? A third?”
“What guy would want to try again after something like that?”
“This guy would.”
Jessi lives with her husband and children in the Seattle area. She’s a passionate reader of all genres of romance, especially anything involving the paranormal. Ghosts, demons, vampires, witches, weres, faeries...you name it, she’ll read it. As for writing, she's sticking to Highlanders and contemporaries with a paranormal twist (for now). The last time she imagined a world without romance novels, her husband found her crouched in the corner, rocking.