There’s nothing like a little Christmas glow to light up a holiday romance . . .
When the bright lights and big city lost its luster, Carol Bennett returns to her Montana hometown disillusioned and ready to embrace a simple, quiet existence. After she takes over the Christmas Mountain bookstore, she is determined to forget the glitzy world that left her with broken dreams. The store provides the perfect place to hide from her past while indulging her secret joy of reading sappy romances.
Then she encounters a cowboy too handsome for his own good and too insightful for hers. Although she adores his grandmother, rancher Tim Burke is stubborn, bold, and opinionated. He refuses to let her hide when he sees her all too clearly and does his best to draw her out of her protective shell.
In spite of her determination to detest the man, the sparks sizzling between them could light up the town’s Christmas tree. Carol has to decide if she’ll choose being brave and latching onto happiness or staying safely tucked away in her store.
Will two such opposite people be able to find love somewhere between romance and Christmas?
In the author's words . . .
Between Christmas and Romance is my first attempt at writing in first person. It was a blast! I had way more fun than I probably should have diving into the heroine’s character. She’s beautiful, smart, witty… and hiding a big secret.
The hero, a hunky cowboy named Tim, is far more perceptive than she likes and more outspoken than she appreciates.
The give and take between the two of them had me giggling a few times as I wrote their story. I hope it will give readers some lighthearted laughs, too.
Enjoy an Excerpt from BETWEEN CHRISTMAS AND ROMANCE by Shanna Hatfield
“I’ll be right there,” I called, hastily scribbling my thoughts before they skittered away like the last of autumn’s leaves.
A jingling noise made me wonder if someone was playing with the bell, although it sounded different than usual. Annoyed, I shoved on the glasses I wore when there were customers in the store and rushed down the hallway, ready to admonish whoever was using the bell as a toy. Quite unexpectedly, I stepped out of the hallway, turned toward the door, and slammed into the broad chest of a man who smelled like leather, snowfall, and sunshine.
It was an entirely heady and altogether unwelcome combination. Almost as unwelcome as his hands on my arms, even if they did steady me and keep me upright.
With a jerk, I pulled out of his grasp, and stepped away. Expecting to see a face I knew, because it’s a small town and that saying of everybody knows everyone is true, I saw a stranger. Not only was the man unknown to me, but I had to tip my head back to look up at a face covered with dark stubble and shadowed by the brim of a cowboy hat.
In the years I’d been away from Christmas Mountain, living in some of the biggest cities in the world, I’d learned to be careful, to stay on the defense for safety’s sake. Some might go as far as to say I have an overly ambitious sense of stranger danger.
Everything about this brawny man put me on high alert. Warning bells clanged in my ears while my stomach cartwheeled with nerves. Normally, I don’t have this type of reaction to my bookstore patrons. Or even people I’ve never met.
But something about this cowboy left me completely unsettled.
And I didn’t like it. Not one bit.
I took another step back, my eyes fastened on his square-tipped fingers as they pushed back his hat. Involuntarily, a gasp rolled out of me at the sight of his handsome face. The notion that he could have stepped right out of the pages of a western clothing advertisement didn’t seem far-fetched in the least. All he needed was a dusting of snow on his wide shoulders and a horse in the background.
Slightly disoriented by his rugged and undeniable masculinity, I took a moment to study his strong chin, wide mouth with lips any one of my friends would have labeled as sexy, and straight nose. Eyes the color of warm chocolate observed me with curiosity. Much to my dismay, my mouth began to water. I can’t help it if I adore chocolate.
“Miss,” he said, touching a finger to the brim of his hat. It was like watching a scene from one of my favorite John Wayne movies...
End of Excerpt © Shanna Hatfield
Learn more by visiting the author's website. BETWEEN CHRISTMAS AND ROMANCE released October 15, 2019.
Meet the Author
USA Today bestselling author Shanna Hatfield is a farm girl who loves to write. Her sweet historical and contemporary romances are filled with sarcasm, humor, hope, and hunky heroes. When Shanna isn’t dreaming up unforgettable characters, twisting plots, or covertly seeking dark, decadent chocolate, she hangs out with her beloved husband, Captain Cavedweller.
Between Christmas and Romance by Shanna Hatfield
Genre: Sweet Romantic Comedy
Heat Level: 1
Language Level: 1
Violence Level: 2
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