on July 14, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Romance
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Ex-con, Aaron Masters, is searching for redemption.
Young aspiring photographer, Nina King, is searching for a place to belong.
It’s time for the Valentine’s Day Date Auction at the exclusive Boston nightclub St. Andrews, and Aaron would rather be anywhere else. That all changes when he catches a glimpse of Nina, the woman he hasn’t been able to stop thinking about since their recent chance encounter. When they met her smile—for a precious moment—warmed the darkness inside. Now he’ll stop at nothing to make her his woman, keep her, and protect her from the truth of his rough past.
Nina hasn’t been able to get a certain handsome man, with long hair and gorgeous blue eyes, out of her thoughts—or her dreams. The goddess is smiling down on her when she sees him again at a charity date auction. As her professional internship has recently ended, she’s now out of work and trying to find herself while struggling to build a viable career.
Aaron and Nina’s relationship soon heats up, but not everyone in their lives are excited about this new development. Under the guise of friendship, some attempt to destroy what the two have built together.
Can these two lost souls find a future together?
Note: this story takes place 3 years before A White Hot Christmas: Novella
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“Who’s Russell?” Jordan asks, changing her mode of attack. “Is he as smokin’ as Aaron?”
“He’s Aaron’s dog,” I say laughing, grabbing my mocha from the microwave. “He’s more adorable than ‘smokin,’ and his kisses aren’t nearly as nice.”
I walk over and flop myself down onto the corner of the sofa, to relax and resume my morning wakeup ritual. Jordan follows behind me and sits down next to me, eating one of my strawberry yogurts.
I really hope that’s not the last one. I had plans for it later.
Several minutes later, my phone vibrates and beeps nearby, and I pick it up from where it’s laying on the coffee table. Looking at the screen, I see that I’ve received a new text message.
Aaron: Russell wanted to say hi.
Smiling, I quickly send a reply.
Nina: Russell? 😀
“Who’s texting you?” Jordan asks, between mouthfuls.
“Russell,” I say plainly as a reply to my text rapidly comes in.
Aaron: Yes, he really liked meeting u.
“A dog is texting you?”
“Aaron is doing it for him,” I say, smiling with a duh expression, as she just continues to look confused.
“He’s texting you, pretending to be a dog?”
“No,” I say distractedly, as I attempt to type out another reply.
Nina: I really enjoyed meeting him. He’s a gr8 kisser. 😉
Looking up at Jordan, I add, “He’s just being silly, telling me Russell enjoyed meeting me.”
“He sounds as crazy as you are,” Jordan says derisively.
Aaron: Better than me?!!!
Nina: Ummm… Pleading the 5th 😉
Aaron: Naughty girls get spanked.
Nina: Promise? 😀
Aaron: See u 2night.
“Why are you laughing?” Jordan asks, breaking my focus away from the screen in my hand.
“He’s just being silly,” I say, as I quickly send my final message.
Nina: Have a good day. Thnx u 4 the mocha! xxx
I adore—I love—how playful and silly he can be. There’s no mistaking that he’s an alpha, take charge kind of male, but he fills me with a warmth that I didn’t know existed within me.
Text Copyright © 2015 Rene Webb, All Rights Reserved
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