Christmas at Twilight
Twilight, Texas # 5
By: Lori Wilde
Releasing October 28th, 2014
It's Christmas in Twilight, Texas. The Cookie Club is baking, the town is decorated, and Delta Force Operator "Hutch" Hutchinson has finally, reluctantly, returned home . . .
. . . only to get pepper sprayed by the delicious- looking stranger who's taken over his house. She says her name is Jane, and she immediately sets down ground rules. Top priority: no touching. For Hutch that isn't easy—he was wounded in action, but one part is still working very well.
Then Hutch learns the truth. Jane harbors a frightening secret—she's really Meredith Sommers, on the run from a dangerous ex-husband and desperately in need of the safety Hutch can provide. In that moment, he vows he'd do anything in his power to protect her. And as Christmas approaches, they discover that their love can conquer the past and overcome any obstacle—but what price will they pay?
Her heart dropped into her stomach, heavy as an iron anchor. She thumbed a text to her housemate. U OK?
Raylene came out of the massage room and Meredith handed her a bottle of chilled water. “Be sure to drink lots of water to flush out your system.”
“Thanks, sweetie.” Raylene leaned over to tuck a hundred-dollar bill into the pocket of Meredith’s uniform. “You have a merry Christmas.”
“Wait, wait, Mrs. Pringle, this is too much,” Meredith protested, and fished the bill from her pocket. Shut up and take it. You can get Ben’s presents out of layaway with this.
Raylene folded her hand around Meredith’s. “Accept it, please. I know what it’s like to be broke at Christmas.”
“You?” It was Meredith’s understanding that Raylene and Earl Pringle were among the richest people in Twilight.
“Honey, I was raised on the wrong side of the tracks. It wasn’t until Earl’s family struck oil on their land that we had a pot to piss in. Go on. Take it.”
“What makes you think I need the money?”
“You’re a single mom renting a room from Ashley Hutchinson. ’Nuff said. Now let’s not hear any more about it.”
Meredith straightened. “While I do appreciate the gesture, please donate the money to the Christmas Angel charity that you’re a part of. Plenty of people need this money much more than I do. In fact, hold on a minute.”
She darted into the employees’ lounge, got her purse from her locker, and opened the worn brown wallet to find a twenty-dollar bill and sixteen ones. She gulped. She never kept a bank account—not since, well, never mind that—and this was all the money she had. But there had been times when she didn’t have a quarter to her name, and Friday was payday. She had groceries in the house, gas in the minivan, and probably six or seven dollars’ worth of coins on top of her dresser. She’d get by. Not so the mothers of children whose names were on the Angel Tree.
Resolutely, she plucked the twenty from her wallet and took it back to Mrs. Pringle. “Here, please add this to the fund.”
Raylene wrinkled her forehead. “Are you sure?”
“Absolutely. I just wish I had more money to give.”
“That’s so kind of you.” Raylene touched Meredith’s shoulder and looked at her with a mixture of sympathy and you-got-guts-girl admiration. “Are you planning on coming to our annual Christmas cookie swap this Friday evening? We’d love to have you join us. The party is at my house. I’ll e-mail you directions.”
Another great addition to the Twilight, Texas series! Sweet, romantic, emotional, and suspenseful - I couldn't put it down once I started. This can be read as a standalone, but if you're familiar with the previous books in the series, you get to catch up a bit with past couples. Highly recommended!
Lori Wilde is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over 70 works of romantic fiction. She is a two-time RITA award nominee, a four time Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice nominee and has won numerous other awards. She earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Texas Christian University and holds a certificate in nursing forensics. An animal lover, Lori is owned by several pets, and lives in Texas with her husband, Bill.
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