It's beginning to look a lot like love . . .
Happy Ever After in Christmas
Christmas, Colorado #7
Releasing June 28th, 2016
It's beginning to look a lot like love . . .
As her thirtieth birthday approaches, Deputy Jill Flaherty decides it's time to live a little. When she walks into Sawyer Anderson's bar in her sexiest dress, she's not thinking that he's her brother's best friend or about the many women he dated during his years as a pro hockey player. All she's thinking is that it's finally time to confess to her longtime crush how she truly feels.
Sawyer is done being a player on and off the ice. Yet no one in the small town of Christmas seems to believe he's ready to settle down, not Jill, and certainly not Jack, who is determined to keep Sawyer from breaking his little sister's heart. But as Sawyer and Jill's relationship heats up, can he prove that he's her happy ever after?
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Sawyer briefly closed his eyes and drew a calming breath through his nose. He'd never needed calming breaths before. He was easygoing, unflappable. At least he had been until the lady . . . He opened his eyes, looking at her in the mirrored glass. There was no way she was Jill.
"You have got to be kidding me. What a baby. McCann barely touched him," she said, grabbing a handful of peanuts.
Sawyer swore under his breath. It was Jill. And he didn't need Ty hissing her name and elbowing her to know that it was.
"You watching the same game I am, lady? Because McCann slashed him," Black Label said.
"Oh, please. He was in the crease and bumped McCann. Let me guess, you're a Dallas fan," she said, making a face.
Sawyer shot her a shut-it look, wiping down the bar before handing Black Label his Scotch. Then he moved to stand in front of Jill, unable to keep from staring.
Ty grinned. "She looks gorgeous, doesn't she?"
Yeah, but that was beside the point. "What's with the dress, wig, and colored contacts? Is there a costume party in town?"
"No, there's not a costume party in town." Ty glared at him, lifting a lock of her hair while Jill stared at the television screen. "These are extensions. Expensive ones, I might add. And why would she wear contacts? She has the most beautiful eyes I've ever seen."
Sawyer had known her since she was five. If she had eyes the color of the ocean, he would know that, wouldn't he? As if in answer, his gaze dropped to the creamy skin filling out the ruffled neckline of her dress, and then he thought of those long, shapely legs in the red stilettos. He'd done his best to ignore the changes the other day on the boardwalk, but now it was next to impossible. Jill had grown up, and he'd missed the memo.
He'd missed something else; her cheeks were red and she wouldn't look at him. He knew women well enough to realize he hadn't just embarrassed her, he'd hurt her feelings. It wasn't her fault that he felt like an ass for flirting with her. "Shortstop," she drew those startling blue eyes from the screen, "you look beautiful," he said. "Do you have a big date?"
"Oh yes, she does. Or she will once--" Ty broke off, grimacing when she elbowed him in the ribs.
Sawyer wished he hadn't asked. With Jill looking the way she did right now, it was difficult to think of her as his best friend's sister. She was still the lady in red. The woman he'd wanted to get to know. He told himself what he'd told anyone who'd been interested in Jill over the years. Back off, buddy. She's off limits.
I've been waiting for Jill and Sawyer's story and I loved every single bit of it! Jill's been in love with Sawyer since she was ten, but he has always seen her a sister. She is not like most of the women he hooks up with, as a matter of fact she is the complete opposite. When she decides it's time to move on, Sawyer can't stand to see her with other men. But even though he is attracted to her, he's afraid it would ruin his friendship with her brother. These two obviously belong together, but they don't have the easiest of time getting to their happily ever after. There are some tear jerking moments along with some sigh worthy ones. I highly recommend this series of sweet romances!
I received an ARC via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review, all conclusions are my own.
Debbie Mason is USA Today bestselling author of the Christmas, Colorado series. Her books have been praised for their "likable characters, clever dialogue and juicy plots" (RT Book Reviews). She also writes historical paranormals as Debbie Mazzuca. Her MacLeod series has received several nominations for best paranormal as well as a Holt Medallion Award of Merit. When she isn't writing or reading, Debbie enjoys spending time with her very own real-life hero, their four wonderful children, an adorable grandbaby, and a yappy Yorkie named Bella.