By Mary Balogh
In a couple of vintage Regency-era Christmas romance novels from manhattan occasions bestselling writer Mary Balogh, the vacations bring in the best reward of all: unforeseen, all-consuming love.
A Christmas Bride
The very filthy rich Edgar Downes has promised his getting older father to ultimately take a bride—specifically, to wed a titled girl by means of Christmas. London is filled with beautiful, right, and eligible misses, yet it’s the widow Helena, woman Stapleton, in a stunning purple gown, who captures Edgar’s realization. Helena is intrigued via the seductive stranger—but he’s easily now not in her classification. Marriage, in fact, could by no means do. yet in a season of miracles, anything wondrous is ready to happen.
Not even the nice and cozy, forgiving Christmas spirit can cease the Marquess of Denbigh from settling his rating with Judith Easton: the attractive younger widow injured Denbigh’s delight years in the past by way of jilting him for an additional guy. Now that Judith is unfastened from a nightmare marriage, the good-looking marquess has her in his sights—and wishes her in his palms. yet to belief the smooth phrases on his lips, Judith must never merely see previous the hardness of his center, yet study once more to belief her personal heart’s hope.
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Jake didn’t realize he still had his hand on Tabitha’s back until he paused at the door of her office and she stepped away from him. His hand suddenly felt cold, bereft. Jake cursed under his breath. This shouldn’t be happening. The first rule of hostage negotiation was never get emotionally involved with anyone connected to the hostages. Not only was it unprofessional, not only did it cloud your vision and color your decisions, but relationships forged in crisis situations were doomed from the start.
If there was one thing he prided himself on, it was his self-control. ” They stared across the desk for several long seconds, the only sounds the tinkling water fountain, the hum of the fish tank and the whoosh of heavy breathing. Realizing the heavy breathing was his, Jake slapped his thighs and stood. ” Tabitha’s spine straightened, making her several inches taller in the chair. ” “Search tactics. Security measures. ” Her eyes widened. “You think he’s going to call me? ” Actually, there were several reasons Tabitha had made herself the focal point for Hines during the press conference.
Maybe she’d have cooled off by then. Oh, she looked cool enough, sitting there in her serene surroundings. But there were telltale signs—shallow breathing, high color on her cheeks—that let him know she was still seething inside. He spun around and headed for the door. He needed to do a bit of cooling off himself. As he turned to close the door behind him, Jake couldn’t resist one last look. She seemed so aloof, so in control. But he knew better. So she hated cops. Why? The only reason he could come up with from what he knew about her was that her father had made sergeant in the Dallas Police Department.