A Calamity Falls Christmas Novella
Cover Design: Serendipity Formatting
Release Date: September 17, 2020
Single mom Skylar James is absolutely not interested in the broody, inked artist who works in her brother’s motorcycle repair shop. She’s focused on her four-year-old son and her thriving business as an image consultant. But when he asks her to work her magic on his widowed mom, how can she say no? She’s in—even if it means a road trip with the man who can’t take a hint.
When Jinx Costello rolled into Calamity, Wyoming, he met the woman who owned him heart and soul. Unfortunately, he hasn’t been able to convince her about their destiny. She won’t even go on a date with him. But when he sees her in action with a client, he puts his own needs aside to ask for help with his mom.
Away from her family and business, Skylar finally lets down her guard and realizes why she’s been fighting Jinx so hard: she’s wildly attracted to him. Which makes it hard to uphold her vow not to date while her son’s little.
Jinx can’t believe the woman of his dreams is finally giving him a chance. But is she just letting loose on a Vegas road trip?
Because this is it for him. She’s it.
And now he just has to prove it to her.
That mouth. She heard his words, but she read I wonder what you taste like in his eyes. “You’re welcome. I’m…” This is crazy.
Cut it out. You’re here for his mom.
He has a girlfriend.
The reminder dumped a pot of cold water on her libido. And, yeah, it sucked that she’d missed her shot with him, but maybe this trip—what she’d done for his mom—made up for the way she’d treated him.
“I’m happy to be here.” Her voice came out as dry and scratchy as sandpaper.
When his tongue came out and licked his bottom lip, she watched it, aware of the tingly sensations running down her spine and pulsing between her legs. The way her heart thundered, and desire blossomed across her skin told her she felt something very different from happy.
She was attracted to Jinx in a way she’d never felt before.
This is why I pushed him away.
Because it scared her half to death. Eddie had been her first love, and when he’d abandoned her, he’d broken more than her heart. He’d shattered her ability to trust.
But Jinx was a man. A once-in-a-lifetime kind of man. She could love him in that profound, in-sickness-or-in-health kind of way.
Which meant…he could destroy her.
He’s worth the risk.
And right then she knew it. If things didn’t work out with his girlfriend, if he ever wanted to give her a second chance, she would absolutely, whole-heartedly take that risk.
When gratitude left his expression, when color rose high in his cheeks, when his gaze drifted down to her mouth, she knew he’d read every emotion in her heart. She released his hand. “Sorry.”
“Your girlfriend won’t appreciate me touching you. I know I wouldn’t want to see another woman’s hands on you.”
He took her hand back. “We broke up.”
Her body went hot. The clash of excitement and fear made her sick to her stomach. “You…what? Why? When?”
“Last night. Right before you came to my room.”
“But why? She’s so nice and…happy.”
“Yeah, I know. That’s why I dated her. She came out of nowhere…pulled me out of my cave, but I never caught feelings, you know?”
This weird, weightless feeling came over her. She wasn’t on the couch anymore. She was hovering, hope beating a painful drumbeat in her heart. Thoughts floated, but she refused to pull them in, to let them settle long enough to read them. Is this happening?
Could he be coming back to her? She reached for the armrest to keep her grounded.
“And I guess being around you really drove that home.”
Happiness hit like a punch to the chest, knocking her back. Tears burned, and she couldn’t explain it. It made no sense. “You…have feelings for me?”
“I think you know I always have. It’s cool. I know you’re not into me. But it’s there for me, and I can’t pretend it’s not. So, I ended it. It’s not fair to be thinking of one woman when you’re with someone else.”
She could barely speak past the emotions hurtling through her. “She must be devastated.” Her voice sounded scraped raw. A hot tear spilled onto her cheek.
He reared back. “Oh, Jesus. I didn’t mean to upset you.”
She shook her head. “You didn’t. I’m just…” An army of fire ants marched through her body. She was stinging, burning…and… “I’m scared.”
“Of me?” He looked appalled.
“No, no.” She swiped the tear away. “Of this. Us.”
He leaned in close. “Why? Why does it scare you?”
“God, Jinx. Because it’s big, this thing. We’re…we’re everything.”