Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Christmas At Eden Manor


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Christmas at Eden Manor

Brie Graves might be jobless, living with her brother, and recovering from a painful break-up, but she's determined to enjoy the holidays. Until the end of the year, she's going to do anything she wants to do, no matter how crazy it might be. Soon, she discovers exactly what she wants--to spend a week with a fascinating, sophisticated stranger. It doesn't matter that she only knows his first name or that he's more than twenty years older than her. After this one week, she'll never see him again.

Cyrus Damon has spent his life making money and holding himself to impossibly high standards. Pressured into taking a vacation in Savannah, he's alone and at loose ends, so he lets himself do something he never would have considered otherwise. He gives in to his attraction to a beautiful, free-spirited, and much-too-young woman. But, after the week is over, he'll once more be the man he's always been, left with nothing but the memory of a woman who made him happier than he's ever been.

He has no idea that when he visits his nephew in a charming bed and breakfast called Eden Manor, he'll find the woman he thought he'd left for good.

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Excerpt from Christmas at Eden Manor:

The movie ended at about four thirty, and they stayed together on the sofa, sitting in companionable silence. Cyrus would occasionally run a hand down her hair, and she really liked the feeling.

She liked the feel of his body beside her too. He was in good shape for a man his age, but he wasn’t particularly big or athletic. But she liked the lean hardness of him, the way every part of his body seemed to be warm. She liked the gentleness of his hands. He never touched her without making her feel very special.

She wondered what it would feel like if he touched her intimately, then decided it was probably better not to think of that at the moment.

“Is there anything you’d like to do now?” Cyrus asked after a few minutes.

She didn’t lift her head from where it was pressing against his chest. “I don’t know. I don’t really feel like going out.”

“Me either. Gordon can make us dinner later if you’d like.”

“That sounds good.”

For a moment she felt his lips against her hair again, but they were gone before she could turn her head to check. She told herself not to push it, that he wasn’t the kind of man who would like to feel pressured. But she heard herself saying anyway, “Cyrus?”

“Yes, dear heart?”

She adjusted enough so she could look him in the face, her heart leaping excitedly at the old-fashioned endearment. “I…” She trailed off, unsure of how to say what she evidently was going to say.

“What is it, Brie?” He gently caressed her cheek with his knuckles, his lovely brown eyes very soft.

She swallowed hard. “I wouldn’t mind… I mean, I would like to be… even closer to you if that’s something you want.”

For just a moment he grew very still.

“I’d understand if you’re not interested,” she said hurriedly, feeling her cheeks start to burn. 
“If I’m not really your type, or if that’s not what you were thinking about us. I just…” She ended with a ragged little breath.

“Brie,” he said, straightening up and then cupping her face in both his hands. “Of course I want to. Surely you can see that I do. But you have to understand, this isn’t something I usually do. Outside of relationships, I’ve never…. done anything. I suppose that strikes you as obscenely old-fashioned.”

“No, not at all!” Of course he wasn’t the kind of man who had casual sex. She never would have believed he was. “I understand. It’s fine if it’s too soon or if you’d rather not—I mean, with someone you’re just spending time with for the week. I like just being with you. I just wanted to let you know… let you know… I’m willing.”

She gulped at how stupid she must have sounded.

Something had come alive in his eyes, though, in the middle of her rambles. Something that made her realize he hadn’t thought she’d sounded stupid at all.

About Noelle Adams:

Noelle handwrote her first romance novel in a spiral-bound notebook when she was twelve, and she hasn’t stopped writing since. She has lived in eight different states and currently resides in Virginia, where she reads any book she can get her hands on and offers tribute to a very spoiled cocker spaniel.

She loves travel, art, history, and ice cream. After spending far too many years of her life in graduate school, she has decided to reorient her priorities and focus on writing contemporary romances.

If you'd like to contact Noelle, please contact her at noelle.s.adams@gmail.com. Or connect with her on
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1 comment:

  1. I got your first book as a freebie and since then I've bought and read the Heirs of Damon and Beaufort Brides series. I'm almost done with the Eden Manor series and then I'll do the Willow Park series. I looooooooooooove your books.

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