With: Barbara White Daille
Whether we’re reading the sweetest or the spiciest romance in the world, we want to see our hero and heroine struggle in the relationship, overcome their obstacles, and find their happy ending. That’s not easy for any couple to do when they’re surrounded by kids!
In the case of my heroine and heroine from Snowboundwith Mr. Wrong, thanks to a snowstorm, Nick and Lyssa are trapped in an isolated cabin with three kids of varying ages.
To be precise, they’re dealing with a kindergartner, a preteen, and a teenager. I’ll introduce you to them in the excerpt below.
Worst. Day. Ever. After Lyssa Barnett’s sister tricks her into reprising her role at Snowflake Valley's annual children's party, she doesn’t think anything can be worse than squeezing into her too-small elf costume. Then tall, dark, and way too handsome Nick Tavlock shows up to play Santa…and an unexpected storm leaves them snowbound in the isolated lodge.
The last thing Nick wants is to spend a cozy Christmas Eve with a trio of kids and the woman who dumped him. But as much as Lyssa frustrates him, he can't stop thinking about her. And soon, he's fighting very un-Santa-like thoughts of kissing a certain sexy Miss Elf under the mistletoe. As Nick starts to fall for Lyssa all over again, he knows it will take nothing short of a miracle to have Lyssa in his arms on Christmas Day.
Lyssa and Mollie had agreed to play Go Fish with Tommy. This hand finished, she gave Tommy her cards to shuffle into the deck. Over his head, she watched Nick with Brent. They had pulled two of the armchairs to face each other with a small end table in between. Nick was teaching Brent how to play chess. With both their dark heads bent over the chessboard, they could have passed for father and son.
Mollie hadn’t moved more than a few feet from Nick’s side since he’d come back into the room from the kitchen.
Tommy hadn’t stopped talking and asking questions. As long as his topic didn’t turn to leaving the lodge, they could avoid a catastrophe.
“Miss Lyssa, when are we going home?” Not meeting her eyes, he looked down at the cards spread in front of him on the coffee table.
Her heart sank. Beyond Tommy, Nick and Brent looked at her. Mollie looked at Nick. Lyssa turned back to Tommy and ruffled his hair. “I don’t know for sure, sweetie. But we’ll all be together here until it’s time to leave.”
“But it’s Christmas in two days. I’m not gonna be home to put up my stocking. How’s Santa gonna fill my stocking?”
“You don’t have to be there,” Mollie said.
“Yes, I do,” he snapped.
In the glow from the fire, Lyssa saw his eyes fill with tears. What else could she say to reassure him?
“Mollie has a point,” Nick said suddenly.
Beaming, the little girl turned to look at him. Tommy turned, too, his expression not so joyous. Brent eyed Nick curiously, and even Lyssa couldn’t help glancing at him in surprise, wondering what he planned to say next.
“How?” Tommy demanded.
“Well, if you’re not home for Santa, Santa will come to you.”
“But my stocking—”
“We can make a stocking for Santa to fill,” Lyssa promised recklessly.
“You mean, use Nick’s socks?” Brent asked, pretending to be horrified.
Tommy and Mollie gasped.
Nick and Lyssa laughed.
“No,” she said. “Not using Nick’s socks. Tomorrow, you can make your own stocking, Tommy. With some fabric and a needle and thread, just like you made the popcorn chain.”
“Yay!” Tommy grinned.
Over Tommy’s head, she sent Nick a relieved smile.
When he gave her a slow smile in return, her pulse jumped a few beats. Blinking, she glanced away.
Yes, they had just avoided one catastrophe. But was her heart leading her directly down the road to another disaster?
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Barbara White Daille lives with her husband in the sunny Southwest. Though they love the warm winters and the lizards in their front yard, they haven’t gotten used to the scorpions in the bathroom. Barbara also loves writing, reading, and chocolate. Come to think of it, she enjoys writing about those subjects, too!
Barbara wrote her first short story at the age of nine, then typed "The End" to her first novel many years later...in the eighth grade. Now she's writing contemporary romance on a daily basis. Sign up for her newsletter to keep up with the latest in her writing life: .
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