I'll Be Home for Christmas (Twilight, Texas #7)
by Lori Wilde
Nothing says Christmas like New York Times bestselling author Lori Wilde and Twilight, TX, and now Lori returns to Twilight for a brand new heartwarming holiday tale. The matchmaking members of the Cookie Club are up to their old tricks again!
Christmas in Twilight, Texas, is all merriment and mistletoe. The Cookie Club is whipping up their most festive sweets, the townspeople are scrambling to get their holiday shopping done, and Joe-a hometown guy with a restless heart-is dreaming about the woman he wants to kiss most…
…And who happens to be staying at his sister’s place over the holidays, while Joe’s sister is away. But Joe isn’t quite sure he wants to be a living Christmas present to runaway law student Gabi Preston.
Joe thinks the sassy sweetheart he nicknames “Trouble” won’t inconvenience anything but his healthy sex drive. But when he discovers the reasons Gabi escaped from her life, he aches to give her everything she’s never had. As the magic of the season draws them together, the gift of love is the only one worth giving…
“Here you go,” said the pixie- haired barista whose name tag identified her as Brittany, sliding an oversized latte and a plate of salted mocha fudge cake in front of her. “Enjoy.”
Sighing with pleasure, Gabi took a bite of rich, moist cake.
“Oh my gosh!” She moaned, and put a hand to her mouth. “This is better than sex.”
“As delicious as Maddie’s cakes are,” drawled a deep masculine voice, “if you think cake is better than sex, then you’ve been doin’ something all wrong, darlin’.”
Gabi startled, banging her knee on the bottom of the table, and darted a gaze over at the man who’d stalked through the door.
He wore a brown leather jacket, tight-fitting faded Levi’s, and well- worn cowboy boots. He smelled like pine and leather and cool sunshine. He slipped off a pair of aviator sunglasses, stuck them in his jacket pocket, and ran a hand through thick, light brown hair that curled bewitchingly at the collar of his shirt. A roguish dimple punched provocatively into his left cheek darkened by beard stubble.
Holy habeas corpus! Whatta man!
Hot. He was hot. She was hot. The room was hot. Hot. Hot. Hot.
His gaze drilled straight through her and his eyes lit up as if he possessed X- ray vision and could see exactly what she looked like without a stitch of clothing on, and he approved of what he saw.
She hiccupped. Dammit.
Whenever she got nervous, she hiccupped. Which was part of what had sunk her in law school.
Why was she so nervous? He- Man wasn’t nearly as intimidating as a jury or her law professors or, heaven forbid, her parents.
She didn’t know whether it was his tanned skin, or white straight teeth, or that gorgeous face sculpted with just the right amount of hard ridges and sharp angles, or those eyes the sinful color of fudge cake, or his long- legged, leisurely strut that said the world was his oyster and he knew how to shuck it, but she hiccupped again.
Whatever it was, she wasn’t accustomed to this intense level of masculine scrutiny and she didn’t know if she should encourage it or not. She wanted to, but she was anxious.
And whenever she got anxious, out came the hiccups.
Her first NYT bestseller, the third book in her Twilight, Texas series, The First Love Cookie Club has been optioned for a television movie. The town of Granbury, Texas, upon which her fictional town of Twilight, Texas is loosely based, honors Lori with an annual Twilight, Texas weekend each Christmas. www.twilighttexas.com
A popular writing instructor, Lori is a two time RITA finalist and has four times been nominated for Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award. She’s won the Colorado Award of Excellence, the Wisconsin Write Touch Award, The Golden Quill, the Lories, and The More than Magic. Her books have been translated into 27 languages and excerpted in Cosmopolitan, Redbook, Complete Woman, and Quick and Simple magazines. She lives in Texas with her husband, Bill, and her two New American Shepherds.
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Praise for Lori Wilde
— Library Journal on CHRISTMAS AT TWILIGHT
“Christmas at Twilight is a wonderful heartwarming story not to be missed. The characters are written with compassion as the love between the couple grows.”
— RT Book Reviews (4 Stars) on CHRISTMAS AT TWILIGHT
“Lori Wilde has created a rich and wonderful story about the charm of small town life combined with the power and passion of first love. Delicious!”
— Robyn Carr on A Cowboy Christmas