New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis returns to Heartbreaker Bay with a fun and festive holiday novella!
It’s Christmas Eve and Rory Andrews is desperate to get home to the family she hasn’t seen in years. Problem is, her only ride to Lake Tahoe comes in the form of the annoyingly handsome Max Stranton, and his big, goofy, lovable dog Carl.
Hours stuck in a truck with the dead sexy Max sounds like a fate worse than death (not), but Rory’s out of options. She’s had a crush on Max since high school and she knows he’s attracted to her, too. But they have history… and Max is the only one who knows why it went south.
They’ve done a good job of ignoring their chemistry so far, but a long road trip in a massive blizzard might be just what they need to face their past… and one steamy, snowy night is all it takes to bring Max and Rory together at last.
(ARC provided by author)
Rory Andrews is a 23 yr. old woman raised in Tahoe. She grew up feeling neglected, & didn’t have wonderful memories from her childhood. Between the rocky relationship with her family & being bullied at school, her teen years were awful, & she ran away just after her junior year when she was 17.
Rory now lives in San Francisco & works for a kind lady named Willa at the South Bark Mutt Shop. She got her GED & has really turned her life around in the past few years. She still has regrets from her past with her family but is happy now.
Rory hasn’t been home in years. She decides she is going home to Tahoe for the holidays to face her past & make amends with her family. A gorgeous guy from her home town offers her a ride since they’re going the same place. His name is Max Stranton. Max went to high school with Rory & was her first crush. He was the popular jock & she always flew under the radar. They now work in the same building & run into each other a lot. Wanting to save money, Rory accepts the ride home from Max.
Max has always been drawn to Rory & recently makes sure their paths cross often. He’s extremely attracted to her but doesn’t want to be. They have a history, & he holds a grudge against her for something she isn’t aware of. Most of the time she drove him crazy, but he couldn’t deny the physical pull between them. Whether they wanted to admit it, they’d both definitely taken notice of each other, & shared an intense chemistry that always seemed to ignite whenever they got close.
Max & Rory head for Tahoe on Christmas Eve & get stuck for hours together in a blizzard. Rory has always felt flustered around Max & is insanely attracted to him. Things quickly heat up between these two & as they come together they realize how bad they’ve wanted one another. Max has never felt this way about a woman, & wants Rory to be his, not just for the holidays, but for always.
I really enjoyed this holiday novella & can’t wait for Elle & Archer’s story next in Accidentally On Purpose. Just love this series!
-“You’re the one for me, Rory.”
-“I want you, Max. I always have.”
-“I want it all.”