By: Julie Brannagh
Releasing December 2nd, 2014
Holly Reynolds has a secret. Make that two. The first involves upholding her grandmother’s hobby answering Dear Santa letters from dozens of local school children. The second...well, he just came strolling in the door.
For the last two years, Holly has not been able to stop thinking about gorgeous Seattle Shark Derrick Collins. His on-field exploits induce nightmares in quarterbacks across the NFL, but she knows he has a heart of gold.
Derrick has never met a woman he wants to bring home to meet his family, mostly because he keeps picking the wrong ones-until he runs into sweet, shy Holly Reynolds. Different than anyone he’s ever known, Derrick realizes she might just be everything he needs.
When he discovers her holiday letter writing, he is determined to play Santa too. And as the pair team up to bring joy to one little boy very much in need, they discover the most precious Christmas gift of all: love.
Holly wrapped the robe around herself as she dashed across the hall to make a pit stop. She twisted her long hair into a coil of sorts and pulled it off of her neck with a banana clip. If she took a shower, did something with her hair, and put on a little makeup, she’d wake up everyone in the house. She could only hope that if Derrick saw her like this he didn’t scream and run.
She padded down the hallway and into the family room. Someone had left the kitchen light on during the night; she could at least see where she was going as a result. Grandma’s family room was a rectangle shape. Between the couch and chair and Derrick, there wasn’t a lot of room to maneuver. He’d shoved the coffee table that usually sat in front of the couch against the far wall to give himself a bit more room. Derrick was sprawled out on the family room floor, hugging a pillow, and naked from the waist up. He was snoring. It wasn’t a delicate thing, but she smiled a little. She wondered if the sound had lulled her grandma to sleep last night. Grandma had mentioned several times before that Grandpa’s snoring had never bothered her, and that she still missed it—and him. She smiled at the sunburst tattoo on Derrick’s
Julie Brannagh has been writing since she was old enough to hold a pencil. She lives in a small town near Seattle, where she once served as a city council member and owned a yarn shop. She shares her home with a wonderful husband, two uncivilized Maine Coons and a rambunctious chocolate Lab.
When she’s not writing, she’s reading, or armchair-quarterbacking her favorite NFL team from the comfort of the family room couch. Julie is a Golden Heart finalist and the author of contemporary sports romances.
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