Get your Christmas spirit charged with Christmas Joy.
Pinecone has lost its Christmas spirit! Santa Claus tasks Paisley, a spirit Elf, with finding a true believer, the one resident of the town capable of inspiring everyone to delight in the spirit of Christmas. Hmm. Tricky? Not… really.
One touch of Christmas magic later and local storekeeper Joy Blake’s on a quest to revive Pinecone’s Christmas Festival, bringing back the beloved community event of her childhood. Her obstacle is Ash Montgomery, the handsome town mayor who’s focused on the fiscal, not the festive.
Convincing the sexy Ash to bring Christmas back to Pinecone is a challenge Joy can’t resist, any more than she can stop testing the gorgeous mayor’s resolve to never date residents. She’s determined to get what she wants. What he wants is her. Christmas in Pinecone is heating up.
Publisher’s Note: Christmas Joy was available previously for a short time at another house that has since gone dark.
Ash Montgomery killed his engine and jumped out of the vehicle. “Are you all right?”
She blinked and looked around. “Did you see it?” He hunkered down beside her. He didn’t see any cuts or abrasions. “See what?” Brown eyes wide, she stared at the sky. “The fireworks.”
The woman appeared more startled than hurt. Attractive, despite the lack of makeup, her face was delicate, her lips full and her long brown hair pulled back into a ponytail. She wore a purple sports bra and stretchy black shorts that clung to her curves.
“I didn’t see fireworks,” Ash said. “I saw you take a tumble.”
“I saw a flash of white light. Then the light shot out of the sky and burst over my head. Sparkles everywhere. You didn’t see it?”
“Sorry.” He offered his hand. “Let me help you up.” The woman lifted her gaze and searched the sky. “I saw a flash in the sky.” Beads of perspiration dotted her forehead and her cheeks flushed dusky-pink.
Had she struck her head when she’d fallen? Was that why she thought she saw lights? “Do you feel dizzy?”
“No. I’m fine.” “You’re sure? Did you strike your head?” She held up her arm. “Scraped my elbow. Nothing a bandage won’t fix.” “Are you well enough to stand?” “I’m fine.” She took his hand and stood. She was slender, with long, shapely
legs. “Thanks.” “Can I give you a lift? Maybe you should have a doctor check you out.” She must
be a visitor to the area. Ash glanced at her left hand. She wasn’t wearing a wedding ring. “Is there someone I can call?”
“That’s not necessary. I live right downtown. I can walk.”
Raised in Pinecone, Ash thought he knew everyone in town. Then it hit him. “You’re Harland Temple’s granddaughter.”
She smiled and her face lit up. “I’m Joy Blake. Granddad left the property to me.” “The whole town was sorry to lose Harland. Are you selling the building?” “I’m living upstairs and I plan to open a gift shop in the retail space below.” “Welcome to town, Joy. I’m Ash Montgomery. Let me give you a ride. I insist.”
“Thanks, Ash.” She settled into the passenger seat of the SUV. “I can’t wait until winter. I used to spend my Christmas vacations with my grandparents. Nothing was better than Christmas in Pinecone. I loved the festival. Especially the Parade of Lights.”
“That was fun,” Ash said. “Pinecone without a Christmas festival. That’s just sad.” Ash had enjoyed the festival, once upon a time. His mother had spent the entire
year planning the parade and organizing the festival. His parents had covered a good percentage of the costs, but after his mother’s fatal car crash on Christmas Eve, Ash’s father wanted nothing to do with the festival. “Events like the festival are expensive for a town the size of Pinecone,” Ash said.
The ride to town was far too short. Ash pulled over. He started to get out of the car to assist Joy, but she was up and out like a shot. She shut the door. “Thanks, Ash. See you around.”
Admiring the sexy sway of her hips, he watched Joy walk across the street to her building. Her ass in those shorts was something to behold. Desire coiled through him, intense and elemental. He wanted Joy.
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