Moonlight in Winter Park
by Samantha Chase
“Moonlight in Winter Park” – A modern-day Beauty and the Beast style Christmas.
All Hope Cooper needed this year was to have the kind of Christmas her family always cherished. But with her parents gone and her only brother having to work, it doesn’t look like it’s going to work out for her. There’s nothing she can do about her parents, but she most certainly can voice her annoyance at her brother’s boss for making him work out of town all through the holidays.
Beckett James hates the holidays and everything that goes with them. They were important at one time, but now the only thing that mattered was his company and it’s continued growth and anyone who worked for him better feel the same way. If not, then they could find employment elsewhere and good riddance. With a major expansion deal on the line, Beckett needs to focus. What he doesn’t need is Hope to come barging into his mountain retreat demanding that her brother come home immediately due to an emergency.
Suddenly it’s two alone in a snowstorm. Two alone for Christmas. And two alone to fight an attraction that had been there all along. Hope soon begins to realize she may have misjudged Beckett while he comes to see that there really is something special and magical about Christmas. But once they leave their private winter wonderland and return to their normal lives, will the magic still be there?
Hope noticed that although it wasn’t completely cleared, there was a path in the snow that was leading to…wait. Was that a gazebo? In the middle of the woods? She turned and looked up at Beckett. “Am I seeing things?”
“That depends? What do you think you’re seeing?”
“You’re not seeing things.”
“What’s a gazebo doing in the woods?”
They arrived at it and it was completely cleared off and the roof was covered in the same white lights that coated the trees. They walked up the steps and Beckett took the opportunity to turn Hope in his arms and pull her close. She was just about to ask him again about the gazebo when she suddenly heard the music start. Bing Crosby’s Winter Wonderland to be exact.
“Oh,” she sighed and smiled. “Oh that’s nice.”
Together they swayed to the music. “I thought you’d prefer this to my humming. I know I do.”
“I didn’t think you’d have any Christmas music.”
“Why? Because you think I’m a Scrooge?”
Hope chuckled. “I never said that.”
“You didn’t have to. It was thoroughly implied.” His tone was light and teasing as he held her close and began to hum along with the music.
“You certainly have your Scrooge moments but they’re getting less and less.”
“And that’s a good thing?” he asked.
She nodded. “It’s a great thing.”
And then they danced together under the moonlight.
New York Times and USA Today Bestseller/contemporary romance writer Samantha Chase released her debut novel, Jordan’s Return, in November 2011. Although she waited until she was in her 40’s to publish for the first time, writing has been a lifelong passion. Her motivation to take that step was her students: teaching creative writing to elementary age students all the way up through high school and encouraging those students to follow their writing dreams gave Samantha the confidence to take that step as well.
When she’s not working on a new story, she spends her time reading contemporary romances, blogging, playing way too many games of Scrabble on Facebook and spending time with her husband of 25 years and their two sons in North Carolina. For more information visit her website at www.chasing-romance.com.
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