While working as a newspaper sportswriter, Darlene Gardner realized she'd rather make up quotes than rely on an athlete to say something interesting. So she quit her job and concentrated on a fiction career that landed her at Harlequin/Silhouette, where she's written for Temptation, Duets and Intimate Moments as well as Superromance. Visit Darlene on the web at www.darlenegardner.com
Cole for Christmasby Darlene Gardner
Anna Wesley can't bear anyone to be alone on Christmas Eve, not even her new marketing assistant Cole Mansfield the man who's after her job. Still, she invites him to dinner with her family. Big mistake. Anna's never brought a man home before, so Cole is treated like a future son-in-law. Worse, Cole acts the part, touching her every/em>
Anna Wesley can't bear anyone to be alone on Christmas Eve, not even her new marketing assistant Cole Mansfield the man who's after her job. Still, she invites him to dinner with her family. Big mistake. Anna's never brought a man home before, so Cole is treated like a future son-in-law. Worse, Cole acts the part, touching her every chance he gets and she's enjoying it far too much! So much so that she's sure she's getting Cole for Christmas!
Romancing the boss is out of the question for Colenot with the secret he's hiding. But around Anna's family, her touch-me-not attitude turns warm hot, then blazes out of control. This Anna isn't his boss, she's all womanand it's no secret she's all Cole wants. With the family's invitation to join them on their ski holiday, he knows the time is right to make Anna hisforget socks, sweaters and a toothbrush the only thing Cole's packing is mistletoe!
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When he learned that Arthur Skillington was his biological father, Cole Mansfield moved to Pennsylvania to get acquainted with the man. Arthur asks Cole to do him a favor and quietly infiltrate his company as a new employee to learn why profits are lower than they should be, but not tell anyone that he is the boss¿ son. Cole detests the sham, but agrees to do the masquerade....................................... On Christmas Eve, Cole¿s supervisor Anna Wesley sees him still working long after everyone else has gone home to spend time with their respective families. On a whim and feeling sorry for his being alone for the holidays, she invites Cole to join her family for a holiday meal though she knows how her parents will react to her bringing home a handsome hunk. As Cole and Anna begin to fall in love, he worries how she will react once she learns the ruse he and his dad performed................................... COLE FOR CHRISTMAS is a pleasant Yuletide romance due to the amusing antics of the lead couple, neither of which is prepared to fall in love. The secondary characters (their relatives) play matchmakers whose interference causes havoc for Anna and Cole, but enjoyment for the audience. Darlene Gardner gifts her fans with a fine holiday fare that is mistletoe fun........................ Harriet Klausner