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The Billionaire's Christmas Baby: A Red River Series Book
     

The Billionaire's Christmas Baby: A Red River Series Book

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by Victoria James
 

The Billionaire's Christmas Baby by Victoria James

An Entangled Christmas Classic …

Jackson Pierce didn't make his fortune entertaining every half-cocked idea, especially one involving diaper changes. Not even the cute brunette who links him to the baby in her arms can crack his icy heart.A baby on the doorstep is the least of Hannah

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The Billionaire's Christmas Baby by Victoria James

An Entangled Christmas Classic …

Jackson Pierce didn't make his fortune entertaining every half-cocked idea, especially one involving diaper changes. Not even the cute brunette who links him to the baby in her arms can crack his icy heart.A baby on the doorstep is the least of Hannah Woods's problems—she has to find the baby's uncle, or the child will end up in foster care. She sleuths her way to the reclusive CEO's doorstep only to find six feet of holiday sexy—and a door slammed in her face. But when Jackson comes around and urges they marry for little Emily's sake, Hannah finds herself falling for the jaded billionaire and wishing for a holiday miracle of their own…

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781622668090
Publisher:
Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date:
11/07/2012
Series:
A Billionaire for Christmas , #1
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
184
Sales rank:
12,189
File size:
2 MB

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The Billionaire's Christmas Baby


By Victoria James, Alethea Spiridon Hopson, Wendy Chen

Entangled Publishing, LLC

Copyright © 2012 Victoria James
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-62266-809-0


CHAPTER 1

"Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas ..."

Hannah pounded the volume button on her car stereo so hard her index finger bent backward painfully. She rubbed her throbbing finger, glaring at the now black display. It was so not going to be a Merry Christmas. The odds were stacked against merry and highly in favor of miserable.

She had lied to her boss, co-workers, and broken some of the cardinal rules in child protective services to be here. While other people were decorating their homes, doing Christmas shopping, and attending holiday parties, she was sitting in a cold car, spying on a man from behind a snowdrift with a sleeping infant in the backseat.

But she'd finally tracked him down, and after three miserable, long weeks, she'd found baby Emily's uncle. Now all she had to do was knock on his door and introduce him to Emily.

Oh, and then convince him to adopt her.

Right. Great plan, Hannah.

If she had any sense of self-preservation she'd throw her car into reverse and hightail it out of Northern Ontario. She would brave the nightmare road conditions over convincing a man who had turned his back on his family for over a decade to drop everything and adopt his niece. But she knew she couldn't do that. Hannah turned in her seat to check on Emily who had been sleeping contentedly in her car seat.

Hannah glanced back at the rustic log cabin in front of her. She had everything rehearsed. She would approach the situation with compassion and honesty. She could do this. She had to do this. Hannah bit her lower lip as she peered through the peephole she'd created in her windshield. Her half-full cup of Starbucks holiday blend, long since abandoned, sat in the cup holder beside an empty baby bottle.

She ducked as she spotted movement in the house. Luckily, she was almost sure that the man hadn't noticed her silver Jetta buried in the snowdrift in the driveway. As soon as she had exited the highway and pulled out onto the back roads she'd felt like a moving snowman on wheels. When she finally found the cabin, located in nowheres-ville, she had drifted down the unplowed drive, saying a silent prayer she wouldn't hit the parked Range Rover.

Gurgling from the backseat jolted her. She had to go in before Emily woke up. It's now or never, Hannah. She turned on the engine one last time, blasting the heat on high before she had to leave the car.

She slipped her lucky red wool knitted hat with its oversized pom-pom onto her head with a decisive tug — she'd need all the luck she could get. She had a good ten minutes before she had to worry about Emily getting cold, but she added a few more layers of blankets onto the baby, who was already bundled in a bunting bag, hat, and mittens. Hannah reached over to the passenger seat, her hands blindly seeking out her purse and mittens, while her eyes stayed riveted on the cabin. She tucked the vintage Santa tin filled with homemade, sparkle-laden sugar cookies under her arm. No one could resist her Christmas cookies.

She hoped Louise's brother, once Christopher James, now Jackson Pierce, was the type of man to appreciate homemade cookies. His name change had added a few extra days to her search, but thanks to her friends at the police department and her own bit of ingenuity, she'd found him at this cabin. There was no trace of Christopher James when child services had looked for him, but Hannah knew the details of his past, and knew this man would want nothing to do with Louise's baby. She'd been pretty shocked by his identity. He was the founder and CEO of one of North America's largest computer software companies.

Hannah opened the door and the wind whipped snow onto her face as she struggled to get out quickly before the cold air infiltrated the car. She stepped into at least three feet of snow and fought the urge to yelp out loud as it made contact with her feet. So much for waterproof boots. Careful not to fall and drop the cookies, she walked as fast as she could, her feet feeling like lead as she reached the front porch. She glanced around the house and confirmed what she'd suspected from the inside of her car — there was no Christmas wreath on the door or Christmas lights. Or anything remotely Christmas- y at all.

It was an omen. A bad one.

She gave herself a mental shake, forcing herself to calm down. Hurry up, Hannah.

She took a deep breath of icy air and knocked. Her thick red mittens made it sound more like the paws of a furry animal thumping on the door ... maybe he couldn't hear the muffled knocking against the sound of the storm. She was about to yank off a mitten when the door swung open. Her hand froze in midair, and the only thought she could process was why oh why did she have to be wearing the hideous red hat?

Jackson Pierce was at least six foot two inches of raw masculinity — the type of man who looked as though he belonged to no one, shared with no one. The kind that would normally make her run in the other direction. His hair was the color of expensive cognac, slightly mussed but clean cut, with eyes a few shades deeper. He was tanned, in that natural, not-from-a-tanning-salon sort of way, with dark stubble across a firm jaw and chin. Jackson was not what she expected.

Definitely built and definitely mouth-watering ... if you were into that sort of look.

And she was not.

He frowned at her. "Are you lost?"

Hannah realized she must look like an idiot standing on his porch not saying a word. She lowered her arm, straightening her shoulders, and tried to project the image of the calm, cool, collected professional she usually was. "No, no. Not really."

In the six-hour car ride and the twenty minutes of stalking in her car outside, she'd had everything rehearsed. She had even practiced her speech in front of Emily and had earned a few enthusiastic gurgles. But now, in front of him, she couldn't bring herself to say the words she'd carefully planned. He raised his eyebrows, bracing his shoulder against the doorjamb. His fitted navy Henley shirt outlined his muscular arms and wide chest. The cold air obviously wasn't bothering him in the least.

"Do you need help?" His voice. Sort of like smooth silk and rough suede. Unfortunately, his carefully enunciated question also implied that he thought she was mentally challenged.

It was now or never. She cleared her throat and was sure to maintain eye contact.

"Are you Christopher James?" she blurted out, deciding to use his real name at the last minute.

His brown brows snapped together. He pushed away from the doorjamb, and stood straight up. Suddenly he looked much more intimidating, and not at all nice.

"Who are you?"

"I'm Hannah Woods. Look, I'm sorry to bother you —" She took a deep breath. "I'm here because of your sister, Louise." Self-preservation was a skill she'd learned early in her life, and right now her instincts were telling her to run in the other direction.

"I don't have a sister."

Hannah cleared her throat. "I'm sorry. I know that —"

He scowled. "What? What do you know?"

"I know that you changed your name and —"

He slammed the door in her face and Hannah was in disbelief. She stood still and stared at the black door. One thing was for sure — Jackson Pierce or Christopher James or whatever his name was, was definitely not a Christmas sugar cookie kind of man. What had she been thinking anyway? That she could shove cookies down the man's throat while having a heart-to-heart about his sister and abandoned niece?

Tears began to blur her vision as she stared at the bare door, the reality of her situation setting it. Emily's temporary foster placement with Mrs. Ford would end soon and after that Hannah would have very little control over what happened to the baby. Hannah had fought vigorously to have the woman be Emily's interim guardian. Mrs. Ford was one of the best foster parents she'd ever come across. Hannah had gone to visit Emily every day after work. Spending time with the baby had become the highlight of her day. Hannah had been able to sleep at night, knowing the baby was in good hands while she searched for her uncle. It was Mrs. Ford's faith in her that allowed Hannah to take Emily to find her uncle without going through the child welfare office. There was no way Hannah's boss would have given her approval.

Hannah clutched the tin tightly to her chest and tried to ignore the lump in her throat that she suspected was due in part to feeling like a moron and in part to desperation. She would not cry. She did not cry. Before the night she'd found Emily, she hadn't cried in years. What was she going to do? The man she had gambled on was nastier than a man that good-looking had any right to be. And to top it all off, she was in the middle of nowhere during a blizzard with a two month old baby and only her car for shelter.

She squinted against the wind, looking at the car. She had to make a move and fast. She pictured little Emily being removed from Mrs. Ford's care. What if they didn't find permanent placement for her? Emily could have years and years of being shuffled around, never having a home of her own. Hannah knew all about that. She wasn't going to let that happen to this baby.

The minute she had picked up that baby outside the church she knew it was for a reason. Louise believed in her. And Louise believed in her brother. There had to be more to this man than what she'd just witnessed. She owed it to Louise. She had to honor Louise's wishes, no matter how miserable of a man Emily's uncle was. She couldn't chicken out now.

Hannah took a deep breath, straightened out her not at all fashionable hat, and knocked on the door again. She didn't know what she was going to say, but Jackson Pierce was not going to get rid of her that easily. Adrenaline and panic intertwined and wove their way through her body as she gave herself a mental pep talk. She wasn't a quitter. Emily needed her.

There was no answer.

She ripped off her mitten and pounded. Hard. But there was still no answer.

Fine. Jackson Pierce thought he was stubborn? Well, he was about to meet his match. She lifted her foot and gave the door a swift, hard kick. Just as she was about to give it another one worthy of a champion soccer player, he whipped open the door. She struggled not to fall backwards as she almost lost her balance. She quickly lowered her foot, composed herself, and forced a smile on her face.

He didn't smile back.

"Look, Mr. Pierce, this is a matter of life or death."

He raised his eyebrows, clearly unimpressed. "Whose death?"

She frowned at him. "It's really a matter of life, actually."

"What's your name again?"

"Hannah, Hannah Woods." She was relieved by his more reasonable tone. The life or death line was always a winner at getting someone to take her seriously.

"Do you realize, Hannah Woods, that you are trespassing on private property?"

Okay, so maybe that line didn't work on Mr. Pierce. She felt her insides twist into a knot as she stared into hostile brown eyes.

She nodded carefully. "Yes, I realize that. I don't usually do this sort of thing, but your sister Louise died ..."

He cursed loudly. "And let me guess, she left a pile of bills?"

She shook her head. She was about to explain when he cut her off.

"I don't associate with money-grubbing, junkie friends of my sister. So get your ass off my property and —"

"I'm not a friend of your sister's."

He leaned forward so that his face was a few inches from hers. "I don't care," he hissed. "I don't care if you were a friend of hers or a friend of the frickin' Pope. I. Don't. Care. So get the hell off my property."

He stepped back and this time he slammed the door so violently that she actually shuddered. It took her a few seconds to process what had happened.

Jackson Pierce was a jerk.

In all her imaginings about how this was going to unfold, him yelling at her and slamming a door in her face, twice, wasn't what she'd envisioned. She'd thought he'd at least hear her out. But he hadn't even given her a chance to tell him about Emily. She knew deep down, under that nasty temper, there had to be a good man. Louise had told her all about him, what a good brother he'd been. But that had been a long time ago, and Louise had made so many mistakes. He had obviously never forgiven her. When he hadn't been at the funeral Hannah assumed it was because he didn't know she had died. But now, after witnessing his palpable anger toward anything Louise, she wondered if he just hadn't cared to show up. So where did that leave Emily?

Hannah stood unmoving on the porch, the harsh wind hammering snow and ice up and down her body as though it too were taking a turn at trying to knock her down. Her car was already buried under the snow and must have lost most of its heat. She wasn't a quitter, but it was obviously time to think of a Plan B. She needed to get moving. But where the heck were they going to go at eight o'clock at night during a blizzard?

"Merry Christmas, Mr. Pierce," she grumbled to herself, as she carefully climbed down the porch steps, still holding her Santa tin filled with cookies. She could sit in her car and gorge herself on cookies until she came up with a plan. Luckily, she had two cases of baby formula in the trunk.

So much for the lucky hat. Maybe she should rip it off and then stomp on it. She was exhausted and cold and now, thanks to Jackson Pierce, miserable. She trudged through the snow as quickly as the wind and snow would allow, her sights on the car. Emily was going to need to eat again in under an hour, and the last thing she wanted to do was pull over in the middle of nowhere to give her a bottle. Maybe she could try and knock on the door of that charming bungalow at the end of the street — it had been adorned from top to bottom in Christmas decorations and lights. Surely, whoever lived there wouldn't turn a woman and a baby away in a blizzard.

What kind of a jerk would let a woman go out alone during a blizzard anyway?


* * *

What kind of a jackass yells in a woman's face and then lets her drive away in the middle-of-nowhere Northern Ontario, during a blizzard, at night?

Jackson looked out the window at the petite brunette as she tried to brush the snow off the windshield. But every time she did, the wind would blow on even more snow. By the looks of her, one strong gust might carry her away too. Even that grandma hat she was wearing was all white with snow.

He continued to stare out the window, his fists jammed into his jeans pockets. Guilt was ripping a jagged hole through his gut, as he recalled the shocked look in her eyes. He'd been an ass. He rarely lost his cool, and yet, a few minutes ago he stood yelling at this tiny slip of a woman at his front door. Would it be so bad to let this Hannah woman spend the night? How much of a threat could a woman who barely reached the top of his chin with the pom-pom be? He'd find out what she wanted and then make it clear that he had no intention of speaking to anyone about his family. Then tomorrow morning, when the storm was over, she'd leave. Easy. Done.

Jackson shook his head as she disappeared into a giant mound of snow. With a rough sigh, and a few of his favorite curses, he shrugged into his leather, sheepskin lined jacket and flicked on the outdoor lights. One way or another, women were always complicating his life. Even when he was trying to get away from them, they found him.

"Hey!" he called out, approaching her. The snow was past his shins and showed no sign of slowing. He squinted as snow and ice pellets beat into his face and eyes. She either couldn't hear him above the wind or she was purposely ignoring him.

She didn't bother to look at him when he reached her side. She kept brushing off the snow with angry bursts.

A cloud of snow hit him in the face. He wasn't so sure it was an accident.

"Look, you can spend the night here. Leave in the morning when the storm is over."

She paused and went back to fruitlessly wiping off the windshield with one arm, while clutching a round container like a football under her other arm. He spotted a Christmas wreath attached to the front bumper of her car. He tried not to groan out loud at the absurd ornament. He had never actually met anyone who went to the trouble of decorating their car for Christmas. She was working on her side windows, still ignoring him. Stubborn was the last thing he needed right now.

"Well, we both know you can't get anywhere with this weather tonight." He felt the ice pellets drumming against the back of his neck like a bunch of nails. She continued to pay no attention to him. Enough was enough. He walked over and grabbed the scraper from her hand. She glared at him and yanked it back.

"I'm not staying here. You're mentally unbalanced."

"What were you thinking coming here alone, at night? Obviously you intended on staying." He tried to pry the scraper out of her hand again, but it was as though that giant red mitten was super glued to the damn thing.

"Stop being a bully. I didn't think it would take me over six hours to drive up here. I never planned on staying here, I never planned on staying here, so stop flattering yourself. I don't like you. I don't trust you. So leave me alone and let go of my brush!"

She yelled that last part and he let go, his hands up in the air in a surrender motion. He wasn't going to beg her to stay here.


(Continues...)

Excerpted from The Billionaire's Christmas Baby by Victoria James, Alethea Spiridon Hopson, Wendy Chen. Copyright © 2012 Victoria James. Excerpted by permission of Entangled Publishing, LLC.
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Meet the Author

Victoria James is a romance writer living near Toronto. She is a mother to two young children, one very disorderly feline, and wife to her very own hero. Victoria attended Queen's University and graduated with a degree in English Literature. She then earned a degree in Interior Design. After the birth of her first child she began pursuing her life-long passion of writing. Her dream of being a published romance author was realized by Entangled in 2012. Victoria is living her dream-staying home with her children and conjuring up happy endings for her characters. Victoria would love to hear from her readers!

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The Billionaire's Christmas Baby : A Red River Series Book 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great read by Victoria St.James. Nice storyline but wished it was longer. Fell in love with Jackson but was a little disappointed with Hannah when she walked out before giving him a chance. Happy that she came to her senses though. GREAT job Victoria, as usual.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I extremely enjoyed this book. I have never wrote anything about what I've read before. Loved Hannah & Jackson, Emily. Laughed out loud, cried, and I could see in my mind what was written.  Extremely funny situations with Ethan, The Sampsons. Great story, thank you. Hope you have a another one coming with Ethan & Allison, and the characters intermixed from this book-squeal. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved! Read it!
Jetches More than 1 year ago
Oh so cute. I really did enjoy this fast and cute novel by Victoria James. I liked the romance, and the baby-aspect. It made me feel all warm and fuzzy in the heart location. There were some parts of the story that I felt could improve. Mainly I thought the romance happened pretty quickly, and then ended really wasn’t explained very well. I felt like the climax of the novel wasn’t really a climax at all it sort of just fizzled out. One minute you thought there was a big moment where they were going to need to fight for what they wanted and then it just passed over that part. It was a good, cute, and romantic light read, but I felt there wasn’t too much emotion that was reeling me in. My favourite moment was probably when Jackson and Hannah first meet and Jackson is quite the jerk, then he tries and to make up for it. I loved how Hannah could break Jackson down and make him into a warmer and more loving man, and, although fast, I did really enjoy the evolution of their romance. Good: Jackson—A good guy deep down that was just trying to make a life for himself Bad:  Hannah—I wasn’t a big fan of Hannah, especially near then. I just started questioning her character and didn’t quite understand how Jackson wasn’t questioning it as well.  Sadly some of the story was lacking in general. I didn’t feel the love, probably because I thought it came quickly, and I didn’t like that the climax was sort of skipped over and never really dealt with. Overall (Writing style, story line, and general): Overall the writing was easy to follow. I never tripped up or was really confused, and overall I did enjoy the story. I just wish there was a little more detail and depth to really get me involved. This book was provided courtesy of the author/publisher for review; however, this is no way affected my review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
## I really enjoyed this book. The hero and heroine had plenty of chemistry and the story itself seemed heartfelt. There were several times I actually laughed out loud. That was a surprise. The hero was completely....yummy. Sure, he starts off as the obligatory jerk, but comes around pretty quickly. I like how much he admired and respected Hannah before he loved her. Really the only thing that bugged me was that the heroine left a two month old baby in a car during a snow storm while she went to the hero's house to speak to him. She was a social worker and that has child endangerment written all over it.
Wintry8 More than 1 year ago
I’ve had Christmas spirit since the start of November, but I can fully assure you all that even if I wasn’t, The Billionaire’s Christmas Baby would bring it on with a bang! Filled with holiday cheer and tears, Victoria James once again managed to amaze me, by tugging on my heart string until I couldn’t take it anymore. Hannah Woods spends three weeks tracking down Jackson pierce, the uncle of the baby that’s been left on the church doorstep. She finds him and my initial thoughts were: “What a jackass!” A rich, successful, very good-looking jackass. I was intrigued to see how Victoria James was going to change my mind about him. I never thought I’d cry tons of ecstatic tears when she did. Taking on the impossible, Hannah goes ahead and agrees to Jackson’s terms, and man oh man are they some extreme terms. I loved Hannah completely. She could put Jackson in his place without even trying. And I’ve gotta hand it to her, turning a complete Scrooge into a Christmassy guy? Well done! But really, enough about them. I really just want to tell you all what I thought about this story. This story was completely heartfelt and gut-wrenching, and it really made me want to bake some Christmas cookies, but I didn’t, because the book distracted me so much that they would just burn. Victoria James succeeds in once again bringing polar opposites together. She created a fantastic novel that’s definitely worth more than one read. In fact, I think this books should become a Christmas staple to women all over, because that’s how fantastic it is! And, thanks a lot Victoria, for making me ruin my perfectly good mascara!
sharonc06 More than 1 year ago
The Billionaire's Christmas Baby by Victoria James is a sweet Christmas story.  Hannah Woods is a social work who finds a baby on her doorstep.  Now, she must find the baby's uncle.  Jackson Pierce has done what he can to try to move away from is past.  Hannah has arrived on his doorstep bring the bundle of joy.  At first Jackson is not ready to accept Emily but once he convinced he feels the only way is if Hannah and he get married.   Victoria James does it again with a wonderful story.   Hannah is a great character.  She is strong side and yet still vulnerable at times from her past history.  I love the way Victoria James describes Jackson he sound so tough on the exterior. I loved how most of the story take place in a Cabin during a blizzard.  This gives sense of closes for the character.   I love this story. This is a heartwarming story of how love leads to a holiday miracle. 
Nicola_1202 More than 1 year ago
This wonderful book focusses on the very thing we tend to take for granted at this time of year amongst the craziness of shopping, wrapping and cooking. Family. Victoria James has handled a sensitive issue with compassion and given us a story that is heartfelt, touching and romantic, with moments that will make you smile, feel complete joy and tug on your heartstrings. Jackson and Hannah are wonderful characters; he is the guarded grumpy single CEO happiest in his own company and she the fiercely protective and caring social worker determined to place his orphaned niece in his care. But their similarities run deeper than either could imagine and my heart went out to them both. Whilst I could see where the story was heading, there were still some lovely unexpected surprises along the way. It is a captivating read filled with emotion and is one that I would highly recommend, festive period or not.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great Christmas book.
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I loved this book. It was such a great read! It was so good i finished it in one day, during and after school! I definitely recommend this book if you like a romance story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cute, but the characters' back stories seemed over simplified and expected. Transformation also seemed sudden, especially the female main character.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"What is your name?" He asked
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good book.
BeckeyWhite More than 1 year ago
Hannah always wants to make things right to... For some to have a better life than she did growing up. Hannah is social worker for Child Protective Services... One of her recent cases takes a turn when one clients passes away abandoning her child...The child mother writes a note requesting that the child be brought to her brother. The one person that turn his back on his family many years and had his name changed (why?? you have to read... ) Hannah is determined to find him but what is series of events that will have some turning the pages to see where the story will lead. Some part were humorous while others... Overall a great story and one that I really enjoyed reading. I received the book for an honest review, one that I can honestly say it is 4.5 stars. Thank you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great holiday romance. Recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dull. I skimmed over several chapters, read the epilogue. Too much description, not enough dialogue. Not enough romance. Not recommending this one. S.A.K.
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Kim for Read Your Writes Book Reviews The Billionaire’s Christmas Baby is a story I REALLY wanted to read. After reading one of Victoria James’ other books, I pretty much just had to get all of her books. I must say this book did EXACTLY what I needed it to do. I’ve been reading like a robot for weeks now and I pretty much was looking at reading like a chore and I wasn’t enjoying it. I needed this book to pick me up and make me smile and fall in love with reading again. It definitely did that. In The Billionaire’s Christmas Baby, Victoria James has given you two characters who are each in need of healing, learning to trust, finding love, and a family they each have craved for a long, long time. Jackson Pierce has tried to leave his past behind in him. After losing his mother at a young age and protecting his younger sister from their abusive father, only to lose her to drugs, Jackson has left his family and poor childhood behind. He is now the founder and CEO of a large computer software company. Jackson has no idea how much his life is about to change when he answers the knock at his getaway cabin door. His unwelcomed visitor is none other than Hannah Woods, a social worker who has committed the professional no-no of becoming overly involved in one of her cases. Hannah discovered Baby Emily abandoned on the church steps by her mother, Louise. There was a note attached to her basket telling Hannah to find Emily’s uncle and that he will raise her. Hannah does just that against protocol. When a blizzard traps Jackson, Hannah, and Emily at his cabin, the attraction between Jackson and Hannah builds as does the tension of Jackson refusing to adopt Emily. With the possibility of one of these three dying in the winter storm, one will come to a life changing decision and have to find a way to make the other trust in the love they are starting to form. One will need to embrace their past in order to move forward. The other will need to let go of the past in order to have the life and future they have always dreamed about. This is truly a story that will pull at your heartstrings and make you believe in the the power of faith, love, and the magic of Christmas and all it entails. Source: Personal Purchase
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
The Billionaire's Christmas Baby is a beautiful, heartwarming story. Hannah finds a baby abandoned on a snowy winter night. It brings back all the pain of her childhood. She's determined that this child will not go into the foster care system that failed her. She will find the baby's uncle and convince him to adopt Emily. She locates him but he doesn't want the baby. A blizzard forces Hannah and the baby to stay. Can she change his mind? Will there be a Christmas miracle? Victoria James weaves a tale of love, forgiveness and healing. Hannah and Jackson both had painful childhoods. They carry the scars. Will a baby give them the courage to take a chance on love? I laughed at the sparring between these two and I cried as they struggled to put their past behind them and open their hearts to love. This perfect holiday story lifted my spirits.
ljtljtljt More than 1 year ago
Great Book!! Wow, another winner from author Victoria James. I love holiday romances, babies and stories about billionaires. So after reading the book blurb, The Billionaire's Christmas Baby became a must read. It is a wonderful book, replete with great characters, a plot that twists and turns in all the right places, and an intelligent love story. Social worker Hannah Woods spent her childhood in the foster care system and in spite of the harrowing experiences she lived through, evolved into a smart, beautiful, caring woman. She takes her job very seriously and much to the dismay of her boss, works the system to ensure that the children under her jurisdiction are well provided for. Billionaire software developer Jackson Pierce is an unemotional workaholic. After his mother died when he was just ten years old, his father transformed into a ruthless, violent dictator. Jackson did everything possible to protect himself and his younger sister Louise from his father's rages, but unfortunately, he could not protect Louise from herself as an adult. He spends each holiday season alone with his dog, in a remote cabin, without any cheer. He has no idea that before Louise died, she had a baby. Now Hannah is on a mission to get Jackson to adopt his niece, before she is forced into the foster care system. This is a heartwarming love story that will cause all your senses to remain on high alert. Ms. James is an excellent storyteller and her words kept me captivated from the very first paragraph in the prologue. This is an engaging holiday romance that should not be missed. ARC received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Jasmyn9 More than 1 year ago
I think the highlight of this book is definitely the characters, particularly Hannah.  She is that person that every needy child needs to have in their lives.  She's the person that never gives up - on them, on their future, on finding them a place where they can belong.  Unfortunately, this attitude sometimes gets her in trouble as she tends to bend the rules a little to make things happen.   This attitude is what leads her to Jackson Piece though - and at first he finds it a major turn off.  She's pushy and thinks she knows whats best for him.  Eventually he realizes that there is so much more to her, and realizes that she is right - he needs his new baby neice as much as she needs him. As amazing as the message in this story was, I still had a hard time connecting.  The characters and the story just didn't call to me like the other Victoria James novella did.  There are still some amazing scenes and very wonderful dialog though - I think most readers would love this sweet story of hope.
Eve379 More than 1 year ago
Normally I'm a stickler for books being realistic. I normally don't like to read books that have any type of insta-love. This one is kind of the exception. Maybe it's the Christmas theme. Maybe it's the fact that this is one of my must read authors. Either way, I really liked this book. I'm pretty sure I've read all of her books that she's put out. I liked her writing style. I like the flow. I totally expected to not like this book and yet I've read it twice now. (I'm one of those people who will read a book again when nothing new appeals) Hannah's had a tough life. She's made it her life's work to make sure other kids didn't go thru what she had. She even counsels expectant and new moms. She finds a baby outside a church she was holding a group meeting at. It belongs to one of the mothers she counseled. The note that was with the baby said to find the baby's uncle Christopher James and that he'd raise her. Sounds simple right? Jackson Pierce was a self made man. He's worked hard to become the CEO that he is today. He's worked hard to put his past as Christopher James behind him, and that includes forgetting about his sister Louise. When a strange woman shows up on his doorstep during a blizzard mentioning his sister he loses it and slams it in her face. Feeling guilty for his actions he invites her in out of the cold to stay in his guest room a night until the storm breaks. Hannah knows this is her only shot at keeping Emily out of the system. She's going to make the 24 hours count. She just wasn't expecting it to be so hard. The book follows along to see just how far she's willing to go for Emily, and what will happen when Hannah and Christopher/Jackson get to know eachother.
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busymama49 More than 1 year ago
This is a heartfelt story. Hannah and Jackson are at odds the minute they meet. They both have very similar backgrounds and psychological problems. The difference is that Hannah is the eternal optimist always looking for a better outcome. Jackson has given up hope and is very guarded with his approach to life and emotions. Needless to say, there two are meant to butt heads and this makes this story very entertaining. In the middle of this, the author has placed a baby's future. I love how the story evolves and how our characters change and grow as trust develops. This is a wonderful Christmas story meant to uplift us all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
LOVE the book a first for me with this author,but I enjoyed it. Wish there was more pages and id love to know the details with the court case.and of her friend allie and his ethin? Loved it AWESOME read looking forward to more from this author! B