***This story is part The Outlaws of Baseball series & takes place before SAVING MAVERICK***
What happens when Grant Conrad, a sports lawyer, avoider of relationships and anything Christmas meets Sophie McMannis, a party planner, avoider of relationships and self-described Scrooges?
Their worlds collide when they meet briefly at a wedding reception; it ends... badly. Months later when Grant needs a date for the biggest night of his career, his assistant sets him up with a blind date – her niece, and the woman he can't get out of his head.
With the help of her meddling aunt, a pixie, and plenty of mistletoe, Grant and Sophie are brought closer together - sharing HOT kisses and relearning the true meaning of Christmas.
"Thank you for being here with me, Sophie."
"You...you're welcome." She licked her lips.
God, he wanted her. "Dammit, this elevator ride is too short for what I really want to do." His voice sounded rough, thick with desire. He wanted to kiss her. He knew if he did, they'd never make it to the party.
"And what's that?" Sophie's words rushed through him.
They stared at each other until a discreet cough broke through the silence and reminded them where they were.
"Grant. We've been wondering where you were. There's plenty of people here eager to see you. This must be your date, Sophie, right?"
It's a good thing Steven Kemper was paying him a boatload of money, otherwise in that moment Grant would have pushed the 'close door' button on anyone else.
The thought took him by surprise. Business had always come first for him. Women would and could wait.
Not so with Sophie.
** This story originally appeared as a short story in the Christmas Anthology, TEMPTING SCROOGE, in 2015. New content has been added and the characters are now part of my sports romance series, The Outlaws of Baseball. **
About the Author
She is also writing in the paranormal romance genre. Stay tuned for more book info on this project.
Sharing what motivates her is a life passion (a close second to writing romance of course). A self-proclaimed extroverted introvert, when not writing or procrastinating, she enjoys hanging out with other author-type individuals and teasing her three 'boys' into displaying their killer smiles. Visit Debra at debraelise.com
Most days find her carpooling, avoiding laundry and spending too much time on Facebook and Twitter, and Pinterest, and Instagram and Tumblr *sigh*. She will soon be starting a self-help group for social media addicts-maybe.