Christmas Romance: Second Chances
A Collection of Holiday Romance Short Stories
McKenna Grey & Everly Archard
Four heartwarming stories. One romantic Christmas escape.
McKensie’s Christmas Gift by McKenna Grey
When McKensie Scott returns to Wycliffe, Wyoming, she’s uncertain of her future . . . and the man she left behind two summers before. With the help of an unexpected ally, McKensie will discover that sometimes leaving the people you love is the only way to find your path home.
Romancing His Wife by Everly Archard
After marrying the love of her life, Cassidy Hart never imagined her perfect marriage would fall apart. When the time comes to keep a promise and be the maid of honor at her sister-in-law’s wedding in Lake Tahoe, she doesn’t expect all the pieces of her wounded heart to come together in one magical week.
Mending Her Heart by Everly Archard
Mia Rivera returns home to the quaint New England village of Wind Hollow, Maine, to heal and spend Christmas with her aunt . . . until her childhood friend, Liam Sawyer, re-enters her life. This holiday season, Mia and Liam will need to look to their past to find hope for their future.
Christmas in Moose Creek by McKenna Grey
Saige Travers said goodbye to Owen McGregor sixteen years ago. A spontaneous choice brings Saige home to Moose Creek, Montana, and she doesn’t expect her past to catch up with her present. When Owen walks back into her life, she struggles to remember why she left. Together they discover second chances are real and hope is a cherished gift.
Can eight willing hearts find a second chance at love? Join us this holiday season and fall in love like it was the first time.
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McKenna Grey is the contemporary alter-ego of award-winning historical romance and historical western author MK McClintock. Never one to limit her imagination or ignore possibilities, she decided to venture into the realm of contemporary romantic suspense, where she blends riveting romance with gripping adventure and mystery. Visit her at www.mckennagrey.com.
Everly Archard is the pseudonym of award-winning paranormal and fantasy romance author D.D. Miers. Always on the search for her next writing adventure, she branched out into the exciting world of contemporary romantic suspense, where she serves up pulse-pounding mystery, epic romance, and a whole lot of thrills! Learn more about Everly by visiting www.everlyarchard.com.
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From “McKensie’s Christmas Gift”
The fog cleared from McKensie’s brain. “And knowing my aunt, she insisted you have the wedding here.”
“Yeah. I thought about moving the location, but Shirley insisted we still have it at the hotel, and Olivia—”
“Wouldn’t have wanted you to change a thing. I get it. Yes, you’ll have it here.” McKensie prided herself on handling tense situations, a handy talent when managing a kitchen. She avoided looking at Cameron throughout her conversation with Julie and realized he hadn’t moved, patient as ever. “When is the wedding?”
“The week before Christmas.”
McKensie raised a brow and studied her friend. “That’s fast.”
Julie shrugged. “When it’s right, it’s right. That reminds me, I have one more thing to ask Shirley about the food. Meet you in the foyer in ten, big brother.” She stopped at the door and pointed to McKensie. “I will call you tomorrow. We have so much to catch up on.”
Julie exited the office with as much excitement as she entered. McKensie replayed some of her last words over in her mind. When it’s right, it’s right.
From “Romancing His Wife”
“You doing okay?” Michael asked from the mirror behind Dominic. After the girls left, Michael, David, and Dominic stopped in town to pick up their tuxedoes and run a few final errands. He wanted more than anything to spend every moment he could with Cassie, but he had responsibilities that demanded his attention. In good time, he promised himself.
Dominic raised an inquisitive brow at his brother. “Why do you ask?”
“Well, I mean, seeing Cassie,” said Michael.
He may have been younger, but he’d always been more thoughtful and perceptive than most people his age.
“When are you going to tell her?” he continued.
“You know what I’m talking about.”
Dominic shrugged. “When the time is right.”
“I assume it will be before she leaves again?”
Dominic straightened the lapels of his jacket. “If she leaves again.”
A light hit Michael’s eyes and he smiled. “There’s the man I know. You’ve got a plan, then?”
“Absolutely.” Dominic slipped his hands into his pockets and smiled at his brother. He had a plan all right. He needed to charm Cassie again and remind her of why they were right together.
Dominic refused to mess up what could be his last chance.
From “Mending Her Heart”
Happily-ever-after had become a fantasy kept alive by her large collection of romance novels. She’d been in love with a hero, even married him, only to have him turn into a villain.
“I worry about you.”
“I know, but you don’t have to. I’m fine. Really.”
Aunt Lottie’s brow knitted. “I’ve seen that look before, Mia, on the face of every other heartbroken woman.” She sat down on the couch, her eyes more serious than before. “Don’t close yourself off to love.”
“It’s not love that’s the problem.” Mia sighed. “It’s the trust. I don’t think I can trust another man again.”
She ran a hand through Mia’s hair. “The pain in our lives reminds us to appreciate the happiness. You can’t have one without the other. Maybe Peter wasn’t your destiny, just a stop along the way to your perfect man.”
“No way. I’m done with men—relationships—all of it.”
Aunt Lottie chuckled and sat on the couch. “Famous last words, my darling. Famous last words.”
From “Christmas in Moose Creek”
The 4x4 careened to a stop and the driver waited in disbelief at the deplorable timing of Mother Nature. Moose Creek, Montana, had its share of wildlife—bear, deer, elk, mountain lions—but in her thirty-three years, Saige Travers had never seen a moose on this mountain. Until today.
No one waited for her in her swank two-bedroom condo in Seattle except the goldfish her brother gave to her as a joke for her birthday. She’d needed a break from the city and the cataclysmic string of end-of-the-road relationships she’d been in the past five years. More like dates, if she was going to be honest with herself.
Saige Travers didn’t have time for relationships.