After a month of dating and fun, Elle finds herself engaged to Taylor. He sets the date, buys her dress and sends her off to the resort spa he booked for the wedding.
At the resort with only Taylor’s manager for companionship, she wanders down to the kitchen and meets her personal chef. Taken with him at first site, they enjoy hot drinks on the patio outside the kitchen. This is a favorite scene.
Elle took a seat and sighed with pleasure at the peaceful view of the gardens. “This is wonderful. How do you get any work done with this
all this right outside your door?”She sipped the hot chocolate and moaned a little. “And the chocolate is truly decadent.”
“I’m used to it. I use this as a resting place when I can.” He gave a little shrug. “My life is the kitchen, not the garden. I have plans for more, but for now the kitchen is where I am most myself. What are your plans, your dreams?”
Elle watched the fine grains of chocolate swirl in her cup and tried to make sense of the panic that infused her body at his question. She went into a breathing pattern she’d learned in order to handle anxiety.
Luc’s big hand touched her arm with a gentle caress. “Elle? Are you all right?”
She let out a jerky laugh. “I don’t know. What were we talking about?”
“Dreams,” he said. “Plans for the future. For instance, I look to the future and see myself opening a restaurant. Not here or in Los Angeles, but maybe in wine country up north. Sonoma, perhaps. I’ll have a kitchen garden, and babies. I want babies to love and cuddle and scold. Someday I hope to convince the right woman to give me those babies, and to make my most important dream come true.”
Her heart hitched. She’d always wanted babies. “So, you found the right woman?” That hurt, somehow. It shouldn’t. She didn’t know him, but knowing he found someone to love before he’d even met her hurt.
She dared to glance at him. He was frowning as he looked to the horizon, and a muscle alongside his jaw twitched.
“Ah.” He smiled as if remembering something wonderful. “Perhaps. Relationships can be complicated. Plus, the holidays.” He met her gaze without blinking. “It’s a stressful time.”
So, he was taken. Just as well, since she had Taylor—whom, with a shock Elle realized, she hadn’t spoken with since he left yesterday. She should call him, reassure herself that all was well.
Ashworth, Christine. Christmas Star (Star Tide Book 1) (Kindle Locations 234-253). Boroughs Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.
With her rising attraction to Luc, Elle begins to question everything especially Taylor. What she finds should surprise her and hurt but somehow it doesn’t. It just makes her sure of what she really wants.
A beautifully written love story perfect to raise your spirits for the holiday season.
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So, about me. The short version of the bio is, I’m still 17 at heart, I used to be a ballet dancer and yes, I still miss dancing the way I did when I was 17. I’m a romantic from way back, and I’m a writer who currently has a Day Job as an Office Manager.
I grew up in San Diego, fell in love with another dancer, and married him. We’ve got two tall sons and live in Ventura County, California. But probably one of the most important things to know about me is, I’m a hugger. I hug. I touch. It’s one of the ways I process people. So if you see me coming, know I’ll reach out and give you a hug.