USA Today Bestselling Author
sometimes even impossible wishes come true…
One word changed Wes Lockhart’s life forever. Cancer. Fighting for his life completely flipped his priorities, making him realize he wanted—no, needed—to use his billions to help others find the kind of second chance he’d been given. The first person he intended to help? The beautiful, kind, and dedicated oncologist who got him through his treatments and ushered him into remission. And what better time than the holidays to become her not-so-secret Santa?
Dr. Paige Regis has spent her entire career helping others, often at the expense of her personal life. She’d love to start a family of her own—but with her current patients and her plans to open a brand-new cancer center, it seems like an impossible dream. It’s not until she reconnects with the charming Wes that she realizes he might just be the man to make all her Christmas wishes come true.
Can Wes and Paige open their hearts to the magic of the season—and each other—to get a shot at their very own Christmas miracle? Or will past hurts and doubts end their happily ever after before it even begins?
Wes had been thought of as ruthless, heartless and much worse before he found he had Lymphoma. The fight for his life was difficult and now that he is in remission he doesn’t have that same drive. If he dies he wants to be remembered in a far different light.
Henry his ever interfering friend pushes him to do something a bit different this Christmas season. Instead of just signing checks, go see where the money goes.
Paige was his oncologist, and he credits her with saving his life even though it was a whole team of physicians. She’s no longer his physician and he meets up with her in an unusual way. Playing Santa at the children’s ward at the hospital.
Paige has another problem though, apparently the fund-raising for the new Cancer wing her pet project, has fallen short by twenty five million dollars. At Henry’s invitation she attends the children’s party, finding Santa familiar but can’t seem to place him. He gets her to tell him what she wants for Christmas.
Surprised at seeing him there, and even more so when he tells her his foundation would cover the amount she needs, they go to a nearby coffee shop to discuss the logistics of the donation.
What should have been a relatively short conversation becomes a lot more.
This is a favorite scene
“Do you have time to grab a coffee?” That would give them a place to talk with no one trying to eavesdrop. Not that Rachael was. Yet. “I remember a place not too far away.”
“I’m free,” Paige said. “There’s a coffee shop half a block away that’s open late.”
“Sounds great. Ready to go?”
She nodded. “I just need to grab my purse on our way out.”
Ten minutes later, Wes sat across from her at a small round table tucked in a back corner. He sipped his Americano.
“I would have taken you for the caramel macchiato type.” He eyed her mug, which was topped with whipped cream, chocolate sprinkles, and a candy cane. “Not peppermint hot chocolate.”
“It’s a Christmas drink. Not as traditional as eggnog, but a close second.”
She took a sip. When she lowered her mug from her mouth, a dollop of whipped cream stuck to her upper lip.
Wes shouldn’t be staring or wishing he could help her with it. He tried to look away, but he couldn’t. Fighting the urge to wipe it off, he handed her a napkin. “You have whipped cream on your mouth.”
“That always happens with these drinks.” She patted her face with the napkin. “But it’s worth it.”
Glad she thought so. Wes never imagined himself envying a napkin, especially when he wasn’t interested in dating.
Melissa McClone. The Wish Maker (Kindle Locations 513-523). Cardinal Press, LLC.
The slow build up to a relationship is both confusing and scary to Wes, he still has much to deal with, including the lies he didn’t correct regarding his ex.
Paige on the other hand has her own issues, always putting off things because of work.
The banter between the ‘Billionaires of Silicon Forest’ was as fun and snarky. Paige fits right in with this crew even though she fights the attraction to Wes. She wants more than just a fling and won’t date unless it can lead somewhere more than just the bedroom.
A thoroughly enjoyable Christmas read complete with small town events to warm your heart as Paige and Wes turn up the heat.
I can’t wait for the next book in this series!
5 Contented Purrs for Melissa!
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USA Today bestselling author, Melissa McClone has published over forty novels with Harlequin and Tule Publishing Group.
With a degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University, Melissa worked for a major airline where she traveled the globe and met her husband. But analyzing jet engine performance couldn’t compete with her love of writing happily ever afters.
Her first full-time writing endeavor was her first sale when she was pregnant with her first child! When she isn’t writing, you can usually find her driving her minivan to/from her children’s swim practices and other activities.
Melissa lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, three children, two spoiled Norwegian Elkhounds, and cats who think they rule the house. They do!