Anna Voss and Nick Hoffman are Starlight Bend’s star-crossed lovers. They were inseparable growing up, but destined for different paths—Nick following in his father’s footsteps as a renowned neurosurgeon in New York City and Anna building her own legacy on the Montana ranch she inherited from her mother. They haven’t seen each other in over a decade, but this Christmas, Nick returns home—with some startling surprises that turn Anna’s world upside down.
Love and desire have always burned bright between these two, but they’re both haunted by the past. Yet there’s a mystical entity working in their favor this time around that offers a more permanent love connection—if they can open their hearts and minds to a destiny rewritten, with the help of family and friends…
Originally in Holiday Heat: The Men of Starlight Bend boxed set!
I read this book as part of Holiday Heat: The Men of Starlight Bend.Star-crossed lovers, indeed. I loved the opening of this book so much.
Veterinarian Anna Voss takes a star from the Wishing tree, and the mysterious Santa tells her ‘Your wish has been granted’. However Anna doesn’t believe in wishes and the name on her star gives her pause.
She is greeted at her home/clinic by a boy who had been waiting for her. A boy who had disappeared while his father was in a meeting in town.
It is the father who becomes of real interest when he comes to collect his son. Nick Hoffman III is a successful neurosurgeon having followed in his father’s footsteps. Those footsteps had taken him away from Anna many years ago.
This is a favorite scene.
Nick shoved his iPhone into the pocket of his overcoat and continued to battle the magnetic pull he’d been experiencing since the moment he’d arrived in Montana, having flown into Kalispell early this morning in his Gulfstream, it being the closest airport to Starlight Bend.
Under normal circumstances, his first order of business would have been to come straight to the ranch. To see Anna. But these weren’t normal circumstances—by any stretch of the imagination.
He rounded the SUV and tugged on the door handle. Popped his head inside and asked his son, “Are you okay?”
“Sure. I got to see a lot of animals. And…” Jake looked contrite. “I know you’re mad.”
“I’m not mad,” Nick said. “I was deeply concerned. You can’t just run off like that. I had no idea where you were and that’s a horrific feeling, Jake.”
“I know. I just—”
“Jake.” Nick’s jaw clenched as he tried to balance all the things that were currently spiraling out of his control. His son’s disappearance, his grandmother’s health issues—which was what had brought him back to Starlight Bend—and the woman who owned his heart being the one Jake had somehow found. “We’ll talk in a few minutes. There’s something I have to do first.”
Nick closed the door and crossed the drive to where Anna stood off of the walkway in calf-deep snow that her tall, stylish gray suede and fur-trimmed boots protected her against. She wore jeans that hugged her toned thighs and shapely hips, and a white North Face jacket and matching turtleneck with a pale-pink scarf knotted at her throat.
Her long blond hair was pulled up in sexy disarray that left curls tumbling to her nape and loose, silky tendrils at her temples and neck. Her grayish-hazel irises were enhanced by smoky eyeshadow. She had perfectly sculpted brows and high cheekbones that usually held a bronze glow but which had flushed from the brisk weather—or the sight of him.
Nick’s gaze fell to her mouth. To the glossy lips he’d give his entire fortune to kiss again.
Anna Voss was the most beautiful woman he’d ever known. Would ever know.
Standing mere inches from her did crazy-wicked things to him. Gut-clenching, groin-tightening things. So, too, did her feisty nature. She folded her arms over her chest. In the velvety voice that had haunted him for more than a decade and a half, she quietly demanded, “Speak, Nick.”
He said, “Give me a minute to catch my breath, honey.”
“What did you expect?” he asked in a low, intimate tone that had excitement flaring in her eyes.
So, he wasn’t the only one instantly revved.
He should have known. The last time they’d been together was still burned on his brain—and he suspected the same held true for her.
“I take one look at you and you knock the wind right out of me.” He stepped closer to her as he yanked off one of his black leather gloves and swept his fingers along her jaw. “You are so damn pretty.”
Her eyes misted. “Nick.”
“I didn’t think you could possibly be more sensational than in my memory.
Fox, Calista. Holiday Heat: The Men of Starlight Bend. (Kindle Locations 3360-3384). Bella Media Management. Kindle Edition.
An attraction that never waned, not for either of them. So many memories from a lifetime ago.
This book takes you on journey through time to merge with the present and then the future.
Delightful, Fun, Plenty of sizzle with a blend of family and friends. A perfect holiday read.
5 Contented Purrs for Calista!
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Calista is a former PR professional, now writing fast-paced, steamy books to set your pulse racing! Her publishing houses include St. Martin’s Press, Grand Central Publishing and Harlequin. She is an Amazon bestseller and has won many Reviewer’s and Reader’s Choice Awards, as well as Best Book Awards.
Calista is a college graduate and teaches online writing classes. She is also a Past President/Advisor of the Phoenix chapter of the Romance Writers of America national organization.