Christmas With A Prince is the fourth and final installment in the Rothman Royals Series by Noelle Adams. It is an adult romance published recently on November 29th, 2017.
I might be a former party girl and the over-indulged daughter of a multi-millionaire, but for the last few years I’ve been trying to be work hard and be good. I have enough right now to deal with–graduate school, my community literacy program, preparations for Christmas, and my dad’s constant attempts to find me a husband. I definitely don’t want to put up with Henry always hanging around, acting obnoxious and looking far too sexy.
My boss forced me to take on Henry as a literacy volunteer for the month of December. I don’t know anything about him except he’s from somewhere in Europe, and he’s spoiled, entitled, arrogant, stubborn… and incredibly hot. He’s the kind of guy I’ve been trying to stay away from. Plus he’s got a secret–something he’s hiding from me.
Now I can’t think of anything but him, and I’m stuck with him until Christmas is over.
The air and light snow was making me chilly, but his eyes were soft and warm on my face—so I didn’t feel as cold as I should. His expression changed as he gazed down at me, and then he raised his hand to brush a few stray strands of hair out of my face.
“Do you always wear your hair back like that?” he asked.
Self-consciously I reached to feel the long, thick braid that fell down my back. “Yeah. Now I do.”
I gave a little shrug as I set my hot chocolate cup on top of my car in preparation for digging out my keys from my bag. “I don’t know.”
“Do you really not know, or do you not want to tell me?”
There was no rational explanation for his knowing me so well already, but he did. It was like he could see into my soul.
So I admitted, “I guess I do know. Before—I mean, before I changed—I used to always wear my hair loose. And everyone would always talk about it. It was… it was what I was known for. All my wild, long hair. It just…” I had to take a few moments before I could finish. “It just reminds me of who I was before—and who I don’t want to be again.”
Henry seemed to understand. “You didn’t think about cutting it?”
“I did. I even went to my salon more than once, planning to chop it all off. But I never went through with it. I like my hair long. I just don’t want to be… that person.”
He nodded, lifting his hand again to brush back those same strands of loose hair that had pulled out of my braid. Then he stroked down the line of my braid. Then he caressed my flushed cheek.
He asked very softly, very thickly, “You don’t think you can be the person you are now and still let loose your hair?”
In any other context, the question would have sounded strange, unnatural. But it proved he understood exactly how I was feeling, exactly what I was afraid of, and so it made me shiver in response. “N-no.”
“Why not?” His eyes never left my face.
“It scares me,” I whispered. Quite without volition, both my hands had lifted up and clenched in Henry’s sweater. He was standing very close to me, and I wanted him even closer.
“You shouldn’t be scared, schatzi,” he murmured.
He wasn’t talking about my hair now, and both of us knew it.
The whole world seemed to shudder before my eyes as his face moved closer to mine.
Then his lips were brushing against my mouth—so lightly it was like the touch of a feather. And I wanted it so much. I wanted so much more that I made a little whimper and chased his retreat until I was kissing him for real.
He held my head in both his hands as his mouth worked over mine with both enthusiasm and skill. My head spun and my pulse throbbed and my knees buckled. I clung to him for support, opening my mouth to his tongue as he deepened the kiss.
I was so completely lost in sensation that I had no idea how far I would have let Henry go if I hadn’t heard a car door shutting very nearby.
Noelle handwrote her first romance novel in a spiral-bound notebook when she was twelve, and she hasn’t stopped writing since. She has lived in eight different states and currently resides in Virginia, where she reads any book she can get her hands on and offers tribute to a very spoiled cocker spaniel.
She loves travel, art, history, and ice cream. After spending far too many years of her life in graduate school, she has decided to reorient her priorities and focus on writing contemporary romances.
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