One hard-nosed military police officer.
One overly enthusiastic elf.
One poorly timed snowstorm.
Is it a recipe for disaster? Or a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for holiday romance?
Teddy MacNally loves Christmas and everything that goes along with it. When he plays an elf for his charity’s events, he never expects to be paired with a Scrooge masquerading as Santa Claus. His new mission: make the holiday-hating soldier believe he was born to say ho-ho-ho.
Sergeant Major Nicholas Nowicki doesn’t do Santa, but he’s army to his blood. When his CO asks an unusual favor, Nick of course obliges. The elf to his Kris Kringle? Tempting. Too tempting—Nick’s only in town for another month, and Teddy’s too young, too cheerful and too nice for a one-night stand.
The slow, sexy make-out sessions while Teddy and Nick are alone and snowbound, though, feel like anything but a quick hookup. As a stress-free holiday fling turns into Christmas all year round, Teddy can’t imagine his life without Nick. And Nick’s days on the base may be coming to a close, but he doesn’t plan on leaving anything, or anyone, behind.
This book is approximately 65,000 words
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Albert (Off Base) dresses up this tender and funny contemporary romance with Christmas elements. Gruff giant Sgt. Maj. Nicholas Nowicki is a no-nonsense Army MP, one month from retirement, who's temporarily stationed at Fort End in Upstate New York. When he's roped into playing small-town Santa for a day, he meets perky do-gooder Teddy MacNally, who runs a local charity in the tiny, bucolic burg of Mineral Spirits. Their sexual chemistry is explosive, but Nick is planning on going into business with an old Army buddy in Florida, and tells Teddy that a relationship isn't in the cards. Despite trying to keep things short and sweet, both men fall fast and have no idea how they're going to say goodbye. Albert's obvious affection for her characters, particularly Nick, makes this tale a pleasure from the humorous start to the pleasant, if somewhat predictable, ending.
This is a true delight for the holidays. The characters are fully realized and the pacing is excellent. If you’re allergic to sweets this might be too much for you, but this is my second helping of this story and I can’t seem to get enough. YUM!