From New York Times bestselling author Jessica Clare comes a Christmas Western filled with holiday cheer.
Caleb Watson has been crushing on elementary school teacher Amy Mckinney ever since he saw her. She's oblivious to his feelings--probably because he's never said a word to her. But when he learns Amy's going to be Mrs. Claus in the local Christmas celebration, he volunteers to be Santa so he’ll finally have the chance to introduce himself. Even more than that, he'll use this opportunity to shower her with presents.
Amy's been receiving all kinds of Secret Santa gifts at work -- and she has no idea who her secret admirer is. She wishes he'd make himself known so they can go on a date, though, because being a newcomer in close-knit Painted Barrel, Wyoming, is pretty lonely. When her flaky landlord claims he's the gift giver…it's not quite the bachelor Amy had in mind. However, she’s doubly shocked when gruff newcomer Caleb Watson crashes her date and insists he’s really the one leaving her presents.
Amy's not sure what to think. Caleb's never indicated that he likes her, much less wants to date. Can he prove to Amy he’s not just the perfect Santa to her Mrs. Claus, but the man of her dreams?
Clare's sweet, sexy third Wyoming Cowboys contemporary romance (after The Cowboy Meets His Match) returns to Painted Barrell, Wyo., where shy rancher Caleb Watson works up the nerve to woo elementary school teacher Amy McKinney. Caleb has crushed on Amy since the moment he laid eyes on her, but he's always been tongue-tied around people, especially women. Still, when he hears Amy needs a Santa Claus for the school's Christmas carnival, Caleb comes up with enough words to land the part. Recently divorced from her controlling ex-husband, Amy is struggling financially but enjoying her newfound freedom. She's determined to remain independent but sweet, silent Caleb manages to turn her head. And when Caleb learns Amy is receiving romantic Secret Santa gifts from another admirer, he steps up his efforts to show her he cares. Readers will be captivated by these wonderfully complex characters; Caleb, who never says much but manages to convey a great deal in a single grunt or glance, is especially charming. Clare's latest is equal parts naughty and nice, and ought to be on every romance fan's list.