USA Today bestselling author Jenny Holiday concludes her beloved royal Christmas series with an unforgettable romance about a confident American woman and the strait-laced royal advisor who falls hopelessly in love with her.
Matteo Benz has spent his life serving at the pleasure of the Eldovian crown. His work is his life and his life, well...he doesn’t have much of one. When he is tasked to aid a management consultant who has been flown in to help straighten out the king’s affairs, he is instantly disturbed by her brash American manner—as well by an inconvenient attraction to the brainy beauty.
Cara Delaney is in Eldovia to help clean up the king’s financial affairs, but soon finds herself at odds with the very proper Mr. Benz. As intrigued by his good looks as she is annoyed by his dedication to tradition for its own sake, she slowly begins to see the real man behind the royal throne.
As they work together to return Eldovia to its former glory during the country’s magical Christmas season, Matteo discovers he is falling hopelessly in love with the unconventional American. But a man who has devoted his life to tradition doesn’t change easily. Can he become the man Cara needs, or will their love be another sacrifice to the crown?
Romance heats up between a career-focused American woman and a European king's right-hand man in Holiday's delightful third Christmas in Eldovia rom-com (after Duke, Actually). Management consultant Cara Delaney lives in the Bronx with her parents, providing them with financial support while climbing the corporate ladder at her firm. She's not thrilled when she's forced to abandon her family to replace an injured subordinate in the fictional land of Eldovia over the holidays and to assess the performance of a luxury watch company partially owned by the royal family. Once there, Cara butts heads with Matteo Benz, the very proper equerry to the king. Matteo is suspicious of Cara's goal to modernize the company, worrying that her money-minded decision-making will negatively impact the employees. As they're forced to spend time together, however, Matteo senses the vulnerability behind Cara's determined exterior, and she learns the value of his fierce loyalty to king and country. They open themselves up to the possibility of a relationship—but can they make it work while living in separate countries and mutually married to their jobs? Witty banter and sizzling love scenes played out against the backdrop of a dazzling winter wonderland make Holiday's latest sparkle. Series fans are sure to be charmed. Agent: Courtney Miller-Callihan, Handspun Literary.