IN HONOR OF Valentine's Day, I'm sharing expressions of love from my characters, or should I say, their love for each other. These feel-good romances are set during Christmas, but they are meant to be enjoyed anytime of year, and what better time than Valentine's Day. I hope you enjoy them.
Saige & Owen in Christmas in Moose Creek
At some point during dessert, the twins fell asleep on the sofa. Owen expertly lifted one into each arm and carried them outside. Saige walked out with them and opened the passenger door to his truck.
“They had fun.”
He started the engine to heat the inside, covered the girls with a blanket, and closed the door. “You sound surprised.”
“No, it’s just, they remind me of me . . . before.”
Owen held her face in his hands. “Before doesn’t matter.”
Saige’s eyes welled without warning. “It does matter. I see how much I missed, what I could have had, if I had just—”
Owen silenced her with a kiss. It was perfect, and so much more intense than she expected. The years melted away as his lips moved in breathless strokes over hers, and yet this Owen, this time, was different—better.
When he eased away, she felt an immense need to pull him back.
“Don’t worry about the yesterdays, Saige. There are too many good tomorrows ahead.” He brushed his lips over hers once more, got in his truck, and drove down the road.
McKensie & Cameron in McKensie's Christmas Gift
“Still your favorite room in the place?”
Her heart ticked up a few notches at the sound of his voice. McKensie turned and faced the doorway. “I have a lot of good memories from this room.” She blushed, realizing that some of those memories included him. By the grin Cameron now wore, she knew he remembered, too.
“There’s one in particular that comes to mind.”
Many memories came to mind, and she wondered which one lent the sparkle to Cameron’s eyes. He said, “It involved mistletoe and a plate of frosted shortbread cookies.”
“The carolers were in the foyer and Aunt Olivia had set up a table of refreshments. You sneaked the cookies when she walked out of the room.” McKensie laughed and it felt good. “That was the last Christmas I spent here with my whole family. We were so young.”
Cameron nodded and walked a few feet into the room. “It was the first time I wanted to kiss you. I saw the mistletoe and just knew your dad would skin me from here to the Tetons if I tried.”
“I wish you had.”
What's next for second-chance romances?
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Happy Saint Valentine's Day!