I’ve only read the teasers (I had 3 to choose from–blogger prerogative, sorry guys) and I’m already in love with the Hero. Now I’ve read the excerpt and yes. Love him. And her. because you know what? It’s Christmas, and I just want to chuckle and eat Panettone for crying out loud. No drama, no desperate tears. Just feel good stuff for me, from here ’till next year.
So here goes the story: Nick and Eve by Elle Rush (North Pole Unlimited, #3) out today in the Adult, Contemporary, Romance Genre.
Nick’s plan: dodge his grandmother’s matchmaking attempts by claiming Eve is his date for Christmas. He probably should have asked Eve first.
Although Nick Klassen is grateful when Eve rides to his rescue after he breaks down outside of December, Manitoba, he can’t run fast enough when his meddling grandmother tries to set him up with the pretty tow-truck driver. Then he gets an idea.
Between juggling extra hours at work and a never-ending Christmas to-do list, Eve LeBlanc doesn’t have time for a new man in her life. But ever since she picked Nick up on the side of the road, she’s been running into him everywhere.
His flirtations started innocently enough but when his grandmother invites “his girlfriend” to the family’s Christmas dinner, Nick realizes if he wants to stop pretending about Eve, he must come clean. Once Eve learns of his deception, he’ll need Santa’s help to turn their fake relationship in the real thing.
“It. Is. Not. Lois. And. Clark. That’s. Superman,” she grunted as she went for the paper again.
“No. They were the mapmaking duo who mapped America.”
The buzzer sounded. “The answer is Lewis and Clark.”
He was close. “I don’t suppose we get partial credit.”
Eve laughed. “Why would they start now?”
They were getting trounced. Embarrassingly. Thoroughly. The second worst team was still beating them by a dozen points. If the questions weren’t sports—particularly hockey—related for Nick, or cars for Eve, they didn’t have a clue. His high school history and geography teachers would be so disappointed in him. At least Eve guessed correctly at some of the art and literature questions.
When her last guess got them their fifth point of the night, she leaned over and whispered in his ear. “I’ll be you’re pretty impressed with me right now, aren’t you?”
“I watched the movie version.”
“Of Anna Karenina? How bored were you?”
“Sadly, “the only other thing on television was curling” bored.”
Chatting with the Author.
Well, I’m super happy to have another Christmas fan here with me today. Elle is a contemporary romance author from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. When she’s not travelling, she’s hard at work writing books which are set all over the world. From Hollywood to the house next door, her heroes will make you sigh and her heroines will make you laugh out loud.
Elle has a degree in Spanish and French, barely passed German, and has flunked poetry in every language she’s studied, including English. She also has mild addictions to tea, yarn, Christmas decorations, and HGTV renovations shows.
Elle, thank you for being here and here the first, most important question ever: are you Christmas crazy in real life?
Yes! I have 6 bins of decorations – and that’s just for inside the house. I’d give Adelaide a run for her money. I also watch every single Christmas movie I find on television.
Have you ever needed to be pulled out of a snow-filled ditch by someone like Eve?
Yes. I hit a patch of black ice on the highway and ended up in the ditch on the wrong side of the highway. It was very scary! The tow-truck operator who helped us was amazing.
Do you like Christmas fruitcake?
Yes, actually. But only good fruitcake. A bad one can put you off it for life.
When do you put up your Christmas decorations?
The tree goes up the first weekend of December. I will put outside decorations up in November but only if there is snow on the ground.
Do you have a themed or color-coordinated Christmas tree?
No, my tree is completely random. All my ornaments have memories attached, so it is a riot of color and mismatched decorations.
Cranberry sauce or gravy with your turkey?
Both, at the same time.
Being from Manitoba, have you ever had a green Christmas?
Yes, but not here. I’ve been lucky enough to travel and have had three green Christmases in my life – in Florida, Arizona, and in the Dominican Republic. I have to admit, I find December to be a little disconcerting without snow. They are great to experience, but I really love my Christmases at home.
What is your favorite Christmas movie?
Oh, tough one. I think “A Christmas Story” beats out “White Christmas” by a hair.
Where did the idea for “North Pole Unlimited” come from?
From Santa’s workshop, of course! I thought it would be fun if Santa’s workshop had grown into a multi-national corporation, run by Big Red’s descendants. They do their best to keep it in the family, but things tend to go a little sideways—in the best, most romantic ways—when they start dealing with outsiders.
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