One Week to Win Her Boss
Sweet romance by Barbara White Daille
Single mom Amber Barnett loves family, kids, Christmas…and unfortunately, her boss, confirmed bachelor Michael DeFranco. It’s a crush she really needs to get over. Except, when she’s temporarily forced from her apartment, her only option is to stay at Michael’s private ski lodge, where she’s the housekeeper. No problem. Her handsome boss rarely visits Snowflake Valley unexpectedly, plus he’s spending the holidays with his family. Or so she thinks…
A stormy Christmas Eve reunion leaves Michael seeking the solitude of his lodge, where he finds Amber in residence—and in trouble. Attempting to save her from her matchmaking family, he announces they’re a couple. His good deed backfires when they’re instantly included in each and every holiday event in town. So much for solitude.
Only the more time he spends with the beautiful, cheery brunette, the more he yearns to make things real between them. But he and Amber want different things, and Michael could never be the family man she’s looking for.
Amber had nothing to say about Michel, even to her sister, Lyssa. And she didn’t want to discuss what had really brought her to the lodge. They needed to change topics before she cracked under the pressure.
Thankfully, the sound of footsteps and deep voices growing louder announced Michael and Nick’s approach to the kitchen. Lyssa shot her a frustrated glance, then looked expectantly at the doorway. Amber managed a smile just as the two men entered.
“Hey, Amber,” Nick said. “Michael’s singing your praises for helping him out, especially on a holiday.”
Helping him out? Exactly what had he said? She didn’t dare open her mouth or even look at him. Instead, she fixed her smile in place, stared in his general direction, and held her breath.
He took a seat at the table and turned to Lyssa. “Yeah, I decided at the last minute to spend a few days here. Amber was nice enough to have the heat turned up for me when I arrived. She’s about to scramble eggs for breakfast. Can we interest you in some? And we have plenty of coffee. Don’t we, Amber?”
She started. “Of course. I’ll put another pot on and get going on breakfast.” After settling the baby in her playpen, she crossed the kitchen to the coffeemaker. She was glad for the chance to get away from the group at the table. To try to get a handle on the situation.
Why would Michael go to these lengths to help her?
He hadn’t actually lied outright. When it came to the details, though, he was skating on thin ice. And in Snowflake Valley, that was a very dangerous place to be.
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Barbara White Daille lives with her husband in the sunny Southwest. Though they love the warm winters and the lizards in their front yard, they haven’t gotten used to the scorpions in the bathroom. Barbara also loves writing, reading, and chocolate. You can find her books, blog, and newsletter signup here: https://www.barbarawhitedaille.com