Thursday, December 4, 2014

Santa to the Rescue by Adele Downs

Santa to the Rescue
Entangled: Flirt 
November 11, 2013

A sweet firefighter contemporary romance novella
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Second Place Winner at Love Romance Café for the Best Man in Uniform...

Firefighter Jamey Tucker knows three things in life to be true: an honorable man doesn't go back on his word; never hurts a woman; and lasting love isn't a myth. But with his recent move to a new job at Appleton Fire Station, the long hours don't offer hope of finding the love he’s looking for.

When Jamey meets beautiful pediatric nurse Heather Longhurst after hearing her sing "Santa Baby" in a supermarket aisle, he offers her a promise he discovers he can't keep. Heather has been betrayed by men in the past, making it hard for Jamey to gain her trust. Determined to find a way to win her heart, Jamey uses firefighter engine-uity and Heather's favorite song to prove he's got Christmas spirit she can believe in all year.

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Kathie's Review:

This was cute! And short! Just long enough to read while you drink that holiday cup of coffee (Pumpkin Spice for the WIN!) and munch a couple cookies. 

Jamey is a new firefighter in town. He's sent out to get groceries for the crew back at the firehouse when he spots a very hot nurse dancing and singing her way through an aisle. She's belting out "Santa Baby" and he's enthralled. He doesn't want to come across as a "creeper" but he does take the opportunity to help her out at the cash register. For her part, Heather is tickled that she stepped outside her comfort zone and invited him to the hospital to pick up a plate of cookies later in the week.

Jamey is the real deal. Handsome, sweet, charming and finally having time for a relationship. But Heather has been burned in the past. This short story brings these two together, and left me wanting a bit more. But really? That first flush of "this could be love" makes for a wonderfully sweet read. I need to see what else this author has written!

*Thank you, NetGalley and Entangled Publishing, LLC - Bliss, for the opportunity to read this book

Jamey Tucker and Heather Longhurst, the hero and heroine of SANTA TO THE RESCUE, baked Mexican Cinnamon Cookies for a Christmas party hosted by one of Heather's co-workers, another pediatric nurse at County Hospital. Heather wanted to prove to Jamey that chocolate chip cookies aren’t the only cookies worth serving at Christmastime! She hopes you agree these cinnamon cookies are a delicious addition to your holiday table. Enjoy!
Here’s the recipe, courtesy of Sauza® Tequila. Posted with permission.

Mexican Cinnamon Cookies: (Photo via Flickr: Missy Corley)
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
 1 large egg
 1 tsp. vanilla
 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
 1 1/2 tsps. Mexican Cinnamon
 1 tsp. baking powder
 1/4 tsp. salt
 Cinnamon Sugar (1/2 cup sugar + 2 tsp. cinnamon)

To Make:
In a large mixing bowl, cream together sugar and butter; beat in egg and vanilla. In a separate bowl, combine dry ingredients: flour, cinnamon, baking powder and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture and blend well. Cover the dough and refrigerate about an hour, or until firm enough to roll into balls. When you are ready to bake the cookies, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Shape the dough into small balls just less than an inch in size. Roll in cinnamon and sugar mix to coat. Set cookies 1 inch apart on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake until edges are lightly browned, about 10-12 minutes. Cool slightly on the pan and then remove to rack to cool completely.
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Christmas music played over the supermarket loudspeakers, punctuated by the occasional commercial interruption or cleanup request. A tune he remembered his parents singing to him as a child filled the air and Jamey hummed along. Though the song reminded him of home, the lyrics brought unexpected comfort instead of homesickness. It was as if his family had sent him a message to chase away his loneliness.

 Though he wouldn’t spend the holidays with his parents or sisters for the first time in his life, the importance of his duty to his new job, and the need to make personal connections in this great new town, bolstered his resolve to make the most of the solitary holiday ahead.

Jamey turned down the bread lane and tossed loaves into the cart as another Christmas song played. It sounded kinda’ girly and sexy and he recognized Taylor Swift’s voice singing Santa Baby in Country music style. His favorite.

When he looked up, a woman further down the aisle grabbed his attention while she sang along. She bent her knees, did a little dip, and then wiggled her butt, which even beneath blue scrubs and a short winter jacket looked incredible.

Jamey halted dead in his tracks, hoping the gorgeous blonde wouldn’t see him and become embarrassed. Or stop.

She sang out, her voice smoky and hot. The subtle rasp in her vocals sent pangs low in his belly that ricocheted to his solar plexus and cranked up his heartbeat.

Her ponytail swung with her next dip and shimmy and Jamey’s mouth went dry. The woman continued on her way, oblivious to him behind her. After another sway of her ponytail, she turned the corner and disappeared out of sight. 

Jamey swallowed. Holy crap. He wanted to follow her, but that would be weird. Plus, if she figured out he’d done that, she’d take him for a freak. Definitely not a good way to make a first impression.

Grudgingly, he headed toward the peanut butter, jams and jellies section, remembering the guys waiting for breakfast. On his way, he glanced down each aisle, hoping to see the woman again, but having no luck. He finished shopping and headed to the checkout line.

A flash of blue cloth in the Express lane kicked up his pulse rate. Jamey headed toward the Fifteen Items or Less sign and did a fast count of the packages inside his cart. One, two, three, four, five… He’d probably be okay.

He picked up his pace to the checkout lane before someone else rolled in behind the beautiful woman with the blonde ponytail, sexy voice and adorable bottom waiting her turn there.

About Adele Downs:
Adele Downs writes contemporary romance inside the office of her rural Pennsylvania home. She is a former journalist, published in newspapers and magazines inside the USA, UK, and Caribbean.

Adele is an active member of Romance Writers of America and her local RWA chapter where she serves as a past-president. She has written several articles for RWR magazine (Romance Writers Report), the trade journal of Romance Writers of America, and has presented workshops for writers. When she isn’t working on her current project, she can be found riding in her convertible or reading a book on the nearest beach.

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  1. Thank you for featuring my book on your lovely blog and for your wonderful 5 Star review. I'm so glad you enjoyed SANTA TO THE RESCUE.


    1. You are very welcome! It was a great little story!