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CHRISTMAS ON POINTE (SILVER BELL FALLS) BY SAMANTHA CHASE
Release Date: November 9, 2016
It’s Christmastime again in Silver Bell Falls and the whole town is getting in the spirit to help ballet teacher Abby Foster achieve her dream of opening her own dance studio!
Dancing has been Abby’s dream for her entire life – but more than anything, she wanted that dream in her beloved hometown of Silver Bell Falls. Teaching ballet to children at the community center is fine, but she’ hoping for so much more – her own studio, her own business…not to mention maybe meeting Mr. Right and having a family of her own. For almost a year, she’s been picturing Dean Hughes in that role and if he wasn’t such a darn recluse, maybe she’d have a chance.
Solitude and Dean Hughes have always gone hand-in-hand. It wasn’t by choice, but because of circumstances beyond his control. And once again, things are out of his control when he finds himself being named permanent guardian for his five year old niece just in time for the holidays. Dean had always imagined that he’d have a family of his own someday, just not quite like this. With the support of his hometown friends, he knows he’s going to be okay. But it’s Abby’s help with his niece that’s making the biggest difference.
This isn’t the Christmas either of them has planned, but maybe it’s the chance for the most perfect one yet!
REVIEW: CHRISTMAS ON POINTE (SILVER BELL FALLS) BY SAMANTHA CHASE
Christmas On Pointe: A Silver Bell Falls Holiday Novella by Samantha Chase
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
ARC Review: Christmas on Pointe (Silver Bell Falls) by Samantha Chase
Sometimes it takes a bump in the road to help us find our way. With Christmas on Pointe, Ms. Chase spins a beautiful tale of missed opportunities, optimism and the powerful force that puts everything in focus. LOVE! Abby is a dreamer. Her hopes don't always pan out, but she looks at the world with more of a glass half full mentality. If at first you don't succeed, keep trying until you do is her opinion. Dean is more of a realist. He sees things as they are, not as they could be. When life throws him another curveball in the form of his five year old niece, his life, his heart and his home will never be the same. Christmas on Pointe is a story of faith, miracles and family. Captures the meaning of the season as it casts a spell on the heart.
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They stood in silence and Dean felt like he had so much that he wanted to say to her – to thank her for – but for the life of him, he couldn’t make himself speak. She looked a little tired and yet…she was still breathtaking. He wanted to reach out and caress her cheek, run his fingers into her hair and shake it free of the tight bun in which she currently had it up. He wanted to massage her shoulders and do something for her because he had a feeling that the only person taking care of Abby was…Abby. He wanted to…
“Anyway,” she said and took a step back before walking to the corner of the room, “next week we have fittings for the costumes for the Christmas play. So next Friday we’ll be here a little late. I hope that’s all right.”
Nodding, he moved across the room toward her, still unsure of what to do or say.
“After Thanksgiving we’ll have a couple of extra classes but I’ll have a printout of the schedule for all the parents next week. So those Tuesdays where I normally just take Maya back to my house, I’ll have her here with me.”
He nodded again and watched as Abby pulled a bulky sweatshirt on over her leotard and then she gracefully wrapped a wool scarf around her neck. It was green – the color of her eyes. She bent over and…holy hell! Her body was…well, it was perfect. Dean’s hands literally twitched with the need to touch her. When she straightened, he quickly looked away – certain she’d be able to tell what he was thinking.
Abby let out a little sigh and looked around the room. “I think that’s everything.” She smiled at him again. “I hope you guys have a great weekend. If you need anything, just…”
And that’s when it hit him like a bolt of lightning. He did need something.
“Dean? Are you okay?”
“Are you okay?” she repeated, taking a step closer to him. “You sort of zoned out there for a moment and had a strange look on your face.”
Before he could second-guess himself or chicken out, he took a step closer – closing the gap between them. “I’m fine,” he said gruffly. “But I need to do this.”
And then he lowered his head and claimed her lips with his.
He had never been the impulsive type and yet right now, it seemed like the most logical thing in the world to kiss Abby. And, by the way she was responding, the feeling was mutual.
Her arms wound around his shoulders as his went around her waist. Hearing her sigh and feeling her melt against him was such an incredible feeling that he tightened his grip. His tongue teased hers and he felt her hands rake up into his hair and…
“Why are you kissing Abby?”
They immediately broke apart. Abby took a step back and turned away from him for a minute. Dean looked at his niece’s wide eyes and wondered what the hell he was thinking. They weren’t alone and kissing Abby in the middle of the community center wasn’t the smartest thing to do – impulsive or not.
“Um…we were…we were just…” Dean stammered.
Maya’s eyes narrowed a little. “Do you like Abby?”
“Uh…yes,” he replied honestly and had to keep his focus on Maya even as he heard Abby’s soft gasp at his confession. “I do. I like Abby a lot.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
New York Times and USA Today Bestseller/contemporary romance writer Samantha Chase released her debut novel, Jordan's Return, in November 2011. Although she waited until she was in her 40's to publish for the first time, writing has been a lifelong passion. Her motivation to take that step was her students: teaching creative writing to elementary age students all the way up through high school and encouraging those students to follow their writing dreams gave Samantha the confidence to take that step as well.
When she's not working on a new story, she spends her time reading contemporary romances, playing way too many games of Scrabble or Solitaire on Facebook and spending time with her husband of 25 years and their two sons in North Carolina.
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