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About HOLIDAY WISHES:
Itâs Christmastime again in Heartbreaker Bay!
When Sean OâRiley shows up at the Hartford Bed & Breakfast for his older brotherâs bachelor weekend, heâs planning to get through this weekend as well as he can and fulfill his duties as best man. What heâs not expecting is to come face to face with the woman he lost his virginity to a decade agoâa woman heâs never really forgotten.
The last time Lotti Hartford saw Sean, she told him she loved him while he said nothing. Now, ten years later, sheâs just looking for a good time. For once, she wants to be wild and free, and when she sees how good Sean grew up, she thinks he might actually be the perfect candidate.
As the weekend continues, Sean realizes that after a lifetime of being the hook-up king, heâs ready to find happily-ever-after with Lotti. But is she ready to open her heart once again? As Christmas sweeps through the little B&B, love and magic are in the air.
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To say Sean felt stressed was a huge understatement. Give him a cliff to scale or a bar brawl to break up. Hell, give him a freight train to try to outrun, anything but having to pull off being the best man for his brother Finnâs weddingâincluding but not limited to keeping said brother from losing his collective shit.
Itâs not like Sean didnât understand. Getting married was a big deal. Okay, so he didnât fully understand, not really, but he wanted to. He really did. And how funny was that? Sean OâRiley, younger brother, hook-up king extraordinaire, was suddenly tired of the game and found himself aching for his own forever after.
âWe almost there?â Finn asked him from the backseat of the vehicle Sean was driving.
âAnd you double checked on our reservations?â
âNo, Iâm serious, man,â Finn said. âRemember when you took me to Vegas and when we got there, every hotel was booked and we had to stay at the Magic-O motel?â
âMan, a guy screws up one time . . .â
âWe had a stripper pole in our rooms, Sean.â
Sean sighed. âOkay, but to be fair, that was back when I was still in my stupid phase. I promise you that we have reservationsâno stripper poles. I even double and triple checked, just like you asked me a hundred and one times. Pru, I hope you realize youâre marrying a nag.â
Pru, Finnâs fiancÃ©e, laughed from the shotgun position. âHey, one of us has to be the nag in this relationship, and it isnât me.â
Sean held up a palm and Pru leaned over the console to give him a high-five.
âJust so you know,â Sean said to Finn, âI didnât pick this place, your woman did.â
âTrue story,â Pru said. âThe B&Bâs closed to the public this entire weekend. Sean booked the whole place for our bachelor/bachelorette party weekend extravaganza.â
âI superheroed this thing,â Sean said.
Finn snorted and let loose of a small smile because they both knew that for most of Seanâs childhood, thatâs what heâd aspired to be, a superheroâsans tights though. Tights had never been Seanâs thing, especially after suffering through them for two seasons in high school football before heâd mercifully cracked his clavicle.
After that, heâd turned to fighting, and not the good kind either. Finn, physically older by seven years, mentally older by about a hundred, had single-handedly saved Sean from just about every situation heâd ever landed himself in. Thanks to Finn, thereâd been a lot fewer situations than there shouldâve been and it hadnât been for lack of trying.
Fact was, everyone knew Sean had taken the slowest possible route on his way to growing up, complete with plenty of detours, but heâd hit his stride now. Or at least he hoped so because Finn was counting on him in a big way over the next week and Sean had let him down enough for a lifetime. He wouldnât let him down now.
Sean pulled into the B&Bâs parking lot and turned to face the crowd heâd driven from San Francisco to Napa. And he did mean crowd. Theyâd had to rent a fourteen-seat passenger van to fit everyone, and he was the weekendâs designated driver.
Oh, how times had changed. âReady?â he asked.
Finn nodded. Pru was bouncing up and down in her seat with excitement. Willa, her BFF, was doing the same. Keane, Willaâs boyfriend, opened the door for everyone to tumble out.
It was two weeks before Christmas and the rolling hills of Napa Valley were lined with grape vines for as far as the eye could see, not that they could actually see them right now. It was late, pitch dark, and rain had been pouring down steadily all day, which didnât detract from the beauty of the Victorian B&B in front of them. It did, however, detract from Seanâs eagerness to go out in the rain to get to it though.
Not Pru and Willa. The two raced through the downpour laughing and holding hands with Elle, Colbie, Kylie, and Tinaâthe rest of Pruâs posseâmoving more cautiously in deference to the preservation of their heels. Sean, Finn, and Finnâs posseâArcher, Keane, Spence, and Joeâfollowed.
They all tumbled in the front door of the B&B and stopped short in awe of the place decorated with what had to be miles of garland and lights, along with a huge Christmas tree done up in all the bells and whistles. This place couldâve passed for Santaâs own house.
Collectively the group âoohedâ and âahhhedâ before turning expectedly to Sean.
This was because he was actually in charge of the weekendâs activities that would lead up to the final countdown to the wedding happening next week at a winery about twenty minutes up the road. This was what a best man did apparently, take care of stuff. All the stuff. And that Finn had asked Sean to be his best man in the first place over any of the close friends with them this weekend had the pride overcoming his anxiety of screwing it all up.
But the anxiety was making a real strong bid right at the moment. He shook off some of the raindrops and started to head over to the greeting desk and twelve people began to follow. He stopped and was nearly plowed over by the parade. âWait here,â he instructed, pausing until his very excited group nodded in unison.
Jesus. He shouldnât have poured them that champagne to pre-game before theyâd left OâRileyâs, the pub he and Finn owned and operated in San Francisco. And that he was the voice of reason right now was truly the irony of the century. âStay,â he said firmly and then made his way past the towering Christmas tree lit to within an inch of its life, past the raging fire in the fireplace with candles lining the mantel . . . to the small, quaint check-in desk that had a plate with some amazing looking cookies and a sign that said: yes, these are for youâwelcome!
âYum,â Pru said and took one for each hand.
She hadnât âstayed.â And neither had Finn. They both flanked Sean, munching on the cookies.
A woman sat at the check-in desk with a laptop, her fingers a blur, the tip of her Santa hat quivering as she typed away. She looked up and smiled as she took in the group. That is until her gaze landed on Sean and she froze.
Heâd already done the same because holy shitâ
âGreetings,â she said, recovering first and so quickly that no one else seemed to notice as she stood and smiled warmly everyone but Sean. âWelcome to the Hartford B&B. My nameâs Charlotte Hartford and Iâm the innkeeper here. How can I help you?â
Good question. And Sean had the answer on the tip of his tongue, which was currently stuck to the roof of his mouth because he hadnât been prepared for this sweet and sassy redheaded blast from his past.
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About Jill Shalvis:
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jillâs sexy contemporary and award-winning books wherever romances are sold and click on the blog button above for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.