Published by Entangled: Select Contemporary on November 25th 2013
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Second Chance Christmas by Ellen Butler
Prominent DC attorney Emma Taylor is pulled away from a promising date the week before Christmas to pick up her ex-fiance from the ER after a bar fight. She's in no mood to re-open old wounds, but it’s Christmas and she can’t just leave him alone and injured.
Eight hundred eighty-four days. That’s how much time has passed since Major Colton Evans made the biggest mistake of his life. Even after two tours of duty and too much shrapnel in his leg, it’s still the loss of Emma that haunts him. And if he can win her back, he’ll take any chance.
When she insists he stay with her during the holiday, they put out enough sexual electricity to rival the most decorated house on the block. But will it be enough to light the way to a future together?
When a man knows the exact number of days since he’s driven the love of his life away, he probably deserves that second chance. At least, that’s the premise of this short story, when the woman in question is called to the hospital unexpectedly to pick up an ex-fiancé she has never forgotten or really gotten over.
A pretty good second-chance novella that was easy to breeze through, and while I loved how much ground Colton has covered to win back the woman he lost, I had my reservations still about Emma, who didn’t seem to want to give any ground at all. This is an easy read though, even if I’d actually hoped for something a little more in depth that detailed their way forward.