Stella Jackson would rather stab herself in the eye with her own stiletto than return to England. Especially in winter. But to fulfill her grandfather’s last wish, she has to spend Christmas at the estate she inherited from him…with the one man she wishes she could forget.
Self-made millionaire Evan Foss wants one thing from Stella—her estate. But thanks to their rocky past, he’s the last person she’ll sell to. So when she takes him up on a bet, with the estate as the prize, Evan can’t believe his luck. The only problem is that seeing her now, sexy and all grown up, tempts Evan to finish what started years ago between them.
Review: Stella and Evan have both have rough childhoods but he was taken under her grandfather’s wing and learned how to be a savvy businessman. They knew each other growing up but lost contact after he rejected her after a night of drinking. He lives and works in London and she lives in Australia as an events planner and loves to surf. Now that she needs to fulfill her grandfather’s dying wish and visit his estate in England for a month at Christmas before deciding whether to sell it or not has their paths crossing again. Evan hopes to buy the estate from her but Stella is still holding out or is she even if she does meet with several prospective buyers? Neither does relationships so what do they call their current involvement which is hotter than hot? I know who the millionaire is but not a sprig of mistletoe is in sight even if it’s part of the title.
There are business associates, friends, household help that are like family, English weather, a trip to London, lots of steam up the sheet moments, some reminiscing, memories, laughter, tears, heartache, sadness, loneliness, work and more work, renovations, a surprise or two, loving and love. The time capsule left to her by her grandfather held a lot of surprises but memories too and made Stella feel closer to him. I loved that he called her his little star! There are quite a few unexpected twists to the story along with a happily ever after or two. There is nice closure especially with the epilogue that takes place almost a year later.
London is a new to me author and I will be adding her books to my always growing TBR pile!
Favorite Quote: …I love you, my little star.