When they were children, Clara’s stepbrother, Sebastian, destroyed her Nutcracker, a magical gift from her godfather, Drosselmeyer. She has never forgiven him, no matter how close they were before the accident.
Sebastian didn’t mean to break the toy, and Clara’s heart, and he certainly never expected her to stay mad for ten years. But this year, he has a surprise for her. Thanks to Drosselmeyer, Sebastian has learned the magic necessary to bring Clara back to the enchanted kingdom of her childhood.
With one special addition— this time he is the Nutcracker Prince and he plans not only to offer her more nights in the kingdom, but also to show her the deeper and more lasting love he’s been aching to share with her.
Seduction, love and magic will be the ultimate Christmas gift.
Clara pulled a T-shirt and shorts from her luggage and went across the hall to the bathroom to change and get ready for bed. When she came back, the first thing she noticed was the large box in the middle of the mattress. She tried to remember if it had been there when she came into the room but couldn’t. Her focus had been elsewhere, so she had no recollection of seeing it. She sat on the bed and pulled the box close. It was plain white, almost like a department store box, but with no markings, and held closed with a huge gold ribbon.
Sticking out from the ribbon was an oversized card. Again, white with no identifying marks. Only her name. She opened the envelope and pulled out a notecard decorated with a classic, festive Christmas tree, tiny presents all around. Clara brushed her hand across the embossed image. The paper was thick and felt expensive.
Her heart rate increased. As she opened the card and read what was written inside, she let out a small gasp.
Four more nights, Clara.
I am lost no more.
Come back to me.
She was dreaming. She was in sugar shock. It was a terrible joke. It couldn’t be true. It couldn’t be real. Drosselmeyer and the nutcracker were gone.
She ripped the bow off the box faster than any child could open a gift, then froze. White tissue paper covered what was inside, and suddenly she was terrified to look. What if it wasn’t what she hoped, what she wanted?
Only one way to find out.