He stared at her for a long time, and Kylie thought he was backing out. Maybe she could fit into the costume if she stuffed it with some of the holiday throw pillows they sold in Merrily. “Look, I understand this is asking a lot, so I get it if you want to—”
“I do what I say, Ky. Always. But I do have one question.”
A crooked smile curved his lips. “Where’s your elf suit? Cause I’m not suffering alone!”
A relieved laugh broke free, which quickly turned into fits when he slipped on the beard.
“Get going, little elf. Someone has to keep it organized. I’d say that someone is you.”
Kylie glanced around the stockroom, her eyes landing on a mix of Santa and elf hats for the hat decorating she’d planned for the following week. With the fitted red turtleneck she’d put on that morning and jeans, she could pull off being an elf.
“All right, Santa. You have yourself an elf.”
The Littleton brothers are as much a part of Crestler’s Key as the sun and surf, living the single life without a care. But love has a way of changing even the most determined bachelor’s mind . . .
Brady Littleton has left his reckless youth behind to become a man his brothers can count on. When the family dive shop needs to expand, he’s got the answer: buy the Christmas shop next door. Except the retiring owner’s goddaughter, Kylie Waters, has come back to town. She was Brady’s first kiss—his first everything—and she doesn’t want to sell. He’s got a solution to that too. Whoever makes the most sales by Christmas Day can take over the shop, fair and square.
Kylie resolved to put the youngest, wildest Littleton brother out of her head when he abruptly ended their relationship years ago. But the steady, gorgeous man he’s become is impossible to ignore. Especially once reminiscing leads to a kiss as hot and heady as mulled wine. Their deal means that one of them is going to lose out on a dream…unless Christmas Day brings the gift of a sweet, surprising second chance…
Praise for Melissa West’s Racing Hearts
“An emotional story filled with heart, humor, and second chances, Racing Hearts is a love letter to small towns, southern pride, and the heartbeat of all tight communities—its strong families. I laughed, I cried, and I never wanted to leave. An incredible story!”
--Rachel Harris, New York Times bestselling author