Location, Location, Location
by HelenKay Dimon
I’m a big fan of holiday romances. Combine the cold weather (I live in San Diego where there is almost none), the food (I can’t cook but I can eat), the music (I sing very loud) and the general festive atmosphere, and I’m in. Notice how I’m not mentioning the crowds, the running around and all the other issues that go with family-time celebrations. The holidays can be rough for some people, so the idealized happy holidays doesn’t always fit in real life but it works in romance. There is something very romantic about the idea of a happy ending in this setting.
One of my favorite holiday settings also mixes well with one of my favorite romance tropes – trapped in a cabin. Putting the couple – in the case of STRANDED a lethal alpha male couple – in a “can’t easily get out” situation just ups the tension. The snow is falling around and the cold is rolling in and they are forced to talk it out…and end up doing other things. They can’t walk away or ignore each other. Location demands that they do and say something.
In STRANDED, two men who used to work together and were formally a couple reunite in a cabin in Alaska. They are away from other people and not close to easy transportation home. They have a stack of emotional baggage piled between them. Lies, secrets, and the fact one of them once tried to kill the other. Not exactly easy issues to overcome, but the mix of close proximity, bad weather and a mutual attraction that neither of them can kick give them no choice. It’s either work it out or be done forever. Since this is a holiday romance, I’ll let you figure out which one happens. ☺
Cabe got out of the gun-for-hire business the hard way—by nearly dying. Except then his former boss calls in one last favor for one final job. The mission should be simple: get a message to a retired operative in Alaska. But it puts Cabe face-to-face with the one man he doesn’t want to see and can never forget. Not after all the secrets and lies. Not after Brax almost killed him.
Brax Hughes lived hard and retired young to a cabin in the middle of nowhere. Well, that was the plan, but before he can hang up his sniper rifle, he has one last mission: win back Kyle Cabe. Brax wants another chance, wants to come clean, but after months of lying to Cabe, he knows he could face a bullet—or worse—when they meet again. And they will meet. Brax made sure of that.
With a storm moving in and someone lurking outside the cabin, time is running out. Brax needs to talk fast and keep his weapons ready. And his best weapon is the truth.
About HelenKay Dimon
HelenKay Dimon is a former divorce attorney turned full-time romance author. She has sold over thirty novels and novellas to numerous publishers, including HarperCollins, Kensington, Harlequin, Penguin, Carina Press and Riptide Publishing. Her nationally bestselling and award-winning books have been showcased in numerous venues and her books have twice been named “Red-Hot Reads” and excerpted in Cosmopolitan magazine.
Find out more about HelenKay on her Website.
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Don’t forget to check out JustJen’s review of Stranded to see what she thought of it!