Embers on Ice
New Adult Holiday Romance
97,000 words (approximate)
Heat Level: 3
Orion McNalley has a heart the size of Texas—and a temper to match.
Christmas is quickly approaching. Orion’s sleepy Montana town is bustling with returning family, vacationing students, and several unexpected visitors: a friend on the rebound, Orion’s volatile ex, and a handsome silver-eyed stranger.
Years in service and living alone have made Matt Jefferson one callous man. When a surprise letter arrives from his mother, it leads him deep into a snowy world of holiday magic and Irish fire that threaten to crack his shell.
Will the spirit of the season bring them together?
Or will the secrets they hold inside keep them apart?
Orion knows the dire consequences of pushing the body’s limits all-too-well. The daughter of a fitness legend and social butterfly, Orion lives in her father’s withering shadow, carrying the weight of a secretly broken man on her shoulders. Unable to leave her father’s side to pursue a life for herself, she remains isolated in the mountains of her Montana hometown. When her vacation plans crumble and the streets fill with others’ Christmas cheer, she’s surprised with a visit from her suddenly-infatuated best friend and the unwelcome appearance of her ex.
But, it’s the pair of brooding, silver eyes on an equally intimidating stranger that makes every breath truly bittersweet, tempting her to bend the rules that have kept her broken heart safe.
It’s been a long time since Matt felt a connection to anyone. Will Orion find the trust she’s looking for and expose him to her darkest secret in time to save them both? Or, will Matt’s past catch up with him before she has the chance?
Filled with holiday humor, tempers, sweet romance, and lots of food, Orion and Matt rediscover what it means to have hope, faith, love, joy, and a belief in something greater than themselves.
Some language and violence.
Text Copyright © 2017 Elysia Lumen Strife
Editor: Jeni Chappelle
Cover: Amy Harwell
All Rights Reserved.
Wildfire, book 2 in the series, is in progress!
As Matt and Orion’s love grows, so does the trouble brewing in their little town.
With the summer fire season quickly approaching and Matt headed back to the city on an emergency call, Orion is confronted with a past that doesn’t want to stay where it belongs.
This time, she’s fighting back.
But at what cost?