Julian Claus had thought to escape the family business this year. Being one of his father's little helpers had worn thin ages ago. It didn't help that his father just so happened to be the Santa Claus.
A shipwreck derails his plans for a tropical getaway. Instead of wiling away his holiday on a yacht with a bevy of hot babes, he finds himself on a private island with possibly the woman of his dreams.
Widowed Noel Greenway might not have been his first choice, but after years of avoiding the marriage trap she might turn out to be the only choice that has ever mattered to him. And, the one present he never knew he wanted.
Now, he just has to hope a Christmas miracle comes along to convince her that true love does strike twice in one lifetime. Good thing his family are experts in that department.
She'd lost it. Julian knew he should've kept his mouth shut. Now he'd gone and given her an embolism or something. She was laughing so hard tears were running down her face. In all his experience with women, laughing had never been a good sign the relationship was moving in the right direction. In fact, it always ended with him missing money and walking back to his hotel room alone. And it was a long walk -- make that swim -- back to anything resembling a hotel anything.
He knew this would end up happening. The few times he'd revealed who he truly was to someone, it had always turned out like this. That was why he'd more or less kept things casual with women. Never getting more involved than a weekend. A week at the most, but he didn't let it go past a week. Emotions got sticky if you stayed around longer than that. Though hearing her laughter, it made him sad. Shaking it off, Julian thought it best to untie his tongue before she thought he was as crazy as he sounded.
"I didn't think it was that funny," he said, shuffling his feet.
"Oh it was," she snorted. "But not for the reason you're thinking."
"Yeah, like someone telling you they're Santa's number two son isn't reason enough to make a person laugh." Okay, maybe he wasn't the only crazy one.
"No, no." She waved her hand. "It isn't that. In fact you're probably going to find this funny but Gran is really Mother Nature, only she's in a sort of semi-retirement at the moment. Mom and Dad are running things until she is through with the therapy she's going through after her hip replacement."
Julian fell back against the railing. His ears did a double-take. Mother and Nature in the same sentence confused him for half a second. Nope, she actually said it. Here he thought he'd escaped from the whole Anthropomorphic Ideal Pantheon of Myth only to find himself neck deep in not only a family of them, but one of the major players. Mother Nature ranked right up there with Dad on the who's who list. No matter what the Easter Bunny thought, he was nowhere in their league. He and the Tooth Fairy could get drunk and rant all they liked, but you had to affect the human world on a grand level to reach the epoch of myth existence, self-awareness. That's why an Easter Bunny was hatched every hundred years or so, because the stress of being second tier burned them out and no one wanted a manic depressive bunny anywhere near boiled eggs or kids. Julian tried not to think about the Tooth Fairy, spontaneous birth from dental plaque gave him the willies.
The shock still held him place when her hand brushed against his shoulder. "Are you okay?"
"Give me a minute to let it sink in."
"Well, you better hurry because there's something else you should know." She held him as his knees started to buckle.
He wasn't sure he could handle much more. "Is it too late to stop now?"
Posted by Desert Breeze Publishing for SingleTitles.com on 30th Jun 2013
""In the third story from The Family Claus Tale series, a multi-author group of stories, J. Morgan tells the story of the youngest Claus child. Julian’s brother and sister found perfect matches (thanks to a helping hand from their mother and grandmother) and Julian does not want to be the next one to fall victim to their manipulations. Julian finds himself on an island in the middle of nowhere with beautiful Noel and her family, he is unable to deny their instant chemistry. J. Morgan tells Julian’s story with a large dose of humor and some unexpected supernatural surprises. Can Noel make Julian give up his bachelor ways?"