You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch.
The song grated on his nerves every time someone hummed it. But what could he expect, being named Danny Grinch and living in Christmas Town U.S.A.? Being the wood craftsman and the creator of Unique Toys didn't help matters. He was the go to guy for crafted toys around the holidays and while everyone else were enjoying the season. He worked up till Christmas Eve to fill orders.
But maybe this year would be different with his new shop helper, Tia Davis. With skin like cappuccino and a silver streak in her hair, she came in to the shop each morning with a cup of hot chocolate and a smile just for him. Danny felt his attraction grow with each passing day and vowed to make Tia his naughty little elf. Especially after their first kiss, he saw another side of Tia that wasn't just cheerful. She was wickedly arousing -- and damn if he didn't want more.
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Praise for Silver Bells (Reindeer Games)
"I loved Silver Bells. It was a great quick read that I would recommend to all who enjoy Christmas romances... endearing, and it pulled on my heartstrings."
-- Isis, Sizzling Hot Books
"The chemistry between the two main characters was sizzling hot... I really liked getting to know both Danny and Tia as complicated, nuanced individuals. I'd recommend it to anyone who is in the mood for something romantic."
-- Astilbe, Long and Short Reviews
"Every woman needs a man like Danny and I know readers will appreciate him as much as I do. This story has an appeal that is too strong to resist, so give in and enjoy."
-- 4 Nymphs from Amethyst Nymph, Literary Nymphs Reviews
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Silver Bells (Reindeer Games)
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Copyright ©2015 Dahlia Rose
Danny rolled his eyes and drummed his fingers against the sales counter of his store. He had the phone between his shoulder and his ear, and all he could hear was the high pitched squawking from Mrs. Rosen about changing her order but still wanting the same delivery date. It was fucking impossible, but he tuned her out and let her go on and on and on. Christmas music filtered out from the sound system he had installed, but instead of the warm feeling that it was supposed to evoke for the holiday, it made Danny want to throw something at the stereo. He hated Christmas, yet he ran a business that thrived on the holiday. Hence it was the reason why he listened to Mrs. Rosen and only contemplated murdering his sound system.
The bell over his door rang, and he looked up to see Tia Davis walking in with her usual smile on her face and two cups in a cup holder in her hand. His assistant was like a breath of chilly holiday air, and even in the summer time when business lulled she never had a worry in the world. Tia had moved to Cross Place two years ago. Everyone thought she was a model who was trying to escape some sordid deals.
Actually, she was just a woman tired of the city life and wanting a new start. The cost of living in town was low, and her paycheck from him good enough that she didn't need to take a second job. He was glad. Danny liked looking at her. Tia's skin was the color of the hot chocolate she always brought in, and a streak of white hair against her raven black tresses always made people curious. He watched as she took off her hat and gloves and shoved them in the pocket of her coat before hanging it on one of the wall holders.
"Mrs. Rosen... Mrs. Rosen..." Danny sighed. There was no getting through to this woman.
Tia came over and motioned for him to hand her the phone. Danny gave it up willingly, thankful to give his ear a break.
"Mrs. Rosen, Tia Davis here. Merry Christmas," Tia said. "Now what can I help you with?" She covered the receiver with her hand. "The schedule is booked tight, right? You can't add a set of carved army men, can you?"
"Hell no," Danny said in exasperation. "I'm barely going to make Christmas Eve deliveries as it is."
"Mrs. Rosen, see it from our point of view. Danny works tirelessly to make these authentic toys carved by his own hands for Christmas each year, and each year you ask at the very last minute for something extravagant." Tia listened for a moment before speaking again. "Yes, you are one of our best customers, but you are not the only customer. There are two choices. One, we can add this onto your order and your order will be delivered after Christmas. Two, we can slate this new piece for delivery after the holidays, with one piece made and a little card attached telling your grandson the rest will be ready very soon, so he needs to keep the one safe. Which do you like best?"
Tia smiled and winked at him. "I thought so. Thank you for being such a valuable customer. We will add that in with your order, and I'll make sure the card looks amazing so you don't have to worry about Joey being disappointed."
He listened to her exchange pleasant goodbyes with their customer before hanging up, and breathed a sigh of relief.
"Can you carve an army man quickly?" Tia asked. "I'll create a nice card and make it look nice in a box for Joey."
"I sure as hell can, instead of thirty of the things and a carved box for them in five days," Danny answered.
"You have to be tougher on the hard customers," she said gently. "Last year you worked yourself to the bone, even taking care of the painting when I dropped from exhaustion."
"Grinch Toys shouldn't live up to its grumpy owner," Danny said. "Thanks for saving my grits."
"I'm not just your arts department, I'm the sanity and grits saver." Tia saluted. "I have your hot chocolate, and even an apple turnover."
"What would I do without you?" Danny pressed his hand over his heart as he accepted her treats.
"I don't know, Mr. Danny Grinch. Who would draw the faces on these amazing creations or keep you from going postal on Mrs. Rosen?" she teased. "Maybe you could buy dinner to repay me for saving Mr. Grinch."
"Maybe I should, one of these days." Danny hesitated. "I need to get to work..."
She frowned for an instant, then shrugged her shoulders. "I guess you should. I'll be in the back if you need me to field any more phone calls."
He watched her walk to the back room, and this time his sigh of frustration was about his reaction to Tia. She'd been giving him I'm open to a date signals for almost a year now and each time he wavered on following through. He was a strong man, not afraid of his feelings or going after what he wanted in life. He wanted to take her, hard and fast until she was begging and he was telling her all the dirty things he liked when she took him in. But at the other end of the spectrum, when it came to Tia, it scared the crap out of him that the tiny woman could wrap herself around his heart and he'd be weak. She was like trying to hold on to lightning in a bottle...