Millionaire Under the Mistletoe
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Stella Jackson would rather stab herself in the eye with her own stiletto than return to England. Especially in winter. But to fulfill her grandfather’s last wish, she has to spend Christmas at the estate she inherited from him…with the one man she wishes she could forget.
Self-made millionaire Evan Foss wants one thing from Stella—her estate. But thanks to their rocky past, he’s the last person she’ll sell to. So when she takes him up on a bet, with the estate as the prize, Evan can’t believe his luck. The only problem is that seeing her now, sexy and all grown up, tempts Evan to finish what started years ago between them.
Millionaire Under the Mistletoe
Friends to enemies to .... lovers?
To honor her grandfather's final wish, Stella Jackson is going to spend the month leading up to Christmas at the estate she inherited from him in London. She can't stand the cold, dreariness of it there, and would rather be anywhere else, but she loved her grandfather and will do this one last thing for him.
Evan Foss adored her grandfather as well. He was mentored by him since he was a troubled teen and he helped shape him into the shrewd businessman he is today. He wants to honor him by making his estate grand again, but first he'll have to convince Stella to sell it to him.
Stella would rather give it away than sell it to the likes of Evan Foss. In a moment of chivalry, Evan rejected her years ago and she still has not forgiven him. When a petty bet is made with the estate being handed over if he wins, Evan sets out to make her enjoy her stay in London. Close quarters make them both remember the time they spent together years ago ... and decide it's finally time to follow through!
This is not a light and sweet Christmas story like I was expecting. This turned out to have quite a lot of angst between the MC's and in the beginning I did NOT like Evan. He was cold and only out for himself.
Stella, who's been in love with him since they were young was rejected by Evan when they were in college. She felt humiliated and hasn't spoken to him since. They are brought back together due to her grandfather's passing and asking her to spend a month at his estate he is leaving to her. Evan also grew up at the estate since his mom was an employee there and later Stella's Grandfather mentored Evan. Evan is set on buying the estate from her and will not let anything get in his way.
This story started out rough for me because Evan was a hard character to like. He couldn't see past himself to even recognize that Stella was important to him. Like Christmas Scrooge, it took almost losing everything to wake him up and see what was right in front of him. Despite the rough start, this had a beautiful ending! ARC provided by NetGalley.
Thoroughly enjoyable read! The last place Stella Jackson wants to be is back in England face to face with the one man who has broken her heart. Dealing with the death of her grandfather is hard enough. Dealing with Evan Foss on top of that is sheer torture. All Evan wants is the estate Stella's grandfather left her and he's willing to pay handsomely for it. Unfortunately he knows that their past will keep her from selling to him until it's dealt with. The fact that she is now stunning and as sexy as ever makes it even harder to deal with the past and not want more from her now. Getting past the walls she has erected will be difficult, not wanting to pick things up where they left off all those years ago - impossible.
This is one I definitely recommend.