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~ Naughty and Nice (A Rough and Tumble Novella) - by Crystal Green ~
Reclusive, gruff army veteran
Jesse Navarro could deal with a Secret Santa who only wrote to him online. But
when she shows up at the Rough & Tumble Saloon in the flesh, she has
something even naughtier than a regular gift exchange in mind—and it’s perfectly
suited for some wicked nights in Sin City…
though Ivy Carroll suspected that her Secret Santa partner was the loneliest
man on earth, she couldn’t help thinking that she’d gotten the luck of the
As she stood at the doorway of
the Rough & Tumble Saloon, where white Christmas bulbs decorated the bar
and scraggly wreaths hung on the planked walls, she leaned against the frame,
running a gaze over Lieutenant Jesse Navarro, in the flesh.
And, damn, it was some flesh.
He made her think of a strong,
towering war god as he propped a black combat boot on a rickety chair, leaning
his arms on his thigh. Stone-faced, he watched a few laughing men toss coins
into a tarnished spittoon that matched the Old West surroundings. His legs were
long and muscled in jeans, his biceps thick and defined, rock-solid. And under
his dark, tight T-shirt?
Something in Ivy’s belly took a
tight, rolling dip as she dwelled on those steel-beam shoulders, the obvious
bumps and ridges on his torso that told her there were more and more muscles.
Mmm, he was a hunk of a man, intimidating with an image of a primitive sun
shaved into his dark, stubbled hair.
The thing was, he seemed
different from the man she’d warmed up to online.
She’d seen a shadowy picture of
the lieutenant when they’d been matched in a Secret Santa military vet program
sponsored by a local community center, so she knew some of his face, knew that
he was in his early thirties and had done a tour in Afghanistan and come home
three years ago. But she hadn’t seen many other details in his gray-toned
picture. At first, she’d wondered if he was a gruff, beer-bellied man who
didn’t say much in real life and made her read between the lines of every cyber
sentence. Or was he a big kid who was as wiry as that bartender who was
fetching drinks for the bikers and rough men throwing down shots of whisky at
the bar? She’d barely had a clue about Jesse, because he didn’t leave many
digital footprints, except for the Desert Star Center’s boards.
But Ivy did know one thing: Lieutenant
Navarro’s most recent message, a few days before Christmas, had struck her
heart, making her think that no one should be spending the holidays at a bar.
How much would she suck if she didn’t reach out to him from just a few miles
away where she lived, spreading a little cheer to someone like that?
It was a just a bonus that he
looked like this. Hotter than hell, a real man who was already turning her on.
From Naughty and Nice (A Rough and
Tumble Novella) (A Sexy Bad Boy Romance)
~~About the Author~~ Crystal Green is a RITA-nominated romantic fiction author who tries her best to avoid international incidents whenever she takes a break from her first love, writing, and travels to places near and far. She's the author of the Rough and Tumble hot romances as well as the new adult Aidan Falls series, and she has an alter ego named Chris Marie Green who writes thrillers like TERROR ISLAND, the Ghost for Hire series, and the Vampire Babylon series.