MARRIED UNDER THE MISTLETOE
Having a temporary roommate doesn't thrill restaurant manager Stephanie Ellison. But engineer Daniel Stephens is a member of the Valentine family -- and since her apartment's above their restaurant, she doesn't have a choice. It's much better than she expects, though. Daniel's rough exterior hides a thoughtful, sensitive man who's able to coax Stephanie out of her carefully constructed shell. Scarred emotionally and physically by childhood abuse, Stephanie fears intimacy. Can she accept Daniel's love? More intense than most books in Brides of Bella Lucia, Linda Goodnight continues the series with Married Under the Mistletoe (4.5), a powerful character study with a lovely romance that unfolds at a believable pace.