A Sneak Peek at 12 Months of Romance 24 | Reasons to Love: A Holiday Anthology Stories

Starting today, until the release of the  12 Months of Romance | 24 Reasons to Love on Nov. 20, I will be posting sneak peeks! 24 love stories (2 for each month!), a sneak peek every day!

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I’m super excited for this anthology, and I think you’ll all like it too. If the cover looks lovely wait until you read the blurb.

A year of romance you can devour in one sitting…

This anthology is filled with emotion and holiday spirit. Themed around holiday celebrations ranging from sweet to sizzling, these 24 scintillating stories will give you plenty of reasons to revel in love.

If you like office romances, best friends to lovers, second-chance romances, unexpected encounters, sci-fi gay romances, star-crossed lovers…There’s a story for everyone.

And if you’re in the market for new book boyfriends, this holiday collection will make you swoon for a racy social worker, an irresistible alpha male, a hot office-mate, a smoldering doctor on holiday duty and a sexy single dad!

12 Months of Romance, 24 Reasons to Love celebrates love all year round.

 

So without further ado here’s sneak peek #1…

 

Endings and Beginnings 
Celestine Trinidad
(New Year’s Eve)

It’s New Year’s Eve, and Surgery resident Trina Sy is on holiday duty at the hospital. Thank goodness she has junior intern Matthew Jimenez on duty with her too. But it is his last day in her department, and she has to forget this strange attachment she seems to be developing for him.

But sometimes even endings can be beginnings.

***

“I know a perfect spot where we can catch the fireworks,” he said. “But we better hurry.”

He started to run, and she followed him. They ran past the wards, the nurses’ stations, and through it all she could think of was his hand on her hand, his skin on her skin.

“Where are you going?” she said when they turned a corner. They were on the third floor, and she knew there was a bridge between the two buildings of the hospital, and she thought that the spot he was talking about. “That’s a dead end. The bridge is this way—”

“Trust me,” he said. He smiled again, that dimple on his cheek appearing again and taking her breath and words away.

They ran all the way up to the end of the corridor, then he stopped before a door. He took out a key and opened the door. They ducked inside.

She suddenly realized that they had entered the medical director’s office. She had only been there once before, for their audience with him at the beginning of their residency. His office had a set of windows. It looked out to the city outside, at a small spot in between all the buildings, which gave them a great view of the sky.

And above them, the sky was lit up in a thousand different colors. She gasped. It was all so breathtaking—like all her feelings of happiness was compressed in a moment, and those feelings now painted the night sky.

“It’s so beautiful,” she said.

“It is,” he said.

She glanced at him, and found that he was looking at her, instead of out the window.

“You’ll miss the fireworks,” she said, blushing.

“I like this view better,” he said.

He grinned at her, and she felt her cheeks redden.

It was over minutes later, but he still hadn’t let her hand go.

“I call this abuse of power, Dr. Jimenez,” she said. “Breaking into the medical director’s office. What will he say, huh?”

He smirked. “We don’t usually abuse our power like that, if you must know, Doctora. I just know that Dad liked having a good view whenever he worked. Which was why he moved to this office when this new building was built.”

“Thank you for doing it this one time, though,” she said. Her smile turned rueful. “It’s the end of the new year. The end of your rotation.”

“Yes,” he said, and he suddenly looked nervous again. “I—I was saying earlier that I’m glad that my rotation is ending. Not because I didn’t like it here, in fact, I was so happy working with your department. With you.”

“So why would you want to leave us?” She said it as nonchalantly as she could, but her heart was beating fast.

“Because now that I’m no longer rotating in your department, I can finally ask you out,” he said. His words came out in a rush, like he was afraid he’d lose the courage to continue if he didn’t say it quickly enough. “I know, I know, Doc. People do it all the time anyway, residents and junior interns. But I wanted to stick by the rules. I always have. And I know you do, too.”

“Oh,” was all she could say.

“So, may I?” he asked. His cheeks were now really red too, and he could no longer look at her. “Only—only if you want to, of course. I mean, I know I’m just a junior intern so I still have a long way to go, but I—”

In reply she pulled her close to him, and kissed him. His eyes widened in surprise, but soon, he kissed her back too, and they were soon kissing with all the passion they had held back for the past two months.

When she finished, she pulled away and said, “Technically, you’re still on duty, you know, Dr. Jimenez. That was still against the rules. I was just testing you.”

 

 

What do you think? Visit my page again tomorrow to catch a sneak peek of Marian Tee’s take on Chinese New Year

 

All My Best,
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Ysa Arcangel
Fantasy to explore. Romance to devour.
Exploring fantasies and pulling heartstrings
since 2015.
    

 

 

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