No Holly for Christmas by Julie N. Ford
Here's the blurb:
Widowed, practically penniless, and banished to an Alabama rural community, ex-socialite- turned social worker Holly Cavanaugh Winter is dreading the approaching holiday season. However, her angst is not due to her husband's untimely death last December 25th, but because of a secret, one she keeps locked deep in her heart, that could reveal itself unless she can find a way to avoid Christmas.
On special assignment for the DA, defense attorney, Brian McAlister has all but given up on relationships when his path unavoidably crosses Holly’s. But love at first sight quickly turns frigid when Holly gets pulled into a manhunt for an accused murderer who now has his sights set on her. With his case unraveling, Brian finds himself tasked with keeping Holly and her two daughters safe, while bringing an assassin, and the powerful man who hired him, to justice.
I think that the most important element in a romance is that the couple has to be something to each other that nobody else can be. Each needs to fill the other's need in a way that nobody else can. Julie does this better than any romance I have read in a long time. The thing that she did so well in this book is show their needs while the characters themselves don't even realize that they are the perfect ones for eah other. AAh, Just get together, already!! frustrating, right? Perfect! I loved it! The conflict is great. I loved the characters. There were great bad guys and great good guys.The story is unique and unpredictable. And the physical tension was steamy. I would definitely recommend this book!
Here's the purchase link: http://www.amazon.com/No-Holly-For-Christmas-ebook/dp/B0062FO4LI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1320472200&sr=8-1