by: Jennifer Gracen
Series: The McKinnon Brothers
Genre: Contemporary Holiday Romance
Release Date: October 3, 2019
Publisher: Tule Publishing
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They didn’t believe in holiday magic… until it happens to them.
Anna McKinnon is a free spirit. As a bartender in New York City, she answers to no one, keeps what she calls “vampire hours” – and likes it that way. She secretly wishes to find real love, the forever kind her brothers have all found. But love has not only eluded her, it’s burned her badly. Keeping things light is how Anna copes.
David Beren is a high-powered, intense investment banker in the heart of Manhattan. His 80-hour work weeks took over his life long ago, but now, at 35, he’s ready for something more. But what? And then he meets Anna. She’s unexpected – full of light, color, and laughter. Anna knocks him off his game and his feet, and he’s never been happier.
Can total opposites – a feisty, bold girl from Ireland and a quiet, straight-laced Jewish guy from New Jersey – find love at the holidays? With the double whammy of a Hanukkah miracle and some Christmas magic, they just might.
Date of birth: April 28th
Physical Description: 5’10”, wavy dark hair, hazel eyes, lean build
Occupation: Investment banker for high-profile NYC firm
3 likes in no particular order: good bagels (like you can only get in the NYC area), sealing a high stakes deal, skiing
3 dislikes in no particular order: bad bagels (anywhere outside of the NYC area), laziness, waiting for the subway
Drink of choice: Julius IPA
Favorite food: Depends on the day! But probably sushi.
Favorite song: Would be a tie between “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” by the Rolling Stones and “One Of These Days” by the Foo Fighters
Choice of transportation: private car
Favorite way to spend an evening: Hanging out at O’Reilly’s Tavern with a certain feisty, beautiful bartender (and knowing I get to take her home).
Favorite holiday tradition: For Hanukkah, it would be the big latke dinner with the whole family at my parents’ house.
Best memory to date: Any time I wake up next to Anna.
If you could have a do-over, what would you do differently? I somehow would have gotten Anna to tell me sooner about the guys who burned her before she met me. It would have made some things clearer that I needed to know.
What’s something you’ve said you would never do, but in fact have done? Gone skiing with friends while a little drunk. (I know, I know. Don’t tell my parents, they’d flip out.)
Most romantic gesture: From Anna to me, bringing me to see the big menorah. It showed me how much she was trying to bridge the gap between our backgrounds, and that meant more than I could express to her. From me to Anna, the billboard in Times Square. I mean, come on.
Words to live by: Never give up. As in, not on yourself, not on a deal, not on true love -- not on anything.
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