Winter Heart - Gayle Eden
Fate has not been kind to Jared Burke, Earl of Winterchase. Too many ghosts from his past life have made him into a man who is as remote as he is untouchable. People called him Beast and claim that his heart is as cold as his dark visage.
Clare Ross is a warm and giving woman; one who has grown strong from the weight of responsibility thrust upon her when her parents died and her younger brother, Aaron, the Viscount Hambelton went off the rails. Now that her brother has once again found his way, Clare is looking forward, with an open heart, to whatever joy life might bring her way.
What few people know is that it was Jared who took the young man out of the cold and gave him what he himself was denied - a second chance to live his life and take his future in hand. Only Clare knows that behind the grim façade, the Lord of Winterchase is much more than he seems and what people claim him to be.
The reclusive Lord agrees to join Aaron and his party at Hambleton to celebrate Christmas and the young Viscount’s twenty fifth birthday celebration. Here he meets Clare for the first time and finds her indeed to be the warm, caring woman that her brother spoke of with such affection. Determined to show her gratitude for what he has done, Clare befriends Jared, but what starts as innocent friendship instantly flames into a desire they never thought possible. Clare is sure, but is Jared willing to take this chance on love and let Clare be the one to melt his winter heart?