25 Days of Holiday Cheer – Courting Calvin – Day 15!

For today’s $10 ARe GC, Fill in the blank: All I want for the holidays is______
Scary mutants with an agenda kidnap Calvin’s sister and in return for getting her back Calvin is asked to bring Anthony to their mutant leader. Alesandro is a vampire consultant there to help Anthony with his hotel project. When the two meet sparks fly but will betrayal drive a wedge between two men fated to be together?

“You know what you have to do,” the deep voice taunted from the shadows.

Calvin Sanders stood in the empty warehouse. The scent of mold, urine, and excrement filled the air, threatening to gag him while he examined the picture of a stunning blond man who glowed like trapped sunlight.

How had his life come to this?

“I capture him and bring him to you.” He squinted against the dark, trying to make out the shape of the speaker, but his vision couldn’t penetrate the deep blackness of the warehouse. “And what do you do to him?”

“That’s none of your business,” the stranger growled. “He killed my brother. Bring him to me, and I’ll see that your sister won’t be the next person to die.”

“She’ll be returned safely?” Calvin asked. Against his will, his gaze went back to the picture of his sister tied up, her eyes wide with terror. In front of her was a newspaper, held up so he could see the date. Yesterday. His poor little sister was at the mercy of these psychotics since yesterday. Tremors shook his frame as he thought of all they could do to a twenty-year-old girl in twenty-four hours.

“She’ll be released.”

Calvin didn’t miss the speaker’s avoidance of the word ‘safely’. He didn’t trust the man who wouldn’t tell Calvin his name or show his face, but what choice did he have? Leaving his sister in the hands of this obviously unbalanced individual wasn’t an option even if he had a hard time believing this innocent-looking man killed anyone. Of course, whether the blond killed anyone or not didn’t matter in the scheme of things—he wanted his sister back.

“She’s all right?” He couldn’t keep the pleading tone out of his voice even as he wished he could take it back. This stranger who kidnapped Calvin’s sister wouldn’t show mercy.

“You’ll have to hope so, won’t you?” the unpleasant man replied.

“I want to talk to her before I do this,” Calvin said firmly.

“You’re under the false illusion you have options, Mr Sanders. You only have two choices here. You can do as I say and save your sister, or you can choose not to and I can have her body delivered to you in pieces.”

Calvin closed his eyes, fighting against the urge to cry. He wasn’t a strong person, not like one of those action-movie heroes who would’ve come in guns blazing and killed all the bad guys before saving the girl and possibly the world. He was a woodworker who had tried hard to raise a little girl who had lost her parents way too young. He had thought he’d done a good job right until he’d become the reason she was kidnapped.

He was never going to take a gig working for paranaturals again.


They both knew he had no options, but the thought she could already be dead was a sharp pain in his heart. He took a deep breath. “I’ll do it.”

“I knew we’d come to an agreement,” the man said, his voice rich with satisfaction. “Don’t take too long to capture him. I don’t have much patience, and I can’t guarantee your sister’s safety longer than a week.”

Calvin nodded, his stomach churning as he fled the warehouse to the sound of laughter.

89 thoughts on “25 Days of Holiday Cheer – Courting Calvin – Day 15!

  1. All I want for Christmas is some relaxing time to read my books. Everything seems to interrupt my reading time these days – work, chores, shopping, sleep etc.
    (I have this book . Twice this month I have been looking for an unread book in my collection and have started Attracting Anthony. When I get to the first mention of Drew I remember I have already read it. I am up to Keeping Kylen).

  2. Peace and quiet for myself and a maybe the same for the rest of the world to make it a really slow news day!
    Beyond that, books are always good 😉

  3. To spend time with my family and friends. I’d love to see my sister, but she across the country.

  4. All I want for Chrustmas is… For my daughter to have a happy and health first pregnancy, and my son to find his happiness in life that would make me happy!

  5. All I want for the holidays is the continued good health for my friends and family and more new books to read

  6. To have a nice day off from work and spend time with my mom and all 6 of my nieces and nephews without too many fights.

  7. For all people to be accepted and appreciated for their differences, without hate or judgement.

  8. All I want for the holidays are hot male shifters (all kinds) mating other hot males ( human, shifter, fey or other) to drool over:). Talk about a Merry Christmas !

  9. Time to clean, time to read, and of course I also want as Gracie Hart would say: “That would be harsher punishment for parole violators, Stan. … And world peace! “

  10. For myself, lots of books. For the world, less selfishness and stupidity, more love and understanding.

  11. All I want for Christmas besides money for E-books is to have my fatherinlaw to stay longer than he plans to, although I get why he wants to leave when he does. I may have lost my MIL, but he lost his Baby.

  12. All I want for the holidays is to go home. I’m stuck staying at my sisters for 2 years.

  13. All I want for Xmas is my two front teeth. ROFL. No seriously, I would have to say books with the ability to sit and read by myself with no interruptions. Some chocolates, a coffee, some alcohol. Now that would be an awesome day. 🙂

  14. All I want for the holidays is …. A House of my own. So that I never have to move again…. (and so that my dog can have a yard of her own.)

  15. All I want for Christmas is for all my grandparents/siblings/parents money problems to be gone and to just spend one hour with my pup that passed away a year ago!

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