New Free Online Read: An Unexpected Christmas Proposal by Michelle Smart

Are you ready for an early Christmas present…from Harlequin Presents? 🙂 How about a new free holiday online read by Michelle Smart! In “An Unexpected Christmas Proposal”, Princess Isabella wants to claim a Kalliakis Prince and her freedom. But her ex-bodyguard has his own proposal in mind! Read a short excerpt below and click here to start reading.

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His by midnight…

Princess Isabella Fernandez is desperate to escape the palace that has become a prison. Her only chance—to ensnare a Kalliakis Prince at their Christmas ball! But there’s one man standing in her way. Sebastien Duchamp. But what is her ex-bodyguard doing here, and how did he get a ticket to the world’s most exclusive winter party?

Sebastian has one goal tonight, and one goal only. The beautiful, innocent Isabella will give into his proposal…so very willingly.

Eenie, meenie, miney, mo; for which prince shall I go?

Princess Isabella Fernandez of Monte Cleure stared at the three Kalliakis princes holding court at the far end of the Agon Palace Ballroom under the most enormous Christmas tree she had ever seen, and tried to decide which she found the most attractive. All three were incredibly tall, incredibly dark and incredibly handsome. They were considered the most eligible men on the planet and soon they would have to find themselves wives. They would have to find themselves princesses.

Well, she was a princess. She would be perfect for any of them. She would. She’d determined at her first Christmas Ball on Agon, which she’d been allowed to attend by her widowed father at the age of sixteen, that Agon would be the perfect island for her to live. And now that she was twenty-one, she was deemed old enough to marry. Marriage meant getting away from the isolation and misogyny of her home in Monte Cleure.

All she had to do was capture the attention of one of the princes. All one of them had to do was look in her direction. And preferably notice that she’d developed into a woman and was no longer the bratty child they’d always known her to be.

So she wasn’t beautiful and willowy like her older sister, Catalina, but she wasn’t ugly. And at least she was no longer so short that she could only stare at people’s kneecaps.

After three years of major orthodontist work, her teeth were straight and white. Her ebony hair didn’t naturally shine like Catalina’s but expensive hairdressing treatments had reduced its bushiness to more of a mild frizz.

Best of all, she’d had her ball gown made especially with the Kalliakis princes in mind. Crushed velvet in ruby red, it hugged her curves like a dream, with its rounded neck skimming her cleavage. Dressed as she was, she felt like a maiden princess of medieval times.

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Click here to read all of Chapter One of “An Unexpected Christmas Proposal”. A new chapter will be posted each weekday.

 

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