First in an exclusive Can happily ever after begin with one Christmas kiss? It Happened Under the Mistletoe is a brand-new holiday novella from award-winning author Valerie Bowman! When Oliver Townsende escapes to his friend’s house for a Christmas party, he intends to avoid the hordes of marriage-minded misses who have been dogging his steps in London ever since he inherited a dukedom. He soon learns a bit of Yuletide peace and quiet is too much to ask for. When he encounters Miss Cerian Blake, who’s dodging her own unwanted set of admirers, the two decide to join forces and fake an infatuation to keep their suitors at bay. But when a bough of mistletoe becomes involved, will their Christmastime prank turn into a love to last all seasons? Look for Secrets of a Scandalous Marriage—available now!—from St. Martin’s Paperbacks. Praise for Valerie Bowman’s Secret Brides novels: “This engaging and sweetly romantic [series] is just too delightful to miss.”—New York Times bestselling author Lisa Kleypas “This sparkling [series] marks Bowman for stardom.” —RT Book Reviews “Everything romance should be—sexy, quirky, fun.” —Sarah MacLean, New York Times bestselling author ABOUT THE AUTHOR Valerie Bowman grew up in Illinois with six sisters (she’s number seven) and a huge supply of historical romance novels. After a cold and snowy stint earning a degree in English with a minor in history at Smith College, she moved to Florida the first chance she got. Valerie now lives in Jacksonville with her rascally rescue dog, Roo. When she’s not writing, she keeps busy reading, traveling, or vacillating between watching crazy reality TV and PBS. Valerie loves to hear from readers. Find her on Facebook, Twitter, and at www.ValerieBowmanBooks.com.