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Countdown to Christmas - #20

Hitman Next Door

Published to Amazon on December 2, 2021

Author Sam Crescent

Nate Evans is a friendly neighbor, but he’s not a good guy. Lemon Bosworth is the bastard daughter of a mafia boss, and Nate’s job is to keep her safe. Her father’s enemies are closing in, and it’s up to him to protect her. Lemon hates her father. She knows what he is, what he’s capable of, but she wants to live her life free from all the drama. When her neighbor ruins her first and only date, she doesn’t expect him to stake his claim. Nate is a sexy man and she’s attracted to him. Why would an older man like him want her? He was supposed to keep his hands off the boss’s daughter, but Lemon calls to him. Not only does he want to protect her, but he also wants to keep her all to himself. Her innocence belongs to him and him alone. Nate worries if the truth of his identity will finally come out. If it does, he’ll simply make sure she never knows the truth. Have the cursed houses struck again?

Official published review:

Sprucing up the holidays

I think I need to find these houses! Every book brings a magical turn of events that lead to HEAs built to last, and this addition to the series has to be one of my favorites! The author combined the mafia with magical houses and the result was spectacular! I loved these characters! There was a bit of an age gap, but her innocence was meant to fit the gaps in his hard edges. The author added danger and that certain bit of angst from a father who wishes he was in his daughter’s life, keeping the story interesting and me enthralled until the very end. This was a wonderful Christmas read and I can’t wait to see what the next book brings after the little hint of sparks at the end.

5 stars


Sam Crescent is a USA Today Bestselling author who is obsessed with romance in all forms. She writes about real women with real problems, with the occasional day dream mixed in. She resides in the UK, and loves creating new exciting characters that take her on a journey she never expected, after all, she's on a journey she only ever imagined in her wildest fantasies. When she's not causing chaos in a word document, or arguing with a character (they live inside her head), she can be found causing just as much destruction in her kitchen! She totally needs a personal cleaner.

She writes with two amazing authors, Jenika Snow and Stacey Espino.

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