Max & Juliet’s Letters to Father Christmas

Dec 14, 2016

Sometimes it’s difficult to let the characters I write go and then move on to the next. For me, they keep living on, waking up, drinking tea (chocolate or coffee), kissing their spouses, and basically seizing their HEAs each and every day. So last week, when Herding Cats and Burning Soup asked me to share a holiday post for WHEN A MARQUESS LOVES A WOMAN, I jumped at the chance.

In the following letters, I imagined what Juliet and Max would have wanted for Christmas. 🙂


Dear Father Christmas,

             Being nice this year has been rather difficult. You see, an odious gentleman by the name of Maxwell Harwick stole my house from me.  Not only that, but he persists in arguing whenever we are together, and since we travel in the same small circle it happens quite frequently.

           Though, if I’m perfectly honest, I argue with him as well. In fact, just the other day, he challenged me to feed him a bit of cake. Instead, I popped the iced confection into my own mouth and relished every sweet morsel. I certainly surprised him! However, before I could eat the second cake, he took my wrist, lowered his hot mouth, and consumed the cake directly from my fingertips.

           Even now as I write these lines, I can feel my skin turning bright pink at the memory. The things he does to me! And yet…

           I suppose this is dreadful to admit, but I actually look forward to our tête-à-têtes. I lay awake at night reliving that moment and wonder what delicious torment he has in store for me next. Terribly naughty of me, I know!  

          Father Christmas, I need your help. When I returned to London, I only wanted to reclaim my home. Lately, however, I’ve begun to crave heated arguments, stolen kisses and so much more. Worse, I seem to want these things solely with Max.

          So before this madness consumes me, please grant my Christmas wish and help me start my life over again.


                                                                                                                     Juliet Granworth


Dear Father Christmas,

             I’ve been naughty.

            Even so, my wish is the same as it has always been. All I want for Christmas—and forever—is Juliet.


                                                                                                                       Max Harwick

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