Saturday Santa by Kate Moore

Book 3 in the Canyon Club series

Set in 2015 Saturday Santa is the final installment of the Canyon Club series about three princes of privilege, united by an episode in their school days that sends each out into the world in need of redemption and love. Jack’s story, is a “Beauty and the Beast” tale with a touch of “Die Hard,” thrown in.

Under the spell of an ugly past that has left scars on his heart and body, millionaire, former arms consultant, Jack Ryker, returns to L.A., determined to stop an enemy he has unleashed from a distant part of the world. Christmas is the last thing on his mind when he takes refuge in a prison-like house above the sea with a team of security guards. From his window above the beach, trapped in a specially made chair, Jack watches a woman coax a faltering old man on a daily walk.

Mari Lynch’s salt-of-the-earth Irish fisherman family doesn’t approve, but Mari enjoys her job directing events at the upscale Coast Plaza Mall. Her Christmas cheer is dampened when a stroke stops her Grandpa Connor from being a Saturday Santa at the mall. Even worse, Jack’s fortress house, which Mari and her grandpa pass on their afternoon walks, stirs memories that upset Connor. When Mari confronts Jack, she’s stunned to discover a beautiful, wounded stranger who wants to date her.

As their worlds collide, Jack upends Mari's idea of dating, while she thaws his frozen heart and teaches him the joys of ordinary life. Only the truth about Jack’s past stands between them. When Jack’s enemy comes after Mari in the mall crowded with shoppers and kids waiting to sit on Santa’s lap, Jack realizes that he loves her and has everything to lose in ways he never expected.

“So much more than I expected from a new-to-me author in this suspense, mystery, and love story — along with a bag of Santa's magic! Not a Hallmark moment — but a heck of a tale that is as chilling as it is heartwarming!” –Anne OK, GoodReads