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The Lights on Knockbridge Lane
Author: Roan Parrish

      Praise for Roan Parrish’s Garnet Run series

   Best Laid Plans

“This love story is heartrending, swoon-worthy, and extremely well-told.”

   —Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Parrish once again offers contemporary romance readers a sizzlingly hot yet surprisingly tender love story that is graced with an inclusive cast of characters and the sort of cute felines that inspire viral internet videos.”


“If an HGTV show and a Hallmark movie had a book baby, it would be this heartwarming, reno-heavy tale of rehabilitation, both emotional and structural.”

   —The Globe and Mail

   Better Than People

“Parrish delivers an irresistible queer romance... This sensitive tale will leave readers with big smiles on their faces.”

   —Publishers Weekly, starred review

“The cozy, low-angst comfort read I didn’t know I needed... The kind of book you’ll want to hold close and read much like the life that Simon and Jack share in the story: while curled up on the couch with the fire flickering and your dogs close by.”

   —Love in Panels



      Dear Reader,

   I love magic. It doesn’t have to be the huge spells-and-flying-cats type of magic (although that all sounds great). But those moments of synchronicity, the mornings when you just know something good is going to happen, the nights when you and your oldest friend text at the same moment and then talk until dawn. And one of my favorite kinds of magic is the magic of the holidays.

   In The Lights on Knockbridge Lane, that holiday magic brings single father Adam Mills and reclusive scientist Wes Mobray together. It gives Adam’s daughter, Gus, a new family. And it teaches the residents of Knockbridge Lane that not every shy recluse who only comes out at night is a vampire. (I mean, I’m sure some of them are, but not Wes. :D)

   For me, the magic of the holidays is that each one of us has a chance to see the world through the eyes of wonder, hope, and possibility—and what a better world it would be if we could do so all the time. So, brew some cocoa, curl up in front of the fire, and fall in love with magic right alongside Adam and Wes.

   Welcome back to Garnet Run, Wyoming. I hope you’ll stay awhile!

   Cozy reading,

   <3 Roan




      The Lights on Knockbridge Lane

   Roan Parrish



      Roan Parrish lives in Philadelphia, where she’s gradually attempting to write love stories in every genre. When not writing, she can be found cutting her friends’ hair, meandering through the city while listening to torch songs and melodic death metal, or cooking overly elaborate meals. She loves bonfires, winter beaches, minor chord harmonies, and self-tattooing. One time she may or may not have baked a six-layer chocolate cake and then thrown it out the window in a fit of pique.

   Books by Roan Parrish

   Harlequin Special Edition

   The Lights on Knockbridge Lane

   Carina Press

   The Garnet Run series

   Best Laid Plans

   Better Than People

   The Middle of Somewhere series

   In the Middle of Somewhere

   Out of Nowhere

   Where We Left Off


   The Remaking of Corbin Wale

   Natural Enemies

   Heart of the Steal


   Visit the Author Profile page at Harlequin.com for more titles.




   Chapter One

   Chapter Two

   Chapter Three

   Chapter Four

   Chapter Five

   Chapter Six

   Chapter Seven

   Chapter Eight

   Chapter Nine

   Chapter Ten

   Chapter Eleven

   Chapter Twelve

   Chapter Thirteen

   Chapter Fourteen

   Chapter Fifteen

   Chapter Sixteen

   Chapter Seventeen

   Chapter Eighteen

   Chapter Nineteen

   Chapter Twenty

   Chapter Twenty-One

   Chapter Twenty-Two

   Chapter Twenty-Three

   Chapter Twenty-Four

   Chapter Twenty-Five

   Chapter Twenty-Six

   Chapter Twenty-Seven

   Chapter Twenty-Eight

   Excerpt from Sleigh Bells Ring by RaeAnne Thayne

   Excerpt from A Child’s Christmas Wish by Makenna Lee



Chapter One


   Everyone on Knockbridge Lane had a different theory about Westley Mobray. It was the first thing Adam Mills heard about as he introduced himself around last week, when he and August moved in.

   The eight-year-old McKinnon twins next door said he was a vampire. Their parents, Darren and Rose McKinnon, scoffed at that, but said he could be a witch. Marisol Gutierrez three doors down insisted she’d seen him skulking around the neighborhood at night, hunting for animals to sacrifice to the devil. A teenager at the end of the street reported that anyone who looked him in the eyes would be hypnotized, and anyone who touched him would turn to stone. Mr. Montgomery on the corner just said freak.

   Westley Mobray was never seen before sunset, though mysterious packages arrived on his doorstep often. He never spoke to anyone and never waved hello. And late at night, the windows of his run-down house glowed an eerie green.

   At least, that’s what they told Adam.

   So when he saw the man in question through the twilit haze of his own front window—with his daughter in tow—he was understandably startled. Especially since he’d thought she was playing quietly in her room.

   He’d slammed two coffees to prevent it, but he’d been asleep. The kind of light, unsatisfying sleep he often fell into when he had a moment of quiet. Which was something that didn’t happen that often as the newly single parent of an eight-year-old.

   His insomnia had been pretty bad since the divorce, and worse since they moved back to Garnet Run, where he was the only one responsible for Gus.

   The knock at the door jerked him out of that strange sleep, and he scrambled for the door, stubbing his toe in the process, so that when he yanked it open he was biting back the kind of words that he tried with varying degrees of success not to say in front of Gus.

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