Mistletoe Kisses and Bookstore Surprises||Dante x OC drabble

A/N: This is honestly my first time posting something like this on here, and Dante isn’t gonna sound right because I’m not really good at writing canon characters, so enjoy. Also, please please please be kind? I’m a bit nervous because I’m posting this. And this is dedicated to all the book lovers out there. Also I don’t own Devil in Winter, belongs to Mrs. Lisa Kleypas. Also…the oc is a body diverse (plus-sized) woman so enjoy!

“OH FOR CHRIST SHAKES!” Brittany Sparda yelled the moment she looked up and once again, there was the fifth mistletoe she was standing over that she found over the course of the day. She sighed, quite irritated that her husband had planted all these mistletoes all over the shop and wondered how many he had-and it not like she was complaining about it. She quite enjoyed getting all those four kisses from him, even though she was trying to figure out where he’d been getting all of them from. “DanTE-“

Dante Sparda came up behind his wife, smirking when she turned around and placed her hands on her hips, making her more alluring than she was, even in her Star Wars Yoda Santa Claus hat that was perched on her head. “Yes?” he asked before looking up and seeing the mistletoe he put up last night when he came home. “How did that get there?” he fake-gasped.

How did that get there-you know goddamned well how that got there!” she snapped before she pulled him down into a passionate kiss, softly moaning when he wrapped his arms around her waist and deepened it, then pulled back and seeing her lips turn up into a smile, her brown eyes glowing through her purple and tortoise glasses. 

“Better?” he asked softly, rubbing her bottom lip with his thumb. 

Brittany nodded, placing her forehead against his. “How many did you get last night anyway?” she asked as he took her hand and pulled her to the old sofa, flopping down on it first before pulling her down in his lap, wrapping his arms around her. “And how many are there around here? There was one over our bed, one over the desk, another at the kitchen, near the jukebox and now over the door.” she counted off on her fingers. 

He shrugged, not wanting to tell her. “A lot,” Dante answered as he ran a hand through her raven black hair, playing with it and wondering how the hell she kept it so soft and neat. “And isn’t it tradition to kiss someone under a mistletoe?”

“It is, but not five times in different places-next place you’d probably put it under the Christmas tree so I can kiss you there.” she answered as she closed her eyes for a moment, looking up and…”Oh no,” she groaned like Phoebe Buffay when she opened her eyes and saw the sixth mistletoe over the sofa. “Seriously, honey, when did you have time to-” but her question was lost when he kissed her again, making her whole entire body freeze for a couple seconds before she returned the kiss. 

Dante grinned when he broke the kiss, seeing Brittany’s blissful face. Her eyes were closed, her mouth parted and her cheeks were turning a bit red as she blinked them open. “You sonofa-you tricked me!” she whined as she crossed her arms over her chest, playfully glaring at him, scowling for a moment before it changed into a smile. “But seriously, you should be a yoldeler, because that kiss, babe, holy crapzola,” she softly moaned before covering her mouth with a squeak. 

He shook his head and took her hand away from her mouth. “Don’t do that,” Dante murmured. He liked how she would get shy whenever she moaned when they were alone or out loud, getting a bit embarrassed by it, and honestly it was really cute. “I like that cute noise you just made.”

“Honey, it ain’t cute,” Brittany told him, shaking her head, though her lips were turning up into a smile. “But thank you though.” 

“You’re welcome.” he leaned in to kiss her again before she turned her head, and his lips crash-landed on the sofa, groaning as he heard her softly gasp at whatever she saw outside the window. 

“Oh honey, look,” she gushed, wiggling out of his embrace and ran towards the window, peering out of the window to see the Christmas lights outside, her hands placed on either side of her face. She waved him over so he could see it too, bouncing on the balls on her feet as Dante went over and looked outside. 

“They’re Christmas lights,” he said with a shrug. “So what?”

“Get your coat on,” she told him as she raced to the coat rack and grabbed her red plaid hooded toggle coat and her cellphone, then burst out the door. Dante followed after her, shrugging on his leather jacket and followed his wife as she stood in front of one store, holding out her phone to snap a photo of it. 

It was the Wicked Good Books bookstore, one of her favorite places in the world, and it was decorated with clear Christmas lights that sparkled in the night, a wreath hanging over the door. He was confused for a moment as to why she was taking a photo of the bookstore’s decorations when he looked down at her face and seeing the happy, excited look she’d always get whenever she loved something, her eyes sparkling, her round cheeks turning a shade of light red on her ebony skin. It made her look like an angel, and he wanted to kiss her right then and there for looking like that.

“Isn’t it beautiful?” she breathed once she put down her phone, her breath coming out in circles. “Why can’t we decorate the shop like-” Brittany started as she turned and looked at Dante, who was smiling at her. “Um…did I do something?”

“Nope.”

“Then why are you looking at me like that?” 

“Like what?”

“Like you want to kiss me again.”

“Maybe I do,” he admitted before the bell to the bookstore rang out and a couple came out of the store, smiling and holding hands while the blonde woman carried a bag full of books. Dante saw Brittany’s eyes trailing after those books like they were calling to her, like a siren song. “You want some books for Christmas again, do you?” Dante asked her, making her jerk up and look at him. 

“I can’t-I’m on a book ban,” Brittany answered, though she knew it was a lie the moment it came out her mouth, seeing him crossing his arms over his chest. “Babe-“

“Are we doing this again?” he knew she was lying the moment she said that she was on a book ban, knowing that somehow a book would be in her hands before he could stop her, and half of their bedroom and the shop was nearly full of her novels that were stacking up. “Because you know you’ll buy more even after you say that.” And god knows she wouldn’t shut up about her “very long and huge TBR list that she needs to read”, even though he didn’t know what the ever loving hell a TBR was. Besides, her Christmas gift was in the shop anyway, and he wanted to surprise her.

“Well…” Brittany stood there, biting her lip as she moved her weight from one foot than the other, her finger tapping the side of her phone as she thought about it. “Okay, I’ll get a book.” She said as she took his hand and led him inside the bookstore, where the bell rang over them. 

Inside Wicked Good Books, it was also decorated with Christmas and fairy lights, fake snow on the bookshelves and mini sculptures of Christmas figurines were all over the shop. Frank Sinatra’s “Let It Snow” was playing on the speakers as Brittany nearly twirled around in the middle of the store, almost knocking some books out of someone’s hands. 

“Sorry!” she said quickly before turning to Dante. “Dante this is a wonderland!” she breathed as she went over to the Young Adult section to check out the new Fantasy novels they had, but Dante was behind her, steering her away from Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas and gently pushed her to the romance section. “But…but Aelin-“ Brittany whined he shook his head. 

“You can’t get that until you get done with Tower of Dawn,” he tsked, shaking his head as they walked down the Romance section and stopped in the middle of the aisle. “Besides, I think you’ll like this book better.” Dante reached out and pulled out a historical romance novel called Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas and placed it in her hands. 

Brittany got confused, furrowing her brows as she looked at the book. “But I already read this book already,” she said as she stared at the cover. Something was very different about it, because she didn’t remember Evangeline having a curvy backside like hers-and she damn sure didn’t remember her having hair like hers-or that she was black. “Um…Dante why does Evangeline look exactly like me?” she asked, looking up at him and seeing that devilish smile on his face. “What did you do?”

“Just read the back.” He said with a shrug as she flipped the book to read the back-and nearly dropped it. 

“I’m Dante, Lord St. Sparda. I can’t be celibate. Everyone knows that.”

Desperate to escape her scheming relatives, Brittany Kingsleigh has sought the help of the most infamous scoundrel in London.

A marriage of convenience is the only solution.

No one would have ever paired the shy, stammering wallflower with the sinfully handsome viscount. It quickly becomes clear, however, that Brittany is a woman of hidden strength–and Dante desires her more than any woman he’s ever known.

Determined to win her husband’s elusive heart, Brittany dares to strike a bargain with the devil: If Dante can stay celibate for three months, she will allow him into her bed.

When Brittany is threatened by a vengeful enemy from the past, Dante vows to do whatever it takes to protect his wife . . . even at the expense of his own life.

Together they will defy their perilous fate, for the sake of all-consuming love.” 

Tears were in her eyes when she read the summary, her mouth dropping, stammering as she tried to find the words to say, shaking her head to look at him. “How did you…what did you-“

“The owner of this place is a warlock and I asked him to do this for you-and you read it so hard that I thought that you would actually run off with this St. Vincent guy, so I asked him to change a couple things in the book, make us the main characters in the novel and hid it so only you can see it.” Dante explained as Brittany blinked back her tears and looked back at the book, turning it back to the cover as Dante gently spun her around so she could face him, and he could wrap his arms around her waist. 

“That..that’s the most romantic thing you’ve done for me,” Brittany said as she looked up at him, her mouth still dropped slightly from her surprise. “I love it-thank you baby.” She cooed as he leaned down and kissed her passionately, as “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” by Burl Ives popped on the speakers. 

“Come on-let’s go home and let your Devil show you how much he loves you.” Dante purred as he paid for the book and the two went home, but not before he stopped in front of the shop and clapped his hands. 

Like magic, the shop was flooded with Christmas lights that twinkled in the night, a wreath sitting in the middle of the sign, and the Christmas tree lighting up in the window. “Merry Christmas, babe.” Dante murmured as he heard her gasp once the shop was lit up. It was also part of her surprise since she was always hellbent on making the shop Christmassy since they were together. 

“You read my Christmas list,” Brittany said as she was picked up bridal style by her husband and he walked inside, kicking the door closed and kissed her again, taking his time and making love to her on the old sofa, hearing those sweet, angelic sounds she made throughout the night.

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Book Review: You Know You Love Me, a Gossip Girl novel by Cecily von Ziegesar

You Know You Love Me (Gossip Girl, #2)You Know You Love Me by Cecily von Ziegesar

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Book 2….book 2, book 2, book 2.

This book right here….and I finished it tonight at a party….wow.

First off, Blair wants to desperately lose her virginity to her boyfriend, Nate, and had tried everything to do it, but they kept getting interrupted-once in book one with the announcement of Serena coming back to town, and also because of her mother’s announcement of getting married to Cyrus Rose on her birthday. Yeah Blair was mad as hell-it was her birthday, not their day-and she wanted to sleep with Nate so bad, until she saw him kissing Jenny-oh, I’m sorry, not Jenny Jennifer-and couldn’t believe it. Because ONCE AGAIN, Blair keeps seeing herself in a movie starring her and as Serena said in the show, she’s the only one watching it and Serena has to be the one to wake her up. Oh and also she went to Yale and screwed up her interview, and kissed her interviewee on the cheek.

Secondly, Serena and Dan…WHY THE HELL AREN’T Y’ALL GETTING TOGETHER?? Dan, the tortured soul, has a huge crush on Serena, and thought she was perfect for the part of Natasha in Vanessa’s film. But no, thanks to Vanessa, she choose someone else instead of Serena. And the trip to Brown? Dan why the hell did you go anyway? To be with Serena, even when she invited Nate and his stoner friends to come with y’all? And then you had that panic attack during your interview and walked out….good lord, boy, WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU?? And then you and Vanessa got together, even though that’s nice.

And then Serena and Blair made up in the bathroom and now they’re friends…but for how long? Hopefully for good this time.

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Book Review: Gossip Girl by Cecily von Ziegesar

Gossip Girl (Gossip Girl, #1)Gossip Girl by Cecily von Ziegesar

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Once upon a time, back when I was in the tenth/eleventh grade, I picked up a book that looked interesting to me called Gossip Girl, called Nothing Can Keep Us Together and I absolutely loved it-loved it enough that I wanted to buy the whole entire book series and read it all. Fast Forward to now and I picked this book up again, starting with the first book, and I fell in love with it all over again after starting to watch the show on Netflix again. So if you’re here for the first time and never ever heard of this book, then lemme tell you what’s it’s about.

It’s about a group of people who lives on the Upper East Side of NYC and goes to the schools of Constance Billard, St. Judes and Riverside Prep who’s lives are being watched and read about on a gossip site called Gossip Girl-and yeah it’s like the show, but it’s totally, totally different and the same at the same time.

For one, Blair and Nate are together, but once Serena van der Woodsen comes back from boarding school, everything changes. Nate tells Blair that he and Serena slept together, and then Blair made him promise NEVER to speak to Serena ever again. Yeah right, Blair, like that’s gonna happen. The Chuck and Jenny thing happened as well at the Kiss on the Lips party, and Serena and Dan saved her.

Oh yeah, remember Dan and Jenny Humphries? Yeah, they’re in the book too-Jenny is the lame ninth grader who wants to be in with the older kids, and Dan’s still lonely boy, but all except he has hair, smokes a lot, and drinks a bunch of coffee, and yes, he’s a tortured soul in the book. Oh and Vanessa’s in the book too, but she’s a clean shaven girl who actually goes to Constance and wants to be a film director in the books (and also in the show).

I also came up with a silly little rhyme each time I saw Chuck Bass (in the books and on TV):

If you wanna punch Chuck Bass in the face, clap your hands
If you wanna punch Chuck Bass in the face, clap your hands
If you really hate Chuck and you really wanna show it
Punch Chuck Bass in the face

….needs a little work but it rhymes…right??

I love this book and I truly do recommend this book series so much.

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One More Week Before My College Life Begins.

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Hey y’all!
I know, you’re expecting a book review instead of all these personal posts, but I felt like it because this week is the last week before I officially become a Georgia State Panther (I already am though) and my classes will begin…and I’m a bit terrified about it. I mean, sure I got almost everything I need (just need my textbooks, notebooks, agenda, pens, and a really cool bookbag) and I’ll be fine, ready to crush my Junior year of college.

Oh Gersh HI BLOG.

Hey y’all….

Haven’t talked to y’all in what, two months? Two months. Good lord, it has been two months, mostly because I’ve been busy with getting into school, going to orientation, getting into classes and also about to deal with my financial issues and also..something that I’m finding really hard to say, but….

I have diabetes. Type 2 diabetes.

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(Just something funny I found on Pinterest, though now that I look at it, it’s not..really that…funny…BUT I DIGRESS)

At first I got scared because when I heard the word diabetes, it meant that I had to stop eating what I loved and started eating healthier-which I thought it was, but it turned out I can still eat whatever I wanted, only that I had to eat in portions. I even cried on Sunday when I was trying to figure out what to eat and I had to go to the store and find something to eat for dinner.

I also feel like I should do one of those What I Eat in a Day posts like they do on YouTube, but with photos and maybe some recipes if I’m up to it.

Also I am finally going to be a junior in three weeks when school starts, and I think that’ll shock me to the core-soon I’ll be done with college and school and going into the workforce, getting a job, possibly living in downtown atlanta or in NYC or somewhere like that to write for magazines or even be in publishing or something like that. Because I love my home now, but living by myself, in a huge apartment? It’ll take some time to get used to (and on top of that I NEED TO LEARN HOW TO DRIVE) but I think I can do it.

So that’s all I have right now until I think of something else to write about in my next post (when I get a chance)

Book Review: Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice

Interview with the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles, #1)Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

So this book…it’s actually pretty darn good. Even though people enjoyed the movie better than the book, but I must respectfully disagree with them-I think the book expands on the movie. Because there were things that I didn’t even know that happened in the movie differ in the book. For example, I found out that Louis had a brother that went mad and died, and also Louis loved a girl named Babette, but when Louis burned the house down, he actually met up with her and couldn’t even kill her, but tell her to be a homeowner to her home?

Did you know that when Louis, Claudia and Madeleine were dragged down by the Theaters des Vampires, that Lestat was actually there, wanting to talk to Louis? It shocked me when I read that because I thought Lestat died, but it turned out that something else happened to him to the point that he appeared and tried to tell them before the both of them [Claudia and Madeleine]died.

And another thing I didn’t know-Louis and Armand actually traveled together. That part shocked me…and yes, I shipped them. I shipped them and in my head I said, ‘OH THEY FAUWKIIINNNN’ in my head (because in my head, they are, dammit) and I hope they’re together in other books. If not I’ll be so mad I swear ta gawd…..but all in all I loved the book and I would definally recommend it.

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Book Review: While We Were Watching Downton Abbey by Wendy Wax

While We Were Watching Downton AbbeyWhile We Were Watching Downton Abbey by Wendy Wax

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What do you get when an author put a fake historic apartment complex in Midtown Atlanta (my hometown!), put my favorite show in the title, and also make it very interesting, AND have a British Concierge that reminds me so much of Carson? Then you have While We Were Watching Downton Abbey, a book I never thought I’d actually like-I was expected to hate it, but instead I loved it. Every last bit of it.

So I guess I’ll split this up between the three characters in the book:

Samantha Davis: Samantha Davis married young to her husband Jonathan Davis because of money troubles after what her father did to the firm. She can’t cook, her mother in law hates her, and her siblings are a mess. Her sister Meredith was in New York visiting a friend and her brother Jackson was into a business that failed-in fact, he’s been doing it so many times that Jonathan had to bail him out. But Samantha finally put her foot down, thanks to her mother in law, and threatened to cut the both of them off if Meredith didn’t take the job at the Atlanta Preservaton Board and if Jackson didn’t get a job and make money his own. Well Meredith got the job at the Atlanta Preservation Board, and Jackson….Jackson worked for Edward Parker on Private Butler. Samantha thought it was working just fine, until Jack pulled a stunt so bad that she thought that her friends and Edward didn’t want to talk to her after what he did. But it turned out they cared for her, knowing that it wasn’t her fault, and also that ‘didn’t talk till Thanksgiving and before Christmas’ thing she went through with Jonathan and that brought them back together.

Claire Walker: So here’s Claire Walker, your typical writer who’s trying to come up with her next book while writing in her journal, talking to her daughter who’s away in college, and making two best friends at the same time. She didn’t write not one word till the last episode of season two of Downton Abbey-Claire tried to sleep, but the idea came full force, beating out the Highlanders and men in kilts, as she dreams about her friends and the concierge. And now she’s writing the contemporary novel and also she sat in for a author that wasn’t feeling well.

Brooke Mackenzie: Brooke Mackenzie is a single mom to her daughters Natalie and Ava, and on top of that her ex-husband, whom she put through college and to make it big in Boston, had cheated and divorced her for a skinnier woman he was sleepin’ with, and tried EVERYTHING to get away from him. Then Edward Parker asked her to do a single father’s party for his own daughter and everything was right in the world…until one of her daughters let out that the Barbie was pregnant with her ex-husband’s child. There was a one time that she had to let Samantha watch over her girls because Zachary wasn’t there one the day she needed him to watch the girls. And it was the most beautiful scene ever of Jonathan reading Stellaluna a couple times before the girls went to sleep.

All in all, I truly enjoyed this book-better than I thought. I couldn’t stop reading it and it made me wish I was actually living in the Alexander in Midtown (if it was real…and I’d had a job and all that….)

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