Author: Olivia Miles
Rating: 4 stars
Buy Links: Amazon
Type: Novel in Series
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Blurb: The mistletoe is out, and the gloves are off . . .
‘Tis the worst season to be single, but Kara Hastings won’t let a little Christmas funk spoil the festive season. Sure, running her own bakery is a little harder than she expected, but she can handle it. And she’ll prove it to a certain infuriatingly handsome, bossy Big City guy. She may be sugar and spice, but she can kick his butt twice.
Nate Griffin is in Briar Creek only for the holidays, and he refuses to fall for the whole “small town, candy cane-scented Christmas Wonderland” thing. He’s more interested in the fresh-faced cookie chef who always knows exactly how to get under his skin. So when Nate challenges Kara in the town’s big holiday contest, it’s not just the competition that starts to heat up. If he’s not careful, Kara won’t just melt his icy resolve against a small-town Christmas . . . she’ll melt his heart too.
Review: I have to say that I really didn’t expect to enjoy this sweet, small town romance as much as I did. For not a lot of sexy action on scene or any dramatic rescues, it carries a quiet, simmering heat all its own as well as a heartfelt message at the end. I think I’ll be reading more from this author and I’d definitely like to return to Briar Creek.
Kara Hastings opened her cookie bakery using the inheritance she’d gotten from her dad, who’d died when she was ten. Life had moved on since his death but there was still a huge part of her heart left missing. The bakery was a struggle, and she’d known it would be difficult the first year or so without help. If only she felt like her mother and all the people in town believed in her. Just because she’d frequently gone from one thing to another in her younth didn’t mean she was going to give up on her dream.
Why couldn’t she feel confident?
Nate Griffin had come to Briar Creek for the Christmas holidays, letting his parents go by themselves on the expensive cruise he’d gotten for the three of them. He was taking one for the team, going to visit his aunt Maggie’s beautiful inn there. As the two weeks flew past, he became more and more comfortable and happy living the charming small town life and finding one small town friend especially lovely. As he and Kara grew closer, he began to feel like maybe happy Christmases were in his future…until he remembered his past the day they delivered the gifts to the needy boys and girls in the area.
Could he ever forget his sad past and move forward? Did he want to?
Kara loved getting to know Nate and started wondering if her dream of meeting the right person might be happening.
Can these two people with such different pasts find a way forward into the future together? Great, satisfying read about a town you’ll grow to love. Thanks