Christmas Comes to Main Street by Olivia Miles
Series: Briar Creek #5
Also in this series: Mistletoe on Main Street, Love Blooms on Main Street
Publication Date: September 27th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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.
Nate is a management consultant in Boston and isn’t thrilled to be in the small town of Briar Creek for the holidays. He sent his parents on a cruise for Christmas and now he’s in town to help his aunt out at her B & B. The town is idyllic but he can’t wait to get back to Boston, his job, and making money. He came from nothing and never running out of money is important to him.
Kara is working herself silly trying to keep up with the business at her recently opened cookie shop. She’s happy that she’s busy but for some reason she’s not sure that the shop will stick. She’s intrigued by Nate when she first meets him – well, more like pissed at him for running into her and breaking her cookies – literally. Once she gets over her mad though she starts to really like the guy behind the cool career façade. Once Nate lets the city slide off of him and starts to enjoy the town and the spirit of Christmas he becomes someone that Kara can see herself with forever. Nate, however, won’t let himself wonder what it would be like to stay in town after the holidays. He knows who he is and two weeks in a small town won’t change that.
This was a wonderful little Christmas story. I really enjoyed all the different parts of the book.
Kara was overworked and edgy because she feels that everyone is judging her. She had gone from job to job and she thinks they feel as if she’ll give up sooner rather than later. Kara, however, is determined to make this work and won’t let anyone stand in her way.
Nate was a good man and I liked him. Even when he was acting like a businessman and giving Kara suggestions for her business (which she wasn’t taking well) I thought he only had the best of intentions. I liked seeing the relationship between him and his aunt as well as the relationship between him and Kara grow. The story had a wonderful family atmosphere and I really liked that about it.
Overall it was a sweet Christmas story.
Rating: 3.75/4 out of 5