Alright so the quick of it is that Nate is in town to spend Christmas with his elderly aunt then heading back to his real life that is blessedly Christmas free. But then he runs--quite literally-- into Kara. And crushes her cookies. Cookies that she was delivering to his aunt's inn. Yeah. He got in a little trouble for that. But it has him hooked on the Christmas loving Kara and somehow challenging her to a Christmas competition. So much for trying to ignore the holiday!
First off, I absolutely loved Kara. She was a heroine I just connected with from the very start. She's recently opened her own bakery and ever since she's been trying to prove to everyone--including herself--that she can stick to something and make this bakery work. Even if the Christmas rush is about to do her in. I loved her determination, her creativity, her kind heart and that she gave everything she had to everything she did, and seeing all of the delicious things she baked up. She was just lovely and sweet and I kept finding myself wanting to defend her against everyone.
"Are you okay? You look a little...frazzled." Nate reached over and tucked a stray hair behind her ear.And then there was Nate. Lord love him but he was quite the prick early on and rather judgy. And rocking a serious chip on his shoulder. He had a hard childhood and even though he's wildly successful these days he just can't seem to let go of the past. Or stop from giving his opinions. He was totally one of those people who tries to be helpful and give suggestions but it comes off as being a douche? Yeah. lol I really wasn't sure I'd be able to get on board with him but eventually he won me over.
"Do I?" Kara frowned, looking down at the new outfit she'd bought for the occasion.
"I stand corrected," Nate said, stepping forward. "You look beautiful." He gave her an appreciative sweep down her body that made her tingle with pleasure. "You seem frazzled."
"Is it the feverish glint in my eyes or the hysteria in my voice?" Kara joked.
"Both," Nate said, grinning.
It was fun seeing them together. A competition kicking off to win the town's decoration contest. Her dragging him into the spirit of the holiday and rubbing off on him. Things are very PG for most of the book with just a kiss or two then a fades to black scene.
All in all, I loved spending the holidays in Briar Creek. Miles has a wonderful talent of melding incredible personal journeys with sweet romance. It's impossible not to fall in love with Briar Creek and all of the people who call it home.
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.