From the USA Today bestselling author of Christmas at the Cottage comes the perfect holiday romance for "readers seeking a peppermint-filled, cozy Christmas contemporary" (Publishers Weekly).
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.
Kara Hastings has the Christmas spirit but is a little sad to realize that she is a singleton among many recently engaged couples in Briar Creek, Vt. (last seen in Love Blooms on Main Street). But she also has a lot of hope, because her cookies-only bakery is thriving and her uniquely decorated gingerbread houses are in demand. That's why Kara bristles at management consultant Nate Griffin's unsolicited business advice, which seems to mirror her family's skepticism about her romantic prospects. Nate, a real Scrooge, is reluctantly spending Christmas with his aunt, the local innkeeper, and gets drawn into the town's over-the-top annual decorating contest. Initially he dismisses his attraction to Kara (despite his aunt's best matchmaking efforts), thinking she is a rich heiress; she initially funded her business via an inheritance from her father, whereas Nate started with very little and doesn't think she shares his strong work ethic. These misperceptions are small obstacles to their sweet love story. Readers seeking a peppermint-filled, cozy Christmas contemporary will be satisfied with Nate and Kara's tale.