An age-old family feud keeps them apart. Can the spirit of Christmas bring them together?
Francesca Costa is a spontaneous, lively chef who escapes to the mountains to get some space from the demands of her family and job after she loses the lease on her restaurant. She wants to regroup and figure out her next steps. What she doesn't expect is the bear on the front porch of the family cabin or the bear of a man who comes to her rescue.
Rocky Hawkins is a serious, private mountain man who once had it all: a successful hockey career and heir to the Hawkins family fortune. After his father added a stipulation to his will, he and his brothers went their separate ways, breaking the family apart. He escaped to the mountains to live a quiet life. Then a beautiful woman moves in next door.
She brings him cookies to say thank you for scaring off a bear. It's the neighborly thing to do. He only resists because the Costa and Hawkins families are not supposed to like each other.
But it's nearly Christmas. The time of forgiveness, family...and food. She doesn't want him to be alone and her attempt to reunite them over a meal fails. He just won't let any sweetness into his life, but he does want her even though she's not looking for a relationship. They're not looking for a miracle, but they might just need one.
This is book 5 in the Hawkins Family Romance series. Each book stands alone but reading them in order provides a deeper, richer experience. It is a sweet, "clean and wholesome" romance without swearing or mature content and contains a happily ever after.