christmas-comes-to-main-streetTitle:  Christmas Comes To Main Street
Series:  Briar Creek #5
Author:  Olivia Miles
Genre:  Contemporary Romance, Christmas Romance
Published:  September 27, 2016
Publisher:  Forever (Grand Central Publishing)
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Cover Description:

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.

Titles in this series include:  Mistletoe on Main Street, A Match Made on Main Street, Hope Springs on Main Street, Love Blooms on Main Street, Christmas Comes To Main Street

Read on for my thoughts on Christmas Comes to Main Street.  No true spoilers, promise.

Christmas Comes To Main Street is the last planned story in the Briar Creek series.  I have to admit that I’m going to miss these folks in this charming small town.  But not to worry, Ms Miles will have another series starting in 2017 – I’m so looking forward to that.

Nate and Kara are sort of like the Grinch and a Christmas Elf – he’s definitely bah humbug and she’s all Christmas spirit.  If you’ve followed the series, then you’ve run into Kara before.  She’s opened up her bakery and she is bound and determined to prove to everyone that she will stick with it and make it a success.  Especially to herself.  Nate has come to town to spend the holidays with his aunt.  He’s sent his parents off on a holiday cruise so he’s visiting his Aunt Maggie.  Reluctantly, really.  He certainly isn’t into the small town Christmas celebration and he definitely doesn’t want to get caught up in any part of it.  Yet his aunt is determined to win the decorating contest, so Nate finds himself helping and maybe eventually enjoying himself – just a bit mind you.

Our couple meet when Nate completely barrels into Kara crushing the order of cookies she was delivering.  Maybe not the best beginning, but sparks flew and words were tossed.

Nate is that guy who lives to be successful.  He’s vowed to never, ever be poor again.  He knows what that did to his parents growing up and he’s never going to face that situation again.  Admirable, of course.  Yet… Nate also has a very bad way of phrasing things.  He might mean to be helpful in his suggestions but they come out as more of an… “You’re an idiot, you should do it my way.”… Yeah, like that.  So while he means well in his business suggestions to Kara on how to run her business for success – all he’s doing is digging a hole that he’s eventually gotta crawl out of.

While Nate came off as arrogant in the beginning, I loved watching Kara soften him, help him to become more human and less demanding.  They were perfect for each other, each had the skills and mindset that the other lacked so they fit well as they changed each other along the way.

If you’re looking for a ‘feels good’ Christmas Romance this season, Christmas Comes To Main Street is exactly what you need.  A good, solid story, believable and likable characters and so much Christmas cheer you’ll start looking for your decorations.  *grin*  Go ahead, enjoy yourself and get ready for Christmas with a great story.

*I received an e-ARC of Christmas Comes To Main Street from the publisher, Forever (Grand Central Publishing) and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. That does not change what I think of this novel.*

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