Jonah knows Krista has a not-so-hidden agenda, but sparring with her over cocoa at their Secret Santa meetings is the most fun he’s had since returning to his old hometown. Krista may come across as all business, but Jonah’s positive he’s glimpsed a little girl inside her who wants to believe in Santa... and in love.
Kat's uncomplicated life gets decidedly less so when she discovers the inheritance comes with some hairy conditions: four dogs and five cats that her aunt wanted her to love as her own. Of course, the house smells like a barn--with a touch of antique skunk--and, naturally, has serious roof issues. And that's before the three-legged cat gets stuck in the wall and the shower goes kablooey.
When Kat meets Joel, an unemployed techie type with no love lost for his sister, Kat looks past his obvious flaws, given his timely and desirable skill set: a talent for fixing things (and his own tools).
Despite out-of-control dogs, cat fights, dust dinosaurs, massive spiders and an old grizzled hippie passed out in the yard, Kat discovers the tranquility of the forests of Alpine Grove starting to seep into her soul.
And why she can't she stop thinking about Joel?
Included in this collection: Miss Kane’s Christmas, Mrs. Saint Nick, The Return of Kris Kringle, The North Pole Prize, The Christmas Makeover, and Eve’s Christmas Wedding.
Miss Kane’s Christmas – As a favor to her father, Santa’s daughter Carol leaves the North Pole to pose as a nanny for single father Ben Hanson’s two young children. Ben despises everything holiday related. How can Carol fall for a man who’s writing a book entitled ‘Beyond Bah Humbug: Why lying to your kids about Santa is a Bad Idea’?
Mrs. Saint Nick – Sparks fly when efficiency expert Holly Jamison starts her new job at the North Pole and is assigned to work with St. Nick, Santa’s son. Holly’s convinced that Nick is a spoiled playboy who doesn’t pull his weight, while Nick is convinced that Holly’s the woman of his dreams.
The Return of Kris Kringle – After years away home, Kris Kringle returns to share her love of healthy cuisine as the North Pole’s new head chef. Unbeknownst to Kris, her Uncle Santa decides to cook up a little trouble when he hires her ex-fiancé, Kyle Masterson, as her co-chef.
The North Pole Prize - Christmas Central engineer Garrett McCree is Scottish by birth and reclusive by nature. He’s less than thrilled when Santa asks him to act as a guide to the effervescent Angelique Devereaux who’s spending a week at the North Pole as an honored guest. Not only is Garrett’s solitude disturbed, he fears the walls he’s carefully constructed around his heart are in danger of being dismantled by the Claus’ holiday-loving guest.
The Christmas Makeover – Interior designer Jackie Frost is happy to oblige when Santa Claus, her late father’s oldest friend, asks her for a favor. Jackie agrees to take on the herculean task of redecorating Christmas Central as a surprise for Mrs. Claus even though December 25th is right around the corner. The true challenge, though, turns out to be working alongside the talented and incredibly attractive craftsman Dean Bradshaw, a man who melts the frozen protective layer around Jackie’s heart.
Eve’s Christmas Wedding – Renowned wedding planner Eve Bennington loves everything about her job. Unless, that is, she’s asked to arrange a December ceremony because it reminds Eve of the time she was jilted at her own Christmas eve wedding. Eve doesn’t believe in Santa Claus’ existence any more than she believes she and her ex-boyfriend Hunter will ever end up together again. So, when she ends up meeting the real Santa, what does that mean for her future with Hunter?