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Just in Time for Christmas by Kim Boykin

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This Christmas is a big year for Ivy Cottage Bed & Breakfast owner Miranda Hamilton, who will be overseeing the annual holiday cotillion, which is the pride and joy of the Bloom Bitches, a group of stodgy women who have high expectations of the new chair.

Much to her chagrin, Magnolia Bay’s mayor has assigned Logan Mauldin, the sexy bachelor who she has known since childhood, as her co-chair. Pammy Anderson, who will do whatever it takes to get what she wants, suggests the committee host a bachelor auction as a way to raise money for the event’s charity. Spending time together as co-chairs, Logan hopes to win over Miranda both professionally and romantically, but she is firm in her notion that they aren’t compatible.

But despite her misgivings and to drive up donations, Miranda enters in a bidding war for Logan. Everything seems to be falling in place for her favorite holiday, but Logan has a secret that when revealed, may drive Miranda away permanently.

Boykin’s (Sweet Home Carolina) predictable novella attempts to manufacture drama out of a minor incident that makes Miranda appear histrionic. The romance is slightly sexier than her previous works but is still relatively mild and will only attract readers who want a holiday story without any grit.

Originally published in Xpress Reviews: E-Originals | First Look at New Books, December 19, 2014

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