Home For Christmas by Melissa McClone

 Ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon…the smells of Christmas. The smells of home.

Rachel Murphy longs for home and family. Since childhood, she’s dreamed of owning her own pastry shop, but after being burned by a celebrity chef and losing her new bakery in Arizona, Rachel’s spending the holidays with her brother in Montana. To keep her dream alive, she’s creating custom gingerbread houses and selling them around town. All she needs is a bigger kitchen…and to stay away from her brother’s handsome boss.

Former venture capitalist Nate Vaughn has embraced his inner cowboy and now runs a successful dude ranch where Rachel’s brother works. Nate’s commercial kitchen is perfect for Rachel’s baking needs, and seeing the cute blonde’s business acumen, Nate knows she’d be the perfect partner for a new venture. When he makes her an offer she can’t refuse, he discovers he’s interested in more than her gingerbread.

While Nate could make her dreams come true, Rachel’s heart, as well as her head, tells her mixing business with anything else could be a recipe for disaster. Should she return to Arizona, and leave Nate and her new eager-for-more customers behind? Or can Nate convince her that, here with him in the mountains of Montana, she’s already home? For Christmas…forever.

This Christmas Romance title is part of the Bar V5 Ranch series which includes:  Home for Christmas – Mistletoe Magic – Kiss Me, Cowboy – Mistletoe Wedding – A Christmas Homecoming

Title:  Home For Christmas
Series:  Bar V5 Ranch #1
Author:  Melissa McClone
Published:  November 9, 2013
My Rating:  4.5 stars

Welcome to a Christmas celebration in Marietta, Montana a small town that’s lively, down home and where anything romantic is certainly possible.  Although Rachel could care less about that romantic part.  She’s recently been crushed by the actions of so-called friends, and her belief in the actions of the human race have hit an all time low.  It’s real easy to feel that way when all your dreams have been stolen from you – and we’re not talking figuratively here.

She’s come to spend Christmas with her brother, Ty at the Bar V5 Ranch for two reasons.  Most importantly is they’re the only family they have left and to not spend Christmas with her brother is just… unthinkable.  The second is her make or break career move which will involve using the ranch’s fully equipped kitchen for her gingerbread creations.  She may have been played for a fool once – but never, ever again.  She’ll stand on her own two feet, make her dream come true without any help from any one.  Period, end of discussion.

Yet Rachel hadn’t counted on one smart, sexy rancher with some savvy marketing ideas to change that rule.  Falling in love had never been part of her equation.

Nate knows what it’s like to lose or almost lose a dream.  He’s been there, done that and survived.  It doesn’t help matters that he’s really attracted to Rachel, but he also knows the rules – stay away from your business partner’s sister.  Too bad he can’t convince his heart to follow that advise.  Soon all he’s thinking of are ways to help Rachel with her business and keeping her here in Marietta to explore something  more personally emotional between them.  Trouble is, Nate set about winning Rachel with a business plan and spreadsheets.  If he was going to win his lady’s heart he’d better come up with a more realistic plan.

I had such fun with Home For Christmas.  Two extremely stubborn people, a woman who refuses to trust again and a man who, with the best of intentions, does everything wrong.  They both learned a few lessons in getting Rachel’s gingerbread related business up and off to a great start.  Probably the most important ones were being yourself and allowing trust to speak to your heart.  Nate will make more than a few missteps along the way, and Rachel will not  make it easy for him once he’s floundered… but they have that spark that says “yeah, you’re the one but I’m scared” and that gets me in the emotions every single time.

If you have a love for Christmas Romance, then Home For Christmas will certainly touch your heart.  Lively characters, a down home small town, a story that could happen to anyone and you’ve got a winning combination.  I’d recommend this story, and the entire series, which is full of Christmas Romance in 4 out of the 5 books in the series.  Hard to beat that.

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