Once upon a time, Christmas was Kayla Green's favorite time of year. Now all the workaholic wants for Christmas is for it to be over—as fast as possible! So when duty calls her to snowy Vermont to close a deal with a new client, Kayla is grateful for an excuse to avoid the holidays for another year.
Jackson O'Neil left a thriving business behind to return home and salvage his family's resort—it's in his blood, and he can't let it fail. Now that he's got marketing whiz Kayla Green working with him to put Snow Crystal on the map, success is on the horizon. The fact they strike enough sparks off each other to power all the Christmas lights in Vermont is just an added bonus.
Kayla might be an expert at her job, but she's out of her depth with Jackson—he makes her crave the happy-ever-after she once dreamed of, and it's terrifying. As the snowflakes continue to swirl, will the woman who doesn't believe in the magic of Christmas finally fall under its spell?
Kayla Green is brought to Snow Crystal for a week to work during the Christmas holidays. She expected to bury herself under her plans to help skyrocket the resort and spa back into the limelight. What she didn't expect was the unbelievable chemistry between her and her client, Jackson O'Neil. She of course is completely rubbish at relationships and has no interest in acknowledging that there's anything between them. She has reasons to be apprehensive toward love, but Jackson isn't the sort of man to just ignore what is so clearly right in front of him...
"Are you flirting with me? She breathed and felt cold air rush into her lungs. Unfortunately it did nothing to cool the heat of her skin. "because if you are, I'd have to warn you that you're wasting your time."
"It's my time." His gaze steady on hers..."Up to me how I choose to waste it."
"Just as long as you know I'm not good at personal relationships."
"Who told you that?"
"No one. I have impressive self-insight. I know what I'm good at. I know what I'm bad at. I'm bad at relationships. Not just bad, terrible. The truth is I find work more interesting than any man." There. She'd said it. And he was still standing there. Still watching her with eyes that saw far, far too much.
"Surely that would depend on the man."
"I'd rather check my emails than go on a date..."
"Is that right?" He reached out and tilted her chin, and she froze, but all he did was zip her jacket to her throat and smile at her. "The internet connection is pretty unpredictable up here. You might have to find another way to occupy yourself on a date, Kayla."
"I don't intend to go no a date. I'm here to work."
"So your plan for dealing with chemistry is to pretend it doesn't exist?"
"Chemistry?" the word came out like a croak, and his eyes creased at the corners.
"Yeah, that chemistry. Seems to me we have two choices here. We can try to ignore it or we can go with it and see where we end up."
"Option one works for me."
"That could give me a problem."
Her mouth was dry. "Why?"
"Because I'm leaning toward option two." For a crazy, heart-stopping moment she thought he was going to kiss her. Then his smile widened and he stepped away.
Sarah Morgan does a fantastic job of building her characters, giving them real life problems and flaws, and taking her time to kindle the romances between Kayla and Jackson. It builds like a fire, until one moment you might be afraid that it's burning enough to take out an entire forest. GAH!