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Nobody does Christmas like Miranda Hamilton, and now that she finally has her chance to chair Magnolia Bay's tree lighting and the cotillion, which benefits her late mother’s breast cancer foundation, this Christmas is shaping up to be the best ever. That is until her childhood nemesis Logan Mauldin buys his way on her committee and starts making plans of his own. Logan M Nobody does Christmas like Miranda Hamilton, and now that she finally has her chance to chair Magnolia Bay's tree lighting and the cotillion, which benefits her late mother’s breast cancer foundation, this Christmas is shaping up to be the best ever. That is until her childhood nemesis Logan Mauldin buys his way on her committee and starts making plans of his own. Logan Mauldin loves to get under Miranda's very sexy skin, and it's only fair. She's been getting under his since long before their first kiss at 13. Logan’s the last man interested in co-chairing a Christmas committee or participating in a sexy bachelor auction, but since that night he interrupted Miranda on a date and cornered her under the mistletoe, he can't stop thinking about her. Or vying for her attention and bugging the hell out of her. Christmas cheer isn’t the only thing that heats up between the Miranda and Logan, but, thanks to a lie that is as much her fault as it is his, he loses the woman he’s loved since forever. Logan will need a Christmas miracle for Miranda to forgive him. A grand gesture to melt her heart and win her back just in time for Christmas. Southern Born Christmas Book 1: Holiday in Magnolia Bay by Tracy Solheim Book 2: Just in Time for Christmas by Kim Boykin Book 3: A Very Married Christmas by Erika Marks Book 4: The Trouble with Christmas by Kaira Rouda


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Nobody does Christmas like Miranda Hamilton, and now that she finally has her chance to chair Magnolia Bay's tree lighting and the cotillion, which benefits her late mother’s breast cancer foundation, this Christmas is shaping up to be the best ever. That is until her childhood nemesis Logan Mauldin buys his way on her committee and starts making plans of his own. Logan M Nobody does Christmas like Miranda Hamilton, and now that she finally has her chance to chair Magnolia Bay's tree lighting and the cotillion, which benefits her late mother’s breast cancer foundation, this Christmas is shaping up to be the best ever. That is until her childhood nemesis Logan Mauldin buys his way on her committee and starts making plans of his own. Logan Mauldin loves to get under Miranda's very sexy skin, and it's only fair. She's been getting under his since long before their first kiss at 13. Logan’s the last man interested in co-chairing a Christmas committee or participating in a sexy bachelor auction, but since that night he interrupted Miranda on a date and cornered her under the mistletoe, he can't stop thinking about her. Or vying for her attention and bugging the hell out of her. Christmas cheer isn’t the only thing that heats up between the Miranda and Logan, but, thanks to a lie that is as much her fault as it is his, he loses the woman he’s loved since forever. Logan will need a Christmas miracle for Miranda to forgive him. A grand gesture to melt her heart and win her back just in time for Christmas. Southern Born Christmas Book 1: Holiday in Magnolia Bay by Tracy Solheim Book 2: Just in Time for Christmas by Kim Boykin Book 3: A Very Married Christmas by Erika Marks Book 4: The Trouble with Christmas by Kaira Rouda

30 review for Just in Time for Christmas

  1. 5 out of 5

    Chloe

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Some parts of this were really sweet... but for an adult romance, a bit more smut would've been appreciated! Some parts of this were really sweet... but for an adult romance, a bit more smut would've been appreciated!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mignon Mykel

    Probably one of the cutest Christmas novellas I've read. Probably one of the cutest Christmas novellas I've read.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jonel

    This was a lovely Christmas story. Romance and the spirit of the holidays float through the novel, creating the perfect setting for Boykin’s captivating story. I love the history and Christmas traditions of this town. It was so much fun! It added to the charm and aura of the story. This novella was absolutely hilarious at times. The contrast between the characters’ thoughts and their actions and reactions was quite refreshing. Wrap this all up in Boykin’s well written, captivating style and vivi This was a lovely Christmas story. Romance and the spirit of the holidays float through the novel, creating the perfect setting for Boykin’s captivating story. I love the history and Christmas traditions of this town. It was so much fun! It added to the charm and aura of the story. This novella was absolutely hilarious at times. The contrast between the characters’ thoughts and their actions and reactions was quite refreshing. Wrap this all up in Boykin’s well written, captivating style and vivid descriptions and you have a winner. I really enjoyed the characters in this story. The sneak peeks at the history between the characters is charmingly enlightening. It builds the story from the inside out. I also appreciated how we got to know them not only as individuals coming together as a couple, but also in the context of family & of the town as a whole. Not only does this give readers a broader picture of who they are, but it also makes it very easy to connect with them. This was an absolutely brilliant story, perfect for Christmas or any other time of the year. It was my first novel by this author, but definitely won’t be my last. Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Veronica of V's Reads

    This is a cute story with lots of heart. Miranda and Logan have always had sparks--but sometimes those have led to more hellfire than passion. Miranda's dedicated to organizing the Christmas cotillion of Magnolia Bay. It's a labor of love, especially because the charity it supports is in memory of her mother who died years ago to breast cancer. Logan buys his way onto the cotillion committee with a huge donation to the charity. It aggravates Miranda, because, well, this gal holds a long grudge. B This is a cute story with lots of heart. Miranda and Logan have always had sparks--but sometimes those have led to more hellfire than passion. Miranda's dedicated to organizing the Christmas cotillion of Magnolia Bay. It's a labor of love, especially because the charity it supports is in memory of her mother who died years ago to breast cancer. Logan buys his way onto the cotillion committee with a huge donation to the charity. It aggravates Miranda, because, well, this gal holds a long grudge. Back in college it looked like Logan favored Pammy, a mean-girl rival of Miranda's, and Miranda never let it go. Their sexy-sparring disappeared and it's only been in the past few years that Miranda's even spoken to Logan--he's determined to change that. Their latest interactions sizzle with all the passion missing with Miranda's newest boyfriend. Naturally, Pammy insinuates herself into the cotillion committee as well--she's been burning a flame for Logan since....forever. She even orchestrates a bachelor auction in the hopes that she can buy a date with him. Miranda's miffed, but what can she do? The auction is raising money hand over fist, even if Miranda can't afford to continue bidding on Logan. Thank goodness some internet gal is outbidding Pammy at every turn. There are lovely side characters who don't hesitate to point out Miranda's stubbornness, and Logan's lunacy. All their friends and family are convinced they are in love, but neither Miranda nor Logan will take the final step to sealing the deal--until the cotillion. Logan is as bold as he can be, and it ends up being a real problem. A Kick-Him-Out-Of-Bed type of problem, for Miranda. Good thing Logan can think on his feet, because he's fed up letting Miranda isolate herself from love, his love. I had guessed the ending, and I was rewarded in kind. Things seemed a bit rushed at the end--I wondered what in the world happened to Miranda's previous beau--but it seems clear that this novella is linked to others either written or soon-to-be. No cliffhanger here, just a lot of strands that appear to be woven into the story lines of other characters. I really liked all the texture the author gave to the setting, and the world of Magnolia Bay. It was clear that Miranda had a deep love for her hometown, and her friends. Logan's a stand-up-guy, for the most part, and his mistakes are very human--and very forgivable. I was glad Miranda finally took a good look at the man who seemed ready to pause the earth's rotation if it might win her affection. 'Cause that's a gem right there.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mojca

    ***ARC provided by publisher through NetGalley*** There are stories that make you go “awww, that’s so cute” and there are stories that make you do the aww-thing but also tug on a nostalgic heart-string. This was one of the latter. The hero and heroine were childhood nemesis, all the teasing, pulling of ponytails, barbs, and sometimes anger only a disguise for their true feelings. Having had a childhood nemesis of my own, I know what that’s like. Unfortunately, my story didn’t end up like the one ***ARC provided by publisher through NetGalley*** There are stories that make you go “awww, that’s so cute” and there are stories that make you do the aww-thing but also tug on a nostalgic heart-string. This was one of the latter. The hero and heroine were childhood nemesis, all the teasing, pulling of ponytails, barbs, and sometimes anger only a disguise for their true feelings. Having had a childhood nemesis of my own, I know what that’s like. Unfortunately, my story didn’t end up like the one between Logan and Miranda. So, let’s talk about them and their story, shall we? At the beginning, I was a bit “meh”-ish about it. The heroine ran a B&B was nuts about Christmas, was chair of the Christmas festival committee. Okay, I guess. Well, the “meh”-ishess lasted only until the hero came into the picture. You see, Logan made a generous donation in order to get the co-chair position on the Christmas festival committee. And reading about Miranda’s reaction to that particular development, I immediately knew where the story was headed and just what was going on. With both of them. It was funny, light-hearted, sexy, cute, and sweet, and I loved the little flashbacks thrown in to make us understand where the “animosity” between the H/h came from. I loved the bachelor-auction twist, although I suspected there was more to the mysterious bidder than met the eye (I just didn’t guess the right person). The story flowed nicely, the characters were well fleshed-out…I just didn’t like the heroine’s reticence. Or more to the point, I didn’t like how she kept juggling with two guys at the same time, when it was obvious, there was only one possible contender in that mess. Also, where did that guy disappear to in the end? I mean, he was always there and then just conveniently went “poof”? A bit of a loose end there. I also felt the last “bump on the road to HEA” was a tad redundant, but it served as the fulfilling of a Christmas wish (or a Christmas miracle), so I guess it served it purpose. But, the last few objections aside, it was a great little novella with wonderful characters, great small-town environment, and a wonderful romantic story.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Judi Easley

    Miranda and Logan have a common history. Now as adults one is trying to get them together and one is trying to stay apart. Of course, there is another person involved who just doesn't quite get the message no matter how it's delivered. Then someone makes a really bad mistake and needs to be forgiven. And then they are forgiven and the couple hug and kiss. That's why it's called a romance. What Ms. Boykin has done is add in things like a cotillion, a committee, a male auction, the Six Chicks(south Miranda and Logan have a common history. Now as adults one is trying to get them together and one is trying to stay apart. Of course, there is another person involved who just doesn't quite get the message no matter how it's delivered. Then someone makes a really bad mistake and needs to be forgiven. And then they are forgiven and the couple hug and kiss. That's why it's called a romance. What Ms. Boykin has done is add in things like a cotillion, a committee, a male auction, the Six Chicks(southern belles), and three large, sexy brothers. These are all guaranteed to add to the stress and confusion surrounding a young couple who are the co-chairs for Magnolia Bay Christmas Cotillion and who seem to be falling in love finally. It made for a fun read. Though the way the author tied up the end made me wish there had been a bit more to it. I got this story in Kindle format from Amazon. It had a free add-on book included with it (Steal Me, Cowboy) by the same author. This is an honest review for which I am receiving no compensation. All opinions are fully my own. ~ Judi E. Easley for Blue Cat Review

  7. 4 out of 5

    Carol Tietsworth

    A thoroughly enchanting story about almost unrequited love.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Bette Hansen

    Wonderful story! Miranda and Logan have known each other their whole lives. He has always had feelings but the timing was never right. To get close to Miranda, Logan buys his way on to the Cotillion committee she is currently chairing. Although Miranda tries to resist, sparks fly! This is a very well written story with characters that are entertaining and heartwarming. I highly recommend this one.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Tanja Glavnik

    This one ... I don't know. I mean, it was OK, I guess, but very very fast. There was also a large bunch of grammatical errors that threw me for a loop a number of times, like the author didn't have someone read this after her. Still, a fairly enjoyable thing, besides the beginning when Logan basically hijacks everything. I did want to strangle him THEN. This one ... I don't know. I mean, it was OK, I guess, but very very fast. There was also a large bunch of grammatical errors that threw me for a loop a number of times, like the author didn't have someone read this after her. Still, a fairly enjoyable thing, besides the beginning when Logan basically hijacks everything. I did want to strangle him THEN.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Donna Ciriello

    Love me some Mauldin boys! They are sweet to their mama, easy on the eyes, and will do anything to get the woman they love. This story features Logan finally admitting that more than anything, he wants Miranda, and he will do anything to make sure she gets her Christmas miracle.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia

    Finding Love Two wonderful stories. One set at Christmas time with love finding it's way with 2 people who have grown up together. The 2nd she goes to see her boyfriend to have her car break down and find true love and be treated as a visitor. Finding Love Two wonderful stories. One set at Christmas time with love finding it's way with 2 people who have grown up together. The 2nd she goes to see her boyfriend to have her car break down and find true love and be treated as a visitor.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Marjorie

    I Would have liked this book much better but I couldn't get past the typos, missing words, etc. I have liked other Kim Boykin books so she is a good writer who just needs a better proofreader. I Would have liked this book much better but I couldn't get past the typos, missing words, etc. I have liked other Kim Boykin books so she is a good writer who just needs a better proofreader.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    I am not typically overly critical of spelling and grammar errors when I'm reading. As a rule, I read pretty quickly so tend to overlook that sort of thing. Unfortunately, the missing words, misspellings, bad punctuation, etc. were so bad in this one that there was no way for me to skim by them. This is the only book I've read by this author so I don't know if that's typical or if they skipped the proofreader because it was a novella or what the situation is. It was incredibly distracting and co I am not typically overly critical of spelling and grammar errors when I'm reading. As a rule, I read pretty quickly so tend to overlook that sort of thing. Unfortunately, the missing words, misspellings, bad punctuation, etc. were so bad in this one that there was no way for me to skim by them. This is the only book I've read by this author so I don't know if that's typical or if they skipped the proofreader because it was a novella or what the situation is. It was incredibly distracting and contributed to my difficulty connecting with the story. Beyond that, I just didn't much like the main character (Miranda), primarily due to her attitude towards Logan for 99.9% of the book. Probably because of that, I couldn't really "see" the chemistry between Miranda and Logan, and then the ending was incredibly rushed, even for a novella. This is part of a series that I haven't read, so it's possible that I would think differently about all of that if the previous book(s) had some backstory. Reading as a standalone though, this just didn't work for me. I most likely would have DNF'd this if it had been a full length novel, but since it was on the shorter side, I finished it out. Despite my criticisms, it wasn't all bad. I liked the small town setting, I liked the non-traditional holiday festivities (pirates for Christmas!?), and I saw enough glimpses of a writing style that I think I would enjoy that I'm not going to write this author off based on one book that didn't suit me. Hopefully the next one I pick up will be more to my tastes (and better proofed).

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    This review was originally posted to Jen in Bookland Just in Time for Christmas was a fun, quick holiday read. I really enjoy the enemies to loves thing. Well as long as it is not abusive enemies. When it is like this story I really enjoy it. When the two main characters just fight a lot, but not in a mean, hurtful way. More bickering and stuff and everyone knows they really like each other, but it takes them a while to figure it out. It is fun. Logan and Miranda grew up together. They have never This review was originally posted to Jen in Bookland Just in Time for Christmas was a fun, quick holiday read. I really enjoy the enemies to loves thing. Well as long as it is not abusive enemies. When it is like this story I really enjoy it. When the two main characters just fight a lot, but not in a mean, hurtful way. More bickering and stuff and everyone knows they really like each other, but it takes them a while to figure it out. It is fun. Logan and Miranda grew up together. They have never gotten along. Logan always tried his best to get under her skin and rile her up. He still does, but something has changed for him. He now realizes there might be a bit more there between them. Maybe he will have to fight to see if they could really be something more. Miranda doesn't trust Logan. He is always there annoying her and she doesn't want to deal with it. When he buys his way onto the committee for the holiday celebration that Miranda is organizing she is not happy. This is the first year she is in charge and she needs everything to run perfectly. She can't have Logan messing that up. Only he is there to help and to try to prove to Miranda that they are good together. That they could be happy. And he does help. But she hates him right? I really enjoyed this read. I loved watching Logan try and worm his way into Miranda's life, but also the back and forth between them. It was a fun, cute holiday read.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Teresa

    A Christmas Gift As Christmas time approaches Logan surprises his family by joining the committee in charge of a fund raising gala for a breast cancer foundation. Miranda finally achieves her goal of chairing the committee organizing the fundraiser for the foundation named to honor her mother who died from breast cancer. Between her struggle to fight against the schemes of her archenemy and denying the attraction to Logan, Miranda has her hands full. As the better than expected fundraising effort A Christmas Gift As Christmas time approaches Logan surprises his family by joining the committee in charge of a fund raising gala for a breast cancer foundation. Miranda finally achieves her goal of chairing the committee organizing the fundraiser for the foundation named to honor her mother who died from breast cancer. Between her struggle to fight against the schemes of her archenemy and denying the attraction to Logan, Miranda has her hands full. As the better than expected fundraising efforts draw to a close, she turns her attention to Christmas, her favorite time of the year. Only Logan knows Miranda's lifelong secret Christmas wish. Will this year be the year her wish comes true? Can Logan finally get his own miracle this Christmas? I enjoyed the authors ability to weave a story of two hometown residents, both successful and smart in their own right, finding a way to finally see their Christmas wishes come true. Nicely done!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Hanna

    Sappy but Almost Great At first, I thought Miranda was around 45 years old, flaw #1. And I thought her reaction to Logan's mess-up should have been hilarious laughter, flaw#3. And the author REALLY needed a better editor because the book is full of grammatical and punctuation errors. But the characters are well drawn, the setting vivid, the dialogue convincing without any extraneous words, and the plot moves along very well. I can be a fire-breathing dragon when it comes to poor grammar and punct Sappy but Almost Great At first, I thought Miranda was around 45 years old, flaw #1. And I thought her reaction to Logan's mess-up should have been hilarious laughter, flaw#3. And the author REALLY needed a better editor because the book is full of grammatical and punctuation errors. But the characters are well drawn, the setting vivid, the dialogue convincing without any extraneous words, and the plot moves along very well. I can be a fire-breathing dragon when it comes to poor grammar and punctuation, but this book, sappybas a Christmas story should be, is still worth 4 stars. Read and enjoy it

  17. 5 out of 5

    Merrilyn

    A glimpse of a South Carolina town’s Christmas Celebration It’s fun to see the different ways people around the US celebrate Christmas. It’s made even more interesting as the backdrop to a feisty relationship between Miranda and Logan which has been going on since they were toddlers. They each feel a connection, but can’t seem to get past the teasing from their growing up days to the point that they don’t know, or can’t admit, to what they want. I would have given it the fifth star, but it needs A glimpse of a South Carolina town’s Christmas Celebration It’s fun to see the different ways people around the US celebrate Christmas. It’s made even more interesting as the backdrop to a feisty relationship between Miranda and Logan which has been going on since they were toddlers. They each feel a connection, but can’t seem to get past the teasing from their growing up days to the point that they don’t know, or can’t admit, to what they want. I would have given it the fifth star, but it needs better editing. There were so many words left out, many of them changing the meaning of sentences.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Trudi Jorda

    Miranda a very Southern Belle has had a crush on Logan from the first moment she met him as a child but has fought the impulse to give in to her feelings or even admit that she has them. Logan has the same issues. He finally decides to do something about it and keeps pushing her buttons and her into admitting she has feelings for him. When she really gets angry with him and storms off he decides he needs to do something for his Christmas loving gal! No spoilers here! Sorry!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Stephenee

    So....I thought this book was the entire 201 pages of this story...however, the Just In Time for Christmas story is only about 100 pages and the other 100 are another story based on cowboys....not my favorite. I wish that the entire book was the story that I was reading it for, but it wasn't. I didn't read the second story past the 5th page as it was not for me. So....I thought this book was the entire 201 pages of this story...however, the Just In Time for Christmas story is only about 100 pages and the other 100 are another story based on cowboys....not my favorite. I wish that the entire book was the story that I was reading it for, but it wasn't. I didn't read the second story past the 5th page as it was not for me.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    Normally I don't review books I didn't finish. But despite all the good reviews, I could not get past the 5% point due to a bad case of commatosis. Commas were misplaced and missing to the point of distraction. I also noted a missing word. The story wasn't good enough to keep me going past the editorial issues. Normally I don't review books I didn't finish. But despite all the good reviews, I could not get past the 5% point due to a bad case of commatosis. Commas were misplaced and missing to the point of distraction. I also noted a missing word. The story wasn't good enough to keep me going past the editorial issues.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Janet Simmons

    This is Miranda and Logan's story. I have never read this author before so I read this as a standalone and loved it but now would like to go back and read the 3 books before it to read the back story. This was a good Christmas story not too much but some funny traditions added in to give it humour. Good easy read. This is Miranda and Logan's story. I have never read this author before so I read this as a standalone and loved it but now would like to go back and read the 3 books before it to read the back story. This was a good Christmas story not too much but some funny traditions added in to give it humour. Good easy read.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    A cute Christmas romance. I liked this book okay. A fun, short one for the holidays. Not exactly for anyone who wants a clean book. There was a hot and heavy scene and some innuendos. But still sweet and not too much drama. It also just kind of ends. But happy, of course.

  23. 4 out of 5

    RivkaBelle

    I started this one night, and forgot about it for almost a month. Oops, haha Cute enough. Wrapped up really fast, even for a novella. But cute enough. I like the dynamics between the "Six Chicks" - I'm curious about that side of the story/series. I started this one night, and forgot about it for almost a month. Oops, haha Cute enough. Wrapped up really fast, even for a novella. But cute enough. I like the dynamics between the "Six Chicks" - I'm curious about that side of the story/series.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea Nicole

    This was cutesy for Christmas. But it was a lot of back and forth which got annoying after a while. The ending moved way too fast, but I already predicted what would happen so I guess I can't complain too much. This was cutesy for Christmas. But it was a lot of back and forth which got annoying after a while. The ending moved way too fast, but I already predicted what would happen so I guess I can't complain too much.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Heather Belleguelle

    I gave this book a try as I thought that the story sounded interesting. However, I'm afraid that I gave up after a few pages as I found the author's writing style rather pedestrian and shallow and lacking anything to pull me in. I gave this book a try as I thought that the story sounded interesting. However, I'm afraid that I gave up after a few pages as I found the author's writing style rather pedestrian and shallow and lacking anything to pull me in.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Miranda Hamilton decorated her town and raises money for a charity benefiting breast cancer in memory of her mother. Logan was her nemesis as a child, but now has grown up and buys his way onto the committee. Does he want to do something good.....or does he want to win the heart of Miranda??

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jane Kelsey

    I've really enjoyed this story, read it in no time! I was hooked. The ending plot twist was a bit 😳,l and her reasoning for pushing him away was a bit ridiculous in my opinion, but a good read. Deffo recommend it. I've really enjoyed this story, read it in no time! I was hooked. The ending plot twist was a bit 😳,l and her reasoning for pushing him away was a bit ridiculous in my opinion, but a good read. Deffo recommend it.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jenn

    Christmas romance 2.5 stars. This book was just okay. The grammatical errors and language for just a little too much for me. It was an okay story line. Maybe I have missed a lot of the background story since this is part of a series.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Gabz

    Didn't get along with this, and I couldn't tell you why. It didn't have anything particularly wrong with it, but neither did it have anything to pull me in and demand "read me, read me!" So I called my losses early, because I have a few other things to read right now. Didn't get along with this, and I couldn't tell you why. It didn't have anything particularly wrong with it, but neither did it have anything to pull me in and demand "read me, read me!" So I called my losses early, because I have a few other things to read right now.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Moey17

    Simple holiday novella, cute but silly!

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