Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Blog tour: Wedding Bells in Christmas by Debbie Mason

Wedding Bells in Christmas 
Christmas, Colorado # 4 
By: Debbie Mason 
Releasing May 26th, 2015 

To have and to hold from this day forward 

Wedding bells are ringing in the charming town of Christmas, but not for Vivian Westfield. She's just had her heart trampled under the cowboy boots of Chance McBride and lost her dream job at a big-city newspaper. But when she returns for a wedding, she stumbles on a story that could resurrect her career. First, though, she'll have to deal with the handsome man standing in her way . . . and a still-burning flame that's too hot to ignore.

Chance recognizes trouble when he sees it. He just didn't expect to find it in the first-class cabin on the flight home for his father's wedding. Yet there she is, as gorgeous as ever. Vivi dared Chance to want things he knew he could never have. It's why he left her. But Christmas's meddling matchmakers have them firmly in their sights. So if they want to survive the next week, they'll have to play the part of an adoring couple-an irresistible charade that may give them a second chance at the real thing . . .

Debbie Mason is the bestselling author of the Christmas, Colorado series. Her books have been praised for their "likable characters, clever dialogue and juicy plots" (RT Book Reviews). She also writes historical paranormals as Debbie Mazzuca. Her MacLeod series has received several nominations for best paranormal as well as a Holt Medallion Award of Merit. When she isn't writing or reading, Debbie enjoys spending time with her very own real-life hero, their four wonderful children, an adorable grandbaby, and a yappy Yorkie named Bella.


A beautiful and intense story, with just the right amount of suspense. 

This was my first book from the author, and the first book in the series, so I didn’t know what to expect, or if I’d be able to fully enjoy the book without having read the previous ones. It turns out that I did enjoy the book very much and now I’m really curious to read the other books and find out the other characters’ stories. 

I’ve developed an obsession for small town romance, especially if it’s set in the West and involves cowboys. I immediately got hooked and connected with Vivi in the first scene, and I was sure I was going to love the book. She’s a great character, a stubborn, career-oriented woman who’s determined to get her precious job at a New York newspaper back, after she was temporarily moved from an important column to a “Dear Vivi” advice column. Not exactly the most empathetic person on earth, Vivi isn’t the right person for the job and needs a juicy story that could get her back into her editor’s graces. But she has to put her plans on hold since she’s leaving NY to attend a wedding in Christmas, Colorado, where her friends are now living, happily married to two local guys. She’s not exactly happy about this trip, though, because the groom is actually the father of the man who broke her heart by walking out of her life. The man Vivi isn’t ready to face again yet.

When she gets on the plane (hilarious scene here, by the way) she finds out much to her chagrin that she’s sitting right next to him – and not exactly because of a lucky (or unlucky?) coincidence. 
Chance McBride is from Christmas, too but he’s been working for a security company and hasn’t been home in five years, since his wife (and the baby she was carrying) died in a tragic accident – an accident he still blames himself for. Sitting next to him wasn’t Vivi’s plan, but they both soon realize that Chance’s aunt, Nell the matchmaker, is behind all this, having her mind set on getting them together. So, before the plane lands, Chance comes up with a plan: they’ll have to pretend they’re a couple, so his aunt will leave them alone until the wedding’s over. Afterwards, they will go their separate ways and forget all about it.

It seems like an easy-peasy plan, right? Too bad Vivi’s never gotten over him and, apparently, neither has Chance. But she’s determined to get her job back and keep her heart intact, and he’s still grieving over his wife and baby’s death, so he can’t give Vivi the love she deserves. This major dilemma will be the cause of most of the trouble in the story, since it will prevent them from ever getting too close or opening up with each other. They’re both in love and both afraid to show it, as well as scared of getting hurt or hurting the other. Expect a bumpy ride toward the HEA!

I truly loved this book, and I’m very happy to say it is a clean romance! Yep, all scenes are fade to black and there’s not a single graphic scene in the book but, oh my, the chemistry between them is so strong you won’t need the steamy scenes to feel it. I really liked the way the author managed to keep the reader focused on their attraction without the need for graphic scenes or long descriptions. (Which kind of proves my point that, if the author’s writing is good, she doesn’t need to add unnecessary sex scenes to write a good book - sorry for the prudish comment LOL).

I enjoyed very much all the bickering and banter between the hero and heroine; I particularly loved Vivi’s clumsiness around Princess, Chance’s wife’s Yorkie, who was responsible for some hilarious scenes in the book. Vivi was truly entertaining and she made me laugh out loud. She’s sassy, stubborn and at the same time she’s comical without meaning to be. A city girl through and through, she’s having a hard time adjusting to the country life (especially with scary creatures coming at her from all sides – namely mice, bats and the likes…) so it was fun reading how she managed to adapt.

Chance is a handsome hero, not only in the physical sense. He’s a bit alpha, but in a way that made me love him (not a fan of alpha heroes): he’s protective and caring, loyal and responsible, and can even be super funny. The way he still hurts because of the love of his life’s death really broke my heart and for most of the book made me fear he’d never manage to get his happy ending. I rooted for him from chapter one and even though at times I wanted to shake him and tell him to make a move and tell Vivi how he felt, I liked that the path to their happy ending wasn’t an easy one, that they had to overcome some major obstacles on their way. 

I wasn’t expecting the suspense, but I was glad about it. It made the story even more interesting, and it kept me glued to the pages until the end. There are some serious edge-of-the-seat scenes.

I loved the side characters, all of them, and I can’t wait to read the previous books. I’m really glad I discovered this series, and if you’re looking for a romantic, funny, a little suspensful and small town romance, then this book is the right pick.



1 commenti:

  1. Thank you for hosting WEDDING BELLS IN CHRISTMAS