Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Blog tour: Kiss Me In Christmas by Debbie Mason

Christmas, Colorado #6
Debbie Mason
Releasing February 23rd, 2016

It's always been you

Actress Chloe O'Connor has become America's sweetheart, but back in little Christmas, Colorado, she's still remembered as a shy, awkward schoolgirl. And there's no one she dreads (and secretly wants) to see more than her high school crush, Easton McBride. Just one look from the former star quarterback and it's like she's instantly transformed from daytime drama queen to tongue-tied teenager. She's kissed Hollywood actors and famous cover models, so she can certainly play it cool while turning up the heat, right?

After an injury ended his military career, Easton McBride built a good life in the rugged countryside of his hometown. And the last thing he needs is his quiet solitude shattered by a high-maintenance temptress who isn't anything like the sweet Chloe he misses. While he enjoys the flirtation with this new bold and beautiful woman, he can't help but wonder whether a kiss could have the power to bring back the small-town girl he's grown to love.

"Anyone special you were hoping to see today?" Chloe teased her friend and manager.
"I thought perhaps I'd look up Fred and Ted." Estelle patted her hair, then made a face. "That nasty old woman isn't going to be here today, is she?"
Chloe knew exactly who Estelle was referring to. Nell McBride was the town's self-appointed matriarch and matchmaker. Ted and Fred were her best friends, and she hadn't been pleased when they'd taken a shine to Estelle. "I'm afraid so. She's my stepfather's aunt."
And that reminded Chloe who else would be here . . . Easton McBride. She stopped halfway up the stone walk and dug in her purse for her pills. Estelle did the same, then held up a silver flask. "I thought we might need this."
"I'm not sure we should be taking our medication with Scotch, Estelle."
"I watered it down," the older woman said and popped her pills in her mouth. She took a swig before handing Chloe the flask.
She supposed it couldn't hurt. She'd need a little liquid courage to face Easton. He despised her and didn't care who knew it, including her. And yes, he may have had good reason to feel that way fifteen years ago. But my goodness, it was such a long time to hold a grudge. She wrinkled her nose as she lifted the flask to her mouth. 
The front door opened. It was Easton. And like every single time she saw his outrageously handsome face, her heart pitter-pattered in her chest and the theme song from The Princess Bride started playing in her head. It was silly. And she wished she could turn off the soundtrack in her mind. But it had been playing there since she was fifteen and Easton saved her from the schoolyard bullies. He'd been her hero from that moment on. Her white knight. She'd thought he was her one until he became her sister's. He'd loved Cat. They'd probably be . . . Chloe's eyes widened . . . married now if it weren't for her.
"Little early to be drinking, isn't it, Scarlett?" 

Ok, I'll be honest. When I first met Chloe in Snowbound At Christmas, I didn't have a high opinion of Chloe. Sure, by the end of the previous book she'd sort of redeemed herself but in my head she was still a spoilt celebrity who enjoyed acting like a drama queen. Diva, the nickname her hair/make-up artist best friend gave her, is definitely fitting for her. 
So, well, I'll admit that when I started reading, I wasn't sure I'd ever feel any connection with Chloe - but Debbie Mason proved me so wrong! By the end of the book, I wanted to reach into the book and give Chloe a bear hug. I adored how the author managed to redeem Chloe in the eyes of the reader and to weave for her a beautiful and romantic story that left me with a silly smile on my face when I reached the last page. 

Chloe has always lived her life in fear. Since she was born with a hole in her heart, she'd always been the weak twin, the girl her parents cuddled and who was never allowed to do what other kids did. So when she grew up and was bullied throughout high school, she obviously fell for Easton McBride, the one guy who was always her friend and enjoyed spending nerdy time with her playing chess in the town library. 

It didn't take long for Chloe to fall for the star quarterback, but he only saw her as a friend at the time - since he was dating Chloe's twin sister, Cat. 
Their special friendship ended rather abruptly, though, when Chloe made him think she was her sister and he slept with her only to discover, days later, that he'd actually slept with Chloe! This caused Easton and Cat's break-up and after that moment, Chloe ranked the top spot on his hate list. 
So she left her small town and became an actress in a famous daytime soap opera - which basically turned her into the spoilt celebrity readers got to meet in the previous book. 

The troubles start when the producers decide to kill off her character and she finds herself without a job and with an invitation to her sister's engagement party to Grayson, the FBI agent Chloe had thought was her one (in the previous book), but who fell in love with Cat instead.

Back in her small Colorado hometown, Chloe is forced to face all the people who don't seem to have a very high opinion of her, including Easton McBride, the guy who still makes the theme song from The Princess Bride start playing in her head whenever he shows up. 

But Chloe is always Chloe after all, and I really wasn't expecting her to sit back and relax during her forced stay in Christmas. If trouble doesn't come her way, she's the one who stirs it up!
There are some hilarious moments in the book, caused by misunderstandings and subterfuges and emotional, romantic scenes that will make you swoon (hint: they involve a certain handsome hero named Easton McBride) - and thanks to Ty, there are laugh-out-loud moments, too. 

Chapter after chapter, I was pulled into the story and started really connecting with Chloe, looking beyond her diva persona to the woman who's lived all her life thinking she could die any time because of her heart condition.
There is a huge character growth as far as Chloe is concerned: the woman who started as a spoilt, and very hypochondriac brat, turned into a way better version of herself, a version that I definitely liked. And all because of her White Knight, Easton. 

Easton is, well, is a McBride - and if you've read the previous books in the series you know what I mean. Tall, dark and handsome doesn't really do him justice. He's an ex-military and works with his brother and Cat in a security firm. He's the very epitome of hero - it isn't a mere coincidence that Ty's nickname for him is The White Knight. He's the man every woman would be swooning over if he were real - I personally would - and I was rooting for a happy ending for him from the previous books already. Like I said, since I didn't have a high opinion of Chloe, I had no idea how he could ever get his HEA with Chloe and was curious to discover how the author would manage to turn his hate for Chloe into love with the big L. She did a great job indeed!

I loved reading how things changed between them and how they went from enemies (at least as far as Easton was concerned) to sweethearts. I also particularly enjoyed the fact that, like in the previous books, this is a clean romance so all sexy scenes aren't included and are always behind locked doors.

Anyway, if you scrolled down, let me just summarize the whole review: if you love clean small-town romance, you should definitely pick up a copy of this book (and read all the previous ones afterwards). The book works as a standalone but I'm sure you'll want to read all the previous books too, once you've finished this. 
If you're a fan of the Christmas, Colorado series, Chloe and Easton's story won't disappoint you. 

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Debbie Mason is the USA Today 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.

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1 commenti:

  1. Thank you for hosting and reviewing KISS ME IN CHRISTMAS today!

    Crystal, Tasty Book Tours