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Review of the “Christmas, Colorado series” – Debbie Mason

 

September 2013
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Resort developer Madison Lane is about to lose the one thing she loves most in the world—her job. Dubbed “The Grinch Who Killed Christmas,” Madison spoiled a deal that would turn quaint Christmas, Colorado, into a tourist’s winter wonderland. Now the citizens want her fired but the company gives her one last chance, sending Madison to the small town to restore the holiday cheer.

For Sheriff Gage McBride, no hotshot executive from New York City is going to destroy the dreams of the people he loves. But one look at this beautiful woman and it’s his heart that may be broken. In just a few days, Madison causes more trouble than he’s had to deal with all year. He can’t decide if she’s naughty or nice, but one thing is for certain—Christmas will never be the same again…

 

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REVIEW 
 
Having grown up in a small town myself, I can relate to life in Christmas, Colorado. It’s a blessing and a curse how everyone knows everyone and their business. However, I also know how special it is to have a small group of people as your support team. People who have your back in the good times and bad. 
 
This story depicted life in a small town remarkably well. Of course, there were some differences to my time in one. I never had to deal with a resort attempting to move in or a desperate man willing to do anything to cover his debts. Yeah, my town was simply happy to have one gas station/movie rental/deli. 
 
But friends treating friends like family? She nailed that on the head. Good job! 
 
 
 Heart Rating System – 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 
Score:❤❤❤❤
 
 
July 2014
 

Grace Flaherty had given up hope of ever seeing her husband again. After all, it’d been over a year since he went missing in combat. So when he strides through the door of her bakery in downtown Christmas one sunny afternoon, she can hardly believe her eyes. But her happily-ever-after is going to take some effort – because Jack has no memory of his family.

All Jack Flaherty remembers about Christmas is that he couldn’t wait to leave town. Now he’s a local hero with a wife and son he doesn’t know. Even as he struggles to rekindle the romance with his wife, he knows in his heart what he wants: a second chance at love.

 

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Review
 
Damn, I can’t fathom what Grace and Jack had to deal with. A husband, who returns after being a POW for seventh months, would be enough for any man or woman to handle. 
 
Wait, there’s more……
 
Jack returned without his memories of his wife and child. On top of that, while he was being held captive, he got too close to another POW — a female journalist, Maria. 
 
Once he came home and found out he was married with a toddler, he tried to break it off with Maria – the journalist. However, she didn’t get the hint knowing very well why they couldn’t be together. 
 
After his memory returned, things still weren’t kosher between him and his wife. They both changed. 
 
Things were definitely tense at the homestead. 
 
He didn’t want to live in Christmas, Colorado. He wanted no part of the bakery his wife was running. He also didn’t know how to reach Jack Jr. The little rascal wasn’t a fan of his dad. In fact, he was calling Sawyer his “da” since Sawyer, Jack’s best friend, had been there for Grace and little Jack while big Jack redeployed and was lost to his family for almost two years.
 
Yeah, Sawyer fell in love with Grace. Maria fell in love with Jack. 
 
See what I mean, their life was one ginormous clusterfuck. 
 
And that’s why this story was a good tale. There was always something happening and the lull parts were few and far between. 
 
 
 Heart Rating System – 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 
Score:❤❤❤❤
 
 
 
September 2014
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Free-spirited activist Skylar Davis is out of money and out of options. After using up her trust fund trying to save the world, she hides out in Christmas, hoping the kindness of friends will help her forget the reckless actions of her past. All goes well . . . until she comes face-to-face with one of her mistakes: the town’s gorgeous young mayor.

Ethan O’Connor likes his life drama-free and predictable now that he’s about to make the move from small-town politics to the Colorado State Senate. Then Skye blows back into town, as impulsive and passionate as he remembers. If word ever got out about their night together-the night he’s never been able to forget-the scandal could cripple his career. Yet as he starts his campaign, Ethan finds that, like the town of Christmas itself, he can’t get Skye out of his head . . . or his heart.

 

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Review
 
The last thing Ethan, a politician  needed in his life was an Environmental Activist. Skylar was a complication he didn’t need while running for a Senate position. However, despite her differing views, vegan lifestyle, checkered past, he still fell in love with her. And Skylar fell in love with him just as hard. 
 
Like many romantic tales, they had obstacles to overcome before they achieved their HEA. Their biggest obstacle was themselves. They didn’t communicate and without the assist from some good-hearted, but meddlesome friends/family, I don’t think they would have gotten past themselves long enough to admit they were wrong and start anew. 
 
Moral of the story —- To have a long, happy relationship YOU must keep the lines of communication open with your partner. Keeping things bottled up only causes problems and unnecessary heartache. 
 
 
 Heart Rating System – 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 
Score:❤❤❤❤

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Review of “Holiday on Ice” – Jaci Burton

Superstar hockey player Patrick “Trick” Niemeyer and dancer Stella Slovinski have picked up where they left off a year ago, resuming their hot, uncomplicated affair. Stella refuses to call it dating, or a relationship. But lately, Trick is looking for more…

Stella’s been burned before—in a relationship she never talks about—not with her family, not with her friends, and definitely not with Trick. But now it’s the holiday season and Trick is determined to give Stella his heart wrapped up in a bow. He knows Stella is the right woman for him, but he’ll have to melt the ice surrounding her heart to keep her from walking away.

 
 
Review
 
I’m sure fans will love the coupling of Stella and Trick. She’s a commitment phobic dancer with trust issues when it comes to men. In a nutshell, she doesn’t do relationships due to a very bad break-up years ago. However the determined hockey player, Trick, is not letting her slip through his fingers again. They drifted ways after being FWB but once they run into each other again, he wants more and after a misunderstanding, he gets his woman. FINALLY! 
 
Short, sweet and to the point? Nah, not really. I mean, yeah, it has some sweet moments but the sexy ones far outweigh the mushy parts.
 
 
Heart rating system – 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 
Score: ❤❤❤❤
 
 
 

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Review of “Christmas at Twilight” – Lori Wilde

It’s Christmas in Twilight, Texas. The Cookie Club is baking, the town is decorated, and Delta Force Operator “Hutch” Hutchinson has finally, reluctantly, returned home . . .

. . . only to get pepper sprayed by the delicious- looking stranger who’s taken over his house. She says her name is Jane, and she immediately sets down ground rules. Top priority: no touching. For Hutch that isn’t easy—he was wounded in action, but one part is still working very well.

Then Hutch learns the truth. Jane harbors a frightening secret—she’s really Meredith Sommers, on the run from a dangerous ex-husband and desperately in need of the safety Hutch can provide. In that moment, he vows he’d do anything in his power to protect her. And as Christmas approaches, they discover that their love can conquer the past and overcome any obstacle—but what price will they pay?

 
 
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If you are looking for a story full of miracles, then this is the story for you. Hutch came back into town a broken man, both physically and mentally, but with the love of a good woman he overcame the trauma. 
 
Jane aka Meredith, also had some demons to vanquish. Her demon came back into her life and in a major way. She literally had the fight of a lifetime on her hands and through it all was Hutch. 
 
As for Hutch’s sister who disappeared shortly after the start of the book. I won’t tell you what happened to her but I will say she makes an impact upon her return.
 
And of course, as you can assume with most Christmas tales, there was a happy ending for Hutch and Meredith. 
 
Heart rating system – 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 
Score: ❤❤❤❤
 
 
PURCHASE LINKS: Kindle / Paperback

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Review of “Cowboy Boots for Christmas (Cowboy not Included)” – Carolyn Brown

 
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‘Tis the season for…
Feasting
Frolicking
And…Feuding?
 
All he wants for Christmas is peace and quiet…
After two tours in Afghanistan, retired Army sniper Finn O’Donnell believes his new ranch outside the sleepy little town of Burnt Boot, Texas, is the perfect place for an undisturbed holiday season. But before he can settle in, an old friend shows up looking for protection and a place where nobody knows her name.
 
But that’s going to take a miracle…
Callie Brewster must relocate to protect her young nephew, Martin, and the only person she trusts is her old Army friend, Finn. Burnt Boot seems like the perfect place to be anonymous, but it turns out a small town with big drama is no place to hide…
 
 
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When Callie arrived on Finn’s doorstep with her nephew/adopted son, Martin, I assumed the story would revolve around their love being born while they awaited the trial in which Martin had to testify in as being the eye witness to a murder. 
 
However, Carolyn didn’t really address the incident until the very end and only then did she spend a couple lines on it. She did give Martin a couple nightmares but those scenes lasted (again) a few lines. 
 
Basically, the plot of the story wasn’t about what united Callie and Finn. The story was about two people who had feelings for each other while in the military, didn’t disclose them, but after reuniting, they fell into a natural rhythm of partnership in life and in love. 
 
During their journey to HEA they dealt with feuding neighboring families, unexpected houseguests and their own lingering doubts if they were meant to be. 
 
Of course, as you can imagine, they were meant to be and together they created a big happy family. 
 
Read the story and discover exactly how big their family became in such a short span of time. 
 
 
Heart rating system – 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 
Score: ❤❤❤❤
 
 

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Review of “Coming Home for Christmas” – Lindsay McKenna, Delores Fossen, and Geri Krotow

 

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Christmas Angel by Lindsay McKenna

When Navy SEAL Kyle Anderson gets a call saying Anna Campbell needs him, he doesn’t think twice. On the Montana ranch where they grew up, holiday magic permeates every acre, kindling long-awaited love. But will duty trump desire?

Unexpected Gift by Delores Fossen

Tailed by a camera crew, Air Force Captain Gabe Brenner returns to Texas to deliver a Christmas message to his best friend’s sister Kelly Coburn. But she’s had her own delivery: beautiful baby Noel…Gabe’s daughter.

Navy Joy by Geri Krotow

Chief Petty Officer Ian Cairne arrives stateside for Christmas with a four-legged friend: his late buddy’s military service dog. Fortunately, the beautiful town vet Wendi Cooper is willing to take this odd couple into her home—and her heart.

 
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~~Review~~
 
If you are seeking touchy-feely Christmas stories to warm your heart, then you are in luck. 
 
Within these three stories you’ll read about military men who either renewed a past relationship or created a new one.
 
They are too sweet, borderline cute. In other words, my erotic fans, the love scenes are a far cry from rated X…maybe not even rated-R.  
 
 
Heart rating system – 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 
Score: ❤❤❤1/2
 
PURCHASE LINKS: Kindle / Amazon Paperback
 
 

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Holiday Message…..

With the holidays fast approaching, people are busier than ever with work, family, and whatever else tends to pop up. And with that, stress will strike many of us HARD. It raises its ugly head and lets face it, people will become a wee bit cranky. Ok, maybe more than a wee bit. 
 
And why?
 
Simple. We forget to stop, relax, and be thankful for what we have and not dwell on what we”need”. 
 
So before you step out the door this morning, look around at what you have and think about what others might need. Think how can I help someone in need this holiday. 
 
Folks, if you have the spare cash, buy a gift for a child less fortunate (options available in every area), buy someone’s lunch, pay for their coffee, donate to a cause, etc. 
 
If you are low on funds, there are other ways you can help brighten someone’s else day. Volunteer your time at a shelter/soup kitchen, donate whatever items you can clothes/blankets to a shelter, and so on. 
 
Basically what I am saying is its ok to shop and buy yourself or your loved ones gifts. I do the same. However, remember there are those less fortunate than you so try to help at least one person out this holiday season and maybe they will pay the generosity forward and then it might continue on well past the month of December. *smiling* 
 
See what I am aiming for here? A world where we are spreading MORE LOVE and LESS HATE. 
 
Isn’t that what we all want? It’s my holiday wish. 
 
 
 

 

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