Friday, October 9, 2015

Review of SNOWBOUND AT CHRISTMAS (Christmas, Colorado #5) by Debbie Mason

"You're a very demanding, beautiful, sexy woman, but I won't risk hurting you. So for now, you'll have to be satisfied with a kiss." - Grayson Alexander

Snowbound at Christmas
Series: Christmas Colorado #5
Author: Debbie Mason
Publisher: Forever
Release Date: September 29, 2015
Source: Netgalley

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Surviving the holidays will take a Christmas miracle . . .

Ex-cop Cat O'Connor is bored working for her sister, Chloe, as a personal assistant on the set of her soap opera. Until Chloe gets an opportunity to audition for the role of a lifetime and asks her identical twin to substitute for her on the soap with no one the wiser. It's a perfect switch-until Cat attracts the attention of the mysterious Mr. Tall, Dark, and Way-too-handsome leading man.

Grayson Alexander never thought being snowbound in the charming town of Christmas, Colorado, for the holiday would get so hot. But between working with sexy, tough Cat on set and keeping his real reason for being there under wraps, he's definitely feeling the heat. And if there's one thing they'll learn as they bring out the mistletoe, it's that in this town, true love is always in season.

Confession time... Okay, so I really have two confessions for you today. My first is that I love the movie America's Sweethearts. It is a fun and neurotic movie that I could watch many times without it getting old. After reading the blurb, I got an America's Sweethearts vibe from Snowbound at Christmas that immediately made me take notice. My second confession is that I am addicted to holiday romances. Movies... Books... If it takes place in December and has a happily ever after, I'm a goner. That was the second reason why I jumped at the chance to read this book. And if you need another reason, I also loved the previous book (although I still have not tackled books 1 through 3). However, with that said, I had to fight the book for the first couple of chapters. Why? I seriously did not like Chloe and every time she was in the scene, I wanted Cat (our heroine) to slap her. Now, I know violence isn't the answer, but sometimes it is called for and believe you me, Chloe needed it. Once I learned to compartmentalize my feelings towards Chloe (more on that later) and as the relationship between Cat and Grayson started to form, I could not put the book down. I pushed through and at about 1:30 in the morning, I was gone and had to keep reading. As weird as it sounds, I loved the battle between Cat and Grayson. One minute, they are hot for each other and they're back to being suspicious of each other in the next. It was like a tennis match, just with sexual tension. 

Now back to Chloe. Yes, she is a background character, but she also plays a big role in Snowbound at Christmas. As much as I wanted to throttle her 75% of the book, she does have moments where I wanted her to be happy. She's obviously the heroine in the next Christmas, Colorado book and I was curious as to how she would redeem herself enough going into her own book. I must say, I was totally rooting for her at the end of this book. She's well on her way to learning that she has to change her ways if she wants a chance at happiness and I am actually looking forward to her driving Easton up the wall in the 6th book in this series. 

By the end of Snowbound at Christmas, I was completely under Debbie Mason's spell. Although her books are "fade to black," the sexual chemistry still jumps off the page. I loved the mix of sweet and quirkiness that Debbie brings to her characters. I really need to pick her her previous books before the next Christmas, Colorado book comes out in 2016.

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.

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