Wednesday, February 24, 2016

4 stars--Kiss Me in Christmas (Christmas, Colorado #6) by Debbie Mason

So. Chloe.

Chloe is the twin sister of the previous heroine, Cat.

And I'm not even gonna lie. When last we met I was totally on board with her getting run over by a Christmas Parade float.

Totally. On. Board.

But dayum! Mason is GOOD! Completely won me over to Chloe. Never thought that would be possible. <stunned and awed>

The quick of it is that Chloe has come home to Christmas for her sister's engagement party and she might not have the best of intentions. She's home for a week and, well, the trust is low. Enter her high school crush Easton who has some bad blood with Chloe--for good reasons-- who takes it on himself to keep an eye on her while she's in town. By moving her into his house. Cat's one of his best friends and he'll be damned if he's gonna let her sister ruin things for her.

Whew. I was nervous going into this one! I really didn't see how Chloe could possibly be a heroine I could get behind. And for a while there I was pretty certain I was going to have to go on a rant. Chloe is not an easy heroine there at the start. She's not got the best intentions, she comes off self centered, judgmental and is just off-putting.

BUT!!! Don't give up on her yet!

I actually really fell in love with Chloe. Her outer shell is hiding a lot of insecurity and a hurt little girl who never felt good enough. And a lot of what she does can come off very badly but usually she has good intentions originally (even if they can be somewhat self serving at the same time) and just doesn't quite know the right way to make things happen. I may have muttered some bad words in her direction. And then muttered some bad words in the direction of people being awful to her too.

And Easton. The man has a chin dimple. Woo!! He was a pretty great guy though he could have some jerky moments too. He's got a lot of animosity towards Chloe there at the start--again with good reason--and it took him a while to get past that. But I liked him like I liked Chloe. He's a veteran and has some battle scars he's dealing with, cares deeply for his friends and can be pretty dang sexy.

I really liked them together too! Once they got past the whole growly issues they had with one another. They had nice chemistry, a bit of a past from high school and even though they had such opposite personalities I liked how they fit together. There's a little heat but everything is pretty much the fade to black sort.

A lot of the book was Chloe dealing with all of the bridges she'd burned over the years. With having to help save a school that broke her down as a child. With old impressions and new hurts. It wasn't always easy to read and had my emotions all over the dang place as Chloe tried to find her path and Easton was taken along for the ride.

All in all, Mason wowed! It takes tremendous talent to take a 'love to hate em' type character like Chloe turn them into a character a person can root for and want to champion. Kiss Me In Christmas was everything I expect from Mason. Heartwarming, touching and full of make-you-swoon romance.

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.

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