Snowbound at Christmas book review

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I am a long time viewer of Days of Our Lives, and I suspect Debbie Mason, the author of Snowbound at Christmas is too.  What tipped me off? The name of the diva who stars in the soap opera in her novel is Chloe just like one of the characters on Days.

And what a diva Mason’s Chloe is. She is totally self-centered and treats her sister Cat like a serving wench. Cat has been protecting her sister since childhood. Even more so now that someone is threatening Chloe’s life.

The sisters are identical twins, leaving room for all kinds of mistaken identity. Then along comes an FBI agent to uncover the would-be murderer’s identity while pretending to be a British lord and joining the cast as Chloe’s new love interest.  In real life, however, he falls for Cat. He has to bring his grandmother along on the investigation, since nobody else is willing to watch her. She’s a cross between the Dowager Countess of Grantham and an elderly Elizabeth Taylor. Throw in a gay hair and makeup artist, Cat’s BFF, and the fun commences.

We get to meet the delightful citizens of small town Christmas, Colorado, when the soap cast comes to film. Their reactions, particularly to the faux British-almost royalty, are hilarious. The plot is clever; the dialogue is witty.

This is the fifth book in this series. Maybe Chloe gets to star in book six.

Do you like books about small towns as much as I do?

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Author Info

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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Getting Lucky review

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I’m grateful to Avon for granting me access to a review copy of Jennifer Seasons’ Getting Lucky. This is the first in her Fortune, Colorado series. Having been to Aspen and to the Kentucky Derby and thoroughly enjoying both, I thought I’d love this book, but that was not to be.

I couldn’t work up any sympathy for Shannon, the heroine of this one. She is a grown woman still desperately seeking the approval of her not-very-nice daddy. To do so, she agrees to deceive and spy on Sean, a rival horse breeder.

Physically, Sean fits the bill of a romantic hero, but he too is lying about his identity. The fact that he’s been growing very rich while living in this sweet little place under an assumed name for years without anyone ever questioning his background seems a stretch.

I felt as though this book couldn’t decide whether it was romantic comedy or  suspense. It was too dark for one and too light for the other.

The town itself sounded charming. So did the town librarian who will be the heroine of the next book in this series.  I’m holding out hopes for the librarian’s book.

Blurb

Welcome to Fortune, Colorado—where the air is clean, the men are rugged, and the all the good ones… are bachelors.

Born into the infamous Charlemagne equestrian empire, Shannon has been raised to do whatever it takes for the family business. Even if it means going undercover and digging up dirt on a competitor. It’s easy enough when she believes he’s a bad guy whose success seems too good to be true. In fact, Shannon’s excited to put the aggravatingly sexy Irishman in his place and get back in her father’s good graces. All she needs is to stay focused on the goal … and out of Sean Muldoon’s arms.

From stealing a thoroughbred racehorse from the Irish mob to striking gold in the mountains of Colorado, there’s little Sean hasn’t experienced. But when it comes to resisting his hot new stable manager, he’s out of luck. With the mob hot on his heels, keeping Shannon off their radar is all but impossible, and he’s not about to put her in danger too. Sean wants Shannon, but how can he offer her a future … when he can’t even guarantee tomorrow?

Getting Lucky review

Jennifer (1)

I’m grateful to Avon for granting me access to a review copy of Jennifer Seasons’ Getting Lucky. This is the first in her Fortune, Colorado series. Having been to Aspen and to the Kentucky Derby and thoroughly enjoying both, I thought I’d love this book, but that was not to be.

I couldn’t work up any sympathy for Shannon, the heroine of this one. She is a grown woman still desperately seeking the approval of her not-very-nice daddy. To do so, she agrees to deceive and spy on Sean, a rival horse breeder.

Physically, Sean fits the bill of a romantic hero, but he too is lying about his identity. The fact that he’s been growing very rich while living in this sweet little place under an assumed name for years without anyone ever questioning his background seems a stretch.

I felt as though this book couldn’t decide whether it was romantic comedy or  suspense. It was too dark for one and too light for the other.

The town itself sounded charming. So did the town librarian who will be the heroine of the next book in this series.  I’m holding out hopes for the librarian’s book.

Blurb

Welcome to Fortune, Colorado—where the air is clean, the men are rugged, and the all the good ones… are bachelors.

Born into the infamous Charlemagne equestrian empire, Shannon has been raised to do whatever it takes for the family business. Even if it means going undercover and digging up dirt on a competitor. It’s easy enough when she believes he’s a bad guy whose success seems too good to be true. In fact, Shannon’s excited to put the aggravatingly sexy Irishman in his place and get back in her father’s good graces. All she needs is to stay focused on the goal … and out of Sean Muldoon’s arms.

From stealing a thoroughbred racehorse from the Irish mob to striking gold in the mountains of Colorado, there’s little Sean hasn’t experienced. But when it comes to resisting his hot new stable manager, he’s out of luck. With the mob hot on his heels, keeping Shannon off their radar is all but impossible, and he’s not about to put her in danger too. Sean wants Shannon, but how can he offer her a future … when he can’t even guarantee tomorrow?