Book Review: THE TROUBLE WITH CHRISTMAS (Christmas, Colorado #1) by Debbie Mason

Resort developer Madison Lane is about to lose the one thing she loves the 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 what 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 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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I actually started THE TROUBLE WITH CHRISTMAS before Christmas with the intention of getting it finished before the holidays.  Ha!  The holidays won that battle.  I'm kinda glad the holidays won the battle, though, because I was able to enjoy this gem without worrying about 18 million other things.

Debbie Mason is a new-to-me author, and I'm such a big fan after this book!  The characters, town and story sparkled!  It was like a Hallmark Channel movie in book form.

Ms. Mason mentions in her author letter that she had a hard time understanding who Madison (the heroine) was.  Well, I'm so glad she figured out who Madison was because she just jumps off the page and into your heart.  While she may be labeled "The Grinch," Madison certainly does not live up to her unfairly earned nickname.  Forced to visit Christmas, Madison's reasons to be distrustful of small town life and small town people are understandable and relatable.  Madison goes through a series of trials and comes out with an appreciation for Christmas (the town and the holiday), and deep, life-long friendships.

Gage McBride is a single father struggling to raise his two young daughters.  Madison starts off as a pain in his ass, but quickly warms and worms her way into his heart.  Their chemistry is immediate and hot, even if they both try their hardest to deny it.

It honestly was a joy to spend time in Christmas, Colorado.  And Ms. Mason has set up the rest of the series very nicely!



Rating:  4 out of 4 Stars--Pick this gem up and enjoy it in one day!

Book Facts:
THE TROUBLE WITH CHRISTMAS (Christmas, Colorado #1) by Debbie Mason
Forever/Grand Central Publishing, September 2013
ISBN:  978-1-4555-2768-7
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Also available in the Christmas, Colorado Series:  CHRISTMAS IN JULY (#2) and IT HAPPENED AT CHRISTMAS (#3) and


Wedding bells are ringing in the charming town of Christmas, but not for Vivian Westfield. She's just had her heart trampled under the cowboy boots of Chance McBride and lost her dream job at a big-city newspaper. But when she returns for a wedding, she stumbles on a story that could resurrect her career. First, though, she'll have to deal with the handsome man standing in her way . . . and a still-burning flame that's too hot to ignore.

Chance recognizes trouble when he sees it. He just didn't expect to find it in the first-class cabin on the flight home for his father's wedding. Yet there she is, as gorgeous as ever. Vivi dared Chance to want things he knew he could never have. It's why he left her. But Christmas's meddling matchmakers have them firmly in their sights. So if they want to survive the next week, they'll have to play the part of an adoring couple-an irresistible charade that may give them a second chance at the real thing . . .

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