Title: The Trouble with Christmas
Series: Christmas, Colorado #1
Author: Debbie Mason
Format: Mass Market Paperback, 416 Pages
Published: September 24, 2013 (Forever)
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Rating: 4 1/2 out of 5 Wine Glasses
It will take a Christmas miracle to melt her heart.
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...
“He stood in the open door, hands planted on the roof of the Suburban. "I've never had a woman tell me I gave her nightmares before, but plenty have told me I played a prominent role in their dreams.”
The Trouble with Christmas by Debbie Mason is a delightfully fun and yummilicious contemporary holiday romance. I confess; I love to read Christmas romances year-round. There’s something about settling down with a romance set against snow, snow and more snow on a hot summer day. I’m so glad I saw this book on display at my library on a hot summer day and, on a whim, picked it up. Now, I cannot believe that I’ve not previously delved into a Debbie Mason book previously!
As this story opens, readers learn that The New York Times has dubbed Madison Lane, our heroine, to be “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas” after she had made the difficult decision to nix a resort that would have bankrupted her employer. Her employer, a resort development company reeling from the bad publicity Madison’s decision instigated, has sent her back to the small town of Christmas, Colorado for emergency damage control. The town of Christmas wants that resort and Madison quickly realizes that the town’s citizens have pulled out all the stops to change her mind. When she is unexpectedly forced to extend her stay in Christmas, she is surprised to find that she is slowly starting to fall in love with Christmas. The town is beyond charming and sexy single father Sheriff Gage McBride, one of the town’s most eligible bachelors, is downright hot. Will Madison really welcome the spirit of Christmas back into her heart? You need to read this tale to find out!
Following please find a few of my favorite quotes from The Trouble with Christmas:
“If Madison had a gun, she'd shoot out the sound system pumping "Jingle Bells" through her office speakers. Instead, she bit off Rudolph's chocolate head and pointed a finger at the brightly colored, foil-wrapped Santa on her desk. "You're next, big guy.”
“You smell like you showered in gingerbread," he said, his breath warming her ear.
"Bite me," she croaked.
His low laugh ruffled her hair. "I might just do that. I really, really like gingerbread."
“He grinned, "Honey, the only fire you're going to need is the one I light in you."
“I thought love was supposed to be blind, not deaf, too.”
I thoroughly enjoyed falling in love with Christmas, Colorado along with Madison. The book is well-written and sports it all: laugh-out-loud humor, an engaging story, wonderful characters, drama galore, scenery to die for and a sweet and steamy, heart-melting romance. Gage and Madison make a great couple. If you are looking for a wonderful escape read that will remain in your heart as a charming treasure, I would encourage you to check out The Trouble with Christmas.
Suggested Reading Order:
The Trouble with Christmas (Book #1)
Christmas in July (Book #2)
It Happened at Christmas (Book #3)
Wedding Bells in Christmas (Book #4)
Snowbound at Christmas (Book #5)
Kiss Me in Christmas (Book #6)
Happily Ever After in Christmas (Book #7)