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.
My 4 Star Review
This was my first book in the series. After reading this one, I want to go back and read the others. I have perused some reviews and realized that I missed a lot of the backstory. Although, this book was still easy to read and follow without having to have read the previous books. I just feel like I missed out on some serious emotions connected to reading the entire series in relation to this book.
I have had this book waiting for me to read it for some time, however I was holding off on reading it because I figured it would be a nice sweet read to help bring me down from all of the darker books I had on deck. Well, it brought be down... down... down... This book wasn't as sweet as I had thought it would be. My emotions took a nice little bumpy ride from start to finish. It's sweet, it's sad, it made me angry and happy.
I really like this author's writing style. Her voice is very strong and profound. She writes with a purpose and doesn't mince her words. I loved that there weren't long drawn out parts where I just wanted her to get on with the rest of the book. I point this out because that tends to happen in some of the romances I read. That was not the case with this book.
If I were recommending this book to someone, I would suggest reading the others first. It isn't necessary, but I think it would be beneficial to get to know the characters. Many are having stronger reactions to this story than I am because they were already invested in the characters.
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.