Kiss Me In Christmas
By Debbie Mason
Brought to you by OBS reviewer Una
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
I love the Christmas books however I wasn’t sure I would get into this one. Having met Chloe in a previous read and finding her rather annoying I didn’t know how the author would keep me engaged. Debbie Mason did keep me turning pages however with her clever development of characters and plot. I love the small feel of the town of Christmas with its unique and interesting residents and I fell I am part of the setting when I read these books.
Chloe has had a crush on Easton McBride since she was 15 years old but she knows that he has always had a crush on her twin sister. Even when they switched and Easton kissed her she never thought that he saw her as herself. Independently wealthy and a successful actor, Chloe comes across as a spoiled petulant Diva. She seems to constantly put the whole town against her with her impulsiveness and as a result her beauty and intelligence never get a chance to shine. Her twin sister had always been the intelligent stable one while Chloe was fragile with an underlying heart condition and thus overprotected. She has been pampered all her life and as an actor has always had success until the series that she was in decided to kill her character off. This leaves Chloe stressed and even more demanding that usual. Underneath this façade is a caring intelligent business savvy person who truly just wants to be loved and accepted.
Easton knows that the chemistry with Chloe is real but he still is craving the sweet girl she was in high school not the flamboyant independent woman she has become. Humor abounds when Easton tells the Diva his favorite color is pink and comes home to find his rustic temporary cottage transformed into a very girly doll house. He realizes at that time how caring Chloe could be and sees a glimmer of the high school sweetness come through.
Romance between Chloe and Easton has its ups and downs as they try and balance each other out as Chloe first tries to set Easton up with her sister even though her sister is engaged and then by pushing him away as she is angry that he has not revealed all his secrets to her and still seems to want her sister more. The story is funny, dramatic, and poignant as the two finally realize that the love that they have for each other is real. It certainly wasn’t your usual romance.
Now that the twins are settled in love I look forward to seeing which character Debbie Mason will develop for future Christmas Books. I will certainly keep my eyes open for the next in the series if there is one.