kiss-me-in-christmasTitle:  Kiss Me In Christmas
Series:  Christmas, Colorado #6
Author:  Debbie Mason
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  February 23, 2016
Publisher:  Forever (Grand Central Publishing)
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Cover Description:

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.

Titles in this series include:  The Trouble With Christmas, Christmas In July, It Happened At Christmas, Wedding Bells In Christmas, Snowbound At Christmas, Kiss me In Christmas, Happy Ever After In Christmas

Read on for my thoughts on Kiss Me In Christmas.  No true spoilers, promise.

Chloe.  *sigh* I really didn’t see anyway that she could be redeemed in my eyes.  At.  All.  And to be honest, I put off reading her story longer than I should have.  She has such a push and pull effect on me – I wanted to know her story yet, I disliked her enough in the previous visit to Christmas that I simply didn’t want to hear her side of life.  I should have trusted Debbie Mason to make it right and believable.

Chloe and Easton have a history and unfortunately for Chloe it’s not the good kind full of let’s remember high school memories over hot chocolate.  No, there is still some resentment alive and well.  Now it seems that Chloe is once again up to her tricks, trying to break up Cat and Grayson, for her twin’s good of course.  Yeah.  Easton wasn’t allowing that to happen to his friends, so he took on the task of misdirecting Chloe away from Cat.  And maybe it worked a bit too well.

It’s not as if Chloe isn’t aware that she’s done some bad things.  For the most part, in her mind her intentions were good – the results were bad.  Oh, she can indeed be high-maintenance but you have to remember one thing… she’s an actress.  Underneath the surface there is still an awkward child who never felt good enough, and certainly she was often treated that way by those who should have loved her unconditionally.  And old habits are often hard to break.

Sometimes Chloe does unselfish things for seemingly selfish reasons.  I came to feel over the course of the story, that she had good intentions really, they simply seem to put her in the worst possible light because of the way she goes about doing them.  Slowly, I began to have a different view of this woman who I had thought was beyond hope.  As we learn more about her and see how she is treated, we begin to see the other side of the mirror and it’s not pretty.  Yet it is realistic.

I was won over by the true Chloe and the man who loved her in spite of her being.. well, Chloe.  Easton wanted the sweet girl from high school back – what he didn’t realize was that finding the woman who hid inside of the insecurities was the greatest gift he could ever give to himself and to them as a couple.

After a little bit of a rough start, I completely enjoyed Chloe and Easton’s romance in Kiss Me In Christmas.  A little bit of a second chance, a little bit of discovery and a lot of redemption – this was an experience that touched my disbelieving heart.  Proves you shouldn’t judge the surface until you know what lies underneath.

*I received an e-ARC of Kiss Me In Christmas from the publisher, Forever (Grand Central Publishing) and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  That does not change what I think of this novel.*

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