Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Launch Day Blitz: Kiss Me in Christmas by Debbie Mason

Happy Tuesday to all of my Wisconsin Cheesehead Bookreview Followers-

Please join me in celebrate the release of Debbie Mason’s new book called Kiss Me in Christmas. Its a funny, romantic novel of about two high school friends who start seeing each other as something more. I recommend this book to all my blog readers and romance readers!


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.

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About the Author: 

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.

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Sunday, February 21, 2016

Review of Kiss Me in Christmas by Debbie Mason

Brief Summary: 

Everyone from the outside looking in believes Chloe O’Connor’s life is perfect. She is the lead actress on a hit show, a beautiful house and friends. However, things aren’t always as they seem. Her life has not been the same since her co-worker tried to kill her when she was impersonating her sister a couple months ago and now the show is killing her character off. Offers aren’t pouring in for her next opportunity as she thought they would be so she decides to return to her small hometown of Christmas, Colorado for her sisters engagement party. Hoping she will be able to convince her sisters beau that she is the O’Connor sister he belongs with she is pleasantly surprised when she is told she will be staying with Easton McBride, her high school crush. Her once high school crush makes it perfectly clear right away that he doesn’t care for her and that she is trouble. However, after spending time with him she starts to find out there is more than the gruff country man than meets the eye. Will she be able to resist the her once high school crush or will she end up falling for him again and risking him breaking her heart again…

After a bad injury to his leg ends his military career, Easton McBride decides to moved back to his hometown of Christmas, Colorado. Now years later he has built his life as a private investigator and is building his dream home. Life seems to be going smoothly for him until Chloe O’Connor returns. Full prepared to have his guard up after what she did to him in high school he finds himself pleastantly surprised she isn’t as high maintenance as she used to be.  Will he be able to resist her charms or will he end up falling for the one O’Connor he never thought he would forgive. 

My Review: 
I received this book from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest, unbiased review. This is the second story that I have read of Debbie Mason’s so I had an idea before reading this book of what her writing style is like. I really enjoyed this book in the Christmas Colorado series. I think she did a great job of setting the scenes in the book both in LA and Colorado. In addition, I think she did a great job of giving you more back story on the main characters even though you had met them in the previous book as it made them really developed. It was very interesting to see her build their relationship from the start to finish and really show how life since high school can really change individuals.

I would say the part that I found the most interesting in the whole book and something that you don’t always see in romance books is the story spent on Chloe and Cat as sisters. Most romance authors don’t really touch on those side stories as much as the main story. I think that it was important and very helpful for her to do this as I think it definitely added to the story. I also really liked that she wrote more of Grayson and Cat’s love story from the last book.

I really don’t have any negative comments about the book as I though it was well written and really enjoyed the love story she wrote about Chloe and Easton. I think she made it really realistic and true to what would happen in real life. I am excited to see what she has in story for Jill and Sawyers story.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Review of My Kind of Wonderful by Jill Shalvis

Brief Summary: 

Bailey Moore has lived almost her whole life being sick so when she finally goes into remission she decides that she wants to start checking things off her bucket list. After viewing an ad for creating a mural at a near by resort she jumps at the opportunity to check one item off her list. However, after meeting the person who posted the ad she realizes that maybe she bit off more than she can handle and find love the at the same time.

Hudson Kincaid has always been the strong, level headed no nonsense person in his family. However, when Bailey Moore shows up that all goes out the door. Unsure of what to do with these new feelings he separates himself from her and the situation. However, he isn't able to stay away long with his families help and Bailey lack of experience. Can Hudson keep their relationship strictly professional or will he end up opening up more to her than even his own mother and siblings. 

My Review:

I am huge fan of Jill Shalvis' book so when I saw this book available on Netgalley I jumped at the chance to read the next book in this series. This is the second book in the Cedar Ridge series and tells the story of one of the Kincaid brothers that was introduced in the first book. I think Jill does a great job of really developing the characters and giving you a back story on them so you can understand them better. In addition, I find that she really picks the backdrop and setting of the books very well that it almost seems like not fiction but real life.

One of my favorite aspects of Jill's books are the humor that she throws in as well as the deep feelings. Below are two of my favorite quotes:

"So when you're holed up with her in your suite or your office, you're what, just checking each other for ticks. Because the couple who fights off Lyme disease stays together? Is that it?"

"The thought of you leaving and staying away made me want to drop to my knees," he said. "Hows that for someone who doesn't care? Its been three days, twelve hours and six minutes without you." She blinked. "You kept track of the minutes?" "No, I made that part up," he said. "I was trying the to load the evidence in my favor." Aidan snickered. "Rookie." "Shh," Lily said. "He's being romantic."

If you love humor, romance and drama, then Jill Shalvis is the right author for you. Can't wait to read the next book in this series. Best part is she has more series to read as well!

Review of a Girls Guide to Moving on by Debbie Macomber

Brief Summary

Nichole always thought she had the perfect life. A loving husband, a nice home and a beautiful son. However, in one instant her whole marriage feels like a fraud when her mother-in-law tells her that her husband Jake has been cheating on her and now has gotten a girl pregnant. Having trusted her mother in law Leanne and truly loving her as if she was her mother she confronts her husband and finds out that it is true. Rather than stay in the marriage and hope that it doesn't happen again she files for divorce from her husband and with her mother in law right beside her starts a new life with her son.

Leanne has only been with one man for most of her adult life so when she decides to divorce her cheating husband of 34 years she finds herself happy and excited. However, what she doesn't expect is to catch the eye of a handsome Ukrainian immigrant.

Will Leanne and Nichole be able to move on with their lives or will the past continue to inhibit them from experiencing the future.

My Review:

I received this book from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest, unbiased review. This was not my first Debbie Macomber book but it was the first one that I have read in this series. I am not usually a huge fan of books that tackle the issue of infidelity, however, I think the author did a great job of tackling it and its affects on the family.

Debbie does a great job of really developing the main two characters and the supporting characters. In addition, I think that the setting she chose fit very well. One aspect of the book that I think Debbie did a great job of digging more into was the relationship between Nichole's son and her new love and her ex. It was very interesting to see how she handled the realities of divorce.

I think of the best parts in the books was actually towards the end of the book. I won't go into what occurred so that I don't spoil the book for any readers. I think that she really made the story become full circle.

I think this is a great book and am very interested to read the first book in this series.