Snowbound at Christmas
Christmas Colorado #5
By: Debbie Mason
Releasing September 29, 2015
Surviving the holidays will take a Christmas miracle . . .
Ex-cop Cat O'Connor is bored working for her sister, Chloe, as a personal assistant on the set of her soap opera. Until Chloe gets an opportunity to audition for the role of a lifetime and asks her identical twin to substitute for her on the soap with no one the wiser. It's a perfect switch-until Cat attracts the attention of the mysterious Mr. Tall, Dark, and Way-too-handsome leading man.
Grayson Alexander never thought being snowbound in the charming town of Christmas, Colorado, for the holiday would get so hot. But between working with sexy, tough Cat on set and keeping his real reason for being there under wraps, he's definitely feeling the heat. And if there's one thing they'll learn as they bring out the mistletoe, it's that in this town, true love is always in season
Drama, secrets, suspense, murder attempts, a little bit of romance and a mean girl makes up this fun and whimsical holiday novel.
There are so much happening in this story, with lots of intriguing characters, and so much drama, it made the tale interesting, and me turning the pages fast.
Cat is feeling low, she doesn't like her job as a security person for her twin sister. Her previous relationship ended her in interrogation with the FBI, losing her job, and completely broke. But the attempts to harm Chloe are frequent, and walking away just isn't an option for her.
Grayson just wants to take a vacation from his FBI job, but his grandmother escaped from the nursing home, again, ending up her being kicked out of there, his cousin needs his help, with a case for his security firm, and he ends up undercover as an actor in a soap opera, with his grandma as his agent.
I liked Cat and Grayson together, they really did have chemistry and attraction between them. Through the story they don't have that much uninterrupted time together, to get to know each other, so the relationship doesn't have time to develop into anything more meaningful. But the author did give the relationship a meaningful ending.
I enjoyed most of the secondary characters as well, they have a lot to give to the development of the plot. I know Chloe was written as the mean, self-absorbed twin, but she got old for me real fast, and her mean spirit started to be a bit too much for me. She did try for redemption towards the end, but I have a hard time believing she could achieve it, change so much. I think there comes a time when people have to stop blaming their childhood, and take responsibility for their actions, but Chloe seemed hopeless in that regard.
There's a lot of mystery in the story, with the non stop murder attempts. Those were crafted so, that the reader can wonder on the possible culprits, and no obvious guilty person was pointed out, until the conclusion. There are enough suspects to go around on the set of the soap opera, so the suspense does keep a hold in the reader's mind.
Snowbound at Christmas is well written, filled with witty banter, mistaken identities, twist and turns in the plot, one explosive Christmas tree, with family and friends who stand by you no matter what, and promise of the future with 'the one' for Cat and Grayson
~ Three Spoons with a teaspoon on the side
Cat and his lordship did a weird little dance as they both tried to get out of the closet at the same time. Obviously he was just as anxious to end their forced confinement. She shoved him. "Go, go."
"That was close," he said as he exited the closet, straightening his jacket. "Whatever did you say to her?"
"It doesn't matter. What were you doing here?"
He scratched the back of his neck, a splash of color deepening the tanned skin at his cheeks. "I thought it was my dressing room. Phil pointed me in this direction."
"Molly's name is on the door."
"Which was unlocked as Phil informed me it would be. So I assumed--"
"If it was an honest mistake, why didn't you say as much to Molly instead of hiding in the closet?"
"You mean the closet you were occupying at the time?"
Annoyed by the way her stomach fluttered in reaction to that smooth, accented voice, Cat headed for the door. "Not that it's any of your business, but I was looking for Chloe's favorite pair of Louboutins. She thinks Molly stole them."
"Ah, well, I can understand the need for skulking about then. Did you find them?"
Opening the door, she peeked into the hall to make sure no one was around. "No, I didn't. What about you? Did you find what you were looking for?" she asked casually, hoping to trip him up.
"As I was in the wrong dressing room, no, I did not. Perhaps you could direct me. I'd prefer not to bother Phil again." He joined her in the hall, his hands in his pockets.
"Sorry, no idea. But you might want to return whatever you stole from Molly's dressing room." She nodded through the open door at the coffee table.
"Kit Kat, you wound me. I am not a thief."
She closed the door. "Not buying it, your lordship. I saw you put something in your pocket."
He removed his hands and raised his arms. "Check for yourself." There was a challenge in his eyes, one that was at odds with his relaxed demeanor.
So she took him up on it and searched the pockets of his jacket. When she found nothing but a piece of lint, she patted him down. Fighting an urge to kick herself when her hands skimmed over his hard-muscled torso.
"You're very good at this. One would almost think you were an officer of the law."
"Been patted down before, your lordship?"
"Well, there was this delicious--"
"Sharing's overrated. You can keep that little tidbit to yourself." She held up the teabags she discovered in the inner pocket of his jacket. They weren't exactly incriminating, but still . . .