by Debbie Mason
Series: Christmas Colorado #5
Published by: Hachette
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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...
Snowbound at Christmas by Debbie Mason is the fifth book in the Christmas, Colorado series but do not let that stop you from picking it up. I have only read the first book in the series and Mason tells a suspenseful, romantic tale with colorful characters set against the Colorado snow-filled countryside.
I went into Snowbound at Christmas blind. I hand no idea I was going to find myself in the middle of a mystery with suspense, danger and shenanigans. I accepted the title because of the lovely holiday cover. I am a sucker for doors and the color red. What can I say?
We meet ex-cop Cat (playfully referred to as Kit-Kat by her sister) working as an assistant to her soap opera star sister Chloe. The two are twins and complete opposites. When they switch places, trouble ensues. Grayson Alexander soon finds himself posing undercover as a British actor and trying to do his job with his vibrant troublesome Grandmother acting as his manager. The setup for the tale was delightful and I quickly settle in. Mason provided a colorful cast of characters from actors, stage crew and townsfolk. I love when even secondary characters have depth and Mason made them all memorable.
While the tale starts in the city, we soon find ourselves in Christmas, Colorado at the family ranch of Chloe and Cat O’Conner. I loved the ranch and I am quite sure characters we met played roles in the earlier books for this series, but I never felt out-of-place.
The characters in Snowbound for Christmas are wonderfully fleshed out and unique. Chloe is the spoiled actor whose neck you will want to wring. Seriously, I kept waiting for someone to slap her. Cat has had her confidence shaken, but she is graceful, kind and surely headed for sainthood. How she has not throttled Chloe is beyond me. Grayson is swoon-worthy; levelheaded and definitely Mr. Tall, Dark and Mysterious. Ty, the makeup artist was delicious, and made me laugh at every turn. Grayson’s grandmother was a trip and her meddling added to the tale. Secondary characters from actors to townsfolk helped balance the tale, and created red herrings.
While the mystery was the focus, Mason weaved in a sweet romance that will satisfy readers. Character growth and a tightly woven plot kept me engaged. Mason weaved in a familiar Christmas Classic before closing lose threads and provided a solid ending. I closed Snowbound for Christmas with a smile.
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