Snowbound at Christmas by Debbie Mason

December 14th, 2015 Kimberly Review 67 Comments

14th Dec
Snowbound at Christmas by Debbie Mason
Snowbound at Christmas
by Debbie Mason
Series: Christmas Colorado #5
Published by: Hachette
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon
Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

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...

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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.

About Debbie Mason

Debbie Mason

Debbie Mason is the USA Today 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, two adorable grandbabies, and a yappy Yorkie named Bella.

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67 Responses to “Snowbound at Christmas by Debbie Mason”

  1. Jenny

    I have yet to read anything by this author Kim. Can you believe it? I’ve been binge reading holiday romances for a couple weeks now, so this sounds right up my current alley. I like that the mystery element is so prominent too, I’m in the mood for a page turner:)

  2. Braine

    Chloe sounds like a hoot even is she’s irritating. This novel reminds me a bit of that old movie, America’s Sweetheart with Julia Roberts…

  3. Rita

    Hmm, I just started this book last night, so I skipped your review after the first few lines. It seems you liked it, so I’m happy about that 🙂 I was attracted to the is pretty cover, title, and blurb and also didn’t read the previous books in the series but it seems I’ll be fine. Thanks for pointing this one out.

  4. Katherine

    This sounds good and I like that there’s some suspense mixed in with all the holiday sweetness. I like the sound of all the characters with the exception of Chloe who sound like she’ll make me a little stabby. I’m glad to know I can just jump into this one! I’ve seen the book and have been curious about it.

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      • Kathy

        That’s a really good idea. I’m not much for anthologies, except a few with a couple of go-to authors I’ve read, but Christmas anthologies would be perfect for fitting in my holiday reading, meeting a few new-to-me authors, and getting me more in the spirit. Thanks, Kimberly!!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I have so been there. I also love when I read a review and think ooh this sounds good let me one-click only for Amazon to tell me I bought it 6 months ago. *facepalm*

  5. ailyn

    *wring* and ring are two different things! can’t imagine ringing a person’s neck. But that switcheroo sounds funny