It will take a Christmas miracle to melt her heart.
Resort developer Madison Lane is about to lose the one thing she loves most in the world - her job. Dubbed "The Grinch Who Killed Christmas", Madison spoiled a deal that would turn quaint Christmas, Colorado, into a tourist's winter wonderland. Now the citizens want her fired, but the company gives her one last chance, sending Madison to the small town to restore the holiday cheer.
For Sheriff Gage McBride, no hotshot executive from New York City is going to destroy the dreams of the people he loves. But one look at this beautiful woman and it's his heart that may be broken. In just a few days, Madison causes more trouble than he's had to deal with all year. He can't decide if she's naughty or nice, but one thing is for certain- Christmas will never be the same again....
©2015 Debbie Mason (P)2015 Hachette Audio
The Trouble with Christmas is a delightful book written by Debbie Mason. It is the first book in the Christmas, Colorado series and I can't wait to listen to the rest of the series. This story has it all - humor, a bit of suspense, and of course, romance.
The story centers around Madison Lane who works for a New York development company contemplating bringing a resort to the economically depressed community in Christmas, Colorado. After crunching the numbers and determining that a resort is not feasible for either the company or the town, Madison ends the negotiations with the mayor of Christmas. However the owner's son throws her under the proverbial bus and feeds fuel to the media outrage. In an attempt at damage control on behalf of the company, Madison travels to Colorado to smooth the town's feathers. After a parade of very comical unfortunate events, Madison is forced to stay a month in Christmas, during which time she falls in love with the small town and it's people, and in turn, the town's folks fall in love with her too. The best part of this story are the well developed secondary characters - especially Nell McBride, the meddling senior citizen.
I listened to the Audible version of this book narrated by Becket Royce, who did a fantastic job. She clearly differentiated between male and female voices and really brought the characters to life. I especially enjoyed her portrayal of disgruntled teenagers, and the busybody Nell, which made me laugh out loud several times. Simply put, I highly recommend this audiobook!
I almost did not read/listen to all of this. I'm used to sweet Christmas romances where lust is not mentioned, but in this book there is a lot of "...what else he could do with those hands..." and "...watching her tight pants as she walks away..." kinds of stuff. Most of it is pretty tame and I'm no prude, but normally in a Christmas story I don't think we need that. That said, I bet there is an audience for that, folks that want a little bit of spice in their eggnog, and for them, feel free. And again, this is still pretty tame, not graphic, but folks want to know what they're getting.
This book is not perfect. Many times I felt like I must have skipped parts because there seemed to be gaps in the descriptions, but when I backed up to look, no, just gaps in the writing. And there was a last minute scene or two that seemed forced and just kind of thrown in.
But, in the end, I read these romances hoping to feel happy tear jerky, and in several places, this book took me there. So for me, it was ultimately satisfying.
I thought the narration was pretty bad, so a good narrator would have really improved the experience, but aside from that, the story line just kind of fizzled out and went on too long. The "excitement" at the end was pretty anticlimactic too.
I liked the classic make the Grinch love Christmas thing the story had going on, but I was kind of annoyed by the main character and how she was supposed to be all feisty but every time she got mad or frustrated w/ the situation with her love interest he made everything seem like she was being unreasonable and she just accepted it.
The narrator just didn't have much variation with the different characters voices and she was a little nasal.
None, I didn't any issues with the characters to that point.
"A fun book to listen to"
I really enjoyed this book. Nell made my laugh and cringe all the way through.
If you are looking for book not full of sex and is very romantic sciences this is the book for you.
I can't wait to listen to Christmas in July. Please hurry and record it and any other Christmas Colorado books.
oh and while you're at it please try and get Becket Royce to narrate it. The towns people of Christmas just wouldn't be the same without her.
Thanks Debbie Mason
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