Friday, June 12, 2015

Today's Special - - Wedding Bells in Christmas Book Tour

Wedding Bells in Christmas
Christmas, Colorado - Book 4
By Debbie Mason
Publisher: Forever
Release Date: May 26, 2015

To have and to hold from this day forward

Wedding bells are ringing in the charming town of Christmas, but not for Vivian Westfield. She's just had her heart trampled under the cowboy boots of Chance McBride and lost her dream job at a big-city newspaper. But when she returns for a wedding, she stumbles on a story that could resurrect her career. First, though, she'll have to deal with the handsome man standing in her way . . . and a still-burning flame that's too hot to ignore.

Chance recognizes trouble when he sees it. He just didn't expect to find it in the first-class cabin on the flight home for his father's wedding. Yet there she is, as gorgeous as ever. Vivi dared Chance to want things he knew he could never have. It's why he left her. But Christmas's meddling matchmakers have them firmly in their sights. So if they want to survive the next week, they'll have to play the part of an adoring couple-an irresistible charade that may give them a second chance at the real thing .  

Sassy, determined, some might say "reckless," New York City investigative reporter Vivian Westfield had been at the top of her game, tracking down big-time criminals with the help of Superman, a telephone informant who had been feeding her tips. Sure, her love life had tanked when Chance McBride dumped her with a note and disappeared from her life but at least she had her job...until she crossed the line and Superman, afraid she'd put herself in danger, sold her out to her boss. Now she's relegated to writing the paper's advice column and none too happy about it. She's not happy about heading back to Christmas, Colorado either. She knows her two best friends - recent Christmas transplants who found love there and are now happily married - will be doing their level best to convince her that Colorado is where she should be. And then there's Chance, the man who broke her heart, who is sure to be there for his father's wedding.

I've been intrigued by Vivi since the first book in the series. She's a smart, sassy, tough, independent woman but I've wondered if there aren't softer, more vulnerable aspects to her. I'm happy that Mason explores those facets of her personality in this story, allowing the curtain to part and showing us why she cloaks herself in that almost impenetrable armor. 

Chance McBride is a haunted man. There was a time when he loved living in Christmas, Colorado but the deaths of his wife and child ripped him to shreds and the certainty that the accident that killed them was caused by someone he was investigating has him drowning in guilt. He cut himself off from his family and the town and rarely returned to the place where he knew such joy...and heartbreak. He wouldn't be going back now if not for the pain he knew it would cause if he missed his father's wedding. And then there's Vivi. He knows she'll be there. His time with her in New York was amazing but his heart is packed in ice and when he started to feel something for her, he ran. He's sure she'll still be angry about the way he left but if she ever finds out what else he did...

You've heard the description, "a shell of a man?" That's Chance McBride. He loved his wife with his whole heart and is still overwhelmed with grief and guilt over her death. He's shut himself off from his family, his friends and his feelings, unable to move beyond the loss and the fact that he believes himself responsible. He doesn't want to have feelings for Vivi and he fights them tooth and nail. Mason does a good job of portraying the push and pull of his grief and guilt as he slowly begins to emerge from years of being alive but not really living. He's willing to share his body but not his heart. That he's buried with his wife. He's not going to make it easy on himself or anyone around him as he reluctantly begins to heal.

This is the fourth book in Debbie Mason's Christmas, Colorado series and I've loved every one of them. As with the first three books, in Wedding Bells in Christmas, Mason once again brings us an emotional journey with sizzle, humor and a thread of suspense. Her quirky supporting cast keep things lively and always leave me excited for my next visit to this small mountain town. Her main characters are complex, realistic and deserving of their happy ever afters, even if there are times during their journeys when I want to whack them upside the head - another testament to how real they are. Vivi and Chance's book will stand on its own just fine but, as is often the case with a series, you'll have a deeper understanding of the characters and appreciation for their journey if you read the books in order (or, in this case, at least read the third book, It Happened at Christmas).  

The series titles, in order, are: The Trouble With Christmas, Christmas in July, It Happened at Christmas, and Wedding Bells at Christmas


Do you have any meddling matchmakers in your family? 

Are you reading the Christmas, Colorado series?

Do you enjoy visiting the mountains?

Have you ever picked up and started over someplace new?

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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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  1. Am enjoying this series.

    Our son lives in Colorado so we do enjoy seeing the mtns when there. His new house has a nice view of the mtns. Look forward to seeing his new digs.

    No matchmakers. Never picked up and started over.


    1. I think Colorado is some of the most beautiful country I've ever seen.

      Glad you're enjoying the series! :)

  2. No meddling matchmakers. We are finding our soul mates without any problems.

    Yes, I am reading the Christmas series. I have one book, WEDDING BELLS AT CHRISTMAS.

    I love to visit the mountains out West. We only have hills and small mountains in Wisconsin. I am heading out to Utah and Colorado in July. I will see lots of gorgeous mountain ranges.

    Several times we moved and started over. It's a challenge but usually a rewarding experience.

  3. Thank you for hosting WEDDING BELLS...Your review totally spiked my interest!

  4. We never have had any matchmakers in the family, however, I've tried my own had at it a time or two! ;-)

    I LOVE the mountains! We live in Florida, but when I get up into the mountains, I love the fresh air and my favorite thing (besides reading) is hiking. It's the best exercise ever and you get to see so many beautiful views, wildflowers, gorgeous trees, birds and other wildlife.

    I have not read this book series and I do believe I've been missing out!

    Yes, our family has picked up and moved not once, but twice, to France. It was a gutsy thing to do, but we are strong and the experience of moving to a new place is almost like a new lease on life! I highly recommend it!

  5. This is the place for a beautiful wedding. The ceremony was held in the dining hall, which commands a breath-taking view of the city. I only wish I appreciated wedding venue in Los Angeles more when I was there. Oh well. You live and learn.

  6. I have been thoroughly enjoying this series and look forward to reading WEDDING BELLS IN CHRISTMAS.