Kiss Me in Christmas
Actress Chloe O'Connor has become America's sweetheart, but back in little Christmas, Colorado, she's still remembered as a shy, awkward schoolgirl. And there's no one she dreads (and secretly wants) to see more than her high school crush, Easton McBride. Just one look from the former star quarterback and it's like she's instantly transformed from daytime drama queen to tongue-tied teenager. She's kissed Hollywood actors and famous cover models, so she can certainly play it cool while turning up the heat, right?
After an injury ended his military career, Easton McBride built a good life in the rugged countryside of his hometown. And the last thing he needs is his quiet solitude shattered by a high-maintenance temptress who isn't anything like the sweet Chloe he misses. While he enjoys the flirtation with this new bold and beautiful woman, he can't help but wonder whether a kiss could have the power to bring back the small-town girl he's grown to love.
We revisit the small town of Christmas, CO where the community is tight knit, the drama is ever present, and where Nell the resident trouble maker/matchmaker is up to her tricks. This is book 6 in the series and can be read as a standalone. Although, it might help to read the previous ones, just so you can get a feel for the other characters. One truly needs to be introduced to Nell and her shenanigans were a lot more funny in the first book. However, the story does not focus on Nell (unfortunately).
Chloe is a 30 something actress out of a job who has the tendency of being a little air headed. I wasn’t sure that I liked this character too much, as her thought processes reminded me of a teenager. She finds herself back in Christmas to attend her identical twin sister’s engagement party. However, her star power does nothing for her in her home town and she is known to cause a stir every time she visits. I did like that Chloe wasn’t a perfect character. Her health scares from earlier in her life have paved the way for the type of person she has become. Believing that she constantly has heart attacks is kind of unrealistic and I as a reader knew they were just panic attacks. But she was kind of funny and her antics and shenanigans had be grinning. I loved her friend Ty and when those two were together it really made the story. I literally laughed out loud in some scenes, my favorite being the bicycle and stalker incident. It was that alone that made me like this book.
Chloe’s relationship with Easton was a little rocky in the beginning and I kind of was on his side when we found out about why he doesn’t like her. But their love does blossom and I was invested to follow it through to the end.
It was a fun read overall and I look forward to reading the next in the series.
*I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*