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Virtual Tour, Review & Giveaway: Excerpt from Happy Ever After in Christmas by Debbie Mason

by Aleen @ Lampshade Reader
It’s beginning to look a lot like love . . .

HAPPY EVER AFTER IN CHRISTMAS
Christmas, Colorado #7
Debbie Mason
Releasing June 28th, 2016
Forever Romance
It’s beginning to look a lot like love . .
.
As her thirtieth birthday approaches, Deputy Jill Flaherty decides it’s time to live a little. When she walks into Sawyer Anderson’s bar in her sexiest dress, she’s not thinking that he’s her brother’s best friend or about the many women he dated during his years as a pro hockey player. All she’s thinking is that it’s finally time to
confess to her longtime crush how she truly feels.
Sawyer is done being a player on and off the ice. Yet no one in the small town of Christmas seems to believe he’s ready to settle down, not Jill, and certainly not Jack, who is determined to
keep Sawyer from breaking his little sister’s heart. But as Sawyer and Jill’s relationship heats up, can he prove that he’s her happy ever after?

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tasty review

Finally, we have Jill’s story! If ever a character was deserving of a story it is Jill. Her “hot cop” looks and sweet girl personality really endeared her to me. It was cute how her crush on her brother’s best friend played out. We’ve all been there and can relate to her feelings. Sawyer is her brother’s best friend and the story revolves around getting him to not think of Jill as a sister. It really was an opposites attract sort of story because of the good girl in Jill and the playboy in Sawyer. They bickered like siblings, but really, everyone can sense the undercurrent of attraction. It was fun to read about.

It was a typical romance read. Sawyer, who has qualms about serious relationships and Jill with her insecurities and self doubts. It was a bit predictable, but the journey was still worth the read. I could not find fault with Jill. I just felt for her. As for Sawyer, I could have beaned him over the head a few times, just to make him come to the realization that Jill was the one for him, sooner than later.

As with any Christmas, Colorado book, there were funny scenes and bittersweet ones. I don’t like to give spoilers but Jill does go through something that might end up pulling the heartstrings of many a reader. It does make her stronger and Nell (the ever nosy Christmas resident) is still my favorite character, even more so in this book.

I like that Nell is writing about the love connections from Christmas. That was a funny twist to the series.

The one character that I do feel sorry for is Brandi. Yes, she can be a hard pill to swallow at times, especially with her attitude, but she deserves redemption. I like her story, it makes me think that her situation causes her to act like that. I hope that she gets her HEA too, some day.

Note: I would suggest reading the previous books in the series just to get an understanding of all the characters involved.

*I received an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

tasty excerpt

Sawyer briefly closed his eyes and drew a calming breath through his nose. He’d never needed calming breaths before. He was easygoing, unflappable. At least he had been until the lady . . . He opened his eyes, looking at her in the mirrored glass. There was no way she was Jill.

“You have got to be kidding me. What a baby. McCann barely touched him,” she said, grabbing a handful of peanuts.

Sawyer swore under his breath. It was Jill. And he didn’t need Ty hissing her name and elbowing her to know that it was.

“You watching the same game I am, lady? Because McCann slashed him,” Black Label said.

“Oh, please. He was in the crease and bumped McCann. Let me guess, you’re a Dallas fan,” she said, making a face.

Sawyer shot her a shut-it look, wiping down the bar before handing Black Label his Scotch. Then he moved to stand in front of Jill, unable to keep from staring.

Ty grinned. “She looks gorgeous, doesn’t she?”

Yeah, but that was beside the point. “What’s with the dress, wig, and colored contacts? Is there a costume party in town?”

“No, there’s not a costume party in town.” Ty glared at him, lifting a lock of her hair while Jill stared at the television screen.

“These are extensions. Expensive ones, I might add. And why would she wear contacts? She has the most beautiful eyes I’ve ever seen.”

Sawyer had known her since she was five. If she had eyes the color of the ocean, he would know that, wouldn’t he? As if in answer, his gaze dropped to the creamy skin filling out the ruffled neckline of her dress, and then he thought of those long, shapely legs in the red stilettos. He’d done his best to ignore the changes the other day on the boardwalk, but now it was next to impossible. Jill had grown up, and he’d missed the memo.

He’d missed something else; her cheeks were red and she wouldn’t look at him. He knew women well enough to realize he hadn’t just embarrassed her, he’d hurt her feelings. It wasn’t her fault that he felt like an ass for flirting with her. “Shortstop,” she drew those startling blue eyes from the screen, “you look beautiful,” he said. “Do you have a big date?”

“Oh yes, she does. Or she will once–” Ty broke off, grimacing when she elbowed him in the ribs.

Sawyer wished he hadn’t asked. With Jill looking the way she did right now, it was difficult to think of her as his best friend’s sister. She was still the lady in red. The woman he’d wanted to get to know. He told himself what he’d told anyone who’d been interested in Jill over the years. Back off, buddy. She’s off limits.

Debbie Mason is 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, an adorable grandbaby, and a yappy Yorkie named Bella.

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