It's always been you
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.
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This is the 6th book in the Christmas, Colorado series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. For reader enjoyment and full understanding of characters and the series, I recommend reading these in order.
Chloe and Easton have a complicated history. Everyone assumes she will be a screw up. Sometimes it is a self fulfilling prophecy. When she moves home after some trouble, she finds herself at odds with family and the community in general.
Easton is trying hard not to like her. He has hated her for so long, that having new feelings for seems strange. Can they overcome the past and forgive? The heat that is building between them does not want to be ignored.
This series is so much fun to read. This book had everything we enjoy about this small town. The story had me laughing, crying, and wishing I lived there. I cannot wait to read the next installment.
***This ARC copy was given in exchange for an honest review.
A wonderful story that shows the power of love and discovering who you really are can make all the d
I was unsure about Chloe after meeting her in Snowbound at Christmas and to be honest, seeing just how Debbie Mason would bring her to a point that I actually could care about her for an entire book. An actress and a world-class multi-award winning drama queen, Chloe isn’t mean-spirited or spiteful toward others, she just doesn’t see them in her world. As a child, she was more awkward and shy, and while she hasn’t lost any of those insecurities, she buries them all behind a face of bravado and seeming diva-like actions that serve as her security blanket.
Former star quarterback and BMOC Easton exchanged his life in Christmas for one in the military, but returned after an injury and has fallen back into the quiet and settled life he dreamed of as a child. Now, he remembers the quiet, kind and shy Chloe from high school, someone he always found intriguing. But now, spoilt, dramatic and high maintenance Chloe is so vastly different (and not in a good way) from the memories he has of her that steering clear is the best option.
Mason used growth and a clear insight into Chloe, showing clearly just how insecure she really is, and how badly (although often good intentioned) her plans to make a move for Easton really are. Fortunately, Easton does not play into her diva act, and he does help her to find her inner self- the person she really is without the lights, camera, action. A bit of a back and forth for me: I felt more frustrated for Easton than he did for himself, seriously a passing pony cart would have been a solid option to run over Chloe in more than one instance. But, slowly but surely Mason brought me around, and while I never could say that I completely loved her, she did grow on me, keeping me intrigued throughout the story. What emerges is one who desperately needs to be loved and supported finally finds that support and security, allowing her to banish those childish feelings of not being enough. A wonderful story that shows the power of love and discovering who you really are can make all the difference.
I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.