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Friday, May 22, 2015

Review: Wedding Bells in Christmas by Debbie Mason / @TastyBookTours @AuthorDebMason

Title: Wedding Bells in Christmas
Series: Christmas, Colorado, Book 4
Author: Debbie Mason
Publisher: Forever
Release Date: May 26, 2015
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense, Romance
ARC Received From: NetGalley
Reviewed For: Tasty Book Tours

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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 . . .

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Between Vivi's unrequited love for Chance, Chance's refusal to acknowledge that his feelings for Vivi were deeper than lust, and Nell's penchant for mischief, there was plenty of laughter, groaning, and eye rolling going on while I read this story. Vivi's quest for truth concerning Chance's late wife's death added a really nice layer of seriousness that focused my attention on how badly Chance's desire to always protect Vivi ran. It wasn't just a knee-jerk reaction to keep Vivi safe. It was a soul deep, gut wrenching need.

Chance loved his late wife, Kate, and their baby girl, Emma. There is no doubt about that at all. But I wanted him to realize how lucky he was to be able to have a chance at loving someone new. Some people don't get that chance. They don't meet someone who pulls them from the edge of just existing into the land of the living, someone who makes them laugh and smile, who makes their heart start beating again. He had that with Vivi. It just took him a really, really long time to realize that.

I seriously thought Vivi would give up on him. Especially during one scene when Chance helped her pick up wedding brochures that'd been knocked to the ground. Vivi didn't give him the chance to reiterate what she knew too well, that he wouldn't ever marry again, instead telling him the literature wasn't for her. I don't know how many times he thought Vivi needed to be reminded of that fact. She was aware of it because she was with him and that was reminder enough.

Moving forward is hard. Add the weight of guilt and it makes moving forward damn near impossible. But the love and support of the right person, along with a fresh perspective of the guilt being carried around, makes it possible to do. I was thrilled when Chance realized he didn't have to give up what he'd found with Vivi because of his loyalty and love for his late wife. This was his chance to love again, to live again, because loving Vivi was different than loving Kate. It sounds simple but it's because they're two different women who had/have the ability to love him.

If you're familiar with this series, you'll find Chance and Vivi's story an excellent addition to it. If you're not, this one is a great place to start. It's not just romance. It's grief and mourning, guilt and truth, second chances and revelations. And it's perfect for anyone who loves series romances, second chance romances, or contemporary small town romances.

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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