Mistletoe Cottage by Debbie Mason

Mistletoe Cottage by Debbie Mason

I love small town stories, and Debbie Mason is on the blog today with the first in her new Harmony Harbor series. Please read on for my review and an excerpt, be sure to check the tour stops to see what other readers thought of this title, and don’t forget to enter the tour wide giveaway where you could win a Book Bundle of the CHRISTMAS, COLORADO series OR one of two $25 Amazon Gift Cards.

Mistletoe Cottage

Sophie loved growing up in Harmony Harbor, but she left in disgrace deciding she’d not be back. But when circumstances and a fire left her homeless with her young daughter in tow, she returns.  I loved that Sophie could go back to the town she loved, and with plenty of tearful reunions and many of her initial fears subdued, she’s starting to settle back in.  Most of all, Mia, her daughter, is captivating and collecting the hearts of all who meet her.  Now, Sophie’s large and loud family is solidly that: they love hard and hold grudges twice as long.  Most notable is the feud between the two matriarchs of the clans, Irish v Italian, and the clever continuation of the battles they both missed.

Liam had always had a crush on Sophie, and seeing her again he’s now reminded of all he lost when she left before she was eighteen, and he told her just how he felt.  Now, her return has brought back all of those feelings, and he’s determined to not screw it up this time.  Liam is that true stand-up sort of man, always trying to do the right thing, even when it means he won’t get what he wants. But seeing Sophie again, and being captivated by the little Mia, he’s not going to take no for an answer this time.

So freaking sweet and cute: Mia is both the secret and the catalyst to much of the story. How can you not love a man (Liam) who actually takes the time to speak to her as a person, not as a child to be dismissed? And you can’t dismiss his wily grandmother whose recognition of Liam’s blue eyes in a tiny female face starts her on a mission to see her grandson happy.

With plenty of small town gossip and goodwill, lots of family interference for good and bad, and just enough atmosphere to add a touch of holiday spirit to send the sweet charm factor into overload. This is the perfect book to curl up with if you add cocoa and cookies and a cozy fire.

Mistletoe Cottage by Debbie Mason

Title: Mistletoe Cottage
Author: Debbie Mason
Series: Harmony Harbor #1
Also in this series: Christmas with an Angel, Starlight Bridge, Primrose Lane, Sandpiper Shore
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Holiday Themed
Published by: Forever
ISBN: 1478912596
Published on: 25 October 2016
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Pages: 352
Audio Length: 9 Hours: 30 mins
Rated: five-stars
Heat: One FlameHalf a Flame

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'Tis the season for love . . .

Sophie DiRossi loved growing up in Harmony Harbor. But after fleeing in disgrace many years ago, it is the last place she wants to be. Left homeless by a fire, she's forced to go back to the small coastal town that harbors a million secrets, including her own. Sophie sees this secret reflected every day in her daughter's blue eyes-and she must keep it hidden from the only man she has ever loved.

Sophie's return is a shock for everyone . . . especially Liam Gallagher. The firefighter had some serious feelings for Sophie-and seeing her again sparks a desire so fierce it takes his breath away. Now Liam will do whatever it takes to show Sophie that they deserve a second chance at love, even if everything they've concealed threatens to keep them apart. In this special town at this special time of the year, Sophie and Liam can only hope for a little holiday magic...

A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

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Liam held up his hands and took a step back with a wary expression on his handsome face. “Maybe you better tell me what the problem is, Soph.”

“Okay, but don’t laugh. I had to borrow clothes from Rosa for the interview, and they’re too big. So we pinned the skirt . . .”

“Gotcha. How about you take off your coat and—” he began as he moved behind her.

“I can’t. My skirt will fall off if I do.” She heard what sounded like a snort of laughter and looked over her shoulder. “You’re not supposed to laugh.”

He crouched behind her, his eyes glinting with amusement. “I’m not. I’ll just”—he lifted the hem of her coat and disappeared beneath it— “Ah, it’s a little dark under here. Whereabouts is the pin?”

That was an easy enough question to answer. She knew exactly where the pin was—it was stabbing her left butt cheek. But with Liam’s hand resting on her hip while the other one skimmed over the back of her skirt, she was having a difficult time staying focused. All she could think was that Liam Gallagher, who’d once played the starring role in her teenage fantasies, was touching her butt. “Where it shouldn’t be,” she finally managed to say, reaching back to show him. She ended up hitting him on the head instead.

“Hey, I’m doing my best not to touch your ass, but it’s kind of—”

“May I ask what you’re doing, Master Liam?”

Jasper was like a wraith. You never saw or heard him coming. He’d appear out of nowhere. Sophie wanted a do-over. This day was turning out worse than she’d expected. And that had been pretty bad.

Liam’s messy, dark hair appeared from under her coat. “Maybe you could—

Was he seriously going to ask for Jasper’s help? Sophie drew her foot back and lightly kicked Liam in the shin. He raised his eyes to hers, lifting an eyebrow. She gave him a do-it-and-die look.

He grinned. “All good here, Jeeves. My hammer got caught in the hem of Sophie’s coat.”

“In future, I’d suggest you be more careful with your tools around Miss DiRossi, Master Liam,” the older man said, spearing Sophie with his ice-blue gaze. His mouth pressed in a thin line of disapproval as he walked away.



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About Debbie Mason

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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