Top 5 Things You Don’t Know About Sawyer Anderson, Hero of Debbie Mason’s HAPPY EVER AFTER IN CHRISTMAS (with a New Release Review and giveaway!)

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Top 5 things you don’t know about Sawyer Anderson:

  1. Sawyer has been best friends with Jack Flaherty since they were twelve. An only child, Sawyer thinks of the Flaherty family as his own—including Jack’s baby sister Jill.
  2. Sawyer was an NHL superstar. He played for the Colorado Flurries for ten years before a dirty hit and severe concussion ended his career.
  3. Sawyer owns the local sports bar in the small town of Christmas, Colorado—the Penalty Box, and coaches the competitive midget hockey team.
  4. Sawyer has a soft spot for single mothers. His mother raised him on her own.
  5. When Jack was MIA for seventeen months, Sawyer fell in love with his best friend’s wife. Even though he didn’t act on his feelings, Sawyer nearly lost Jack’s friendship. He’ll never put their friendship at risk again.

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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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Title:  Happy Ever After in Christmas
Author: Debbie Mason ”
Series: Christmas, Colorado #7
On Sale: June 28, 2016
Formats: Mass Market & eBook
Price: $5.99 USD

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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Review:

Where to start? So much was going on in this one…at times, a little too much. Talk about having to go through the wringer to get to your HEA–Jill and Sawyer definitely earned it, that’s for sure!

I picked this one up because of two things: 1) Sawyer’s an ex-NHL player and 2) best friend’s little sister troupe. Hockey players are my catnip, and I love the angst that BFLS stories can bring. On the second, this story did not disappoint, though that part of the conflict was resolved fairly early in the story and gave way for a whole lot of other angsty stuff. Maybe a bit too much? I’m still not sure how I feel about some of the directions this story went in.

On the hockey front, I did really like the scene early on where Jill was strong-armed into playing in the championship game against Sawyer and Jack’s team. I’m not sure it’s really plausible to do so well in your first game ever, but it was entertaining nonetheless.

I also loved Sawyer’s sabotaging of Jill’s dates. Very amusing…unless you’re Jill, of course. 😉

Some of the other plot diversions? Birth control mishaps, nursing home mysteries, ex-husband drama, former relationship angst, kidnapping, shoot-outs, predatory coworkers…the list goes on and on. I was starting to wonder what wasn’t going to happen to these two before we got to “the end”!

Not having read the rest of the series, having so many secondary characters involved in/invested in the story’s outcome did get a bit overwhelming at times. It was easy to keep track of Jack and Grace (Jill’s brother/SIL) and Brandi and Trent (Sawyer’s coworker and her son) but everyone else tended to blend together and leave me with a feeling of “now who is this person again…?” for at least a paragraph or two each time they show up. For series regulars, though, I have a feeling this story will be right up their alley–everyone’s in it, and it seems to wrap everything up nicely.

I enjoyed the HEA, and was beyond glad when we finally got to that point. It felt like a long and rambling journey at times, but ultimately all’s well that ends well, right?

Rating: 3 stars / C+

I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

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THE FULL SERIES:

The Trouble With Christmas, #1

Christmas in July, #2

It Happened at Christmas, #3

Wedding Bells at Christmas, #4

Snowbound at Christmas, #5

Kiss Me In Christmas, #6

Happy Ever After in Christmas, #7

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KISS ME IN CHRISTMAS
Christmas, Colorado #6
Debbie Mason
Releasing February 23rd, 2016
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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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“Yeah, I can see that. Just wondering if it’s the guys buzzing around your girl like she’s a honey pot or your pink house setting you off,” Chance said.

“She’s not my . . . What do they think they’re doing? Do you see that?  They stole those flowers they’re giving her from my window boxes.”

He didn’t wait for his brother’s response. Though he doubted Chance could make one since he was laughing again. Easton strode in Chloe’s direction, the gravel kicking up dust under his boots.

One of the four men hanging around her chair looked up and said something to her. She leaned forward with a wide, welcoming smile. “Surprise!”

Now how was he supposed to stay mad at her when she was looking at him with excited anticipation on her gorgeous face?  Easy, he told himself, she’d painted his house pink and threw out his furniture and appliances without consulting him. And she’d spent what must have been a crapload of money remodeling a place he planned to tear down. All because he’d lied to her. And if he told her the truth now, she’d be humiliated and hurt.

She looked away and said something to the men. They walked off, but not before a couple of them shot him warning glances. Chloe unhooked her umbrella from the back of the chair and stood up, smoothing a hand down her body-hugging dress. As she walked toward him, she searched his face with a nervous look on hers. “You’re mad at me. You hate it, don’t you?”

He shoved his hands in the front pockets of his jeans. “No, just a little surprised.” He glanced at the cabin. “It’s kind of . . .  girly.”

“But you said you liked pink.” She looked up at him through her long lashes, and her shoulders sagged. “You were being sarcastic. Cat says I’m not very good at picking up on sarcasm.” She caught her bottom lip between her teeth and glanced over her shoulder. “I guess I could ask them to repaint it.”

“Jesus, no, don’t do that. I’ll get used to it.” He only had to live with it for another couple of months.

A look of relief spread across her face. “They’ve all worked so hard today, I’d hate to ask them to stay longer.”

“You wanna tell me why you’re talking with a Southern accent?”

Her cheeks pinked. “I pick up accents easily. The foreman’s originally from Savannah.”

So that explained the British accent. She spent too much time with Dame Alexander.

“Chloe, honey,” his brother said, coming up beside him. “You completely transformed the place.”

“You like it?” she asked with a hopeful smile.

“Are you kidding me? It’s amazing. Suits my brother to a tee. He secretly loves pink, you know.”

Easton shot his brother a look. If Chloe was a color, she’d be pink.

 


Debbie Mason is the 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.