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Monday, November 20, 2017

Mistletoe magic happening on... SUGARPLUM WAY by Debbie Mason - REVIEW + GIVEAWAY!

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Today, we're joining TLC Book Tours for a stop along one of their holiday drenched promotions currently exploring the blogosphere.  It stars the latest addition to the Harmony Harbor series via Forever, the romance imprint of Grand Central Publishing, and though my first venture to this little hideaway where everyone knows your name, I can definitely say I'll be coming back for me.  First things first though, you probably wanna know WHY I feel that way, and wouldn't you know it...he comes my review!  Ladies and gents, cue the holiday music as we make way for....

Harmony Harbor series
Debbie Mason

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About the book...
Romance writer Julia Landon knows how to write a happily-ever-after. Creating one for herself is a whole different story. But after a surprising–and surprisingly passionate–kiss under the mistletoe at Harmony Harbor’s holiday party last year, Julia thought she might have finally found her very own chance at true love. Until she learns her Mr. Tall, Dark, and Broodingly Handsome has sworn off relationships. Well, if she can’t have him in real life, Julia knows just how to get the next best thing….
Aidan’s only priority is to be the best single dad ever. And this year, he plans to make the holidays magical for his little girl, Ella Rose. But visions of stolen kisses under the mistletoe keep dancing in his head, and when he finds out Julia has written him into her latest novel, he can’t help imagining the possibilities of a future together. Little does he know, though, Julia has been keeping a secret that threatens all their dreams. Luckily, ’tis the season for a little Christmas magic.


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Is it just me, or do bookish stories tend to draw you in THAT much more?

Here, we have one romantically inclined gal (at least when it comes to others), combination bookseller and secret writer (only secret to those around her, but she's ACTUALLY published), who is serving as a fairy godmother to Gallagher family...say what?  My thoughts exactly.  I mean, Julia is a GEM!  She's got imagination to boot, fabu story time ideas for entertaining the kiddos, and while things may not always turn out exactly as planned, she always has her heart in the right place.  So why the wish granting act?  That's what we're left to ponder and puzzle for a good portion of the story, as well as the sadness and guilt that she seems to wear like an old friend you couldn't escape if you wanted.  Good thing there's embarrassing moments, and eye candy to distract us, right?

Enter stage right, the eye Aidan Gallagher.  Now before you go getting all in a tizzy from his steamy good looks (which would be totally warranted), his career choice (can we say "man in uniform"?), or how he dotes on his daughter despite the straining relationship with his ex, I must warn you...all that glitters is not gold.  He's got a temper to him, which in this story equates to him jumping to conclusions, acting like a dog with a bone when he thinks he's found something, and being highly suspicious of pretty much everyone to some degree, but a full 100 degrees when it comes to Julia.  He's not buying her goody goody act and despite the fact that the town seems to think she's an angel in every way, he's not so certain.  Too bad...for him that is because the heart wants what it wants and these two go together like red and white on a candy cane.

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In the end, I was pleasantly surprised by my trip to Harmony Harbor.  Here I was expecting a holiday themed Contemporary Romance with heart, and what I got was that but also a little mystery, a little intrigue, and even a ghostly presence intent on keeping the secrets she took to her grave (sorta).  I adored our leading lady, rooted for our leading man, and enjoyed meeting the myriad of characters that this small town seems to draw.  From the tall to small, the uniformed to the seemingly forgotten, the higher ups and the furry friends, there was always someone to know, to love or loathe, or get into it with for whatever reason with every turn of the page.  The holiday infusion made it the perfect book to open the coming reading season and the does of magic will warm your heart.


About the author...

Debbie Mason is the USA Today bestselling author of the Christmas, Colorado and Harmony Harbor series. Her books have been praised for their “likable characters, clever dialogue and juicy plots” (RT Book Reviews). When she isn’t writing or reading, Debbie enjoys spending time with her very own real-life hero, three wonderful children, two adorable grandbabies, and a yappy Yorkie named Bella in Ontario, Canada.


Special thanks to Lisa at TLC Book Tours for the chance to participate in this promotion as well as to the Forever team for the ARC for review.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the author, the series, the publisher, THIS TOUR, or those on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above.  This title is available now, so seek thee out a copy at your favorite bookstore or online retailer post haste!



Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!

1 comment:

Heather J. @ TLC Book Tours said...

Thanks for being a part of the tour!

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