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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.
KISS ME IN CHRISTMAS
Christmas, Colorado #6
BY DEBBIE MASON
Huh. Easton was kind of surprised Chloe didn’t throw him under the bus. And that made him feel guiltier for the way he’d treated her. Because while she might be a spoiled pain in the ass, he knew she could also be sweet, compassionate, and kind. There was a time, years earlier, that he’d been on the receiving end of her sweetness. Right before she’d played him and ruined his relationship with her sister.
“You’ve never had allergies before . . .” Liz trailed off as she searched her daughter’s face. “Do you have any other symptoms? Tightness in your chest, swelling of your lips and tongue?”
Oh, Jesus, no, she did not just put out the spectre of anaphylactic shock to Chloe. Then again, he supposed he shouldn’t be surprised that she did. Liz had been angsting over Chloe’s health since they brought her home from the hospital with a hole in her heart. If she could have put her little girl in a protective bubble, she probably would have. Something he could relate to. His father was as much a worrier as Liz. But there was one big difference; Easton and his brothers weren’t hypochondriacs. Chloe was. And now her mother had most likely ensured there would be a scene like the one he’d hoped to avoid. Unless . . .
He moved away from the door, shutting it behind him. “She’s fine, Liz.” He put his arm around Chloe and gave her a squeeze. “Aren’t you?”
“I don’t know. I am having a hard time swallowing.” She rubbed her throat as though pushing a football down her long, graceful neck, then smacked her coral lips together a couple of times. “My lips feel tingly. Is my tongue swollen?” At least that’s what he thought she said. It was kind of hard to make out since she stuck her tongue out at the same time she asked.
“Chloe, you’re not allergic to the cat. You–” Easton was working his way to an apology, but she cut him off.
“Are you sure? It feels really thick.”
“Put your tongue back in your mouth. You were crying because I hurt your feelings, not because you’ve developed a sudden allergy to Fluffy.”
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.
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