'Tis the season for love . . .
Harmony Harbor #1
Releasing Oct 25th, 2016
'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 . . .
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Sophie heard a familiar, deep laugh and went up on her tiptoes, following it to a table a few feet to the right of the stage where Liam and Michael sat. Michael banged his beer bottle on the table, chanting, “Liam, Liam.” A chant that was taken up by the surrounding tables. Sophie was about to turn to Ava and Dana and point out where the two men were sitting when she felt herself being maneuvered through the crowd toward the stage.
“You have got to be kidding me,” she yelled to be heard over the crowd. “You set me up!”
“You were always trying to sneak in here to hear him sing. Now’s your chance. He wasn’t trying to sabotage the wedding, but you were being stubborn and wouldn’t hear him out. So . . .” Ava shrugged.
“You know what they say about payback, right?” But she wasn’t thinking about payback when Liam got up on the stage and accepted a guitar from a bearded man. She heard Dana and Ava talking behind her, and then they were tugging on the sleeves of Sophie’s coat.
“What do you think you’re doing?”
“You’re looking a little warm,” Dana said.
Sophie sighed. Dana was right. She let them take off her coat. “Michael,” Ava yelled and tossed it in his direction. He grinned and raised his hands to catch it, but something caught his eye and the coat landed on the table. Sophie turned to see what he was looking at. A woman in black leather pants and jacket carrying a motorcycle helmet in her hand had just walked into the bar. Her long, black hair was pulled back into a severe ponytail. She was stunning and fierce looking, and Sophie knew who it was right away. Shay Angel. Maybe it was a good thing she’d been set up after all. She could make sure Michael and Shay didn’t spend any time together.
But then the band started to play and Sophie only had eyes for the man center stage. He was looking right at her with a smile on his face. A smile she’d always dreamed would one day be directed at her. Sexy, hot, and filled with promises. Just like his voice when he started singing “Galway Girl,” only he changed black hair to brown, blue eyes to brown, Galway girl to Gallagher girl.
Dana leaned into her when he came down off the stage. “It’s like that scene in P.S. I Love You.”
Sophie couldn’t respond even if she wanted to. Liam was in front of her, singing to her while the crowd sang along and clapped, stomping their feet in time to the music. Liam was a born performer. He played to the crowd, his voice deep and raspy. He circled her, moving closer each time. Then, just as the song ended, he cupped the back of her head and kissed her long and hard before saying to her in a thick Irish brogue, “Are you going to take me back to your room, my Gallagher girl?”
"Mistletoe Cottage" by Debbie Mason is a delightful tale of hope and love and Christmas Spirit. Sophie, our heroine, is a strong woman, even if she doesn't always feel that way. Life has handed her quite a few bumps along the way but she tries so hard to perservere. She did frustrate me a bit at times, as I was hoping for honesty from her but also understood her stance and decision making too. Liam, our Hero, is sexy, sweet and strong. I adored him. He is simply wonderful with not just Sophie, but her daughter Mia too. Their relationship develops at a lovely pace, both having had feelings for the other years before but some of those bumps of life got in their way. Ms. Mason has written a story that has a few twists, some different ideas and, of course, true love. I enjoyed the secondary characters as well, especially Rosa and Colleen. Being honest, as this is book one of the series, I did find catching up with who was who a bit confusing in the beginning, as there are many characters introduced. However, I caught up and was able to fully enjoy the story as it progressed. If you are looking for a feel-good holiday tale, I'd certainly recommend picking up this one and enjoying it with a cup of hot cocoa in front of a crackling fire. (received copy for honest review)★★★★
Debbie Mason is the bestselling author of the Christmas, Colorado series and Harmony Harbor 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 three wonderful children, two adorable grandbabies, and a yappy Yorkie named Bella.