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The Trouble with Christmas (Christmas, Colorado #1)

4.05  ·  Rating Details ·  634 Ratings  ·  131 Reviews
It will take a Christmas miracle to melt her heart.

Resort developer Madison Lane is about to lose the one thing she loves most in the world—her job. Dubbed "The Grinch Who Killed Christmas," Madison spoiled a deal that would turn quaint Christmas, Colorado, into a tourist's winter wonderland. Now the citizens want her fired but the company gives her one last chance, sendin
Paperback, 380 pages
Published September 24th 2013 by Forever (first published 2013)
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Dani C. (Paulette's Papers)
This is it! This like the perfect Christmas romance book I have read so far this year! This book has it all. It was just so funny and cute with hints of seriousness and lots of yummy romance. The perfect hard-to-put-down book!

Madison Lane may have ruined Christmas for the small town of Christmas, CO. The town wants a resort but after a lot of research and explaining it all in a twenty page report, Madison finds that the company she works for would go bankrupt if they proceed. Now her name is an
Dec 26, 2016 Sarah rated it liked it
26/12 - Things were going really well and this was heading for a 4-5 star rating, until all the slow burn tension turned out to be a fake-out called off-the-page sex. I DON'T LIKE OFF-THE-PAGE SEX, it kind of makes a decent romance pointless (you might as well have a Christian romance, in my opinion). I was especially disappointed because Gage had been talking up how great the sex was going to be between him and Madison numerous times, and then we went from her being tossed onto the bed naked to ...more
Lily (Night Owl Book Cafe)
Gah I cannot believe it took me so long to pick up a Debbie Mason book, I have been missing out on so much. Well I know this now, she is one of my new favorite authors. The Trouble with Christmas was a stellar start to the Christmas, Colorado series. My only hope is that the rest of them are just as amazing, but it looks like I will have to read to find out huh? ;)

Madison Lane works for a resort developing company. When her co-worker goes behind her back and tries to sign a deal with Christmas,
Dec 09, 2016 Cathy rated it it was ok
I honestly didn't like this much. There's a part of me that's tempted to subtract another star, but that would be based solely on the ending and wouldn't reflect the entire book, because I didn't hate it, either.

The premise is somewhat ridiculous, but I am forgiving of such things. Madison is a caree-oriented woman who came from a small town, had a bad childhood/experience growing up in said small town and moved to the big city first chance she got. She has since sworn off ever going back to (l
Aug 16, 2013 Kimberly rated it really liked it
Madison Lane’s past has made her loathe Christmas. Bah and Humbug. Her center of happiness is her career making projections and working numbers for a resort company. Her recent report recommending they cancel resort plans, with the town of Christmas, Colorado; is about to turn her world upside down. When her data squelches the deal for Christmas, Colorado the townsfolk there dub her “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas” Did I mention the media jumped on the story, and it made the front page, complete ...more
Jeanie Jackson
Jul 12, 2015 Jeanie Jackson rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, x-read-2015
I loved getting the know the people of Christmas and falling in love with the town along with Madison. Debbie Mason as a wonderful way of making us except that people are not perfect but that they can still be good. The romance is sweet and steamy! Gage and Madison make a great couple.

Madison can not believe that her boss is making her go to the small town of Christmas to calm the waters after she nixed a resort that would have bankrupted the company. His nephew had pretty much promised the comm
first read July 8th 2013-July 11th 2013
second read December 1st 2015-December 5th 2015

it was even better this time around and I own almost all the books in this series.

The Trouble with Christmas by Debbie Mason was a wonderful book that I have truly enjoyed reading. I won this book on Goodreads as a first reads. I loved the main characters so much; I even fell in love with the town itself. Nell McBride even grew on me and I didn’t know if she would at first. Come take a vacation to Christmas, Co
Sep 12, 2013 Marlene rated it it was amazing
Thanks to Madison Lane, Christmas may be ruined forever. Christmas, Colorado that is. The people of Christmas have been hoping for a resort to go up in their small town. They felt it would bring in more people and increase jobs in their community. Thanks to Madison, the deal was off. She had presented a twenty page argument against the construction of the resort. She knew that this deal could potentially cause her boss to go bankrupt, but now she is facing much scrutiny from the press and the pe ...more
Dec 06, 2015 Don rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Goodreads has just announced its winners in the 2015 Best Books of the Year contest. If there had been a category for "best send-up of a literary genre," Debbie Mason's "The Trouble with Christmas" would certainly have won hands down. If you aspire to such writing, here's what you will need to do:

Give the title a double meaning. Mason set the book at Christmas time, yes, and she also set it in Christmas, Colorado. How cute is that?

Make sure the lead character hates Christmas and everything asso
Anna's Herding Cats
The Trouble with Christmas was a different, yet wonderful, read about a small town and all it's messy crazy Christmas loving glory and a heroine who's been sent to mend fences between the town and her company after a commercial deal falls through that they'd been promised by someone who shouldn't have promised it.

My favorite part--which so usually isn't the case--was the heroine. Madison is having a devil of a time with her job and life just knocking her on her rear. I could feel her frustratio
Jun 29, 2013 Kat rated it liked it
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Jessie Lappin
Dec 09, 2016 Jessie Lappin rated it really liked it
"The Trouble with Christmas" is a great way to start the Christmas season, especially if you are feeling a little Grinch-y this year. Madison is the kind of Heroine that I always fall for- smart, sarcastic, witty- and her back and forth with Nell really kept me laughing. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, falling in love with the various different characters in Chirstmas, Colorado. It had just enough clichés to fulfilled my yearly "Christmas Season tradition" cravings, while not so many that I was ...more
Mar 08, 2014 Veronica rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

I didn't really know what to think when I started reading this book, but I was immediately hooked by the residents of Christmas (super cheesy name, yes, but it definitely grows on you). I love reading stories about small towns because there are always the quirkiest residents and everyone is so kind to eachother. Christmas is no exception. Maddie, the city girl who has seemingly ruined the town's one chance to turn around their economy (with a new development), comes into town with every
Whitney (Shooting Stars Reviews)
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The Trouble with Christmas begins when Madison is forced to go to Christmas, Colorado in order to appease the townspeople of the deal she ended. But with her boss's family trying to take over the business and her job, she must do everything she can to help the media see her as someone other than the Grinch. But when she meets Sheriff Gage and his two girls things get more complicated. Especially since Gage seems to want to hide the thing
Apr 05, 2016 Jane rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Gail Demaree
Shelves: debbie-mason
Face it...I have fallen in love with Christmas, Colorado. It is a quaint small town where everyone knows your name and everything else going on in town. Madison Lane has come to Christmas to pitch to the residents her vision of a resort development to revitalize the towns economy. Despite a little accident on her way in to town she discovers beautiful views and friendly people in the beginning and in the beginning is just the start of things to come.

Sheriff Gage McBride is the one who answers th
Jaime ~ Fiction Fangirls Book Review
Sep 27, 2015 Jaime ~ Fiction Fangirls Book Review rated it really liked it
Shelves: holidays
4.5 Stars
I can already tell that I'm going to LOVE this series. I can also tell that I'm gonna be frustrated with it too. The small town rumor mill and subsequent shunning and shenanigans that follow the gossip drive me absolutely crazy. But just as easily as the small town folks rush to judgement, they also rush to protect there own so in a weird way it all evens out.
Gage and Madison's story was super sweet and just the right amount of sexy. I'm sad that this book had to end but grateful to kn
Bette Hansen
Dec 25, 2013 Bette Hansen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a series I've been stockpiling on my kindle. Now that I've finished my first book I can't wait for more and this author has a new super fan! Thankfully the next one is ready to go! This is exactly the type of story I love. Small town romance with lots of crazy characters and an abundance of wonderful stories yet to come! Great writing and a nice pace to the story make this one everyone should read. I loved it and definitely recommend it.
Sep 27, 2013 Diane rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this one and look forward to more of this series.
Arica Lingerfelt
Worth 3.5 stars. Decent holiday read, just not one of the greatest books I've read.
Jan 04, 2017 Brooke(worm) rated it really liked it
I have set myself the task of writing a review for every book I read this year. Let's call it one of my New Years resolutions. So even though this review is coming a little late, here is me keeping my word.

I bought "The Trouble with Christmas" in December 2016. It sounded light and enjoyable, and just the thing to put me in the Christmas spirit. There were two things that I really liked about this book and that I thought the author did really well. The first was the story was truly funny, in pa
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Nov 29, 2016 Fritzov rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction, christmas, 2016
Worse book so for for 2016?, im not sure.

I have to stop believing just because the book has Christmas in it's name and a snowy cover it's going to be a story about people celebrating Christmas. This is just a childish (in a bad way) book and a not so plausible story.
Venessa Torres
Dec 03, 2016 Venessa Torres rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this book where a woman who hates Christmas and small towns learns to love both again.
Shawn Rodriguez Caldwell
Oct 20, 2016 Shawn Rodriguez Caldwell rated it really liked it

Super Cute!
Jan 10, 2017 Patti rated it it was amazing
This book was on my TBR shelf for way too long. I loved this book. I haven't read anything from this author before. I am now a fan.
If you haven't heard of Debbie Mason, if you like Susan Mallery, Debbie Macomer, and Robyn Card, you are sure to like her.
I can't wait to read more in this series.
Nov 17, 2014 ♥Jamie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars! The Trouble with Christmas is my first book by Debbie Mason, and it was so much more than I anticipated. I laughed, I cried, I threatened, but mostly, I fell in love with the characters and Christmas, Colorado.

Resort developer Madison Lane is married to her job. It's the one thing she can always count on. The numbers soothe, and success is most usually due to logic and facts, not messy emotion. When her hold on the job Maddie loves most is threatened, she must work quick to in
Melody  May (What I'm Reading)
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Let me give you a little history with Debbie Mason's The Trouble with Christmas and me. Back in October I participated in particular book's blog tour. I was planning to get download the book from NetGalley when it went into the archive. Oh no. I know. So, I was kicking myself cause I have been hearing great stuff about this book. So, I broke down a bought myself a copy. Well it became unarchive, but I still had my own personal copy. I have to say that I'm glad I have a
Aug 29, 2013 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
This was a really cute and lighthearted Christmas romance. I know, I'm reviewing it a bit late, but I just finished it! While I started it before Christmas, I also didn't mind reading it after the holiday had passed because the main story was the romance with a touch of Christmas cheer mixed in, so it's not overwhelmingly holiday-ish.

So the story is about Madison Lane, a bigshot NYC business woman whose past has caused her to hate the holiday season. When she turns down a deal to develop a reso
Dec 13, 2016 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christmas
When Madison Lane arrives at Christmas, Colorado the public perception is that she killed Christmas (thanks to a NY Times headline), ran over Santa on her way into town, and then ran over the sheriff’s aunt. Not a great entrance especially when she’s there to explain why her company won’t be investing in a new resort that would have been a boon to the town. The way the sheriff views it Madison has caused more problems for him in a couple of hours than he’s had to deal with in a year!

Hilarity ens
Aleen ~Lampshade Reader
This was my first Debbie Mason book and I really enjoy her writing style. Since the holidays are almost upon us, The Trouble with Christmas was the perfect setting to get me in the mood. It also is the perfect small town romance, with the usual shenanigans that comes with that territory. You can expect matchmaking and interfering town folk and a heroine that hates all that it stands for.

Madison Lane hates Christmas and hates small towns. Growing up in a small town was hard for her, especially wi
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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 read ...more
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