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The Trouble with Christmas (Christmas, Colorado #1)

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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11  ·  rating details  ·  261 ratings  ·  79 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
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Paperback, 406 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
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Kimba
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
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
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Veronica
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
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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
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Kat
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Marlene Engel
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
Marcy Meyer
I really enjoyed Madison and Gage's story. It starts off with a bang, when she literally crashes into Christmas, Colorado. The whole town is already upset with Madison before she gets to town, because she shot down their chance at getting a big resort built in town. She's coming to town to help explain her position, but creates a PR nightmare for her company with all the crazy situations she gets into. Gage is the town sheriff, and although he has an instant attraction to Madison, he is no fan o ...more
Marissa
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Madison Lane a researcher developer is forced to spend time in Christmas, Colorado when she nixed the idea of developing a resort there despite her boss and town interest. She is labeled the Grinch as she is force to travel there to tell her reasons and tries to restore the name of the company she works for.

It was just supposed to be an one day visit it but it turned out nightmare as she ends up spending more time than she bargained. Her initial run in with the local Sh
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♥Jamie
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.

Summary:
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
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Lexi
**Originally written for Book Bliss book blog. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased and honest review**

Review: 4 stars

General: This book was a cute, albeit, cliche Christmas novel. I wanted to start by saying I loved that it was a full novel. I felt that it made it so the story was perfectly told as opposed to many who do Christmas novella’s. The descriptions in this book were wonderful. I had no problem feeling like I was in Christmas, CO or connecting with Madison as she
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Melody May
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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
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Diane
Really enjoyed this one and look forward to more of this series.
Chris
This book disappointed me. I was really enjoying it up until the last section when I became really frustrated with both characters. Gage became weak willed and (view spoiler) while Madison became an emotional whiny mess. It was really frustrating to read because the first 3/4 of the book was funny and cute. Overall not a terrible book but not one I would recommend. It is especially frustrating because it ...more
Cynthia
This was one of the books you just couldn't put down. I started reading it last night and had to finish it. I didn't go to sleep until I finished it. I laughed, cried and just loved each one of the characters in the books. It is a about a little town call Christmas, CO and about a big developer who has proposed to bring in a big resort development to the small community. When then comes in Madison Lane, she works in the money department of the development and figured the number and decides that ...more
Susan
I really liked this book. It was well written and I was able to connect with Madison. I felt her pain. I love this story of the outcast who slowly began to find her true place, but i felt bad for madison cause she never seems to be able to catch a break. And Gage was a really good boyfriend minus one thing. I understood he was a single father and it was great that he put his daughters first but he made me mad when he kept hurting Madison.

He understood she had insecurities and where they stemmed
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Rebecca
Madison Lane is vice president of finance at Hartwell Enterprises. She just vetoed a project to put a resort in the town of Christmas, Colorado. Now, thanks to her boss’ nephew telling lies to the press, she is being called a “Grinch” and has to go to the town to fix the company’s-and her- reputation. She hates small towns and the holidays because she grew up in a small town that constantly gossiped about her and her family. Her dad was an alcoholic, and her mom was killed in an accident on Chri ...more
Christy
Jan 03, 2015 Christy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Romance, small towns, second chances
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. It does not come out until sometime in September of this year (2013), but it well worth the read. 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, Colorado…. You might just stay… I know I want to.

Madison Lane is a resor
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Rebecca Rodriguez
Thanks so much to Goodreads for the free copy of The Trouble with Christmas by Debbie Mason. I had never read anything by this author and was pleasantly surprised. This was a great book. I love all things Christmas. So, I couldn't wait to read this story. Madison makes some mistakes and is in danger of loosing her job. The only way to salvage it is to make amends with the townsfolk of Christmas, Colorado. Madison is a city slicker, so she is like a fish out of water in this small town. While try ...more
Heather
The Trouble with Christmas is a holiday romance novel set in a quintessential small town. It is filled with all the characters one would find in a small town, including a hunky sheriff, busybody aunt, and a passel of kids. This book teems with vibrant secondary characters, many of whom are strong enough to star in novels of their own.
The heroine, Madison Lane, is the classic city mouse in the country, although she adapts fairly quickly to small town life. I enjoyed her sharp mind and her ability
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Stephanie (StephTheBookworm)
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
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Moira
I got the 4th book in the series sent to me by a fellow author. Of course I have to read books 1-3 in order first so found a great deal on B&N for books 1-3 for $3.99 so thought I'd give them a try and I wasn't disappointed. It was funny and real all at the same time. Overcoming the past and making sure it doesn't overwhelm your future is a fine line but Madison manages it well. You see her transition from the beginning of the story to the end. Now I can't wait for the next book in the serie ...more
Amy
This Christmas story was laugh out loud funny. I loved the characters. I loved the story line. I loved the little town. I loved the love story. I love a Christmas story that has something else going on inside its pages besides a sad, lonely woman who is looking for someone to love over Christmas! This had it.

Madison has met her match in the people who live in this town. They take her in, and they teach her about love. From the gals who run the shops on Main Street to the crazy aunt who tries to
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Jenn
The Trouble with Christmas is Debbie Mason's first book in her Christmas, Colorado series.

The Trouble with Christmas features Madison Lane, a real estate developer that has crunched the numbers and spoiled the deal that would turn Christmas Colorado into a resort town. No one in Christmas Colorado is happy with Madison's recommendation (even though she is right) and the trouble begins. I really really felt bad for Madison. Everyone gave her a hard time. I cringed a lot because I couldn't believ
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Lori Meehan
This was a really good debut contemporary romance for Debbie Mason. I loved this book! Gage McBride is the hot sheriff of Christmas, Colorado and Madison Lane has been named The Grinch Who Killed Christmas. Madison shuts down the deal that the town of Christmas hopes will save their small town. Now she has brought so much bad press to the company she works for that her boss sends her to Christmas to make them see she was right to do so. Gage and Madison can't seem to stay away from each other an ...more
Melanie
I just about loved everyone in this tale, but the hero is one of those down to earth guys that you can’t help but love.

It took me a bit longer to warm up to the heroine, but the longer I got to know her, the more I liked her.

I also thought that the people of this quaint town aptly named Christmas, in Colorado, were a hoot and I’m looking forward to reading about them through this series. I hope you give it a try because it had everything a Christmas story should: A heroine that’s nicknamed a ‘Gr
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Casey Dawes
I really enjoyed this book. The characters were engaging, Madison's problems realistic and Gage, the sheriff of Christmas, was easy to fall in love with. More important, the author created a wonderful town that I want to go back and visit. A fun Christmas story! My only issue was the plot twist at the end--it seemed a little rushed and implausible, but the book was good enough to survive it. Definitely reading the next one. Well done, Debbie Mason!
Melanie
I'm a sucker for stories about plucky heroines moving to small towns and falling in love. This one had me from the very beginning. Madison has a tough exterior but a series of confusions find her in Christmas, Colorado to explain to the townspeople why her company is not going to build a resort in their town. Gage is the town sheriff who has to deal with all the shenanigans from the townspeople, mainly his own aunt. It's a fun novel full of interesting characters. I'll be sticking around this to ...more
Cindy
I picked up this book thinking it was a different author. When I got it home I realized it was not who I thought. I read the book loved it and got the other to in the series. When I had finished this one I could not wait to see what was going to happen. The story does continue in Christmas In July. I got very involved with the characters.
Lorelei Frank
Very fun and enjoyable read. I loved how the town went from hate and dislike to love and trust Madison and how Madison went from hating small towns to loving it and staying there. The romance between Madison and Gage with his two girls was wonderful.

So glad I read this book and looking forward to July in Christmas, book #2
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