Fans of RaeAnne Thayne and Debbie Macomber will love this USA Today bestselling author's latest holiday romance about two single parents whose holiday wishes come true in the small town of Highland Falls.
Can the magic of mistletoe bring together two busy single parents?
Mallory Maitland knows all too well what it's like to feel abandoned, which is why she's sworn never to give up on her two stepsons - her late husband's children. But when the teens land in hot water, she's got a whole new problem: how to resist the caring and incredibly hot Chief of Police Gabriel Buchanan. All Mallory wants is to give the boys a magical holiday. She doesn't need the distraction of wondering what it would be like to kiss Gabriel under the mistletoe.
After his wife died, Gabriel left his job as an adrenaline-chasing New York City homicide detective to focus on raising his three sons. But back in Highland Falls, he doesn't have to go looking for trouble. It finds him - in the form of a beautiful neighbor and her troublemaking stepchildren. With Gabriel's mother-in-law looking for any excuse to gain custody of his sons, Gabriel can't risk getting involved with Mallory, even though she's the only woman capable of making this Christmas - and all the rest to come - his best ever.
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You will love this book! Mallory Maitland's life has been turned upside down and believes that the spirit of Christmas will solve everything. Oliver and Brooks, her stepsons, are still angry you men. Life as they know it ended and are making things as hard for Mallory as possible. Gabriel Buchanan, chief of police, has 3 boy, Dylan and Cody, who are twins and Teddy. Now Teddy is the same as Mallory, he wants to celebrate all things Christmas. When these two meet, plans are hatched. It is going to take all of Highland Falls to make this happen and even a little help from the outside. The ending was just priceless.
This is a fun story, perfect for getting into the sprit of Christmas. The chemistry between Mallory and Gabe is strong, but their reasons for not getting involved are just as strong. What they don’t bargain for, however, is the magic of Christmas that Gabe’s 5 year old totally believes in. Ups and downs, mishaps, good friends, family drama, and the wonderful town of Highland Falls make this an entertaining, heartwarming, and emotional book. I loved it!
WHEN A 5 YEAR OLD PLAYS MATCHMAKER, I AM SMITTEN!!! This second installment in the Highland Falls thing deals with 2 people who have lost their spouses. Mallory now has full custody of her 2 teenage sons. She just moved them back to Highland Falls for a change of space, and because Mallory got a job in her hometown. Gabe is the new town chief of police, raising 3 young boys, while also dealing with the criticism of his deceased wife's parents. While adjusting to his position, he has to deal with his budding feelings for his new neighbor, whom he started crushing on when she was in town last summer. Mason's Christmas novels are always so charming to me. I really enjoyed this one, and am seriously in love with the youngest Buchanan boy, Teddy P.S. This is officially my favorite Debbie Mason series.
Christmas on Reindeer Road was a wonderful book. It was just what I needed to read with relatable characters, family relationships in addition to romantic ones, and lot of holiday spirit. Mallory and Gabe are definitely attracted to each other, but there were so many issues for them to navigate. Their road is especially bumpy because it includes his sons and her stepsons. The struggles they had made their HEA that much more satisfying. I thought the character growth throughout was so well done. Especially Mallory's as she finds her place in Highland Falls, mends old relationships, and tries to be the best stepmother she can. I also thought both Gabe and Mallory's kids were great secondary characters. I especially liked Teddy and his love of Christmas and family. I highly recommend both this book and series! I can't wait to see what the author writes next.
This is my second book by Debbie Mason, and I will keep coming back for more! I loved Mallory and Gabe's story. I also enjoyed seeing the characters from the first book in the series and getting to know the town better. I can't wait to go back again. While the love story is endearing, this story (like the last one) is so much more than that. There are themes and story lines of hope, redemption, second chances, new families, grief, healing, friendship, community, love, humor, and Christmas (I love Christmas love stories). It's a complex story with so many different characters and they all feel real and flawed and hopeful to me. I found myself rooting for all (well, almost all) of them. I definitely smiled and was in tears multiple times because everyone felt so real. Mallory, a young widow, has come to live in her hometown with her two reluctant stepsons. She ends up living next door, to Gabe, the police chief and also a widow, and his three young sons. Both are working to keep their families together and find their place in the community. The boys, especially Teddy, are wonderful. Thanks to NetGalley and Forever Publishing for an advance copy of this book in exchange fo ran honest review.
This was a great story of love, family, and forgiveness. It was a light, quick read that will leave you with a smile on your face. Mallory has not had an easy life, but she always works hard to make sure those in need have help. After her husband's death, she "inherited" his two sons, but lost his fortune to his first wife. She moves back to her home town where her best friends live, but where memories of her past still haunt her. Her match making best friend, Abby, rents her a house on Reindeer Road, conveniently next to single father, Gabe, and continuously tries to get the two together. But, Gabe has his own ghosts and problems, and it seems like no matter how much Gabe and Mallory want to be together, forces beyond their control keep them apart. I loved the characters, especially Gabe's little son Teddy. He truly reminds you what Christmas Spirit is all about. I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Christmas on Reindeer Road is the second in the Highland Falls series, but can be read as a stand-alone, as I did. It was very easy to pick up on who's who, and the author built in a good backstory explaining that Mallory and Gabe had met the year before, when he arrested her!! Now, Mallory has moved back to town with her two stepsons. Her estranged father still lives here, and she knows most of the town's people as well. Gabe is the local Sheriff, and he is a widower with three sons. When social services gets involved with Mallory and her sons, Gabe is appointed as a person to watch over them and make sure all is ok. Since they now happen to live next door, that's easy to do. Plenty of sparks fly between the two families, making for a fun adventure. I don't do spoilers, so won't reveal the details, but this is a sweet HEA novel. I will definitely be reading more in this series! Thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book, but my opinions are my own.
“And just so you know, it’s been scientifically proven that people who believe in the magic of the holidays are happier than those who don’t.” If I could describe Christmas on Reindeer Road in one word, it would be: heartwarming. So heartwarming. Mallory had every card stacked against her, and she was still a great and kind person. I adored the MC. It’s so hard to not cheer for the characters in this book. From Dot and Kayla to Owen and Boyd, you just have all the feels as the magic of Christmas mends fields or broken relationships. Of course, Teddy is the perfect youngest child bringing the childlike joy of Christmas on the pages. I do find it gross and icky that someone would abuse their power and put 2 children’s livelihood in jeopardy just because. I’m thankful those ended in such positive terms, but I felt anger rise up in me during the helplessness of it all for not only Mallory, but Gabe’s situation as well. This one is enjoyable for any Grinch that is trying to find the true meaning of Christmas, those that could be a secret Elf for Santa, and those who like to see the good in every situation. Thank you so much Forever & NetGalley for the ARC! This one is out Sept 29th ❤️
The second installment in Debbie Mason's Highland Falls series was just the type of warm and fuzzy story I needed right now. Mallory and Gabe are both raising boys as single parents, but they are on their way to becoming a blended family if Mallory's best friend Abby and Gabe's youngest son Teddy have anything to say about it. Keep a box of tissues handy for this heartwarming story! Thanks to NetGalley and Forever Publishing for the advance copy to read and review.
I adored this book. It was sweet, and it felt like it truly encapsulated the meaning of Christmas. I love holiday romances, and I enjoy a variety. But this one made my heart grow, just like the Grinch's. Mallory, recently widowed, is moving with her teenage stepsons to try to make a new life. Gabe is trying to figure out how to celebrate Christmas with his younger sons years after his wife died. And his youngest, Teddy, comes up with a plan for Christmas cheer and wishes from Santa. I loved all the boys and how beautifully written each was. And I loved that Mallory was a fellow romance reader. It's a story about what a family is and the strength of love. If you are deciding which holiday book to carry you to Christmas day and make you feel the spirit of the season, I loved this one. Thank you Forever and NetGalley for this book. These opinions are my own.