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review 2016-07-10 14:46
Summer at the Comfort Food Cafe (The Comfort Food Cafe #1)
Summer at The Comfort Food Cafe - Debbie Johnson

This is the third time I've attempted to read one of the author's works, and the third time I've closed the book and felt very lackluster about the whole thing. This story really dragged along for me, as it chronicled Laura and her family's summer in Dorcet. I really had a hard time connecting to Laura. Her grief was really raw, even two years after her husband's sudden death. I couldn't understand why she hadn't moved on, as if her entire life was her husband and she couldn't exist without him, even for the sake of their kids. That may mean that I don't have that kind of all consuming love with my own husband, but I could identify with the "he's my best friend" mentality that Laura had. Laura's constant tears became very annoying to me. Matt was a good distraction, and I liked how he tried to bring her back to herself, but I hated how she pushed him away at the end. The secondary characters were great and ultimately redeemed the book for me from a 1 star rating, but I think it's more of a case of I don't like the author's writing style. I think I'll be avoiding her from now on.

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review 2015-12-22 11:39
Never Kiss a Man in a Christmas Sweater
Never Kiss a Man in a Christmas Sweater - Debbie Johnson

After reading the preceding book, Cold Feet at Christmas, I felt I should give this one a shot this month as well. I didn't care for it much. It's set about 2-3 years after the events of Cold Feet, and focuses on the other brother of the family. I'm also having a hard time pinpointing what I didn't enjoy about this book. British heroine/Set in England? Check. Independent, single mom heroine? Check. Hot hero? Check. Wedding business? Check. All of these have lead to great books in the past for me, so why was this one so lackluster? It could be that the single mom angle wasn't really there, as the child was mostly grown up by that point. The romance also really just didn't feel developed, it just suddenly existed. The Christmas vibe didn't feel forced at all, so that was a point in its favor! When I finally closed the book, I just felt "meh" about it, so my guess is, it's a case of me not being right for the book.

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review 2015-12-08 18:45
Review: Cold Feet at Christmas
Cold Feet at Christmas - Debbie Johnson

The first thing that got me excited about this book was the adorable cover! Runaway bride, at Christmas no less... I was intrigued. What I hoped was a light hearted Christmas romance turned out to be more of a heavy, predictable story with some sexy scenes thrown in.

Now I'm usually all for some depth in my romance books. I love a good redemption story, but this book just had me frustrated the whole time. The book blurb promised a fleeing bride and a handsome man, both of which were present but the story itself was more about their bickering relationship, a man with a lot of baggage and a woman with no direction.

Leah seemed like a fun character, and while she had some funny moments she seemed artificial to me. Leave my wedding after finding my fiance with a bridesmaid and immediately jump into bed with a stranger? Well we all make mistakes when we are in pain and I can almost believe that. Proceed to move to a different country with no income and only knowing said stranger.... much less believable.

Aside from the insta-love from Leah's side, Rob was dealing with lots of demons of his own. I didn't quite expect the heaviness of his back story but that's not what bothered me. The writing style of constantly trying to create an internal conflict for him was hard to get through. Guilt and anger are sincere emotions and I feel like his standoffish behavior was supposed to create this tension with him and Leah but it seemed so forced and insincere. The constant "I don't deserve to be loved" attitude was exhausting and seemed to drag the story on for much longer than the actual 222 pages. His redemption moment was so very predictable I almost didn't finish the last chapter.

If you're looking for a light fun Christmas romance, this is not it. I will say that there were some exciting and sexy scenes mixed in with all of the drama that were fun to read.

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review 2015-12-05 21:49
Cold Feet at Christmas
Cold Feet at Christmas - Debbie Johnson
This story was kinda cute, but also had several flaws that lessened my enjoyment somewhat.

I couldn't believe how fast Leah was rebounding from Doug, regardless of the fact that she figured out that she never really loved him. She also came across in a very clueless funny ditz kinda way and not an actual adult.

Rob was a complete jerk, repeatedly, and began to wonder what Leah saw in him. I honestly wouldn't have kept wasting my time!

The story was funny in spots, but very short. It also wasn't that Christmas-y for being set during the holidays. All things considered, not a bad read, but one I may not repeat, or read subsequent books of.
 
 
 
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review 2015-11-01 00:00
Never Kiss a Man in a Christmas Jumper
Never Kiss a Man in a Christmas Jumper -... Never Kiss a Man in a Christmas Jumper - Debbie Johnson This is my first book by this author but will not be my last. I found this book to be funny but yet emotional. Our heroine, Maggie (who is a single mother) is having the first Christmas with out her daughter (is now an adult daughter) and her father. She runs into our hero/leading man, Marco Cavelli by way of running into their bikes together. This puts Marco with a broken leg and his family wanting Maggie to help him out as he would be alone. This starts their story of helping each other during a hard and lonely time and how their love grew.
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