Christmas in July (Christmas, Colorado # 2) by Debbie Mason
Publication Date: June 24, 2014
Publisher Grand Central/ Length 416 pgs.
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Grace Flaherty had given up hope of ever seeing her husband again. After all, it’d been over a year since he went missing in combat. So when he strides through the door of her bakery in downtown Christmas one sunny afternoon, she can hardly believe her eyes. But her happily-ever-after is going to take some effort – because Jack has no memory of his family.
All Jack Flaherty remembers about Christmas is that he couldn’t wait to leave town. Now he’s a local hero with a wife and son he doesn’t know. Even as he struggles to rekindle the romance with his wife, he knows in his heart what he wants: a second chance at love.
Scene: Jack and his sister Jill are on their way home to Christmas
“Are you okay?” his sister asked as she drove the SUV down I-70. She’d been asking him a variation of the same question since their ﬂight landed at the Denver airport two hours ago. Maybe if he told her the truth, she’d quit asking.
“How do you think I am, Jill? I have a wife and son I don’t remember, and I was messing around with another woman.” And there’d been no one to stop him. He’d gone up with a new crew that morning. But still, it seemed odd that he hadn’t mentioned his family before the crash. He’d called Quinn, Holden, and Josh on the way to the airport. They’d been as shocked by the news as he was. Maybe Maria was right, and Jack’s marriage wasn’t as happy as his sister and father-in-law believed.
“You didn’t know you were married.” Chewing on her bottom lip—it was a nervous tic Jill had developed at six—she cast him a sidelong glance. “Grace doesn’t have to know. I won’t say anything and neither will her dad.”
Lying went against his moral code, but Jack wasn’t stupid. He didn’t plan on telling the woman who’d been waiting for him to come home about the other woman in his life. At least not right away. And when he ﬁnally got around to calling Maria back—she’d ﬁlled his voice mail—he’d make it clear that she had no place in his life now.
“What’s Grace like?” he asked. He’d been relieved when Jill called her from Dulles International to tell her not to make the trip to Denver. Jack had been reeling from the news of what he’d lost, the knowledge he had a wife and son. Still was. He needed a few more hours to get his head around everything. It was why, when he’d sensed his sister was going to hand him the phone, he’d ducked into a barbershop for a shave and haircut to avoid talking to his wife.
“She’s amazing. She’s sweet and kind, a bit reserved and quiet, but not in a stuck-up sort of way.” Jill gave him a wry smile. “When you ﬁrst brought her to meet Nana and me, I thought she was one of those rich society girls. She was too perfect and polite. But she’s not like that at all. I know she doesn’t sound anything like the girls you dated in the past, Jack, but you were crazy about her. I’d never seen you as happy as when you were with Grace.”
His sister was right about one thing: Jack dated bad girls. And from everything Jill said, his wife fell in the good-girl category. The same girls he’d avoided once he was old enough to know the difference. They were the ones who wanted a ring on their ﬁnger. “But?” he asked when Jill averted her gaze.
“Shortstop, I know when you’re holding out on me. Spill.”
She released a shuddering breath and reached for his hand. “I missed you so much. I can’t believe you’re actually here.”
“I missed you, too.” He squeezed her hand, and she blinked back tears. “Do you want me to drive?”
“No way,” she said on a choked laugh. “You drive like a maniac. I’d have to arrest you.”
True. There was nothing Jack liked better than taking the mountain roads at breakneck speed on his Harley. His grandmother used to accuse him of having a death wish. He didn’t. He’d needed the rush and the excitement, needed to test his boundaries. The small town of Christmas had been as much a prison as the one he’d just escaped.
Because there’d been nothing or no one to jog his memory in Afghanistan, Doctor Peters was conﬁdent Jack’s memory would return fairly quickly once he was in familiar surroundings. Jack was counting on it.
He didn’t plan on trading one prison for another.
What Others Are Saying about Christmas in July
“4 Stars! A quintessential romance with everything readers love: familiar and likable characters, clever dialogue and a juicy plot.”
~ RT Book Reviews
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Praised as a “writer to watch” by RT Book Reviews, Debbie Mason also writes Scottish-set historical paranormals as Debbie Mazzuca. Her MacLeod series debuted in April 2010 and is said to “combine the passion of Hannah Howell’s Highand romances with the seductive fantasy of Karen Marie Moning’s bestsellers.”
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