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The Trouble with Christmas
     

The Trouble with Christmas

3.6 5
by Kaira Rouda
 
At 35-years-old, Cole Stanton is burned out. His high-paced, uber-successful career has left him yearning to start over. He finds Indigo Island, buys a restaurant and settles into an uncomplicated life. But Christmas is a mess. He has over-committed the small restaurant's resources again, and is over his head. He finds himself longing for everything he has left behind

Overview

At 35-years-old, Cole Stanton is burned out. His high-paced, uber-successful career has left him yearning to start over. He finds Indigo Island, buys a restaurant and settles into an uncomplicated life. But Christmas is a mess. He has over-committed the small restaurant's resources again, and is over his head. He finds himself longing for everything he has left behind, until a chance encounter with gorgeous Lily offers a spark of salvation to his business and, perhaps his life.

Beautiful pastry chef Lily Edmonds is thirty years old and heartbroken. It's just before Christmas and she's just been dumped via telephone by her fiancee. Her best friend Avery Putnam invites her to Indigo Island, hoping to add joy back into Lily's life. A chance encounter with the sexy owner of a local restaurant makes Lily feel an attraction she thought she'd never feel again, and offers her a business challenge to keep her mind focused on something other than her broken heart.

Cole Stanton and Lily Edmonds are both starting over. Will the joy of the holiday season bring them together or will the troubles with Christmas push them apart?

Product Details

BN ID:
2940151372398
Publisher:
The Tule Publishing Group, LLC
Publication date:
11/10/2014
Series:
Inigo Island , #3
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
267,314
File size:
476 KB

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The Trouble with Christmas 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good storyline and characters. About 100 pages plus a bonus story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cole and Lily's story was pretty entertaining but the bonus book, Laguna nights was pretty awful
DebDiem More than 1 year ago
The Trouble With Christmas is my first read by Kaira Rouda. I was impressed with Ms Rouda's well written book. Lily and Cole's story is an entertaining read. Ms Rouda has furnished her story with amazing characters, drama, humor and steamy sex. I enjoyed The Trouble With Christmas and look forward to reading more from Kaira Rouda in the future. The Trouble With Christmas is book 3 of the Indigo Island Series but can be read as a standalone. This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.
MouseyBL More than 1 year ago
Soo… not sure what I just read or how to event start this review. In a sense I am a little ticked with this book. Yup this is also my 3rd Christmas read this September. Someone seems to be in a holiday mood huh? Kind to think of it, the book before this one centered around Halloween. Humm… anyway getting off track. Hope this review doesn’t sound too harsh. Okay, I really went with an open mind when I picked The Trouble with Christmas as my next read. I really had been in a holiday mood, plus my netgalley account was getting kind of cluttered due to missing a bunch after having my son and let’s face it this looked like a quick read. Who doesn’t like quick reads? Especially if you have an infant almost constantly in your other arm, like right now… heh Typing one handed /flex Anyway. I am stalling. Like I said, I am not sure where to begin. I really wanted to like this book, but it kind of went down hill fast for me. Long story short, or short story, shorter… Lily has just been dumped by her fiance. He apparently broke off their engagement for an “arranged” marriage and he was also marrying.. up for money. Okay, whatever. So Lily is heart broken when her best friend since childhood swoops in and takes her away on a family trip to Indigo Island. Now I will warn you. Some things upset me as the story went on so there might be SPOILERS. If you do not want to see them, you can just stop reading now… I will just tell you ahead of time, I gave this book two stars instead of one because the romance had SOME redeeming qualities. Okay? Now, if you don’t want to know why I was so upset, and don’t want to read spoilers, you can stop beyond this point. SPOILERS AHEAD First, I felt like Lily moved on too quickly. This was sort of an insta-love book. One moment she is blowing snot bubbles over her ex of five years, the next moment she is drooling over some local of Indigo Island. The guy is hot, so.. yup that’s that. -Avery her best friend keeps hoping that Lily would become her sister in law and get together with her brother James, who apparently has a girlfriend in this book, and appears roughly a hand full of times and none of their communication had left me believing there was anything between them. What really pissed me off here? Lily says something during family dinner that apparently upsets James, which I did not feel he should have been upset about it and Avery was quick to point out that Lily has hit a nerve.. umm why? To top it off… James, who she knew all her life and did not feel anything towards apparently out of no where, thought that the two of them can have a future together and then literally forces himself on her… sorry but….the hell? There is a lot of The trouble with Christmas lines and all the problems with it.. I did not know that Christmas was such a troubled holiday… At one point Lily calls Bob her soul mate, but later says she never felt anything like this with Bob or any man that she felt with Cole…. flip flopping much? Cole calls Lily exasperating because she teases him a bunch but won’t sleep with a man she just met right away – why? Not that it matters, the panties dropped not too soon after that. Avery let’s Lily borrow her lingerie… what? NO, NO, NO. I am sorry, I don’t care if she is your best friend, sister, or mother.. why would ANYONE borrow someones lingerie.. ew.. no! The book was so fast paced there was just too much going too fast, it was kind of like watching a movie on fast f
CatmomJD More than 1 year ago
A sweet Christmas story A quiet Christmas with her best friend and family at their plantation home is just what Lily Edmonds needs after being dumped by her fiance of five years. Cole Stanton needed a change from his fast paced life in Boston. Indigo Island seems like the perfect place to start over. He has bought a restaurant and wants to make a success of it. He had no idea how hard it is running a restaurant. Lily and Cole quickly become friends after bumping into each other at the store and she decides to help him with his Christmas menu. Will the spirit of the holiday season bring them together or will the troubles with Christmas push them apart?