It has been my pleasure over the last couple of years to create, write, and work with Harlequin Intrigue and its team and my agent to bring the suspenseful Mystery Christmas Series to life. The last book in the Publishers Weekly and Walmart Bestselling series, Ms. Demeanor, has just hit store shelves (and its ebook is available for pre-order wherever books are sold).
While the series has come to an amazing and twist-filled end, my love for the series will continue. I can’t tell you how fun it was to get to know Wyatt, Waylon, Colter, and Rainier—the four Fitzgerald brothers whose stories fill the pages of Ms. Calculation, Mr. Serious, Mr. Taken and Ms. Demeanor.
Each of these brothers are alpha-heroes, right down to their love of horses, dogs, and family. These brothers are like all brothers—they fight, they have fallings out, and occasionally get hurt, but when push comes to shove family always comes first.
And that, right there, is why I feel it makes it the perfect Christmas series—no matter what happens in their lives (or who is murdered, missing, and/or there is a secret baby) they always find their family will always stand beside them.
As for the heroines of the series, each has a story as incredible as those of the men they come to love. We have Whitney, Christina, Gwen, and Laura Blade—each of these strong, confident and intelligent women has a secret… some in their pasts, some held in the present, and even some that will impact their futures.
Here is one of my favorite reviews for Mr. Taken by Books and Spoons, a 1% Top Reviewer on Goodreads:
“With mystery, threats, humor, and passion the story pulled me in, and I was enthralled until the early morning hours and ‘the end’.
Mr. Taken has a new, different kind of tone to it compared to the previous stories, obviously colored by the hero and heroine’s personalities and sizzling chemistry between them. The sarcastic, yet well-meant banter between them had me chuckling, the fervor of their feelings fanning my face. Colter Fitzgerald and Whitney Barstow have a definite spark between them, and they have much more in common than one would think at the first glance.
Colter has a great sense of humor, he is a caretaker and protector. He is not shy about his attraction and growing feeling towards Whitney, he just wishes he knew if he can truly trust her with her skittish behavior regarding the recent events at the farm. Because it is obvious Whitney is holding secrets that could put all of them in danger.
Whitney ran away from Kentucky to hide from her abusive, stalking ex who tried to kill her. She is secretive and avoiding close relationships with everyone. The lose of her family connection and beloved horses keep her away from the barn and people, yet her whole being is craving for healing and peace of mind.
She does her best to deny her attraction to Colter, yet the repeated moments of jealousy and envy tells another tale.
The story fits well into the ongoing series, and there was a natural flow to it that made it easy to follow and enjoy. The catty behavior between Sarah and Whitney was a surprise, in that hilarious, “I can’t look away oh my goodness what is going on” – way.
The mystery with the attempts to sabotage the farm builds up the suspense and tension. The investigation is churning a lot of feelings, bringing strain and stress to the relationships all around.
A touch of Christmas spirit and sort of a community miracle is witnessed in the attempt to save the farm, as all come together to celebrate the Yule. Little did they know this would give an ample opportunity to anyone wanting to harm the town or the Fitzgeralds.
A delightfully intense story filled with engaging romance and gripping mystery.”
This review, and those like it, are the reason I continue to write. I love when I can impact my readers’ lives in such a wonderful, and positive way. My goal is always to make you laugh, make you cry (with laughter), and help you to escape.
While each story is different and each couple works to solve a mystery at the family’s ranch, they all promise to keep you reading late into the night.
If you get a chance, I would love for you to read and review this series that is near and dear to my heart. I know you will fall just as deeply in love with these stories as I have!
Wishing you a happy holiday season and many great books!