Book Review: The Trouble With Tinsel by Kelly Collins


The Trouble With Tinsel

by Kelly Collins




Beau Tinsel—dark-haired and delicious. As the lead singer for BT and Bads, he’s used to carrying the weight of the world on his broad, sexy, shoulders. This rock star has everything a man could want. Everything but her. When he left Bell Mountain, he took Mandy Sawyer’s heart and never returned—until now.

Mandy Sawyer—blonde and broken. She moved to Paris to mend her broken heart and returned a single mother. As a French-trained pastry chef, she lives in New York City with her six-year-old son Tommy. He’s the only man in her life—until now.

Summoned to Bell Mountain by meddling mothers, Beau and Mandy must revisit their painful past to have a shot at their true destiny. Is it too late, or, can the spirit of Christmas heal all wounds?

The Trouble with Tinsel is a touching tale of love and redemption by the Queen of Hearts, international best-selling author Kelly Collins.

All hearts come home for Christmas…


My Rating:

4.5 hearts


Favorite Quotes:


Tommy stared up at Greg and smiled like he was looking into the face of an angel. Greg had that effect on everyone. Something wonderful and happy arrived each time he did. He was hot chocolate on a frigid day and fuzzy socks on a cold morning.


The family portraits, once removed, were back in their place of honor, laid out like a game of solitaire on the entry wall.   I’d always thought of them as personal greeters – kind of like visiting Wal-Mart and getting a friendly hello upon entering.


It was obvious why he sold millions of records.   His voice alone could melt the pants off a frigid woman, but when you stirred that with sexual innuendo, no girl was safe.


His voice was like a poodle skirt – cute, and sweet, and all swishy.


This was the mom I’d longed for and in that moment, her arms seemed stronger than Superman, her compassion more than Mother Theresa, and her cunning could give the most talented con artist a run for his money.



My Review:


I enjoyed this clever second chance romance and found it to be among the best work I’ve read from Kelly Collins. It was a quick, sweet, relevant, and satisfying read that held my interest from beginning to end. The writing was easy to follow, entertaining, observant, insightful, and unfailingly engaging. The characters were endearingly flawed, well-meaning, and each had an interesting story to tell.  I adored Beau Tinsel!  Sprinkled with witty bits of humor and steam, the narrative was well-balanced with regret over past mistakes (something we all carry), and hopes for betterment (something we all should have).

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Kelly Collins writes with the intention of keeping the love alive.

Always a romantic, she is inspired by real-time events mixed with a dose of fiction. She encourages her readers to reach the happily ever after but bask in the afterglow of the perfectly imperfect love.

Kelly lives in Colorado with her husband of twenty-five years. She loves hockey, shiny objects and has a new-found appreciation for green smoothies.

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