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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

The Maverick's Snowbound Christmas by Karen Rose Smith- Feature and Review

Ah, wintertime in Rust Creek Falls! It's the perfect time of year to snuggle up by the fireplace and indulge in some juicy gossip. Speaking of snuggling, did you hear that Eli Dalton and Hadley Strickland were forced to spend the night together in an abandoned barn during our recent snowstorm? 

While it may have been a horse in distress that brought the lovely veterinarian out to the Circle D, we're betting handsome, steady Eli will draw her back. We believe the rancher could melt fair Hadley's frozen heart—if she can find the courage to reveal her past. So hang the holly, dear readers, and remember that this is the season for miracles. Could a holiday proposal soon be in the works?



The Maverick's Snowbound Christmas (Montana Mavericks: The Great Family Roundup #5)The Maverick's Snowbound Christmas by Karen Rose Smith
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Maverick’s Snowbound Christmas by Karen Rose Smith is a 2017 Harlequin Special Edition publication.

This is a charming holiday themed contemporary romance set in Rust Creek Falls, and centered around rancher, Eli Dalton and veterinarian, Hadley Strickland.

Hadley is home visiting her folks for the holiday, enduring the usual admonishments about how busy her life is and how she needs to start thinking of marriage and family.

When she gets a call asking her to help Eli Dalton deliver a foal, she jumps at the chance, even though horses are outside her area of expertise and a snowstorm is headed their direction.

However, once she arrives on the scene, she and Eli finds themselves snowbound together. An awkward situation soon leads to a tentative friendship while they both grapple with a growing attraction to one another.

However, the relationship seems doomed from the start, due to Hadley’s wall of defenses and Eli’s refusal to consider any other kind of life for himself, than living in Rust Creek Falls and running his ranch.

Is there a chance holiday magic could help them find a way to overcome their differences?

I enjoyed this short, fast paced holiday romance from author Karen Rose Smith. Bringing two people together with different outlooks on life, different goals, and each harboring pain or resentment due to the failure of previous relationships, is always a challenge. But, I really enjoy seeing a couple do the work, each making sacrifices or compromises in order make a relationship solidify and grow.

I personally enjoy reading about more ‘mature’ characters, with family playing a role in the story, and of course any story which features pets or animals is a plus, in my opinion. Therefore, this book was a nice fit for me.





Karen Rose Smith is writing mysteries as well as romances now! Her plots, whether in mystery or romance, are all about relationships.

She began writing in her early teens when she listened to music and created stories to accompany the songs. After expressing feelings in poetry, earning a degree in English and French, completing short stories that became too long to find a market, she turned to her fascination with relationships to writing romances and now mysteries. This award-winning best-selling author (USA Today List, Borders Bestseller List, Amazon Romance Bestseller lists, Barnes and Noble Bestseller list) will see her 97th novel released in 2017. She has published with Silhouette, Harlequin, Kensington and Meteor/Kismet. Her awards include two Golden Leaf awards in short contemporary romance, the Golden Quill in traditional romance, two cataromance.com's awards for Best Special Editions and Romance Review's Today's Best series romance award. Jane Bowers of Romance Reviews Today states: "Karen Rose Smith's storyworlds are complete and realistic and lovely places to visit and revisit. She excels at stories that feature couples brought together by infants and children, and she handles her plots and characters with sublime sensitivity."

Karen is well-known for writing emotion-packed novels. An only child, she spent a lot of time in her imagination and with books--Nancy Drew, Zane Gray, The Black Stallion and Anne of Green Gables. She dreamt of brothers and sisters and a big family like her mother and father came from--seven children in her mom's family and ten in her dad's. On weekends she was often surrounded by aunts, uncles and cousins. This is the root of her plotlines that include small communities and family relationships as integral to everyday living. She believes universal emotions unite us all and that is the reason she employs them to propel her plots.

It is no secret that Karen married her college sweetheart and they have been married for 45 years. She believes in the power of commitment and the hope that goes along with the promise of everlasting love. Along with enjoying time with her husband, Karen enjoys cooking, watercolor painting, gardening, shopping, listening to music and keeping her four rescued cats company or vice versa.

She has been busy indie publishing her SEARCH FOR LOVE series. In addition, she is writing her Caprice De Luca mystery series as well as her Daisy's Tea Garden series for Kensington along with romances for Harlequin Special Edition. Readers can follow her on Facebook (Search--Karen Rose Smith) or on Twitter @karenrosesmith. Contact her through her website www.karenrosesmith.com or KarenRoseSmithMysteries.com if you'd like to belong to her street team or her readers group on Facebook. She welcomes interaction with her readers on Facebook and Twitter, and would love to chat about plotlines, titles, emotions, heroes, heroines, music, books, gardening, cooking, or anything else readers deem noteworthy!

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