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Monday, May 14, 2018

Fortune's Family Secrets by Karen Rose Smith


The man of her dreams... is a Fortune in disguise!

Innkeeper Cassie Calloway could easily fall for her newest guest. Out-of-towner Nash Tremont is hunky, handsome and handy, but Cassie's painful past makes her afraid to trust. In this case, caution may be in order. Nash is actually an undercover cop--and a member of the Fortune family. With so many secrets between them, Cassie and Nash will have their work cut out for them. But their complicated love may be worth the fight...



Fortune's Family SecretsFortune's Family Secrets by Karen Rose Smith
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fortune’s Family Secrets by Karen Rose Smith is a 2018 Harlequin Special Edition publication.

Family secrets threaten to dissolve the budding romance between Nash and Cassie-

Cassie owns an inn/ bed and breakfast style establishment in the Avant- garde city of Austin, Texas.

 But, foremost, in her heart, she is an artist and uses her talent to give art lessons on top of her responsibilities at the inn.

Nash Tremont is a guest at Cassie’s Inn. He’s originally from Oklahoma but is in town doing a little private investigating off the clock, working a case that has personal ramifications for him.

But, as he and Cassie spend more time together they begin to realize they really enjoy one another’s company, and are very attracted to each other, despite the fact both of them are harboring big whopping secrets.

However, Nash finds Cassie very easy to talk to and as his feelings for her develop into something deeper he finds himself opening up to her a little more each day. But, Cassie’s secrets could change Nash’s opinion of her and send him packing. Will Cassie take a chance and trust Nash with the secrets of her troubling past?

Everyone has secrets, some more complicated than others, and we all have a right to those secrets, but in Nash and Cassie’s case, they both end up living a lie to protect themselves from getting hurt. While they may have good reasons it wasn’t healthy for them individually, much less as a couple. This means that if they want their relationship to work, they'll have to lay all their cards on the table.

I love reading stories that feature characters with strength and depth, who struggle with situations beyond their control, and fight to maintain their own integrity, while refusing to allow the circumstances to define them. I enjoy watching couples face conflict, but learn to work through their fears, doubts, and trust issues, while learning to accept and forgive in the process.

This is one of those types of stories. Wonderful characters, heartwarming gestures, combined with a little sensuality made this a satisfying contemporary romance, all the way around.





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.

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