Lissa Rourke is delighted to finally have a chance to prove what she can do. Bootstraps, her employer, has appointed her as the lead coordinator for the volunteer effort to help Rust Creek Falls, Montana, a small rural town devastated by flooding. She breezes into town with her perky attitude and immediately annoys Sheriff Gage Christensen. She talks too fast, moves too much and won’t listen to him. The tension escalates until a showdown results in one kiss. And then all bets are off.
The Maverick and the Manhattanite does have a few rough spots but it is well worth your time to read. Lissa and Gage remind us that there are heroes in our country. You hear about them at odd times and not always on the front page. They are the ones who do what is right and go out of their way to help those in need. The Maverick and the Manhattanite by Leanne Banks is truly what America is about. Helping those in need is amazing but finding love along the way makes for an amazing romance.
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The Mommy Club miniseries begins with a story filled with dilemmas that seem to increase instead of decline. Just when the heroine thinks her life might change for the better, another setback adds more misery. Though the main couple is not looking to start a serious relationship, inner desires keep pushing them to explore their feelings for the other. Yet doubts will not simply go away unless trust can be established between them. WANTED: A REAL FAMILY is a heartwarming story, where Karen Rose Smith makes the emotions genuine and characters constantly likable.
After the death of her husband, Sara Stevens has done her best to give her daughter a good home, despite the financial burdens. A fire recently claimed almost all her possessions, and though she hates receiving what she feels like is charity, the needs of her daughter come first. A group has arranged for the two of them to stay in the guesthouse located at a local vineyard. The owner’s son made the generous offer, as Jase Cramer already knew Sara because of the physical therapy she previously gave him when he was severely hurt.
When Jase was receiving treatment, much of the advice Sara gave him had to do with rehabilitating his body. However, some of her suggestions helped him to recover emotionally as well. Since she was married at the time, any feelings he had about her remained professional. With her now living nearby for a short time, he starts wondering if there really could be anything meaningful between them. Though Sara does feel very attracted to Jase, she worries about how others will question her motives if she does become involved with the man who is helping her out. Since both of them have trust issues about the opposite sex, forming any kind of relationship will be difficult.
Realistic situations are always depicted in a story by Karen Rose Smith. The families in all Ms. Smith’s stories could be someone who lives in your neighborhood, and the many predicaments they end up facing are also ones that could crop up in the daily lives of ordinary folks. The Mommy Club miniseries is about a group that gives aid to parents who need assistance because of some dire event. Sara definitely qualifies as she cannot make it on her own at the moment because of a devastating fire, and concern for her young daughter has her accepting help from the organization. I liked how family oriented the story always is, as all feelings and requirements are taken into account. Ms. Smith knows how to make the scenes where children are featured come across as accurate, and the responses of her young characters are often important to the adults.
There are quite a few doubts in the relationship between Jase and Sara, as several individuals in each of their past were not always open. Ms. Smith makes these two work for their future happiness, as one challenge after another often causes them to waver amongst a number of choices. Sexual desire is shared by them both, and while she considers many factors before giving in to the temptation, those moments are honestly sincere with much passion. WANTED: A REAL FAMILY is another stirring story from Karen Rose Smith.
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The second Harlequin Special Edition story taking place in Whispering Oaks reconnects the reader with a family whose members are living through many ups and downs. While one daughter seems to have her life turning out as desired, her brother is a changed man when he returns home after bravely serving his country. Lynne Marshall makes the emotional scenes in THE MEDIC’S HOMECOMING compassionately insightful and very realistic.
As an Army medic, Lucas Grady was forced to live through way too many horrendous events while in a far away desert and now often has troubling flashbacks. His life was dedicated to the service for ten years, but he has come back to Whispering Oaks after his parents were in a bad accident in order to help them out. When he was younger, Lucas knows he was seen as an underachiever and still does not know what he wants to do with his life after getting out of the military.
Being back in his hometown is not where Lucas really wants to be, but when he meets up with the woman who lived next door while he was growing up, things become much more interesting. He previously enjoyed teasing Jocelyn Howard and thought of her as a friend. While she also liked being around him, her feelings of friendship had started to become more sexual as they got older but he never showed the same interest. Jocelyn unfortunately had her share of failures over the years that altered some of her opinions, but her desire for Lucas has not diminished one bit. Though she can tell he is different in ways she cannot yet comprehend, she is not ready to give up on them finally being in a relationship.
Since true-to-life reactions are ever present in a Lynne Marshall story, her characters are totally believable and vividly come to life. By also having issues arise that do occur in ordinary lives, Ms. Marshall repeatedly had me thinking the main couple in THE MEDIC’S HOMECOMING could actually exist in a quaint town somewhere. While the troubles taking place in Jocelyn’s life come across as real, the dilemmas which Lucas has to face time and again really tugged at my heart. Anyone who gives so much of himself in protecting others and then has to suffer the consequences has my full sympathy, and the author convincingly shows the cost to those who suffer with PTSD. Lucas and Jocelyn both believe themselves to be undeserving when it comes to being completely happy, and Ms. Marshall made their journey to discovering their true worth not only memorable but constantly moving. Extremely sincere feelings are conveyed by these two quite frequently, and my entire attention would be focused on their conversations as I never knew for sure how they would respond. Since the theme of the story is friends-to-lovers, it was fun watching Lucas come to realize just what Jocelyn meant to him. Any intimacy between them is expressed with very honest feelings, and how they became thoroughly caught up in several of the moments had me smiling. The first book about the Grady family does not have to be read to understand this story, but learning what has happened since it concluded is definitely enjoyable. THE MEDIC’S HOMECOMING is captivating with emotional challenges and dynamic characters.
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The fourth book in the Reunion Brides miniseries gives its main couple another chance at finding love, but numerous doubts must first be vanquished before sexual longing can turn into a long-lasting relationship. Karen Rose Smith reinforces her status as a notable writer of heartwarming romantic stories with the publication of RILEY’S BABY BOY.
It was a complete surprise to see Brenna McDougall on his porch, and when Riley O’Rourke is informed the baby being held by her is his son, he is doubly stunned. They had secretly dated in high school, but he had not seen her for years until the night of their fifteenth high school reunion in Miners Bluff. All the time they had been apart did not lessen the passion between them, and Brenna spent the night with Riley. Now, she has traveled from where she lives in New York so he can get to know his child. Discovering he is a dad is definitely a shock to Riley, but he tries to make the best of the unexpected circumstances and make Brenna plus his son comfortable in his home.
When they had dated before, their relationship was never disclosed as their families had a long-standing feud and they knew dating each other would be opposed. With the birth of the baby, the two families are now connected yet past history cannot simply be forgotten. As Riley and Brenna try to make decisions based on what is best for their son, desire keeps mounting yet trust does not come easily.
Realistic true-to-life experiences make a book by Karen Rose Smith totally believable. Any situations that arise seem as though they could in fact take place in the real world, and the whole concept of feuding families in RILEY’S BABY BOY is especially lifelike with one plausible obstacle after another. Riley and Brenna must face several very challenging ordeals before their relationship can ever flourish, and a few of the trials are very demanding and had me unsure as to whether they could ever work out their differences. Becoming an instant father with no warning certainly shocked Riley, yet trying to get along with Brenna’s father and mother plus his brothers seems to be just as testing as the tempers of family members repeatedly flare. Brenna feels not only the stress of being a new mother, but also tries to please her parents, keep up with her business dealings and get along with the father of her child. Compromises must be made, and Ms. Smith takes these two through a number of highs and lows before all is finally settled. Denying the sexual desire between them just adds to the tension they feel on a daily basis. However, this awareness is too much to ignore, and they give in to the yearning with fiery results. Lots of characters from previous releases in the Reunion Brides miniseries make an appearance, and it was wonderful getting to catch up with these beloved individuals. RILEY’S BABY BOY engages the reader with stirring emotions during every poignant scene.
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The third book in the Reunion Brides mini-series is about two people who previously lost the chance at a lasting relationship, but are now given the opportunity to discover if the feelings they left unspoken can be revived. Karen Rose Smith delights with a stirring romance packed with intense emotions, sincere wishes and appealing characters.
When Dawson Barrett attends their high school reunion, it has been fifteen years since Mikala Conti has seen the man who once touched her life in a very memorable way. As they talk, she learns he is not there to reminiscence but mainly wants her help in aiding his son. Mikala is a music therapist, and Luke has been exceedingly troubled since a car accident killed his mother. Dawson informs her that he will be moving back to Miners Bluff, and she agrees to work with his son.
As the CEO of a construction company, Dawson knows how to plan and then achieve a desired goal. Sadly, nothing he does seems to work in getting Luke to open up and talk with anyone, so he hopes the young boy’s love of music will help Mikala get through to him. In high school, she envisioned a future with Dawson, but knows caring for the boy comes before they can explore any feelings they thought long buried. As Mikala works to get the father and son to reconnect with each other, a special bond with Dawson gradually grows.
A Karen Rose Smith story always delights with the genuine feelings amongst its dynamic characters. The individuals in the Reunion Brides mini-series are especially engaging, as the lives of each couple are filled with unique situations that keep the reader captivated during every compelling scene. In THE CEO’S UNEXPECTED PROPOSAL, there are current problems to be resolved along with issues resulting from past predicaments. Dawson is focused on the troubles influencing the behavior of his son, while the rapport he had with his wife makes him apprehensive about beginning any new relationships. Several events in Mikala’s past cause her to be wary of letting anyone get too close, so feelings are denied to keep any anguished distress from once again being in her life. These two have to examine how they really feel about each other, and then choices will have to be made that will benefit not only themselves but his son, Luke. Ms. Smith excels at creating stories relating to family concerns, and how everything works out is portrayed with real life believability. The responses from every person involved seem plausible, and any situations arising truly do come across as conceivable. Any passion between Dawson and Mikala is conveyed with trepidation at first, as neither knows exactly how to proceed. However, their desire for the other is too potent to keep under control, and this leads to several heated scenes of satisfying intimacy. Plenty of characters from the first two books in the mini-series make an appearance, and being informed about their present lives is much appreciated. THE CEO’S UNEXPECTED PROPOSAL is an emotional story of rediscovered love, where heartache can sometimes turn into a bright future with unlimited possibilities.
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