Between Christmas and Romance
by Shanna Hatfield
Series: Christmas Mountain #7
Publication Date October 15, 2019
Genres: Clean Romance
Setting: Montana Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adults
There’s nothing like the spark of attraction to light up the holidays . . .
When the bright lights and big city lost its luster, Carol Bennett returns to her Montana hometown disillusioned and ready to embrace a simple, quiet existence. After she takes over the Christmas Mountain bookstore, she is determined to forget the glitzy world that left her with broken dreams. The store provides the perfect place to hide from her past while indulging her secret joy of reading sappy romances.
Then she encounters a cowboy too handsome for his own good and too insightful for hers. Although she adores his grandmother, rancher Tim Burke is stubborn, bold, and opinionated. He refuses to let her hide when he sees her all too clearly and does his best to draw her out of her protective shell.
In spite of her determination to detest the man, the sparks sizzling between them could light up the town’s Christmas tree. Carol has to decide if she’ll choose being brave and latching onto happiness or staying safely tucked away in her store.
Will two such opposite people be able to find love somewhere between romance and Christmas?
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I would like to thank Shanna Hatfield for giving me this copy of the book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Once again, Shanna Hatfield has written a fun Christmas romance. The snarky dialog filled with literary quotes, movie references, and puns related to the characters’ names kept me smiling. Tim, the handsome cowboy who was so determined to get beyond Carol’s defenses had me swooning. And Carol’s very painful past had me sighing.
It was obvious that Carol, the owner of Rudolph’s Reads, had secrets in her past that she wanted to keep there. Big secrets that caused her to learn major self-defense moves which got used on the unfortunate Tim more than once when he surprised her. While I conjectured many scenarios, none of them were correct. The fact that Tim figured out her secret surprised me and the way he let her know that he had was quite fun.
I loved the subplot about Mia, the teenage girl who hid in the bookstore after school. Carol’s kindness to her and how she drew her out so she was willing to share her hurts reflected on Carol’s sweet nature. What Carol did with the information she found. . . Well, let’s just say you’ll have to read the story to find out.
If you enjoy lighthearted Christmas romance with an undertone of mystery, visit Rudolph’s Reads and learn more about Carol and Tim in Between Christmas and Romance!