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Friday, September 23, 2011

Review: Once Upon a Groom Book by Karen Rose Smith






Release Date: October 1, 2011
Publisher: Harlequin Special Edition
Rated: Adult
Series: Reunion Brides, Book 2
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*Book was provided by author for honest review*
Zack and Jenny fell in love in high school. But Zack intended to escape the Rocky D while Jenny craved the roots she’d found on his parents’ ranch. With resentment and bitterness toward his father, blaming him for his mother’s death, Zack left for California to find a life as a movie director with wealth, fame and privilege. Now when he returns to Miners Bluff, his father isn’t the man he once was. And Jenny has a secret she has never divulged.
As old fires reignite, Zack and Jenny fall in love all over again. A rescued horse becomes a bond that helps them revisit the good times in their past. Due to Jenny’s passion for the holidays and her insistence that they visit with friends, Zack begins to remember the meaning of Thanksgiving and Christmas. Will their differences push them apart once more? Or is Jenny
truly Zack’s Cinderella and he will be able to whisk her away into their happily-ever after?

What I thought

Such a sweet, romantic story! I was enchanted from the very first page and swept off my feet as the story unfolded. Zack and Jenny were perfect for each other in so many ways, but blinded by dreams they thought they wanted. I really loved how this story grew and evolved. When Zack and Jenny shared the responsibility of taking care of Silas, Zack's father, they both had to reassess their dreams and their lives. It wasn't one sided and it really helped build the story into a beautiful tale.

Zack sees his father as someone who was disapproving of his lifestyle. He didn't want to take over at the Rocky D and so he left. And he left behind more than just his childhood and girlfriend. He also left behind a part of it and it really was beautiful to watch as Zack realized what was missing from his life and just how much he truly missed it.

I liked how both Jenny and Zack had daddy issues to work out. Neither was in the right or wrong and I think that was important. Both had to work their issues out, but it wasn't belittled by the other. Perfectly written. Once Upon a Groom was such a joy to read. I didn't read the first in the series, but after reading this, I must get my hands on the first. This is definitely a must read for any romance fan.

My Rating

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About the Author

Karen Rose SmithKaren Rose Smith was born in Pennsylvania in the Susquehanna Valley. In college, she began writing poetry and also met her husband to be. They both started married life as teachers, but when their son was born, Karen decided to try her hand at a home decorating business. She returned to teaching for a while but changes in her life led her to writing romance fiction. Now she writes full time. Her first romance was published in 1992; her 74th novel will be published in 2011 with Harlequin Special Edition. A winner of New Jersey’s Golden Leaf Award in Short Contemporary Romance, Colorado Romance Writers Award Of Excellence for short contemporary, as well as the Phoenix Desert Rose Chapter’s Golden Quill for Traditional Romance, she has also been honored with Cataromance.com’s award for Best Special Edition. Her romances have made both the USA TODAY list and the Waldenbooks Bestseller list for Series Romance.
Married to her college sweetheart , believing in the power of love and commitment, she envisions herself writing relationship novels for a long time to come!
Readers can visit Karen for info and excerpts at: www.karenrosesmith.com.

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