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Romancing Rosalie - A Cascade Creek…
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Romancing Rosalie - A Cascade Creek Christmas (Historical Western…

by AnnMarie Oakes

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When Rosalie hears her fiance has a mistress - who is pregnant - she confronts him about it expecting him to say it's not true. But it is true and he doesn't plan on giving her up after the wedding. Rosalie breaks the engagement and goes to Cascade Creek in the Colorado Territory to visit her cousin, Audra. Even though the don't know she is coming, Audra and her husband, Lucas, welcome Rosalie.

Garrett is the marshal and a friend of Lucas' who takes Rosalie to her cousin's house since she had bought supplies to last several months and he had a wagon. She didn't think much of him because the first time she saw him he was tossed out of a saloon and a "lady of the night" was calling to him to come back in.

What kind people Audra and Lucas are to let Rosalie stay with them, especially when she is due to have her first baby any day. Rosalie learns how to cook and helps with the chores. Which is a good thing because when Audra goes into labor, Rosalie stays to care for the animals. When Garrett learns Rosalie is alone he goes to check on her. When a blizzard blows in they are both stranded there together making it hard for them to ignore their attraction.

I loved what a strong woman Rosalie was. She wouldn't put up with marrying just because she was suppose to but had enough pride in herself to leave. It took a lot of courage to travel from Boston to Cascade Creek on her own. She was a woman before her time.

Even though Rosalie didn't get a good first impression of Garrett she did like him as she got to know him. He was a kind, patient and protective man who was hard not to like.

I was impressed with the detail in this book since it was such a quick read. I love all the Cascade Creek books and will be reading them again.

I did receive a complementary copy of this book but I am reviewing it on my own as I do with all the books I read. ( )
  JoAB | Nov 2, 2016 |
Short, sweet, adorable!

Rosalie Weld and Marshall Garrett Ballinger haven't met under the best circumstances. Rosalie was fleeing Boston after her fiancé's mistress is rumored to be pregnant with his child - a mistress she didn't know even existed, one that the so-called fiancé is not willing to give up, either. Garrett was thrown out of a brothel, nearly knocking her out. She knows she doesn't need any more womanizers like her ex in her life. But is Garrett all that she made him to be? And what happens when they end up spending a snow storm together?

Romancing Rosalie was just the read I needed now that the summer days are over, and it's getting colder each week. Hot coffee in hand, warm blanket around me, it was really nice to have a cute Christmas romance to read. It wasn't fast, and it was way too predictable, but it was still appreciated.

Rosalie was one of those females that you can't help but adore. She was sweet, and she tried to stand on her own two feet, without being too much of a tomboy - which would have been unrealistic for someone of her upraising. She was a true lady, and one that, despite soft-spoken, didn't take flaws like adultery lightly just because it was expected of her. She was hurt from being cheated on, and she understandably became cautious of men, but not in a way that would have made others pity her as a victim. In other words, her dignity was her most positive trait.

Garrett, too, was a main hero really well-crafted. He was an Alpha male, but not in a bold way - you know, the animal-like resemblance that makes Alphas bang their fists on their chests like King Kong? Instead he was patient, understanding, and romanced Rosalie to the point where I nearly got glued in my chair from the sweetness! That, of course, didn't mean he was a wuss. When his woman needed him, he took the lead, and he was mighty fierce when he was in protective mode. Plus, any man who can make love like that, is allowed any kind of corny and cheesy actions, I say.

Now that I've read about Rosalie, I'm really curious about how Audra and her husband met. I read somewhere she was a gun-wielding, capable woman, so I think I'll make sure to read that book, too!

***I was given an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The opinion stated in this review is solely mine, and no compensation was given or taken to alter it.*** ( )
  Lydia_Perversius | Oct 1, 2014 |
Rosalie is engaged to be married and the wedding date is getting closer and closer. She enters a room filled with her friends and realizes that all conversations have stopped. She believes that perhaps she was the topic of conversation and that's why it was suddenly so quiet. Later she was going home with her best friend who couldn't keep the information from Rosalie any more. Rosalie learned that her fiancé not only had a mistress, but the woman was pregnant. The next day when she told her mother about it, she was surprised to learn that not only was her mother aware of it, but she was pushing Rosalie to just ignore the information, stating that most men behaved this way. Her father also had know and was adamant that Rosalie fulfill her obligation to marry Winslow, her fiancé. The last straw was when she spoke to Winslow about it and the only thing that bothered him was that the gossips were discussing his pregnant mistress. He had no intention of changing his situation and insisted that the wedding go as planned. Rosalie had other plans.
This is a well written novella with very likable characters and a fun story line. I very much enjoyed the book as I have others from this fine author. ( )
  bettysunflower | Aug 14, 2014 |
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