Review of A RANDALL THANKSGIVING by Judy Christenberry (see her website)
BRIDES FOR BROTHERS
Harlequin American Romance #1133, October 2006
She's spent the past six years in Paris, but Melissa Randall is home in Rawhide, Wyoming for the holidays. Only for the holidays, though. There isn't a huge demand for a professional jewelry designer in small-town Wyoming. Still, when she meets sexy Deputy Sheriff, Harry Gowan, she can't deny that there's an attraction, especially as Harry insists on kissing her 'goodbye' just about every chance he gets. There just doesn't seem to be any way she can have it all--the handsome Deputy and her dreams of becoming a top designer.
Harry Gowan has found the home he's always wanted in Rawhide, and intends never to leave. Falling for a Randall is bad enough--they're the richest family in town and, while he has a respectable job as a Deputy, it doesn't exactly put him in the upper income brackets. Still, he falls for Melissa fast and hard. Which would be challenging enough, given her protective father and dozens of cousins, aunts and uncles protecting her, but her plans to return to Paris are the final blow. Every time he kisses her goodbye, he knows that he's kissing away a part of his own heart.
A late-night shootout with cattle rustlers, the arrival of Melissa's philandering ex-fiance, and the continual matchmaking of the senior Randall family members add to the confusion, and give both Melissa and Harry the opportunity to consider whether their lives could be complete without one another. Of course, having a matchmaking family isn't all bad when they're trying to match you up with the guy you're crazy about--but Melissa isn't willing to settle for anything less than the kind of love that makes the Randall family so strong--and she definitely doesn't want to be the 'convenient' girl for Harry.
Author Judy Christenberry (see more BooksForABuck.com reviews of romance by Christenberry) continues her Randall series with one of the last of the second generation Randalls, the daughter of Griff and Camille Randal. Fans of the series will savor both the way the matchmaking tradition continues, and the return of so many characters from earlier novels in this series. Melissa's dilemma, being torn between her career goals and love, will certainly resonate with many readers and the Pierre, the French ex-Fiance adds a comic touch. A RANDALL THANKSGIVING is another sure winner in Christenberry's Randall universe.
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