Review: A Kiss At The Mistletoe Rodeo
Harlequin Special Edition
November 2021
Contemporary Romance
REVIEWER: Brenda Larnell | RATING: A
REVIEW: We’re back in Bronco, Montana, as one of the star writers of Harlequin Special Edition, Kathy Douglass, delights the readers with her second book that highlights a Montana Maverick. The first book is THE MAVERICK’S BABY ARRANGEMENT. This book, A KISS AT THE MISTLETOE RODEO, casts the spotlight on Geoff Burris, the celebrity face of rodeo, and Stephanie Brandt, a local nurse. In order to give back to his hometown, Geoff, a popular bronc rider, is back in Bronco to initiate the Mistletoe Rodeo. The rodeo is guaranteed to shine the spotlight on the town of Bronco, as well as boost the town’s economy. The Christmas holiday is the perfect time for Geoff, who will serve as master of ceremonies, to spend some time with his family. It’s a win-win situation, right?

Geoff and Stephanie’s meet cute is a great scene, and I’ll allow you to discover just how the couple begin their romantic journey. Geoff is involved in a lot of photo ops and publicity appearances, and Stephanie realizes that he is quite the superstar when she sees him in action - the local boy who made good. It appears that Geoff is the only one in Mistletoe who doesn’t believe everything he reads. Yet, the public Geoff is a lot for the private Stephanie to deal with. As the story progresses, the couple struggles with their growing feelings for each other, and the “fishbowl” lifestyle of Geoff’s celebrity status.

I like how the author presents Geoff and Stephanie’s situation and how it also affects the couple’s friends and families. It emphasizes the “small town” syndrome of everybody knowing everybody’s business. Geoff is faced with a dilemma of trying to convince Stephanie that there is more to him than just a celebrity, and you can’t believe everything that you read. It’s a lot for the very private Stephanie to deal with. The story flows smoothly, and as you read, the theme of this series, “believing in love, overcoming obstacles, and finding happiness”, resonate in the story. I also like how the author introduces a little rodeo history by having Geoff acknowledging some of the early African American rodeo stars who paved the way.

The minor characters are plentiful. They play major roles in the development of the main characters and add to the story’s intrigue. In most small towns there’s always that one eccentric character who stands out. That character in Bronco is Winona Cobbs. You’ll understand when you read the story. The HFN is sweet and satisfying!

I enjoyed reading
A KISS AT THE MISTLETOE RODEO, and I recommend it for your reading pleasure. This book is part of a series, The Montana Mavericks, but it can be read as a stand-alone.

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