by RaeAnne Thayne
Series: Hope's Crossing #6
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Holiday gifts don't always come in expected packages... especially in the town of Hope's Crossing. No one has ever felt sorry for Genevieve Beaumont. After all, she has everything money can buy. That is, until she discovers her fiancé has been two-timing her and she's left with two choices: marry the philanderer to please her controlling father or be disinherited and find a means to support herself. Genevieve's salvation appears in the most unlikely of prospects: Dylan Caine, a sexy, wounded war vet whose life is as messy as hers. Dylan's struggling to adjust after his time in Afghanistan, and the last thing he needs is a spoiled socialite learning about the real world for the first time. True, she may have unexpected depths and beauty to match. But he knows he could never be the man she needs…and she knows he could never be the man she thinks she wants. So why are they each hoping that a Christmas miracle willl prove them both wrong?
Christmas in Snowflake Canyon while the sixth book in the Hope’s Crossing series by RaeAnne Thayne worked lovely as a standalone. Thayne delivered a heart-warming, rip your heart out and make you fall in love romance that twisted around my heart. Filled with unique characters, hope, growth and joy she made me laugh, cry and believe. Mini-review: romantic, heart warming with complicated characters you just want to embrace.
This tale takes place in the small mountain side town of Hope’s Crossing where we meet Genevieve Beaumont and Dylan Caine. Genevieve is the mayor’s daughter and has earned a reputation for being a bitch and doesn’t know how to change people’s perception of her. Dylan is a wounded war hero who prefers solitude and has a chip on his shoulder. A crowded bar, a Mojito and a Christmas song fate these two damaged souls to spending time together and the tale that unfolds while hold you captive.
I adore fleshed out, complicated and misunderstood characters and Thayne gave me two very memorable characters in Genevieve and Dylan. Dylan is so smexy and totally not your typical hero. He is a wounded veteran, having lost vision in one eye and his left arm below the elbow. He is facing survivors guilt, esteem issues and he was just so damn sexy. He sports an eye patch and loves his dog. Gah! You will adore this complicated soul. Genevieve from the outside looks like a spoiled child of privilege, but the truth is most of her snark and attitude mask insecurities anda longing to be loved. Parents, siblings, and a few wounded veterans added to the tale making me giggle, shed a tear and swoon. A few characters made me angry at their stupid; prejudice and neglectful arrogance all of which made me flip the pages in need of my happily ever-after. The romance was complicated, sweet, and dripping with sexual tension despite the fact that this tale was squeaky clean.
Christmas in Snowflake Canyon offered so much more than a holiday romance. I loved the town of Hope’s Crossing nestled in Colorado and all of the secondary characters we meet. In fact, I have added this series to my wish list and cannot wait to read them. Dylan and Genevieve were wonderfully flawed, hurt characters who see growth throughout the tale as their friendship grows and develops into something sweet and magical. It is a book about hope, second chances, depending on others and realizing one’s own self-worth. I loved the facility for wounded vets, and Thayne’s grasp of their inner turmoil, struggles, and their enormous courage and perseverance. Christmas in Snowflake Canyon touched me on so many levels and filled me with the magic of love, the holiday spirit and good will towards men.
If you are looking for a fresh, heart-warming, clean romance this holiday season and one that will stay with you than I recommend Christmas in Snowflake Canyon. I look forward to reading more books by RaeAnne Thayne and plan to visiting Hope’s Crossing.
Four and half cups of coffee out of five
Awesome review for a book I just fell in love with! 🙂
Ooo I hope you read it, and if you don’t have it go request Sleigh Bells in the Snow..eep. (NG)
I am delighted to hear you enjoy this one! Love heart-warming holiday romances. I actually have it. Maybe I should read it next 😀 your review was so sweet…yes I think I will.
Enjoy Lily 🙂
You are giving me quite the romantic holiday reading list! I love when romance grows out of time and friendship develops first. And Dylan sounds so swoonworthy. I love complicated characters who get the HEA they deserve. Also I love beautiful Colorado, especially around the holidays, so I’m glad to hear the story is set there! Awesome review 🙂
I am a holiday junkie..LOL
Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf
I love series books like these that can work as stand-alones. A whole series can sometimes be just too much of a commitment! Great review:)
This was perfect, a complete tale with a town I would certainly revisit.
Wow, this sounds like a great book Kim. I love complex and fleshed out characters! Dylan sounds like my kind of guy. I love smexy, wounded, soldiers! I could see myself falling in love with his character! Wonderful Review 🙂
Ooo me too Lindy and Dylan was such fun to unravel.
I am enjoying the holiday themed books this year and this one sounds like one I will love. Thanks so much for sharing. Happy Holidays!
This sounds like a lovely book. I do like romances with both characters needing a second chance and not just one of them.
This was heart-warming and just lovely:) thanks Pamela
I like my characters the same way: complicated and misunderstood! I really want to read holiday themed books this year I’ll be on vacation in a couple weeks and I can get so much reading done! 😀
perfect vacation read my friend, have fun!
This sounds like a perfect Christmas read! I’m off to buy it right now 🙂 Thanx Kimba!!
Looking forward to this over the holidays.My line up is coming along nicely. 🙂
Anna from Shout with Emaginette
I am in love with the cover.
Agreed, I want to go there!
I love holiday books. I will put this one on my list! Great review!
enjoy Sharlene 🙂
Rip my heart out romance huh? Dang it, I have a soft spot for those ones!
Lovely review Kim!
This was wonderful Ali :0
Awwwww xmas book 😀
agreed awwwwww is my feeling exactly!
I think I need this for my December list. Something light and fluffy and romantic. Fab review!
Thanks Dre, I really enjoyed this one 🙂
Melanie (YA Midnight Reads)
I don’t read many holiday romances and I don’t think I’m much of a fan for some odd unexplained reason. However I’m glad to see that you enjoyed this one very much! The characters sound brilliant.
Lovely review, hun! <33
thanks Melanie 🙂
I don’t even know why but this one intrigues me. I love the sound of both characters. Thanks for the introduction.
The characters were fresh, and damaged and beautiful in a non-typical way which made this heart-felt.
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
Cold days and holidays always make me want to read all the romances I can get my hands on. The other day, I went ahead and downloaded a binch of Carina Press titles from Netgalley.
I’m even more in love with small town romances when the community is just as important as the couple, so this is a perfect rec for me.
Thank you! I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving.
I loved this and hope you get to try it 🙂