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Snowbound in Starlight Bend

Snowbound in Starlight Bend, October 2017
Riding Hard Novella
by Jennifer Ashley

Self Published
Featuring: Haley McKee; Maddox Campbell
132 pages
ISBN: 1946455148
EAN: 9781946455147
Kindle: B075DHJDGV
Hardcover / e-Book
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"A sweet story and one hot cowboy for Christmas!"

Fresh Fiction Review

Snowbound in Starlight Bend
Jennifer Ashley

Reviewed by Miranda Owen
Posted November 14, 2017

Romance Contemporary | Romance Erotica Sensual | Holiday

SNOWBOUND IN STARLIGHT BEND is a novella set in the world of Jennifer Ashley's Riding Hard contemporary romance series. The hero in this story is related to the Campbell family in the Riding Hard series, but SNOWBOUND IN STARLIGHT BEND is a standalone story. This is a perfect book for readers who enjoy stories with a "snowed in" theme, as well as Christmas-centered tales and cowboys. I love all of the above, and I'm a Jennifer Ashley fan so reading this story was a no-brainer for me. When city gal Haley McKee's car skids off the road and dives into a snow bank, she is forced to rely on the kindness of strangers -- specifically one hot cowboy.

Maddox Campbell is a tough cowboy with a soft side, who has known the pain of rejection. Maddox's hidden depths are slowly revealed over the course of SNOWBOUND IN STARLIGHT BEND through his Aunt Jane's confiding in Haley, and by having part of the story told from his point-of-view. True to form, Jennifer Ashley doesn't write stereotypes. Although Maddox makes a few initial assumptions about Haley, her desire to get out of his small town has more to do with wanting to be there for her dad than any disdain for country folk and their ways.

While this isn't an "enemies-to-lovers" story, Maddox and Haley are a little prickly with each other at first. This early friction is mostly to do with sexual frustration over what they feel is an inconvenient attraction and feelings of uncertainty about any possible future relationship they could have. Sparks fly without having things turn ugly. A child in need help bring Maddox and Haley together and see each other differently.

SNOWBOUND IN STARLIGHT BEND strikes the perfect balance between sweet and sexy, and gives readers visions of hot cowboys for Christmas. This hero and heroine are both flawed yet sympathetic and complex characters. Jennifer Ashley provides a satisfying epilogue to tie up loose ends for readers. I look forward to Jennifer Ashley's next installment in her Riding Hard series.

Learn more about Snowbound in Starlight Bend


Haley McKee is furious to find herself stuck in the tiny town of Starlight Bend so near Christmas. The only one who can help her is the handsome Maddox Campbell, a cowboy who’s not impressed with her fancy job title and money. In fact, no one has given Haley this much grief her entire life.

But there’s a lot more to Maddox than at first seems—he’s a hard-working man who gives much of his time and patience to help those who have little.

When a Starlight Bend tradition promises to bring Haley all she wants, will she make her Christmas wish with her head or her heart?

This novella was originally released in Holiday Heat: The Men of Starlight Bend. New in this edition: Expanded epilogue.

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