Karen Smith Rose

Twelfth Night Proposal

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      “I’m exactly where I want to

      be right now,”

      Verity murmured softly, and he felt himself leaning toward her. Leo imagined she had slightly leaned toward him. The urge to reach out and run his thumb along her cheek was so strong, he balled his hand into a fist. He didn’t know what was going on today, but he didn’t like it.

      Leo was twelve years older than this young woman who’d begun to fascinate him. He’d never given a glance to younger women before. Not only was she younger, but Leo saw vulnerability and innocence in Verity’s eyes. He could be wrong, but he doubted it. No matter what her life story, it was safest for him to keep his distance.

      That was exactly what he was going to do.

      Dear Reader,

      What is the best gift you ever received? Chances are it came from a loved one and reflects to some degree the love you share. Or maybe the gift was something like a cruise or a trip to an exotic locale that raised the hope of finding romance and lasting love. Well, it’s no different for this month’s heroes and heroines, who will all receive special gifts that extend beyond the holiday season to provide a lifetime of happiness.

      Karen Rose Smith starts off this month’s offerings with Twelfth Night Proposal (#1794)—the final installment in the SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE continuity. Set during the holidays, the hero’s love enables the plain-Jane heroine to become the glowing beauty she was always meant to be. In The Dating Game (#1795) by Shirley Jump, a package delivered to the wrong address lands the heroine on a reality dating show. Julianna Morris writes a memorable romance with Meet Me under the Mistletoe (#1796), in which the heroine ends up giving a widower the son he “lost” when his mother died. Finally, in Donna Clayton’s stirring romance Bound by Honor (#1797), the heroine receives a “life present” when she saves the Native American hero’s life.

      When you’re drawing up your New Year’s resolutions, be sure to put reading Silhouette Romance right at the top. After all, it’s the love these heroines discover that reminds us all of what truly matters most in life.

      With all best wishes for the holidays and a happy and healthy 2006.

      Ann Leslie Tuttle

      Associate Senior Editor

      Twelfth Night Proposal

      Karen Rose Smith


      To Jeanne Smith—Appreciation for the Bard was one of our first connections. Thanks for your friendship and support. With thanks to Stella Bagwell, my Texas Gulf authority.

      Books by Karen Rose Smith

      Silhouette Romance

      *Adam’s Vow #1075

      *Always Daddy#1102

      *Shane’s Bride#1128

      Cowboy at the Wedding#1171

      Most Eligible Dad #1174

      A Groom and a Promise #1181

      The Dad Who Saved Christmas #1267

      Wealth, Power and a Proper Wife #1320

      Love, Honor and a Pregnant Bride #1326

      Promises, Pumpkins and Prince Charming #1332

      The Night Before Baby #1348

      Wishes, Waltzes and a Storybook Wedding #1407

      Just the Man She Needed #1434

      Just the Husband She Chose #1455

      Her Honor-Bound Lawman #1480

      Be My Bride? #1492

      Tall, Dark & True #1506

      Her Tycoon Boss #1523

      Doctor in Demand #1536

      A Husband in Her Eyes #1577

      The Marriage Clause #1591

      Searching for Her Prince #1612

      With One Touch #1638

      The Most Eligible Doctor #1692

      Once Upon a Baby…#1737

      Twelfth Night Proposal #1794

      Silhouette Special Edition

      Abigail and Mistletoe #930

      The Sheriff’s Proposal #1074

      His Little Girl’s Laughter #1426

      Expecting the CEO’s Baby #1535

      Their Baby Bond #1588

      Take a Chance on Me #1599

      Which Child Is Mine? #1655

      Cabin Fever#1682

      Silhouette Books

      The Fortunes of Texas

      Marry in Haste…

      Logan’s Legacy

      A Precious Gift


      award-winning author of over fifty published novels, enjoyed Shakespeare’s works when she studied them in college. As an English teacher, she particularly liked sharing them with her ninth and tenth graders, encouraging appreciation for the Bard’s plot lines, language and grasp of universal emotions. Then she never suspected crafting emotional and romantic stories would become her life’s work! Married for thirty-four years, she and her husband reside in Pennsylvania with their two cats, Ebbie and London. Readers can e-mail Karen through her Web site at www.karenrosesmith.com or write to her at P.O. Box 1545, Hanover, PA 17331.

      Cast of Characters

      Leo Montgomery (Lead Character)—This angst-ridden dad thought he’d lost the only love of his life. Until he hired a nanny for his daughter and found her taking up residence in his home…and heart!

      Verity Sumpter (Lead Character)—Ever since her twin brother’s death, this plain Jane had kept her true self hidden behind shapeless clothes and wire-rimmed glasses. But the widower and his adorable daughter suddenly had her wanting to shed her drab attire and embrace life.…

      Heather Montgomery (Supporting Character)—This bubbly three-year-old longed for a mother. And she’d found the perfect candidate in her new nanny. But how could she convince her stubborn dad that sometimes children really do know best?



       Chapter One

       Chapter Two

       Chapter Three