Monday, August 13, 2012

Review: Can't Buy Me Love by Molly O'Keefe (Crooked Creek Ranch 1)

                                                       Can't Buy Me Love
                                                           Molly O'Keefe
                                                           June 26, 2012
                                                   Random House Publishing
                                                             368 pages
  A girl from the wrong side of the tracks, Tara Jean Sweet knows that opportunity will never knock; she’ll have to seize it. Elderly Texas rancher Lyle Baker has a dying request: He will give Tara Jean a stake in his leather business in exchange for a little family subterfuge. All Tara Jean has to do is play the part of a gold-digging fiancée to lure Lyle’s estranged children home. The mission is soon accomplished.

Now Lyle’s gone—and his ridiculously handsome son, Luc, an ice hockey superstar sidelined by injuries, is the new owner of Crooked Creek ranch. He’s also Tara Jean’s boss. But being so close to sinfully sweet Tara Jean does crazy things to Luc’s priorities, like make him want to pry her deepest secrets from those irresistible lips. But when Tara Jean’s past demands a dirty showdown, will Luc stay and fight?

       I thought this book was ok. I have been noticing a lot lately that many of books I have been reading are the first in a series and I just don't seem to warm up to them as much as the next few books in the series. The story I thought was a good premise, an old man dying and wanting to get his family back together one last time so he could see them. His children hated him and we get glimpses of why that came to be. Everyone in the book seemed so angry and messed up. I guess I just didn't really love anyone in the story. There were a few people introduced in this first story as secondary characters and I was more interested in them. The next book in the series, Can't Hurry Love, came out last week and I am hoping to get a better story as the hero in this story is one of the secondary characters we met in this first book. Overall I thought it was a decent book and I am willing to keep reading the series. 

Can't Buy Me Love:    2.5/3      stars
Cover:                          4/5        stars


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