Monday, June 4, 2012

Can’t Buy Me Love-Molly O'Keefe

Can’t Buy Me Love

Molly O'Keefe

Bantam, Jun 26 2012, $7.99

ISBN: 9780440423072

Eighty-nine years old wheelchair bound Lyle Baker, owner of the Crooked Creek Ranch, asks his young friend Tara Jean Sweet to play the role p of his gold-digging fiancée in order for his children, hockey star Luc and Victoria to come home before he dies. She hates the ruse but agrees to Lyle’s death bed wish as he saved her life.

Luc prefers to tell his despicable dad to go marry his floozy. However, Victoria wants to see their father. So the siblings and her son Jacob head to Texas. When Lyle dies, his will demands that his offspring remain in Texas or they get nothing. As he and Tara Jean get to know one another, each realizes there is more to the other than bimbo and loather. Though they fall in love, each has a past to overcome if they are to have a future together,

This is a warm serio-comedic contemporary romance starring seemingly emotionally crippled protagonists (and sister) as first impressions are hard to surmount even when proven false. Though the theme of a sham gold-digger has been used before, fans will enjoy this engaging character driven tale as love appears not strong enough to overcome the demons that respectively hunt the lead couple.

Harriet Klausner

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