A girl from the wrong side of the tracks, Tara Jean Sweet knows that opportunity will never knock; she ll have to seize it. Read more...
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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 fiancee 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?"
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2012-04-16
- Reviewer: Staff
Characters try to determine their self-worth and question what it really means to love in O’Keefe’s weighty contemporary romance. Tara Jean Sweet is hired to pose as the fiancé of wealthy, elderly Lyle Baker in order to lure his son, hockey star Luc, and daughter, impoverished single mom Victoria, back to the Crooked Creek Ranch while Lyle is still alive. The plan works, but Lyle soon dies, and his will stipulates that Luc remain on the Texas ranch for several months; if Luc refuses, Victoria loses the inheritance she desperately needs. Luc thinks Tara Jean is a gold digger, while she considers him a spoiled celebrity. But as they spend time together, an attraction sparks between them, and they each realize there’s more to the other than meets the eye. O’Keefe gives her characters plenty of realistic issues to deal with, including the possible end of Luc’s hockey career. However, the characters’ seesawing emotions, dark pasts, and hurtful attitudes toward themselves and others make them hard to root for at times. Agent: Pam Hopkins, Hopkins Literary Associates. (July)