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CAN'T BUY ME LOVE by Molly O'Keefe, Excerpt

CAN'T BUY ME LOVE by Molly O'Keefe, Excerpt

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Published by Romance At Random
In Molly O’Keefe’s captivating new contemporary romance, a woman with a past and a man without a future struggle to find a place where they belong.

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?
In Molly O’Keefe’s captivating new contemporary romance, a woman with a past and a man without a future struggle to find a place where they belong.

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?

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In Molly O’Keee’s captivating new contemporaryromance, a woman with a past and a man withouta uture struggle to fnd a place where they belong.
A girl rom the wrong side o the tracks, Tara Jean Sweet knows that opportunity willnever knock; she’ll have to seize it. ElderlyTexas rancher Lyle Baker has a dying request:He will give Tara Jean a stake in his leatherbusiness in exchange or a little amilysubteruge. All Tara Jean has to do is play thepart o a gold-digging fancée to lure Lyle’sestranged children home. The mission is soonaccomplished.Now Lyle’s gone—and his ridiculouslyhandsome son, Luc, an ice hockey superstarsidelined by injuries, is the new owner oCrooked Creek ranch. He’s also Tara Jean’s boss. But being so close to sinullysweet Tara Jean does crazy things to Luc’spriorities, like make him want to pry herdeepest secrets rom those irresistiblelips. But when Tara Jean’s pastdemands a dirty showdown, will Lucstay and fght?
“Irresistible and satisfying . . .addictive and sexy romance at its best.”
New York Times 
bestselling authorSUSAN MALLERY
 
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mlleehreen reviewed this
Rated 3/5
CAN'T BUY ME LOVE is a book with three distinct parts, and I have to say I liked each one a little bit less than the previous.

Part One: in which Luc, professional hockey player facing the end of his career, returns to his childhood home to convince his dying father not to marry the heroine, Tara Jean Sweet, who's playing the role of gold-digging bimbo. Tara isn't really engaged to Luc's father, Lyle; she's just playing the part, one that Lyle knows will infuriate his children. Luc thinks his father is a mean old sonovabitch, but that only heightens his contempt for Tara; he knows she can't really love Lyle; nobody does.

Part Two: the Stupid Suspense Plot section. This is when Tara gets to stop playing gold-digging bimbo and start acting like herself, a damaged woman whose real passion is designing clothing. Tara and Luc develop a real friendship, spiced with intense attraction; meanwhile, Tara's Evil Ex Boyfriend appears on the scene to make Tara feel unworthy and also push the plot along with a bunch of insane threats.

Part Three: the "this is just temporary" section, when Tara and Luc have stopped fighting with their attraction to one another, but mutually insist that they just want a fun fling.

Part One is fantastic. It lasts through the first 40% of the novel and, man, does it hit all the right notes. Parts are funny and witty; parts are poignant and bittersweet; parts are quite dark. The writing is very smooth, the characters and their conflicts interesting. I was so excited about CAN'T BUY ME LOVE during Part One.

But then I arrived at Parts Two and Three. The villain is ridiculous. Occasionally glimpses of real conflict emerge from the villain's bullying, as when Tara has to face up to her own former crimes - that was awesome. But for the most part, the suspense plot just drags CAN'T BUY ME LOVE down into the realm of the familiar, tried-and-true formula romance. Tara comes up with a series of awful solutions to her problem: she'll give into the Evil Ex's demands! She'll run away and start fresh under a new name! that put stress on her romance but accomplish precisely nothing. Meanwhile, Luc feels protective and...y'know, yawn.

Luc has his own existential challenge to face; he's got a history of concussions, a bit of brain damage, and yet he's determined to stick with the pros for one more season. He knows it's the wrong thing to do, but hockey is his life. Instead of really delving into this massive identity crisis, Luc ignores the problem and focuses on coaching a peewee team instead. I get that coaching is supposed to "humanize" an outsize character, but man am I tired of reading romances about professional athletes that revolve around coaching children, and I was sorry to see this compelling, edgy crisis devolve into something so bland.

We also get a fair number of chapters from the POV of Luc's sister, Victoria. This was obvious sequel baiting, but I hated Victoria, and there is zero chance I would ever read a sequel in which she's a protagonist.

So the book loses steam, it switches away from being delightful and original to a familiar, formulaic muddle, and then it stutters to a surprisingly rushed conclusion. This is O'Keefe's first single title after writing a mess of category Harlequins and I feel like she reached for greatness, stumbled a bit, and then fell back on all her old category tricks. It's just not the book it could have been, despite the stellar beginning.


shannav_2 reviewed this
Rated 3/5
It was refreshing to read a book where the main character isn't perfect. She loves to wear slutty leather clothes, super high heels and chows down on candy constantly. One of the problems I had with this book however, was this constant back and forth between the characters. The whole "I hate you, I love you, I hate you, I love you" back and forth was really trying. I don't understand why they were constantly changing their minds on how they felt about each other. It felt very manufactured just to add some conflict to the plot. Overall, it was a nice refresh of the misunderstood gold digger trope.
readyourwrites reviewed this
Rated 4/5
Can’t Buy Me Love is the first book in Molly O’Keefe’s Crooked Creek Series. The book centers on Tara Jean Sweet and Luc Baker.The overview describes Tara Jean as being from the wrong side of the tracks. She actually grew up with a single mother in various less than desirable trailer parks. Her mother was one of those mothers who cared more about herself and the various men coming in and out of her life, than she did her own daughter. To which leads Tara Jean to be the woman she is today.Luc Baker is known as “The Ice Man” on the hockey stage. Since he was a teen hockey has been his thing. It is what defines who he is. Sidelined with a head injury, which could be career and life ending, he’s main goal is to work hard to get back to what he loves, which is hockey. With his teammates, he’s known as “Grandpa”. Not because of his age, he’s thirty seven, but because, “It has everything to do with how you worry, about everyone. Whether they want it or not.”The story starts out with Lyle Baker, Luc’s father and owner of Baker Leather and Crooked Creek Ranch, dying and wanting to see his children before he dies. Lyle was known as a good man, but a little difficult to get along with by everyone. To his children, Luc and Victoria, he was an abuser. Thus, explaining why he and his children are estranged. I found Victoria to be a pathetic needy woman. Because she never stands up for herself or shows any interest in being her own person, Lyle picks on her. Victoria’s story is told in the second book of the series, Can’t Hurry Love. Tara Jean plays the part of gold-digging fiancée/dim-witted Barbie doll very well. But she’s more than that. Surprisingly, Luc is the one who gives her chance by getting to know her. He even tries to make her see that she’s more than she thinks she is.You have the complicated, I don’t want to be with you, let alone fall in love with you moments, that I’m starting to get use to with books by Molly. But this one has a little unexpected surprise to it. I’m not going to call it suspenseful. But I will say it added a little twist to the story that I wasn’t expecting.I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.
debr56 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
Looking at the cover I was expecting a fluffy romantic comedy type of story…but I got a whole lot more, I was really surprised by the depth of the storyline. The characters have some heavy baggage from the past and some real issues from the present. It was a much more emotional read than I expected. Having said all that I really liked the book. Ms. O’Keefe did a great job with the characters and made the way they handled their situations very realistic. Tara and Luc make a great pair, lots of heat there! Tara is so sassy you can’t wait to see what she will say next! At first I did not like Victoria (Luc’s sister) she seemed so shallow and insecure but she eventually comes into her own and I’m looking forward to her story in the next book. Book provided by the publisher for review.
kmartin802_1 reviewed this
Rated 3/5
This wasn't the easy romance that I was expecting. Both main characters are very damaged people and neither is over the damage. Tara Jean Sweet, as she is known now, began life as the abused daughter of a woman with bad taste in men who lived on the wrong side of every track. She got out by using her body and her ability to scam old, lonely men. She has tried to turn over a new leaf but the past she is running from is in danger of catching up.Luc Baker is a pro hockey star who is holding on to his position on the team despite numerous concussions and the possibility of brain damage because hockey is the only place he has felt a sense of self worth. His elderly father abused him both physically and verbally as a child. Now the father is dying but a threat to marry Tara Jean brings Luc and his needy half-sister home to the ranch. When he dies, he leaves 40% of his leather goods business to Tara Jean, which was her incentive to fake an engagement, and the rest to Luc provided he runs the business for five months. Luc feels caught because his sister's inheritance depends on him taking the deal.Tara Jean and Luc are attracted to each other but trust issues and secrets keep getting in the way. They hurt each other numerous times throughout the book. Tara Jean is particularly defensive and does everything she can to drive Luc away. It is the only way she can think of to protect herself and him. The story was filled with strong emotions as both characters struggled to put their pasts behind them and define the futures they want to have. This was a very intense read. It isn't a light, fluffy beach read but an in-depth exploration of two damaged people who manage to overcome great difficulties to find a romance. The author really swept me into this story and made me ache for both of the characters. The one character I didn't have much sympathy for during most of the story was Luc's sister Victoria. She was so needy. She was used to defining herself through her husband but, when he was convicted of masterminding a Ponzi scheme and committed suicide, she didn't take advantage and learn to stand on her own feet but rather decided to lean on her brother for support. I thought it took quite a while for her to wise up. I'm curious to read the next book in this series which will be her story.
laurakcurtis reviewed this
Rated 4/5
I really enjoyed Can't Buy Me Love. It was light and fun, but still packed an emotional punch. The story isn't one you haven't read before--poor girl thought to be gold-digger when she marries wealthy old man who then dies--but O'Keefe manages to twist things around so she surprises you. The characters were well-developed and well-rounded, not flat stereotypes. Give this one a chance; you won't be sorry.
thebooknerd reviewed this
Rated 4/5
This was a really good book -- well-written, entertaining, and emotionally charged. I read it quickly, enjoying every moment. I was particularly taken with how skillfully the characters are developed, especially the main female protagonist, Tara Jean. There was a lot of subtly there, poignant hints at her back story, her journey, her psyche. Really, this author is very clever in how she spins a tale. I was definitely hooked, and I look forward to the next book in this series.
cats57_1 reviewed this
Rated 5/5
Can’t Buy Me Love – Molly O’Keefe*ARC Supplied by Publisher*This is a book where you have to read more than a few pages or even a few chapters to appreciate what this author was doing. At first I was seriously going to give up after the first few chapters. After all these characters, not only didn’t know each other, they pretty much actively hated each other, yet naturally there were sexual sparks. I wish authors who were writing books like this waited a little longer than a couple of chapters to pull out the ‘sexual spark’ plot line.This book is about hate, deception, lies, and loathing – it is also about - self-hate, self-loathing and self-deceptions and not judging books by their covers. It is about admitting the truth to yourself, manning up, or pulling on your big girl panties (depending on the sex of the character!)This story has been told before and I was afraid that this book was just going to be a trite cliché, but something in the writing kept me reading and I am so glad I did. This author pulled me in and made me eventually care about the characters no matter how churlish they were being. The characters are well fleshed, the dialogue while at times harsh, it truly believable under these circumstances. The character behave in what I think, is an entirely believable manner given the circumstances of their lives, and how they were manipulated.This was quite a satisfying read and I do so look forward to reading the next in this trilogy - -“Can’t Hurry Love” In July and the third book will out in November -- “This Can’t Be Love”.
jaitai16 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
I'm really glad that I found Molly O'Keefe through this program. This seems to be her first single title romance and the start of a compelling series. Tara Jean and Luc were both very sexy very damaged characters and the pages where they appeared together were so heated I could almost phyically feel the tension. It was one of those books where I wasn't sure how exactly they would end up and kept reading to see how they would. I liked how Tara Jean isn't so boring and vanilla. I liked how she redeemed herself. And I thought the relationship between Luc and his father was well written. It wasn't neatly wrapped up. There wasn't any sweet sappiness but some reality about how complicated relationships are. The only character I did not like was Luc's sister. Who is the star of the next book in the series. Still I am going to buy it because I think Molly O'Keefe is a great writer and somebody whose career I would like to follow.
dotland101 reviewed this
Rated 5/5
A promising new voice in contemporary romance. "Can't Buy Me Love" has interesting plot, hero and heroine who are less than perfect, both had tainted past even messier, much unsavory past for one that kept haunting, following them, and threatening them into present. Could two people with such past, not to mention hated each other's guts at first sight be able to get past all that ugliness, judgment and assumption and able to give themselves another chance at real happiness, and ultimately self-forgiveness? Despite their undeniable physical attraction towards each other will that be enough to find and accept love and to be loved? I found myself rooting for both Luc and Tara Jean, upsetting and frustrating at times, chuckled at its straight face and dry humors at another. One can easily get emotionally involved in the story which I think is a good sign found in good books that can generate such effect on its readers. Well, you'll just have to get the book and read it and find out for yourself, because I don't want to spoil it for you if I spill too much about it.

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