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Posted July 31, 2012
When I read book #1 in this series, I hated Victoria's character, but was determined that I would still give this book a chance. Thank goodness that I did because I adore both her and Eli's characters in this book. These are two people who are so caught up in their own misery and bitterness that they have a hard time seeing anything else. That's what makes this book so good though because you see both their transformations as their relationship develops and they both get there in very different ways.
For Victoria, she's had a really hard last few years. Her husband masterminded a ponzi scheme and then killed himself in their home when it all came out. While she was still reeling from all that, her 7 yo son, who suffers from asthma and allergies, almost died. She lost her home, her friends, all her money, and all the things that had made up her identity since she got married. She is determined that running this ranch is going to pull herself out of that misery.
Standing in her way is Eli. He wants nothing more than the ranch to fail. If he can't have it, then no one else deserves it. Certainly not the spoiled little princess, Victoria. It's no secret that they get off to a really awful, vicious start as they attack and retaliate through the first few chapters of this book. Finally, their conflict hits a climax and it opens Eli's eyes to the person he's become. Like I said, there is a really nice character arc through this book. At the beginning neither one is a very good person and certainly not anyone that you would want to know. But watching their struggles and discoveries is a wonderful journey.
I LIKED this book...a lot and I absolutely fell in love with both these characters. They are so wounded and scarred. For me, they both just simply touched my heart. I wanted to weep for both of them at different times throughout the book. Just a really incredible book!
I received a complementary copy of this book in return for an honest review.
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Posted October 26, 2012
Another success for Molly O'Keefe and the Crooked Creek Series
Victoria is the daughter of Lyle Baker, the deceased former owner of the Crooked Creek Ranch, and his mistress. Victoria was born a year after her brother Luc, whose mother is Celeste and was married to Lyle at the time. Victoria was always treated as a burden and someone unimportant her entire life. While he was alive, her father, Lyle was emotionally and verbally abusive. Victoria met and married Joel Schulman a New York financier. Joel was involved in a Ponzi scheme and stole a lot of money from people, including people who were supposed to be their friends. Instead of facing the legal consequences of his actions, he committed suicide and left a big mess for Victoria to have to deal with. Victoria was left in financial ruin and moved in with her brother Luc and her son Jacob. After Lyle died, Victoria decided that the ranch was as good a place as any to make a home for herself and her son.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Eli Turnbull is the Foreman of the Crooked Creek Ranch. Several decades earlier, the Crooked Creek Ranch actually belonged to Eli’s family. Over the course of time, the Turnbull family sold the land to the Baker family in order to pay off various debts. When Lyle Baker passed away, Eli thought Lyle would leave some of the land to him as he promised. Being the true butt that he was, Lyle only left Eli the Angus herd, with the stipulation that half of the proceeds from the sale was to go back to the Baker family.
Eli asked Victoria to sell him back some of the land. Victoria refused and in turn wanted Eli to teach her how to run a ranch. Eli’s first reaction to her was to sell all of the herd, except for fifty head. With not much of a ranch left to run and with the realization that she needed to generate monthly income, Victoria comes up with the idea of transforming the Crooked Creek Ranch into the Crooked Creek Resort and Spa. With help of Celeste and Ruby, the cook/housekeeper, Victoria set the wheels in motion to have her dream come true.
This book gives a little of Celeste’s background and made me realize that Celeste and Victoria are alike in some ways. Celeste has probably always loved Victoria, but had a problem with her, because she was living proof that Lyle cheated on her. Celeste blames herself for not protecting Victoria from Lyle and Victoria’s own mother like she should have.
What was supposed to be just two adults enjoying each other’s company, slowly but surely turned into something more. Something neither Eli nor Victoria expected or were looking for. Both are tortured souls due to bad childhoods, but with the help of each other they are able to overcome all of the negativity in their lives to find the good in themselves and in each other. I can not think of anyone who deserves to be truly happy, in love, and have a happily ever after more than Victoria and Eli.
I received the book from NetGalley, in exchange for my review.
Posted August 27, 2012
Can¿t Hurry Love is a sexy, emotionally gripping, complicated lo
Can’t Hurry Love is a sexy, emotionally gripping, complicated love storyWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
about two people who are deeply scarred by their pasts. It is a story
about the struggles of two people trying to overcome the hurts and
disappointments from previous relationships in order to be able to open
up their hearts to one another. Molly O’ Keefe's characters are
beautifully flawed and real. They are so fleshed out that they simply
pop off the page. Eli and Victoria start off as characters that are not
very likable, but as we learn more about their difficult past
experiences, we begin to empathize with them and forgive them for their
flaws. I loved watching the Eli and Victoria transformed by the
relationship building between them. They each had emotional baggage to
deal with, but they eventually found that with the love and support of
the other they were able to work through their issues. The dialogue in
this book was excellent. It was emotional, realistic and purposeful.
Ms. O' Keefe's stories suck me in to the point that I am unable to put
her books down until I am done. Once I finish them though, I feel sad
because I am not ready to let her characters go! I highly recommend
this book to anyone who likes sexy, emotional stories that will tug at
your heart strings.
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