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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.
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.
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Posted August 3, 2012
Posted November 27, 2014
Can't Buy Me Love
Here we have Vicks story. She is struggling to come to terms with her past and move forward with her future. But as her dream to turn the Crocked Creek Ranch into a spa in within her grasp, old doubts arise and have her second guessing her intentions and her solid plans. And when her past comes knocking at the front door she will be forced to look deep within herself to find the answers she has being missing.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Eli, cowboy hunk and CCR foreman, gets his tush kick out of the job for being inappropriate with the boss lady. But what he didn't know was that by Tori firing him she has given him the key to a new happy life. Now he just has to keep his heart behind solid walls of steel and enjoy the chemistry between them for all to be good in his life. But when he realizes he might not come out of the relationship unscratched it's time to put the cards on the table and let the chips fall where they may.
On the other end of this 1 + 1 equation is Celeste, Victoria's brother's mother. As the plans to the spa come together there is one carpenter that has the stoic, mild mannered ex-model, ruffled and acting like a teenager. But as she is old she fights this attraction tooth and nails to the younger viking. What she doesn't know is that when love is in your way there is no storm big enough to blow it away.
Between this two love stories we get to see how much struggle two completely different women fight in a world that has wrong them to be happy and find their purpose in life. No matter if you are young or old love can be found if you let it in. But some times we must forgive our past, face our present and plan our future for happiness to find us. And the mistakes of our ancestors should not define our lives.
I much liked this story and can NOT wait for Madelyn and Billy's book called "Crazy Thing Called Love"
Posted September 7, 2012
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