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Daisy Lee Monroe thought she'd brushed the dust of Lovett, Texas, off her high-heeled shoes years ago, but she's come back home only to find that little has changed. Her sister is still crazy, and her mom still has pink plastic flamingos in her front yard. And Jackson Lamott Parrish, the bad boy she'd left behind, is still so sexy it hurts. She'd like nothing better than to avoid this particular man, but she can't. Daisy has something to say to Jackson, and she's not going ...

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Overview

Daisy Lee Monroe thought she'd brushed the dust of Lovett, Texas, off her high-heeled shoes years ago, but she's come back home only to find that little has changed. Her sister is still crazy, and her mom still has pink plastic flamingos in her front yard. And Jackson Lamott Parrish, the bad boy she'd left behind, is still so sexy it hurts. She'd like nothing better than to avoid this particular man, but she can't. Daisy has something to say to Jackson, and she's not going anywhere until he listens.

Jackson learned his lesson about Daisy the hard way, and now the only word he's interested in hearing from Daisy's red lips is good-bye. But she's popping up everywhere, and he doesn't believe in coincidence. It seems the only way to keep her quiet is with his mouth, but kissing Daisy had once been his downfall. Is he strong enough to resist her now? Strong enough to watch her walk out of his life again? Is he strong enough to make her stay?

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Editorial Reviews

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To call Gibson's newest contemporary romance "humorous" and "affecting" wouldn't be doing it justice. Gibson is in top form here, and the sheer magnetism of her characters and the warmth of her small-town setting will ensure that her fans devour this tale as readily as they did her last (See Jane Score). Thirty-three-year-old Daisy Lee Brooks possesses a rare maturity for a romance heroine. She has been a wife and mother for 15 years and now, as a widow, she has returned to her hometown of Lovett, Texas to set things right with the one person she has terribly wronged, Jackson Parrish, her former lover and the unwitting father of her 15-year-old son. Jackson, however, has never forgiven her for abandoning him the week his parents died and marrying their mutual best friend, Steven, and he's determined to avoid her-a task made difficult by Daisy's persistence and his still intense attraction to her. Although the sexual chemistry between the two is near palpable and their banter never lacks for wit, what's really impressive is how much the protagonists grow throughout the book and have grown since their initial affair, which is revealed through flashbacks. Secondary characters like Daisy's smart-alecky son and her bitter, newly divorced sister also shine, making this a well-rounded and truly noteworthy read. (Feb.) Forecast: This book's appealing pink and white cover, decorated with daisies and blurbs from Jayne Ann Krentz, Elizabeth Lowell, Karen Robards and Susan Andersen, will help ensure that it sells through Valentine's Day and straight into spring. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060009250
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/27/2004
  • Series: Avon Romance Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 325,870
  • Product dimensions: 6.74 (w) x 4.08 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Meet the Author

Rachel Gibson

Rachel Gibson lives in Idaho with her husband, three kids, two cats, and a dog of mysterious origin. She began her fiction career at age sixteen, when she ran her car into the side of a hill, retrieved the bumper, and drove to a parking lot, where she strategically scattered the car's broken glass all about. She told her parents she'd been the victim of a hit-and-run and they believed her. She's been making up stories ever since, although she gets paid better for them nowadays.

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First Chapter

Daisy's Back in Town

Chapter One

Heat waves drifted across the concrete as the '63 Thunderbird slid from the shadow of the garage. Her big V8 and Holley two-barrels purred like a satisfied woman, all warm and sexy and throaty. The hot Texas sun made a hundred little bursts of light within her wire wheels, slid along the chrome fins, and poured over the glistening black paint. The owner watched as she rolled toward him, and he smiled in appreciation. Several months ago, the Sports Roadster had been little more than a home for mice. Now fully restored to her former glory, she was dazzling -- a reminder of a time when Detroit had been more interested in cracking sixty in eight seconds than miles per gallon, safety features, or where to put the cup holder.

Jackson Lamott Parrish sat within the red leather interior of the big T-Bird, one wrist hanging over the red steering wheel. The light caught in his thick brown hair, and fine lines creased the corners of his green eyes as he lowered his lids against the blinding sun. He revved the big engine one last time, took his hand from the steering wheel, and shoved her into park. He swung the door open, and the sole of his cowboy boot hit the pavement. In one smooth motion, he stood and the owner of the restored Roadster stepped forward and handed him a check. Jack glanced at it, noted that all the zeros were in the right places, then folded it in half. He slipped it into the breast pocket of his white dress shirt.

"Enjoy," he said, then turned and walked into the shop. He moved passed a nineteen-seventy 'Cuda 440-6, its huge Hemi engine suspended from a cherry picker. Over the sounds of air compressors and power tools, Jack's younger brother, Billy, called out to a mechanic beneath a '59 Dodge Custom Royal Lancer.

The space just vacated by the T-bird would be filled the next day with a nineteen-fifty-four Corvette. The sports classic had been found in a dilapidated garage in Southern California, and Jack had flown out three days ago to take a look at it. When he discovered it had only forty thousand original miles and all the numbers matched, he bought it for eight grand on the spot. Once fully restored, the 'Vette would bring ten times that. When it came to restoring vintage cars, Parrish American Classics was the best. Everyone knew it.

Ground-pounding, ear-assaulting muscle cars were in the Parrish boys' blood. Since they'd taken their first steps, Jack and Billy had worked in their daddy's garage. They'd yanked their first engine before either of them had grown their short-and-curlies. They could tell a 260 V8 from a 289 with their eyes closed and could rebuild fuel injectors in their sleep. Proud native sons of Lovett, Texas, population nineteen thousand three, the Parrish boys had grown up loving football, cold beer, and tearing up asphalt on the flat open roads -- usually while some big-haired, loose-moraled female repaired her lipstick in the rearview mirror.

The boys had been raised in a small three-bedroom house behind the garage. The original shop was gone now. Torn down and replaced by a bigger, more modern space with eight bays. The yard behind the garage had been cleaned up. The old cars and junked parts had been towed away long ago.

The house was the same, though. Same roses their mama had planted, same patches of dirt and grass beneath the towering elm. Same concrete porch and the same screen door that needed a good dose of WD40. The house had just been given a fresh coat of paint, inside and out. The same white color as before. The only real difference was that Jack now lived there alone.

Seven years ago, Billy had married Rhonda Valencia and had happily given up his wild ways for domestic bliss. As far as anyone in town could recall, Jack had never been tempted to give up his wild ways. As far as they knew, he'd never met a woman who'd made him want a one-on-one. Aforever.

But they didn't know everything.

Jack made his way to his office at the rear of the garage and closed the door. He stuck the check in a desk drawer and pulled out his chair. Before he'd purchased the '54 Corvette, he'd searched out her history then flown to California to inspect her to make sure there wasn't any serious damage to the structural integrity of the car. Searching the history of a vehicle, finding replacement parts, and restoring it, compelled him and kept at him until the vehicle was once again perfect. Fixed. Better. Whole.

Penny Kribs, Jack's secretary, walked into his office and handed him the day's mail. "I'm leaving to get my hair done," she reminded him.

Jack looked up at the wispy black pile on top of Penny's head. He'd gone through all twelve years of school with Penny, and he'd played on the football team with her husband, Leon.

He rose and set the mail on his desk. "You goin' to get yourself beautiful for me?"

She had rings on just about every finger and long pink nails that curled like claws. He'd often wondered how she typed without hitting extra keys or managed to put on all that mascara without poking out an eye. He didn't even want to think about her wrapping her hand around Leon's johnson. The thought sent a shiver down his backside.

"Of course," she said through a smile. "You know you've always been my first love."

Yeah, he knew. In the third grade, Penny'd told him she loved him then she'd kicked him in the shin with her black patent leather shoes ...

Daisy's Back in Town. Copyright © by Rachel Gibson. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted April 8, 2012

    This wasn't my favorite book of Rachel's. I guess my biggest pr

    This wasn't my favorite book of Rachel's. I guess my biggest problem is that Jackson was hurt in the worst way, the love of his life married his best friend, while she was pregnant with his kid. Comes back to town to tell him about the kid 15 years later, after the husband is passed, and Jackson is mad at first, but comes around to terms with it, and pretty easily too. I just didn't buy in to that. I thought some of the story was a little redundant and over written, and the characters weren't all the believable. That being said, I am actually looking forward to the second book in this series, and hoping that since some time has passed, the kinks have been worked out.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2004

    Not the usual Rachel Gibson!

    I love all of the books Rachel Gibson has written except this one. I was looking forward to her funny characters and plot twists when I bought Daisy's Back in Town and this book really just did not deliver. It may be that I was uncomfortable with the Daisy/Jack/Steven love triangle or that I just found the book sad and depressing but I really did not enjoy this book. I would advise you to check it out from your library and read it before you decide to buy it.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2012

    Not her best

    If you want great rachel gibson read the chinook series . This nook pales in comparison.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2012

    Disappointed

    Poor Jack. Daisy broke his heart right after his parents were killed, then comes back & breaks his heart again 15 years later. Daisy is a very selfish character. Everything she's ever done was in her own interest & she covered it up by saying she thought it was the right thing to do. For her maybe. Then tells Jack that they can't be together till he "lets it go". How awful, when she's the one who kept his child from him for 15 years. Her coming bakt to Taxas to tell him was for her to "make things right", so she felt better, not considering how Jack would feel having missed out on his sons life for the first 15 years. I wish the author would have wrote Daisy with a more feelings & a little more remourse for all the pain she inflicted on Jack.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2012

    Just sad.

    I am a huge fan of Gibson's other books. I have read every one I could get ahold of but this one disappoints. I found Steven and Daisy's actions to be almost cruel. This book was just sad, never witty or funny. Read one of her other great books.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2006

    A Little Disappointed...

    This book was not at all in the same caliber as Rachel Gibson's other novels. To me, the characters were extremely unflattering and stereotypical of small-town southerners: a bunch of brawlin' bubbas with raunchy language and low morals. The only reason I was hoping the main characters got together is because no one else deserved the misfortune of being paired with them. Definitely not her best work.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2006

    Not what you'd expect from Rachel Gibson

    When I bought this book I really though I was going to injoy it, just like all her other books. I thought that It was going to be funny and heart warming, like she always brings in her books. But i found that this book annoyed me more than it made me want to re-read it. The character Daisy wasn't the smartass female that is always in Rachel Gibsons books. She was whiney and needy. The character Jackson may be hot, but made you wonder when he will grow up. I didn't laugh in this book. Usally rachel has me cracking up by her funny dialoge, but this one made me wonder if the hurtful things that happen in the story would ever end.It made you want to tell off the hero and tell the heroine to stop acting like everyone should feel sorry for her. in the story, it made me think of Daisy as the spoiled girl who got every thing she wanted but really didn't deserve it. That sounded mean, but It's what came across at the end for me. but even though I didn't like the book I love all her others. Her recent one's made up for this one. which makes me keep waiting and wanting to buy her books.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2013

    Love it but mot realistic

    I first read this book when i was 18. I thought it was sweet and romantic (again i was 18 lol). Now as a parent I find this book very unrealistic. I mean Daisy did the worst thing to Jackson ever and in a matter of a week he forgives her??? Yeah I think not. Other than that aspect I loved everything about the book. The conversations with the characters were great-especially Daisy's momma amd her endless story telling.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2012

    Enjoyable!

    I really enjoyed this book. I could really believe the characters. Jackson finally realized that Daisy wasn't fully at fault for everything. He also realized he only had so much time before Daisy and Nathan left. I am a big fan of Rachel's and I enjoyed this book like I have the Chinook hockey series! Thanks Rachel for giving us a little different perspective!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 27, 2012

    One of my favorites

    One of my favorites - love the story, love the characters. Makes you want to look up any Jack's in your past. . .

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 24, 2011

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    Great Book!!!

    This was actually the first book by Rachel Gibson that I ever read. It was passed on to me by a cousin and her mom who both read and loved it. I enjoyed the book very much. It was then passed on to a few more people to read. It was so great that I eventually started collecting her books and reading all of what she had to offer. I now have her whole collection and am patiently waiting for the next one. I loaned the book out to someone and lost track of it, so I recently re-purchased it just so I would have it in my collection to re-read it at a later time. I definately recommend reading this book!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 16, 2010

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    Torn

    I had only read this book once and thought it would be good to read again. I like the characters but I kind of get the ick when I find that she has kept a son for 15 years without telling the real dad.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2007

    My favorite Rachel Gibson Book

    This was my first Rachel Gibson book and absolutely fell in love with the story and characters. Lots of chemistry between Daisy & Jackson. I wish the story would never have ended.I now have read 4 other of her books and recommend them all to everyone.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2006

    Loved it

    This is really a quick good read, I loved the passion they had/have for each other. The flashback of the book was wonderful.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2006

    Rachel Gibson is fantastic!

    I read all of Rachel Gibson's books and I love them all. This book grabbed me from the begining and didn't let go until the last page! I loved all of the characters, and the story - I'll admit it - had me shed a tear or two. This is definately a recommended read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2005

    Not bad, others are better

    Too country for my taste. I wasn't at all attracted to Jackson, and that pulled me out of most of the book. I found myself skimming for Gibson's famous sex-scenes instead of connecting to the characters emotionally. I didn't like the plot, I didn't see the justification in Daisy's leaving in the first place and was angry at her for hiding her secret for so long. Jackson's quick forgiveness was not justified either. While this plot is similar to 'Simply Irresistable,' (and I enjoyed that one) this one didn't do it for me....but again, teh love-scenes made it worth reading...

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2004

    Daisy's Definately Back In Town

    This was the first book of her's that I have read and I was impressed. The cover caught my eye in the store and I was not let down. The bright and lively cover went right along with the lively dialog. I loved the chemistry between Daisy and the man she left heartbroken years before. There was also the added tension that Daisy's secret brought to the book. I was drawn into the characters lives and it felt like I was home. The small town in Texas was a perfect setting for the story. Gibson's writing was catchy and snappy. Her dialog isn't the same overly used words that other romance writers tend to use. She has a way with words that makes it seem like it would actually be said.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2004

    Disappointed with Daisy

    I have to agree with the other critics that this latest Gibson was a disappointing read when compared to her previous titles. I did not find the dialogue between the main characters to be clever, amusing, funny, or touching as the cover suggests. Rather I found it to be caustic, biting, angry, and hurtful. Daisy's feelings of guilt and regret cause her to follow Jack around like a lovesick puppy, waiting for the scraps of his forgiveness. Jack's feelings of betrayal cause him to repeatedly abuse the feelings of the only woman he claims he has ever loved. Isn't Daisy due a little righteous anger herself because Jack let her down 15 years ago? Shouldn't Jack accept some of the blame himself for creating a situation that resulted in his best friend coming to the rescue of the girl Jack had discarded? If these characters have matured into responsible and wiser adults who have suffered love and loss, why do they continue to act like immature teenagers? I think the most sensible and admirable character in the whole book is 15 year old Nathan, who could conceivibly be the character feeling the most uncertain and insecure after having lost the father who raised him, but instead comes across as a self assured and untroubled young man, taking in stride the whole convaluted situation. I would have liked to see these characters resolve their conflicts together and develop a more substantial foundation for the future of their relationship rather than the abrupt, kiss-it-and-make-it-all-better ending that the readers were given as well.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2004

    I loved this book.

    Jack and Daisy had amazing chemistry. I throughly enjoyed this book. I'm sorry others were disappointed but that certainly wasn't my experience. I laughed out loud so many times my husband finally said, 'What's so funny in that book!' It has great characters, Daisy's mother and sister were a hoot!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2004

    Another great book by Mrs. Gibson

    Don't let the other reviews discourage you from reading this book--it delivers. Mrs. Gibson has a gift for making the reader feel what her characters are feeling, something many authors miss the mark on. I've read every one of her books, some over and over, and this one goes right up on my keeper shelft along with the others. Keep 'em coming.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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