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Love at First Sight: A Cupid, Texas Novel [NOOK Book]

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In the first in a dazzling new series, Lori Wilde welcomes us to Cupid, Texas, where every wish for love comes true . . .

"When it hits, you just know . . ."

Natalie McCleary couldn't believe her eyes—a lean-muscled, darkly tanned, nearly naked man stood in her path . . . and then it hit her: love. Everyone always told her it would hit like a thunderbolt, and she never believed them. But now she knew: practical, sensible Natalie was head over ...

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Overview

In the first in a dazzling new series, Lori Wilde welcomes us to Cupid, Texas, where every wish for love comes true . . .

"When it hits, you just know . . ."

Natalie McCleary couldn't believe her eyes—a lean-muscled, darkly tanned, nearly naked man stood in her path . . . and then it hit her: love. Everyone always told her it would hit like a thunderbolt, and she never believed them. But now she knew: practical, sensible Natalie was head over heels in love—with a stranger.

But ex-Navy SEAL Dade Vega wasn't about to be a stranger for long. He'd ridden into Cupid on his motorcycle, vowing to keep a promise he'd made to a military buddy. But a single glimpse of Natalie—soaking wet and unexpectedly tempting—changed his life forever.

But how can he offer her his love, when he can't even promise to stay in one place for longer than a week?

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Even though she lives in Cupid, TX, bed-and-breakfast owner Natalie McCleary has never been in love. Still, she takes her turn along with the rest of the Cupid Committee at answering the many letters to Cupid that arrive each day. What she certainly doesn't believe in is love at first sight, and neither does former Navy SEAL Dade Vega—until the two of them lock eyes across a grocery store parking lot. Of course, they've never met, and Dade is only in town long enough to find his foster brother, who's gone missing. But that's not going to stop Cupid from working his magic—or is it? VERDICT A pair of engaging protagonists, a wealth of wacky townsfolk, and a mystery with a dangerous twist add up to a charmingly sexy tale that will leave fans smiling. An e-novella prequel to this story, One True Love, was released by Avon Impulse in May. Wilde (A Cowboy for Christmas) lives in Texas.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062218940
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/28/2013
  • Series: Cupid, Texas , #1
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 1,154
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Lori Wilde is the New York Times bestselling author of more than forty-five books. A former RITA® finalist, Lori has received the Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award, the Holt Medallion, the Booksellers Best, the National Readers' Choice, and numerous other honors. She lives in Weatherford, Texas, with her husband and a wide assortment of pets. Lori teaches Romance Writing Secrets via the Internet through colleges and universities worldwide at www.ed2g.com.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2013

    Missed the Mark for Me

    I was excited about this series when I read the description. I recognized the author and was sure I would be reading the entire series. Usually, Avon Books delivers a good reading experience too. I will pass on future releases after the level of dissatisfaction. The story went off on tangents, spent too much time on uninteresting story line. I was expecting more character development. I really hate writing a review that is this negative but this book completely missed the mark for me.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 28, 2013

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    In Cupid, Texas the McCleary family is renowned for their love a

    In Cupid, Texas the McCleary family is renowned for their love at first site stories. Natalie McCleary is the next daughter in a long line of woman to carry on the “love at first site” tradition. At 29, Natalie has given up on the thought of true love or even a chance to lose her virginity...until the day she spied Dade Vega fixing his motorcycle on her way home. Confused by the shocking attraction, Natalie must traverse uncharted territory...discovering love.

    Ex-Navy Seal, Dade Vega has traveled to the town of Cupid after receiving a SOS text from his foster brother and only family Red. After rushing to Cupid, Dade find Red has been missing since the night of his text message. Dade also quickly discovers the woman that ignited all his emotions just by looking at him fixing his motorcycle is Red’s landlady, Natalie. Natalie seems quite concerned about the missing war veteran, but Dade's jaded past has taught him to trust no one but Red. Can an injured and emotionally scarred soul deserve the sweetness that is Natalie McCleary?

    Unavoidable magnetism, foul play, heated fantasies that lead to even more heated sexual encounters are the focal point of this intriguing first story in the Cupid Series. I found this book to be easy, enjoyable and a quick read. Lori Wilde wove a creative tale including a wonderful twist on Cupid’s folk lore that will be a fascinating premise on which to base the continuation of this series. As erotic romance, Love at First Sight hits the mark...it is vividly descriptive, extremely steamy and has a wonderfully wounded hero and heroine we can route for.

    This ARC copy of Love at First Sight was given to me by HapperCollins - Avon Books in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication on May 28, 2013.

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2013

    Feel good story

    This was a feel good love story with a bit of mystery built in. It kept your interest in trying to figure out the who-done-it while watching the love story develop.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2013

    Liked It - Didn't Love It

    Good characters, good storyline but throughout the book I felt that the author was doing a lot of "fill" to extend the book... It was slow in parts and I tended to walk away for a time... It was more than halfway through the book that I finally got interested in reading to the end... I have already pre purchased Book 2 of the series and I read the Novella introducing the series but Book one was somewhat of a disappointment...

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2014

    Plot spoilers

    Too many plot spoilers here telling everything even the ending. Come on ppl. Stop it. Give other readers a chance to read tje book for themselves. You are rude to tell the entire plot line. Bn cant you do something to these plot spoilers? Ban them please.

    2 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 24, 2013

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    Welcome to Cupid Texas. Where the people who live in the town b

    Welcome to Cupid Texas. Where the people who live in the town believe in cupid and love at first site.
    Natalie McCleary has lived in Cupid all her life. She is running a B&B.
    Dade Vega is in town looking for his friend who is missing and was staying at the B&B. Dade ends up renting his friends room and taking his job all the while secretly searching for him.
    Natalie and Dade fine themselves throw together even when trying to avoid each other.
    Once Dade admits to Natalie why he is in town they begin to try and find Red together. Both of them have to overcome old hurts and issues in order to come together.
    If Natalie tells Dade about believing in love at first site will he believe her and stick around?
    Will they find Red? If they do will he be alive or dead?
    Will Dade stick around when/if they find Red to be with Natalie?

    A Few of my favorite lines from the book:
    Why are you scared? You were a frickin’ Navy SEAL. What is it about this sweet little bit of honeysuckle that’s got you wanted to run as far and as fast as you can in the opposite direction?
    He was jealous of the way she’d navigated the pain, and while her body had not come out of it unscathed, she’d kept her soul pure.
    His dark eyes burned. “This is just a guess since I don’t know you, but from what I can tell, you think life is a rule book. If you follow the rules and don’t step outside your comfort zone, you won’t get hurt, but because of that, you also never really live.”
    Back off! She wanted to growl. He’s mine.
    The first time you kiss your soul mate is like an earthquake, wiping out everything you thought you knew about yourself.
    What do you want? Anything. Just name it. If I’ve got it, it’s yours. If I can get my hands on it, it’s yours. What that mountain moved? I’m on it. Want the stars brought down from the sky? Let me go get an extension ladder.

    “No rushing. No Shortcuts. I’m going to make love to you all night long, until the sun comes over the horizon, You’re not going to get one minute of rest. Do you understand?”

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 10, 2013

    As soon as I read how Natalie and Dade first make eye contact, I

    As soon as I read how Natalie and Dade first make eye contact, I knew this was going to be a good book. Those paragraphs are some of the best 'love at first sight' writing ever. This story has everything that you could ask for in a book....sexy romance, suspense, and a heroine who takes care of everyone. You won't be able to put it down!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 8, 2013

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    This will definitely not be my only visit to Cupid, Texas! N

    This will definitely not be my only visit to Cupid, Texas!



    Natalie has always believed in love at first sight, but so far it hasn't happened for her. She is beginning to doubt everything she's ever believed it, when she sees him...



    "Just one look and all the mysteries of the universe were answered. Every nerve ending in her body tingled to life as if she'd been asleep for a hundred years and was awakening for the first time. It's him!...At last."



    Dade came to Cupid to search for his foster brother Red, who has gone missing. The last thing he's looking for or expects to encounter is this vision of a woman who captures his attention like none have. He has no intention of settling down and Natalie is firmly entrenched in Cupid and Cupid's history.



    Dade manages to rent the room Red had rented before going missing...right in Natalie's B & B. Now that 'it' has finally happened for her, Natalie is terrified! She is used to having complete control in her life, and what she feels for Dade leaves her feeling completely the opposite! Suddenly she doesn't want to feel this way, but "No man had ever ignited her the way he did with nothing more than a sultry look." For his part, despite the reasons he is in Cupid in the first place, Dade is feeling the same way about Natalie. But he fights it too, not only has he not told her who he really is, he honestly feels he is not worthy of her.



    But what's meant to be is meant to be, even if only for the time Dade will be in Cupid. Natalie and Dade become closer, spending more time together. It's not just the physical attraction, both feel they just know the other person to the depths of their beings. Dade still has no inclination to stick around though, he just wants to find Red and once again move on. At the same time he finds himself trusting Natalie like he's trusted no one besides Red and soon she is drawn into the mystery of Red's disappearance.



    As they grow closer to each other and try to find Red, danger is closer than they both know and someone does not want them snooping around. Can they find Red in time or is it already too late? What will happen next? Will Natalie survive the heartbreak when Dade leaves? Or can they both open their minds to know what their hearts already know?



    Dade and Natalie were such great characters in Love at First Sight. Lori writes so well I felt like I knew them and was right there with them. Both of them have scars from the past...different scars but hurts just the same that are holding them back in their lives. They'll need to acknowledge this to themselves and each other if they want to have a future together. Natalie is so used to taking care of everyone else, controlling everything that someone wanting to take care of her is such a novel concept she doesn't know what to do about it! For Natalie, being in control means keeping the bad away, making sure everyone is happy. Dade is an ex-Navy SEAL (and he sounds hot!). He had a horrible child hood, the one good thing coming out of it was Red. He's been to terrible places and had to do horrible things in his eyes that make him not good enough for Natalie. Hopefully he can trust her enough to open up to her.



    All the secondary characters in Cupid added a lot of great flavor to Love At First Sight! From Natalie's sister to her great-aunt, they saw more than Natalie wanted them to sometimes and cared for her as much as she cared for them. And they were very free with the advice! Lori managed to make me smile, sigh, and tear up at times in Love At First Sight, keeping me entranced in Natalie and Dade's story. She is a great writer, the story flowed smoothly, effortlessly, and clearly.



    I loved the setting of Cupid, between the quaint town and the caves to the Marfa Lights I could picture everything so well! I loved this book because Natalie and Dade were people that were true to life whether or not you believe in love at first sight...and I loved their story.



    I highly recommend this book to any romance reader looking for a lot of romance, some mystery and two great people who deserve happiness.

    2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2014

    It wasn't my cup of tea

    Although it ended sweetly, the story progressed too slowly. It dragged on quite a bit before any romance happened.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 1, 2013

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    Unavoidable magnetism, foul play, heated fantasies that lead to


    Unavoidable magnetism, foul play, heated fantasies that lead to even more heated sexual encounters are the focal point of this intriguing first story in the Cupid Series. I found this book to be easy, enjoyable and a quick read. Lori Wilde wove a creative tale including a wonderful twist on Cupid’s folk lore that will be a fascinating premise on which to base the continuation of this series. As erotic romance, Love at First Sight hits the mark...it is vividly descriptive, extremely steamy and has a wonderfully wounded hero and heroine we can route for.



    Dade and Natalie were such great characters in Love at First Sight. Lori writes so well I felt like I knew them and was right there with them. Both of them have scars from the past...different scars but hurts just the same that are holding them back in their lives. They'll need to acknowledge this to themselves and each other if they want to have a future together. Natalie is so used to taking care of everyone else, controlling everything that someone wanting to take care of her is such a novel concept she doesn't know what to do about it! For Natalie, being in control means keeping the bad away, making sure everyone is happy. Dade is an ex-Navy SEAl who had had a terrible childhood, the one good was his foster brother Red. He's been to terrible places and had to do horrible things in his eyes that make him not good enough for Natalie. Hopefully he can trust her enough to open up to her.


    I loved the secondary characters in the book from Natalie's sister to her great-aunt, and how they played such a big part in her life.I also enjoyed that they were very free with their advice! The way Lori Wilde described Cupid, between the quaint town and the caves to the Marfa Lights it made me wish that I could go visit. I could see everything so well! Natalie and Dade were people that felt were true to life whether or not you believe in love at first sight or not and I can't wait for book three.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2013

    Made it to only page 7.

    Boring... Run fast.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2013

    Slooooow

    This book was so slow! I kept waiting for it to get exciting....it finally happened in the last 10 pages. I won't read another from this author

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2013

    Long and boring

    A boring read

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2013

    Couldn't put this book down. Is it the best book I have ever rea

    Couldn't put this book down. Is it the best book I have ever read? No. Yet, it was a feel good book on love and it makes me want to go out there and have some adventures of my own. Definitely worth the money and time to read.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2014

    ok

    I don't remember reading it deleted it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2014

    Very good book

    Had all the necessary ingredients ... Intrigue .. Sex .. Mystery ..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2014

    didn

    Too wordy - just thoughts and thoughts and thoughts! The book could have been read in 50 pages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2014

    Boring

    150 pages and we are still hearing about their physical attraction and why neither thought they were worthy. Just cant keep reading waiting for the mystery to start

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  • Posted September 6, 2014

    Great

    I love the story. It was a heart harming tale.

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  • Posted September 5, 2014

    So So

    Wasn't crazy about it!

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