CAN'T BUY ME LOVE
Readers should clear their schedules before they pick up O’Keefe’s latest — a fast-paced, funny and touching book that is “unputdownable.” Her story is a roller-coaster ride of tragedy and comedy that is matched in power by believable and sympathetic characters who leap off the pages. Best of all, this is just the beginning of a new series.
Tara Jean Sweet has agreed to play the part of a gold digger to lure home the estranged children of an elderly Texas rancher. When the older man dies, everyone is stunned to learn that his son Luc, a soon-to-be ex-hockey superstar, controls everything. Despite his desire to thumb his nose at his despised father, Luc complies with the will, staying in hated Texas to ensure that his sister gets her inheritance. He’s also learning there is more to Tara Jean than big hair and tight jeans. As the two slowly forge a bond, they find that their personal demons are a bit easier to wrestle, until Tara Jean’s show up in the flesh. Now she and Luc will have to figure out whether their pasts will determine their future. (BANTAM, Jul., 368 pp., $7.99)