I've been reading a lot of Lori Wilde's romance novels lately, particularly the series set in the mythical Twilight, Texas, which is based on my town of Granbury.
At a local event honoring Lori last month, I received a free copy of this book. It's part of a different series, set in another make-believe town, Cupid, Texas, which is based on Fort Davis, the seat of the real Jeff Davis County, in the Trans-Pecos region of West Texas. Marfa, which is mentioned in the story, is thirty miles away (page 206); Alpine, Marathon, and the McDonald Observatory are nearby.
As one might guess from the cover art, this book has a lot more sex than the Twilight series (only one book of eleven in that series - the novella - has a sexy man on the cover, and he's wearing a tux). Melody Spencer and Luke Nielsen are from feuding families, who were in love as teens. Torn apart, he stays in their hometown, running the family ranch and becoming Cupid's mayor, while she moves to New York City to follow her dreams. When the story opens, she's fired from her advertising job for being too honest, and finds her boyfriend has dumped her from both his life and his apartment.
Enter Luke, in town to offer her a job attempting to boost tourism in Cupid, which is suffering from a drought (shades of Granbury!). He takes her back to his hotel as she has no place else to sleep, but of course they have hot sex. They continue to have lots of hot sex as the story continues back in Cupid, and Melody tries various events (including a hilarious bachelor auction) in an attempt to bring in visitors.
Romance tropes in the story include forbidden love, cowboy, fling, return to hometown, and maybe reunion and politics. This is the last book in the Cupid, Texas, series, but it stands alone just fine.
I thought it amusing that the cover art does not match the text - at least, if the man on the cover is supposed to be hero Luke. Some examples:
- page 66: "The top button on his shirt had come unbuttoned, revealing a tuft of soft brown chest hair."
- page 208: "The sun was up enough now for her to make out the sprinkling of hairs on his chest."
- page 277: "He was so damn beautiful. Hard, lean, a fine spray of dark hair between his nipples."
No matter - I prefer guys with some hair on their chests. I read this at the end of my cruise vacation, and it was perfect for that.
© Amanda Pape - 2015
[I received a free copy of this book - it will be passed on to someone else to enjoy.]