In Molly O’Keefe’s captivating new contemporary romance, a woman with a past and a man without a future struggle to find a place where they belong.
A girl from the wrong side of the tracks, Tara Jean Sweet knows that opportunity will never knock; she’ll have to seize it. Elderly Texas rancher Lyle Baker has a dying request: He will give Tara Jean a stake in his leather business in exchange for a little family subterfuge. All Tara Jean has to do is play the part of a gold-digging fiancée to lure Lyle’s estranged children home. The mission is soon accomplished.
Now Lyle’s gone—and his ridiculously handsome son, Luc, an ice hockey superstar sidelined by injuries, is the new owner of Crooked Creek ranch. He’s also Tara Jean’s boss. But being so close to sinfully sweet Tara Jean does crazy things to Luc’s priorities, like make him want to pry her deepest secrets from those irresistible lips. But when Tara Jean’s past demands a dirty showdown, will Luc stay and fight?
In the first installment of the Crooked Creek books we are introduced to Luc Baker, an injured hockey player that is at risk of having his career taken from him with one more concussion, and Tara Jean Sweet, a girl with a troubled past that is running from her demons.
Coming back to Crooked Creek Ranch was the last thing that Luc ever wanted to do, but when he finds out that his father is getting married to “Bimbo Barbie”, and that he’s taking his sisters inheritance, he doesn’t have much of a choice but to try and step in to protect his sister’s well being.
The last thing he expected was to fall for his father’s fiance.
Not only is this a great story, but the characters are extremely well written. I went into this book not really expecting to like Tara Jean but the further I got the more I loved her.
She might not have a very good opinion of herself but she has a special skill of knowing what other people need and giving it to them. When Luc finally decides that his career is ending and throws himself a temper tantrum, instead of trying to stop him and calm him down Tara just pulls out her nail file, sits back, and waits for him to lose steam. My favorite line in the whole book is when Luc is having a pity party and Tara’s response to it is “Poor Luc, he’s got a headache.”
These two characters are written so well for each other that you can’t help but love how the story developes between the two of them. I can’t wait to get my hands on the next one and see what’s going to be happening at Crooked Creek next!