Thursday, November 1, 2012

ARC Review: Can't Hurry Love by Molly O'Keefe

Can't Hurry Love (Crooked Creek Ranch #2)
by Molly O'Keefe
Publisher:  Bantam
Purchase Links: Amazon Barnes & Noble
E-book 386 pages

From award-winning author Molly O’Keefe comes a wonderfully written contemporary romance about second chances at life and at love.

Tori Baker, the penniless widow of a disgraced financier, is ready to stand up, be counted, and make a new life for herself and her beloved son in Texas. She’s taking over Crooked Creek ranch, her birthright, and turning it into something special. All that stands in her way is Eli Turnbull, a rugged, too-handsome cowboy who wants the land just as badly.

If Tori wants a fight, Eli will give her one. He’s devoted his life to Crooked Creek, and he’s not about to let some pampered city girl—even one as brave and beautiful as Tori—turn it into some silly spa. But Tori’s and Eli’s burning anger and frustration only fuel heat of another kind: uncontrollable passion. And soon they each realize that the person standing in their way is the one they can never do without.


I was curious about Eli from Can’t Buy Me Love #1 and my heart ached for him in Can’t Hurry Love. His mother left him and his dad when he was eight and never seen her since. His dad took it out on him by drinking, barely feeding him and never cared if he went to school.

I went into Can’t Hurry Love knowing I did not like Victoria, but I was hoping she would turn out better than her spoiled brat character from Can’t Buy Me Love. Oh My Goodness she became just flat out evil and mean. She is turning the ranch into a spa and hires Eli’s mom as the architect, knowing that she left Eli when he was young and he was not going to be happy about it.

I was enjoying Can’t Hurry Love until Victoria’s betrayal. I did not feel she redeemed herself from this. Kudos to Molly O’Keefe for writing an intense betrayal scene and loved the out come of it. It was nice to see Eli not take it too well. Eli’s character I adored and loved his relationship with Jacob. Even though I was not big on Victoria and Eli’s relationship and think he deserved better, the epilogue was sweet and sad.

I really wanted to like this book more, but it is so hard when most of the characters are mean, unlikable and never redeem them selves.

ARC review provided by NetGalley for an honest review.

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