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Daisy's Back in Town (Lovett Texas Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Rachel Gibson
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Daisy Lee Monroe thought she'd brushed the dust of Lovett, Texas, off her high-heeled shoes years ago, but she's come back home only to find that little has changed. Her sister is still crazy, and her mom still has pink plastic flamingos in her front yard. And Jackson Lamott Parrish, the bad boy she'd left behind, is still so sexy it hurts. She'd like nothing better than to avoid this particular man, but she can't. Daisy has something to say to Jackson, and she's not going anywhere until he listens.

Jackson learned his lesson about Daisy the hard way, and now the only word he's interested in hearing from Daisy's red lips is good-bye. But she's popping up everywhere, and he doesn't believe in coincidence. It seems the only way to keep her quiet is with his mouth, but kissing Daisy had once been his downfall. Is he strong enough to resist her now? Strong enough to watch her walk out of his life again? Is he strong enough to make her stay?

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From Publishers Weekly

To call Gibson's newest contemporary romance "humorous" and "affecting" wouldn't be doing it justice. Gibson is in top form here, and the sheer magnetism of her characters and the warmth of her small-town setting will ensure that her fans devour this tale as readily as they did her last (See Jane Score). Thirty-three-year-old Daisy Lee Brooks possesses a rare maturity for a romance heroine. She has been a wife and mother for 15 years and now, as a widow, she has returned to her hometown of Lovett, Texas to set things right with the one person she has terribly wronged, Jackson Parrish, her former lover and the unwitting father of her 15-year-old son. Jackson, however, has never forgiven her for abandoning him the week his parents died and marrying their mutual best friend, Steven, and he's determined to avoid her—a task made difficult by Daisy's persistence and his still intense attraction to her. Although the sexual chemistry between the two is near palpable and their banter never lacks for wit, what's really impressive is how much the protagonists grow throughout the book and have grown since their initial affair, which is revealed through flashbacks. Secondary characters like Daisy's smart-alecky son and her bitter, newly divorced sister also shine, making this a well-rounded and truly noteworthy read.
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  • File Size: 743 KB
  • Print Length: 370 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; Reprint edition (March 20, 2012)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0070XFAYG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,732 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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34 of 41 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Reluctantly, I have to agree - disappointing : ( February 20, 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I�ve never rated a Rachel Gibson book less than 4 stars (most of them I consider 5 star reads) but this one does disappoint. If you�ve read all of Ms Gibson�s books this story may sound familiar. It�s a bit TRULY MADLY YOURS with a touch of SIMPLY IRRESISTIBLE thrown in.
Daisy, Steven and Jack were inseparable as children doing everything together. But by high school Daisy had blossomed into a beauty that both Steven and Jack wanted, so in order to preserve their friendship, they agree that Daisy is off limits. Daisy adores them both, but she has stronger feelings for reckless bad boy Jack (don�t we always!) so when Daisy makes it clear that she wants Jack, their agreement is forgotten as Jack and Daisy meet secretly. But just after graduation the world falls apart � Jack�s parents die in a car wreck leaving him responsible for his younger brother Billy and the family business. And at this same time Daisy discovers that she is pregnant. Daisy is frantic about what to do. When she attempts to tell Jack about the baby, he is not in a place where he can even listen and tells her that he �needs some time� to deal with the sudden changes in his life. Daisy hears �it�s over� and decides (with influence from Steven and her mom who never approved of Jack) that the best thing for all concerned is for Daisy to take Steven up on his offer to marry her and take her away. Jack already has too much to deal with and doesn�t need to be burdened further. And so Jack is left to believe that after all they had meant to each other, that his two best friends have betrayed him and left him all alone when he needed them most.
Fifteen years later, Daisy has returned to her small hometown, a widow on a mission.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A departure in theme for Gibson July 12, 2006
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Daisy, Steven, and Jackson were the best of friends since the second grade. When they became teens, Steven and Jackson promised not to pursue her romantically, but Daisy fell hard for Jack and they started a secret passionate love affair. When his parents are killed in a car crash, he is suddenly guardian for his younger brother and a relationship with clingy Daisy is too much for him to handle, so he breaks it off with her. Daisy finds that she is pregnant, and confides in Steven, and they quickly and quietly get married with plans to return to college in Seattle. When they confront Jack on their way out of town, he beats Steven up in a fit of anger and betrayal.

Fifteen years pass, and Jack hasn't heard from either of them until Daisy is suddenly back in town wanting to talk to him. He tries to avoid her, but they keep ending up in the same room. No longer the poor boy she grew up with, he still is angered that she chose wealthier Steven over him. She wants to come clean with him about the paternity of her son - a promise she made to Steven on his deathbed. Jack just wants to pretend she doesn't exist. Not only does she exist, but so does their mutual passion for each other. She finally gives Jack the letter from Steven, but he just puts it away to read later.

When Jack meets Steven & Daisy's son at his auto shop, he's surprised he's a teenager. The more that he talks to Nathan with his brother Billy, the more he realizes the similarities that Nathan shares with their deceased father. He suddenly realizes based on Nathan's age that he is probably his son, which is only confirmed when he reads Steven's heartfelt letter. Enraged, he tells Daisy that he will not allow her to leave Texas with his son.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Heroine has a fatal flaw! February 5, 2004
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I was counting the days until Rachel Gibson's next release. I've read EVERYTHING else she's written and have loved it all (5 stars!). This book, however, was very disappointing and I couldn't finish it. The main problem is the unlikable main character who decides to never tell her former boyfriend that she had his child. Then, MANY years later after her husband dies and she returns to her hometown..... You can guess the rest. I just couldn't get past how cruel and heartless her act was. I really did not like this character. As a result, I couldn't finish the book. Back to my used bookstore it goes! I gave it 3 stars (versus 1 or 2) because her writing is intelligent and smooth.
My advice: DON'T buy this, but DO buy any other Rachel Gibson. I hope she can get back on track next time.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Save your money January 30, 2004
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I can honestly say I love both romance books and Rachel Gibson. I have been anxiously awaiting this book, I even pre-ordered it, so that I can have it the second it was available. I have all her books, and my favorite is See Jane Score. Now, for her latest DBIT, I am trying to limit my dislike and figure out where to begin. First, none of the characters are very likable, not Daisy, not Steven, and not even Jack.
In, DBIT, Daisy has just lost her husband to illness, and has returned to her hometown to confess to her first love that she has kept his son from him for 15 years. Now this is not a unique premise in a romance and Gibson has used it previously in Simlpy Irristable (not exactly but very similar, and better). However in DBIT, I disliked Daisy, I found her a whiny, selfish, a user and a worst definition of woman. And I won't even get started on Steven, he is supposed to be the best friend, but hey with friends like him who needs enemys. As for Jack, the other reviewers want to feel sympathetic to him but find it difficult. I agree and disagree, the betrayal he had to deal with for fifteen years was not the simple "my girlfriend left me for my best friend", no his girlfriend and best friend screw him over after a few days after the tragic death of both his parents. So instead of being there for their best friend, they dump more on him and as icing on the cake take his kid with them. And all this is somehow his fault because the Jack just was not sensitive enough to Daisy. Now after 15 years Jack should have been over this betrayal and ready to accept that for 15 years he had a son that calls somebody else Dad.
This book left such a bitter taste in my mouth that I had threw it away and had to re-read her older stuff to remember that I like this author.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! Fun
Classic Rachel Gibson. Fantastic! Fun, sassy & sexy!
Published 14 hours ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read
The book started out slow so I decided to give it two chapters and if it did not improve I would stop. It did improve and eventually got really good. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Paula B.
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it.
I read some reviews of this book and was disappointed that more didn't like it. I know there were flaws in Daisy's character. She did what she thought best. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Carol Boutin
5.0 out of 5 stars Second Chance HEA
Everyone has that special someone who was their everything. Some times fate intervenes and you don't have a happily ever after. Read more
Published 1 month ago by HarperHamilton
4.0 out of 5 stars i liked it.
has some substance as a romance novel. i liked it.
Published 2 months ago by likes romance
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the read
This book was it for me and I loved it from beginning to end. For me, it ended a bit abruptly but i gave it five stars anyway because otherwise it was truly great.
Published 3 months ago by Kyana John
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 STARS
The cover of this book is ridiculous, but the book is awesome. Highly recommended.....all her books actually!!
Published 4 months ago by RACEGAL8
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love Rachel Gibson! She is a fantastic writer!
Published 5 months ago by Amanda Bylczynski
5.0 out of 5 stars Rachel hit the mark with this one.
If you like pure romance books then this one to read and keep. I enjoyed all the great characters she has especially the Jack and Steven relationship.
Published 5 months ago by C. Linda Cicak
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it!
Published 7 months ago by Robin S. Klein
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More About the Author

With the publication of New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Rachel Gibson's first book, readers discovered one of contemporary romance's freshest voices. Four of her novels were named among the Top Ten Favorite Books of the Year by Romance Writers of America.

Rachel's storytelling career began at the age of sixteen when she ran her Chevy Vega into the side of a hill, retrieved the bumper and broken glass from the ground, and drove to her high school parking lot. With the help of her friend, she strategically scattered the broken pieces and told her parents she'd been the victim of a hit and run. They believed her, and she's been telling stories ever since.

When not writing, Rachel can be found boating on Payette Lake with Mr. Gibson, shopping for shoes, or forcing her love on an ungrateful cat.

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