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Book 1 of 5 in the Lovett, Texas Series

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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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Product Details

  • Series: Lovett, Texas (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 370 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Books; Reprint edition (February 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006000925X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060009250
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (155 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #465,215 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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36 of 43 people found the following review helpful By baltimore0502 on February 20, 2004
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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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Tracy Vest VINE VOICE on 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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Emily on July 16, 2013
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Words can honestly not describe the extent to which I loathe this book. I normally like Rachel Gibson, but the plot line behind this story had me clenching my teeth with anger. The heroine and her deceased husband are two of the most selfish, clueless, narcissistic a-holes I have ever come across in a book. The only people I felt any sympathy for were Jack and Nathan.


Daisy got pregnant with Jack's child around the same time Jack's parents died in a car accident. Jack asked Daisy for some space while he dealt with his grief, so she kept her pregnancy a secret from him, married his best friend, and left the state. Fifteen years later, her husband has died of cancer and has asked that she tell Jack about his son. She was well aware that Jack would have wanted to be in his son's life, but gosh darn it there was just never a good time to bring it up.
Despite all of this, Daisy has no regrets. She honestly believes that she did nothing wrong, and she doesn't understand why Jack can't just get over it. She makes no effort to make amends. (Jack wants Nathan to spend the summer with him to bond and Daisy throws a fit. Apparently, if Jack wants to be with the son she lied to him about then Jack can fly himself up to Washington some other time. I had to take a break from the book at this part. If Daisy had told Jack about his son earlier then he would have had years of knowing him, instead of having to try to make up for lost time. Unfortunately, Daisy doesn't really care.) She can't understand why Jack still resents Steven, or why it's upsetting for him to constantly hear Nathan refer to Steven as his dad. And she's always going on about how great a husband and father Steven was. Sometimes even in front of Jack.
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