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Can't Buy Me Love (Crooked Creek Ranch, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – June 26, 2012
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An Interview with the Authors
Contemporary Romance Authors Susan Andersen and Molly O'Keefe, took to social media to discover what fans really want to know about cover art, characters, and how they get the job done.
SA: I’m consulted on cover art—then I pretty much get what I get. I’ve had both horrid and great covers, but only on Bending The Rules did I look at a model and say, “Yes, that’s my hero!”
‘Course, when you end up with a model like Scotty Too Hotty (Burning Up) who cares if he’s not the image you had in your head? ;-D
MOK: The abs on the cover of Can't Buy Me Love, are exactly the abs I pictured on Luc Baker! Joking aside, I get my say in cover art, too. And I love my covers. Especially Can't Hurry Love, the details are so rich and I love his wrinkled shirt. Totally fits my hero.
I would love to know your routine. Is it structured? Different everyday? And how do you flesh out a story? -- Kristi's TeaRoom
SA: I outline just enough to sell on proposal. In truth, I don’t have a clue what will sputter from my fingertips until I plant my butt and start typing. I make deadlines by building books a day at a time. I sooo wish I wrote faster, but I have come to accept that this is my process. I also write largely by correction, laying down the bones, then fleshing ‘em out more with each new pass.
MOK: Routine? I'm unfamiliar with that word. I have two young kids at home (both will be in school full time next year!) so every day is pretty different for me. I do a lot of thinking and planning and brainstorming while playing Barbies or building Legos, and then, when I sit down, I write like someone is chasing me. I like Susan's answer so I'm going to steal it—I write by correction as well.
How do you keep the ideas coming for new characters/conflicts? -- Louise Groarke
SA: I’m character-driven: each book starts with a hero or heroine scratching at the back of my brain. In the case of That Thing Called Love, half-brothers Jake and Max Bradshaw—who grew up hating each other’s guts—were first to agitate for a story. Then my brainstorming partner and I tossed around ideas for Jake’s heroine and their conflict (Max had to wait, since he’s not primary until Book 2), and it went from there.
MOK: Can't Buy Me Love was totally inspired by NHL superstar Sidney Crosby and his concussion a few years back. I was fascinated by the idea of a man so physically fit, at the top of his game, having to walk away because of potential brain trauma. I had all these questions about the emotional impact that would have on someone, so I had to write the book to answer the questions!
SA: And trust me on this, Molly’s Can’t Buy Me Love will Knock. Your. Socks off!
“Molly O'Keefe delivers addictive and sexy romance at its best: irresistible and satisfying . . . a terrific read.”—New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery
“Molly O’Keefe is a unique, not-to-be-missed voice in romantic fiction . . . an automatic must-read!”—New York Times bestselling author Susan Andersen
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Can't Buy Me Love is the first book in the Crooked Creek Ranch series by Molly O'Keefe. I discovered Molly when I read an anthology that contained a couple I fell in love with. I later found out that couple is highlighted in book 3 of this series. So, I couldn't wait to get started. This was a very nice read and I'm glad I got the opportunity to give it a chance.
Tara Jean Sweet has royally messed up her life. She had a tough start, but it's no excuse in her mind. Meeting Lyle Baker was her chance to live an honorable life. He gave her a job designing leather goods for his company and upon his death she would get a stake in his company. All she has to do is pose as the money grubbing, floozy fiancé to Lyle. This should bring his long, lost children running home in a huff. She expects anger and hatred from the spoiled brat, rich kids. But, she doesn't expect the undeniable attraction she feels when Lyle's son is near. He has no idea the person she is and the things she has done. He wouldn't, couldn't ever be interested in her if he knew. She doesn't even like herself.
"It's about me. It's about wanting something and taking it. It's about being tired of being alone and cold and untouched. It's about feeling something good after a long, long time of feeling nothing."
Luc Baker doesn't need his father and never will. He got out of the years before and was saved by a career in hockey. Now, it seems like everything is falling down around his ears. He's had one too many concussions and could very well be on his way out of the only life he knows and wants. That's why when his sister shows him the wedding invitation for his father and bimbo Barbie he could care less. He has his own problems. But, his sister is livid and plans to talk some sense into the evil man that fathered them. Always the protector, he can't let her go alone. Seeing his father, brings back so many demons that he thought he had buried. To make it even worse, the man is so frail and dieing Luc can't even yell and have his say. Lucky for him, he has a target for his anger, Miss Tara Jean. Nothing is working out the way he wants to. Instead of hating Tara, he finds himself wanting to protect her. He is drawn to her sweet nature, even though she tries so hard to hide it and the attraction is electric. Once he's accepted the inevitable he's ready to jump in with both feet. Now, he just has to find a way to convince Tara she can't continue to be punished for her past and to move on to a future with him.
"I love you, Tara. But the problem is you don't even see the woman you are and until you do, I don't have a chance of convincing you."
I enjoyed this story. It was a nice read, but a little wordy. It drug on in a few places, but I imagine that was inevitable. There was a lot of background to cover in this book to set up for the next stories in the series. Overall, I would say give this series a chance.
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One pet peeve I have about the romance genre as a whole is how generic the heroines can be. In an effort to make them likeable, some authors make the heroines so sweet and bland and perfect that, while they won't offend anyone, neither are they very interesting. O'Keefe's characters seem real to me. Fully formed. Human.
Can't Buy Me Love is funny, sexy and heartbreaking.
I can't recommend this book highly enough. Especially for those of you who don't necessarily read a lot of romance. This book will surprise you with it's humor, it's pathos, it's depth.
Luc wanted nothing more than to continue to play professional hockey. His sister and nephew needed help. When the invitation arrived, he swore he wouldn't return to Texas. All his good intentions were pushed aside to help his sister. He didn't intend to fall in love or retire then. Life has a funny way of changing you thinking.
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