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Maggie is a prim young teacher. Like all prim and dowdy women, all she needs is a simple makeover to turn into a world-class hottie. Fortunately, her longterm friend does this for her (giving that Maggie has self-esteem issues, why did her friend wait so long? We never find out).
Maggie lives in Petal, a very small town where everybody knows everybody else and hangs out at the same bar, but men and women of the same age -- who went to high school together -- still don't really know each other. Thus Maggie is new to Shane Chase, the Sheriff, and her remade self quickly catches his eye. But in the book's tiny and insufficient attempt to present a twist on the standard "hot brothers take turns pairing off" formula, Shane isn't ready to commit and Maggie is promply passed off to the next brother in line, Kyle.
Kyle has never wanted to commit because he has never met the right woman (aww), but Maggie is so hot that he just can't resist. The rest of the novel reads like a standard wish fulfillment fantasy with some suspense thrown in (courtesy of Maggie's stalker).
See, Maggie's mother and sister are nasty former beauty queens. They're not just mean in the subtle cutdown way. They're not even mean in the "fight behind closed doors" way. No, they're mean in an over-the-top vicious way, saying things that people just wouldn't say in front of strangers (even if they believed them) because they would know how it would make them look. They have no filter or common sense, which means we get plenty of cringeworthy scenes where they disgrace themselves in front of the upstanding citizens of Petal including Kyle's family (oh, did I mention they're the most respected and successful people in town?). So there are lots of chances for Maggie to be enfolded in Kyle's arms (or the arms of his mother) while the family comes to her defense because everyone loves Maggie (I mean, she has no faults and she also makes great scones) while a rousing defense of her wonderfulness is made. This reaches ridiculous heights when Maggie's father, after years of passivity, is shamed by how wonderfully Kyle's family is defending her, decides to divorce his wife and repudiate his other daughter so he too can become part of the Maggie Fan Club.
Nor is the curiously over-the-top nastiness limited to Maggie's mother and sister. Random women just happen to drop by the Chase house to hit on Kyle and say nasty things about Maggie. Again, things that people with self-consciousness just wouldn't say (even if they thought them). Why? So he can manfully hold her and his mother can deliver a rousing defense of how classy and wonderful sweet Maggie is and how trashy and awful they are.
Maggie's relationship with Kyle is a bit sketchy. They have fun together and Maggie is (of course) amazing in bed despite having only done it eleven times before. But the whole thing is weirdly impersonal. While Kyle is in raptures about how the candlelight reflects against her skin, she calls him "dude" and lets him know that he's about to "get lucky." It's like they're in two different romance novels.
Since there are several other cute brothers and a paint-by-the-numbers Southern Momma, we know that this is the beginning of a series. I assume the others will be somewhat better. They couldn't be much worse.
Maggie is a sweet lady, but she's the stereotypical high school history teacher with the high necked collars, skirts to the floor, and tortoiseshell glasses. That is, until her best friend makes her over, and all of a sudden she gets the attention of the Chase brothers. Now, Maggie's character wouldn't be complete without being ridiculed by her evil mother and sister giving her an inferiority complex that she just can't shake. Both of them are beauty queens and blonde, and they look down on poor Maggie for being a nerd with red hair. Those two are so over the top with the meanness that I couldn't find them believable at all. They both say horrendous things to Maggie...in public! They're suppose to be Southern ladies, so I could understand some backhanded compliments, but not those flat-out insults.
Maggie herself is a bundle of contradictions, but that didn't give her depth, it just made her impossible to understand and connect with. She feels completely inferior thanks to her horrible family, and yet she's super outspoken and stands up to everyone, including her mother and sister. She's never been able to do that before, but now she all of a sudden does at every turn? She also claims to not have any sexual experience, even though she takes the lead and turns out to be a complete sex bomb! AND she's convinced she's a slut/whore/hoochie (yes, she actually says hoochie) just because she's gone on dates with two brothers, who she hadn't had sex with, and who she thinks just dated her out of pity. Yeah, I don't get it.
I was hoping for a light, sexy read, and I partially got that. There's really no action until about halfway through the book, and then it's pretty tame, standard sex. There were a few "oh, they're gonna do it now" moments sprinkled through, that always got conveniently interrupted. But it's not like the build up was so hott that I felt cheated when it didn't happen. But underneath all of my complaints, there is a very sweet love story, and it wasn't a bad way to pass the time.
Each storyline is different but they all have a HEA. This one includes a stalker, jealous family, one brother's stupidity being the catalyst for another brother opportunity to fall in love.
Believable characters with distinct personalities. Thought-provoking and snarky dialogue.
I will continue to re-read these stories and always look forward to works by this author.
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