If the aim of a story is to make the reader feel, then I would have to consider this story a success. However, if success is measured in how well one likes the main characters, then no, this story didn't succeed with me.
I found the heroine to be unbearably selfish and unwilling to accept that she was a shit to her high school boyfriend. Every other character in the story touched me in a positive way. Even the old boyfriend grew as a person, but at the end of the story, IMO, Daisy hasn't grown at all and is still getting her way on everything.
I normally really like Rachel Gibson's books, and I read this all the way to the end, hoping she would find a way to redeem the heroine in my eyes, but it just didn't happen. By then, I just wanted to see what she'd done cost her half as badly as it cost Jack. I guess if I can't have redemption, I'll take revenge.
I love Rachel Gibson and this book is another good one. It centers around Daisy Lee Monroe, a thirty something who returns to her home town with a confession. Daisy Lee has to tell her former high school sweetheart that he's the father of her fifteen year old son. Although I love Rachel Gibson, who's a fantastic writer, I thought the character of Daisy Lee was selfish to the bone. I really don't enjoy the stories about a woman telling a man decades later that he's a father. I don't think there are many writers who can justify such a choice. In this story Daisy's ex Jack seems like a nice guy (albeit with a few faults) so it seems incomprehensible that Daisy would lie to Jack for fifteen years about giving birth to his child. There is another facet to Daisy's deception that is just so low that I couldn't stomach it as a reader. I don't want to give away the whole plot but she betrays him so viciously that it would actually bring a person to their knees. At one point in the book Jack says to Daisy, "If that's what you do to people you love, I can't imagine what you have in store for people you hate." In short, this sums up the heroine. I liked the premise of the book but I hated the main character Daisy's selfishness. It made me dislike her as the main character of the book.
Daisy Monroe has come back to Lovett Texas to talk to Jackson Parrish, the man she loved and left 15years ago...left with his best friend. Now she must talk with Jackson and mend the past, while maintaining a distance from the attraction that is still there after all those years. This a good example of Rachel Gibson, not as great as some of her others but still a very good read.
Intriguing page-turner, heavy on the Romance.
This was an enjoyable book. Pretty on par with a lot of Gibson's other work. Clever.
Cute fun read about going back to your hometown.
After 15 years, Daisy Monroe is back in her hometown and on a mission. She made a promise to her late husband to look up their best friend, Jackson Parrish, and tell him the truth about what happened years earlier. Jack wants absolutely nothing to do with her. Daisy tore his heart out 15 years ago and he isn't about to let her do it again. Problem is Daisy keeps popping up everywhere he goes.
I have mixed feelings about this book. First, you find out early in the story that Daisy is coming back to town to tell Jack that they have a son. She knew she was pregnant when she suddenly married his best friend, Steven, and left Jack to deal with the problems in his personal life on his own. I thought it was very selfish on her part. Throughout the story she tells him she is sorry about what she did; but I somehow wasn't sure she actually meant it. On the other hand, I loved the character of Jack and felt really bad for him. He and Daisy had amazing chemistry and I wanted them to solve their problems and get together. I just wish Daisy had been a little more remorseful about her actions. My rating: 4 Stars.
Hot and steamy. Great Author!
Who doesn't love a Rachel Gibson Novel? I put her in the category of Jane Heller, Susan Andersen and Elizabeth Bevarly
Very funny in places. i enjoyed it a lot. A good comtemporary romance.
This book caught my eye because I live in Texas and read lots of books that take place here. It was pretty typical for a romance novel. The main male character owns an automotive restoration business, which also was of interest to me. It was a above average read.
you could feel the emotions the characters were going through. good angst between main characters.
Enjoyed this book very much. Wish it didn't end.
Fun Fun Read! The characters were a hoot!
Daisy is back in Lovett, Texas. Nothing much has changed her sister is still crazy, her Mother still has pink flamingos in the front yard and Jackson Lamott Parrish, the bad bou she'd left behind is still so sexy it hurts. Jackson learned about Daisy the hard was long time ago and now all he wants to hear from her ruby red lips is good-by but she keeps popping us everywhere. fast moving zippy story.
rachel gibson is such a great writer i cant get enough of her books. i was hooked on her from the first one i ever read of hers.
great book for a summer read!
Cute story. Quick read but worth it. Have to look for more of Gibson's work.
Good story, but no epilogue for happy ending. Steamy sex as usual for Rachel Gibson.
Very cute book. Super quick and easy read...I finished it in an evening.
One of my favorites! Loved it and have read it more than once.
Not the best work by Gibson, she is usually better. This book was kind of boring and I ended up skip reading it a lot. There was a lot of useless information and thoughts that didn't really add to the story. It's a also the first time in a book where I actually wanted to know about everyone else but the two main characters. I disliked them both. I think the son, Nathan, was probably more interesting.
Definitely can skip this one.
I really enjoyed reading it
i really really loved this book. it has a really sweet sentiment, and characters that will stick with you. i definately reccomend reading it.
Great Book! I really enjoyed this story of Daisy and Jackson.
Definitely can skip this one! Pretty boring for Rachel Gibson.
Another great read from one of my favorites authors.
I liked this book alot..really a cute story.. great character development.. hot romance..
Romance, humor and real-life situations!!
Daisey left town years ago; she left a nutty Mom and sister, and the hottest guy in the town. Now she is back, to give him a message, and maybe a message to the whole town.
One if the best books by Rachel Gibson. Hard to put down.
The best of Rachel Gibson, if you ask me! I have read them all!
Rachel Gibson is one of my favorite authors. She writes fun, quick and romantic reads with lots of good sex thrown in. I have read everyone of her books and I keep them all. This was an extra copy I had so I thought I would share it. Enjoy!!
This was the first book ive read by this author and it wont be the last. I loved it. It was sexy, funny, and at times heartbreaking.
The game of cat and mouse is allive and well and is written between the pages of this book. After a while I just didn't care how the sotry unfolded and it had the typical ending. I guess if you like romance novels (which generally I do) you will like this book. For me it fell flat, like day old ginger ale.
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 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.