Debbie M. (Tafwin) reviewed Sweet Memories / One Tough Texan (Harlequin 50th Anniversary Collection Bk 2) on
SWEET MEMORIES by LaVyrle Spencer - Brian Scanlon is the perfect man for Theresa Brubaker. But she can't believe that anyone could ever care about her. Sometimes, though, love conqueers all. Right up until the moment when Brian thinks Theresa betrayed him.
ONE TOUGH TEXAN by Jan Freed - Ex-rodeo cowboy and hell raiser Matt Granger wants nothing more than to unpack his gear, settle down and lick old wounds. Prim and proper Abbey Parker flees her demons by roving the countrty. Fate forces them to become reluctant allies, then friends. But it takes a five-year-old to open their hearts...
Theresa Brubaker's overly endowed form causes her much heartache and pain. Men either grope or gawk at her but few care about her. Then her brother Jeff brings his friend, Brian Scanlon, home on holiday leave and for the first time in her life, Theresa tastes the pleasure of love. But her past experiences remain stumbling blocks to their relationship. Brian treads lightly until Theresa makes a major decision that alters and tests their love. A delicate love story told with extraordinary understanding and talent
I thought that SWEET MEMORIES was a bit dated but found out that this is a reprint from the mid-1980s. Spencer does such a wonderful job with conveying feelings; however, that I thought it made the story worthwhile. I was impressed with Jan Freeds entry; the last chapter was a bit over the top but she was very accurate with her descriptions of Houston, down to the bus fumes.
Sweet Memories - LaVyrle Spencer 5 stars
Theresa Brubaker is a severely inhibited 25 year old teacher of childrens music in a local elementary school. To put it plainly, she has enormous breasts (DDs) on her size 9 body. She also has carrot orange hair that wants spread out into 3 counties.
Shes never had a decent date because the only guys who asked her out in high school were gawkers or gropers. Theresa lives at home with 14 year-old Amy and her parents. Their brother Jeff is stationed several states away. It is Christmas and Jeff is flying home for 2 weeks. He asked his mother if he could bring a fellow soldier home.
Mrs. Brubaker is delighted; Theresa is horrified. Theresa has spent most of her life hiding in a coat or shapeless sweaters; shes not interested in meeting another groper or gawker.
Brian Scanlon is best friends with Jeff; they have a band together. They have 6 months of service left in the Air Force. Jeff is very aware of Theresas problem and he gets Brian interested in her.
The pacing was wonderful and the emotions Theresa and Brian were experiencing seemed appropriate. The two main characters are likeable, strong and intelligent; watching them grapple with the situation they find themselves in is fascinating.
One Tough Texan Jan Freed 4.5 stars
This is a fairly common plot line; however, I thought Jan Freed breathed new life into it. The hero finds that his sister has died and left a 5 year-old child. Mary had a roommate, Abby Parker. Over time, we learn that Abby took more care of Mattie (the child) than her mother did.
Matt is already stressed trying to make the mortgage on his ranch. Hes at a critical point and is upset to be suddenly responsible for a child he didnt know existed. He sees the solution hire Abby to serve as nanny; she is underwhelmed with the offer.
Because of a romantic disaster in her past, Abby is turned off by macho Matt. Obviously, Abby agrees to be nanny for a time -- or the story would be over.
Matt is afraid of loving Mattie; Abby goads him to become a real uncle to the child. Matt teaches Abby to trust again. Well done!
from book cover:
Sweet Memories - Brian Scanlon is the perfect man for Theresa Brubaker. But she can't believe that anyone could ever care about her. Sometimes, though, love conquers all-right up until the moment when Brian things Theresa has betrayed him.
One Tough Texas - Ex-roder cowboy and hell-raiser Matt Granger wants nothing more than to unpack his gear, settle down and lick old wounds. Prim and proper Abbey Parker flees her demons by roving the country. Fate foces them to become reluctant allies, then friends. But it takes a five-year-old to open their hearts....
From the back cover: Brian Scanlon is the perfect man for Theresa Brubaker. But she can't believe that anyone could ever care about her. Sometimes, though, love conquers all. Right up until the moment when Brian thinks Theresa betrayed him.