Hi there! Today I’m sharing a review for a new contemporary romance from Marie Force. CAN’T BUY ME LOVE is the second book in her Bulter, Vermont series and features a mature couple finding unexpected love. It was a 4.5 Star read for me, and a sure hit for fans of Marie Force.
About the book:
Mary Larkin was hard at work as the office manager at the Green Mountain Country Store when Cameron Murphy brought her dad, Patrick, in to visit. That fateful first meeting, which took place in You’ll Be Mine, sets the stage for Mary and Patrick’s long-awaited romance in Can’t Buy Me Love!
Mary enjoys her predictable, satisfying life in Butler. If it’s a little lacking in excitement, well, that’s okay with her. But after meeting Patrick and getting to know him better at his daughter’s wedding, Mary is intrigued by the well-known, sexy billionaire businessman.
Patrick is equally intrigued. For the first time since he suddenly lost his wife thirty years ago, he has met a woman who makes him feel less lonely, and all he wants is more of his Sweet Mary from Vermont. Flirty phone calls become a weekend away together that takes his relationship with Mary to the next level.
But with six hours and two vastly different lives standing between them, can Mary and Patrick find happily ever after together? And after telling her father to keep his hands and everything else off Mary, will Cameron approve of her father’s new romance?
Mary Larkin and Patrick Murphy met when Patrick arrived in small-town Butler, VT, for his daughter Cameron’s wedding. Patrick is a mid-50s uber-wealthy hotelier, and he still mourns the loss of his wife in childbirth to Cameron nearly thirty years ago. Mary is mid-40s, unmarried, and lives a quiet and subdued life. She never expected to find love this late in the game. Her heart was broken after college and she’s comfortable in her town, her friendships, and her commitments at church and volunteering. She’s not comfortable being the object of Patrick’s interest. He’s a wealthy and cultured Park Avenue man, she thinks. Why would he want poor-forlorn me?
So, Patrick is drawn to Mary’s sincerity and kindness. He finds her incredibly attractive and initiates communication with her long after the glow of Cameron’s wedding night has faded. Mary insists they keep their communication quiet, because she really likes Cameron and doesn’t want to upset her by being her dad’s flavor of the month.
Thing is, they bond over emails, text and phone calls. Speaking with Patrick becomes the best part of Mary’s day—and Patrick feels the same. Mary muses over her infatuation while riding to a weekend getaway with Patrick which is their first time to get comfortable outside of the prying eyes in Butler. It’s incendiary, with Mary becoming the sensual woman she’d never expected, and Patrick the most virile widower on the face of the earth. Their chemistry is beyond insatiable, and Mary’s sexual awakening is fun to experience.
Patrick is relentless in his pursuit. He never expected to find a woman with whom he feels so compatible since his wife’s death, and he’s unwilling to let his Sweet Mary go. He woos her with daily gifts while out of the country on business, and cuts his trips short so he can spend time bivouacked in her charming home in Butler. Mary’s resolve is worn down by Patrick’s absolute devotion to the idea that they are meant to be.
This is a sweet and mostly breezy mature romance with plenty of heat and lots of heart. It’s easy to drop into this series, and I enjoyed the book as a standalone. It may be the second book in the Butler, VT series, but it’s a spin-off from the larger Green Mountain series and features many recurrent characters.
About the Author:
Marie Force is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 50 contemporary romances, including the Gansett Island Series, which has sold nearly 3 million books, and the Fatal Series from Harlequin Books, which has sold 1.5 million books. In addition, she is the author of the Butler, Vermont Series, the Green Mountain Series and the erotic romance Quantum Series, written under the slightly modified name of M.S. Force. All together, her books have sold more than 5.5 million copies worldwide!
Her goals in life are simple—to finish raising two happy, healthy, productive young adults, to keep writing books for as long as she possibly can and to never be on a flight that makes the news.
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