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Love With a Perfect Cowboy: A Cupid, Texas Novel

Love With a Perfect Cowboy: A Cupid, Texas Novel

Написано Lori Wilde

Озвучено C. J. Critt


Love With a Perfect Cowboy: A Cupid, Texas Novel

Написано Lori Wilde

Озвучено C. J. Critt

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4/5 (6 оценки)
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11 hours
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Издано:
May 27, 2014
ISBN:
9780062333711
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New York Times bestselling author Lori Wilde returns to Cupid, Texas, and asks the question: Do you ever forget your first love?

Melody Spencer had long-ago wiped the dust of Cupid, Texas, off her cute shoes . . . and done her best to forget the chiseled jaw and strong arms of cowboy Luke Spencer. Their families might be part of a long-time feud, but he was her very first love, even if it turned out they never wanted the same things.

But now Luke's come striding back into her life, tempting her with the memories of long, lazy evenings and hot, passionate kisses. And he has an ulterior motive—as Mayor of Cupid, he knows Melody's business savvy can help save their beloved hometown. His smooth talking might get her to Texas, but that doesn't mean he'll get her in his bed. Still, people do say love can be more perfect the second time around . . .

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May 27, 2014
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Lori Wilde is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of 64 books. She is a former registered nurse and lives in Texas with her husband, Bill.

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  • (5/5)
    Excellent conclusion to the Cupid, Texas series. In this one Cupid really has his work cut out for him. Fifteen years earlier Luke and Melody had snuck around behind their families' backs and enjoyed being young and in love. But tragedy followed when they were discovered, and the feud got even worse. Melody had gotten to the point where she couldn't wait to get away from Cupid and all the memories. Meanwhile, Luke was happiest where his roots went deep.Now the town of Cupid is in trouble, thanks to the drought drying up the tourist trade. Luke is desperate for help to save the town and thinks that big city advertising exec Melody is just the person to help. All he needs to do is convince her to come home. So he heads off to New York to do his best.Melody has been living the good life in the city. She has a job she likes and no one getting into her business. She has the feeling she has nowhere to go but up, as she's been putting in long hours hoping for a promotion. She hasn't thought (much) about Luke in the years she's been gone, until she spots him on her way into work. Avoiding him isn't easy, but she manages, and gets to work in time to be called to her boss's office. Thinking she's about to get the good news she's been hoping for, she's stunned to find out she's being fired instead - for being too honest, of all things. After spending some quiet time trying to think of her options, she heads for the apartment she shares with her boyfriend, only to discover that he's evicted her and left the country. Into this disaster of a day comes Luke, picking her up and taking her back to his hotel to recover.That night, Luke and Melody discover that they are still wildly attracted to each other. Taking advantage of being away from Texas, they indulge in a night together knowing that nothing more can come of it. With nothing keeping her in New York, Melody goes to Cupid to see what she can do to help.Some things never change and the feud is alive and well. Melody and Luke would like to spend time together, but their families would have a conniption. Both of them are disgusted with the whole thing, but each has a different idea on how to deal with it. Having stayed in Cupid, Luke has gotten very good at keeping a lid on everything. He believes that stirring things up will only create more trouble. Since he's sure that Melody would never stay in Texas, he can't see creating havoc for something that won't last. Melody, on the other hand, feels that nothing will change until the whole feud is brought out into the light where everyone can see just how stupid it is. She has some ideas on how to do it, and help the town at the same time, but Luke forbids it. When she takes matters into her own hands, it's sometimes hard to tell if it's working or not.Luke and Melody manage to find ways to spend time together, and even though they claim it's just for sex, it's obvious that they are falling for each other all over again. But until they can get their families to give up on the grudges of the past, things look pretty hopeless for them. It takes Melody doing what she feels is the right thing, even against Luke's wishes, to get the ball rolling, and a near tragedy for the families to finally see the light.There were quite a few fun moments, including the bachelor auction, where Luke gets purchased by the last person he'd ever want to get stuck with. There were also the sad times, such as Melody's first sight of Cupid under its drought conditions. And then there was the truly heartbreaking, when Melody put her love out there for everyone to see and Luke wouldn't even give her a chance. Fortunately, Cupid's streak remains unbroken and they get their happy ending after all.
  • (5/5)
    Fifteen years ago a decade old family feud and the horrific events of one fateful night drove Melody Spencer and Luke Nielson apart. Their young love just wasn't strong enough to fight both their families. Now fifteen years later Luke is convinced Melody is the answer to all his prayers, both personally and professionally. After Melody loses both her job and her home in NY, Luke convinces her to come back to Cupid to help him save the drought stricken town with her marketing magic.

    This is a great story of a young love that wouldn't die and the events that can heal not only broken hearts but also a severed community. Wonderfully written and the characters of Cupid never fail to entertain. This is a great conclusion to the series and I recommend it for everyone.
  • (4/5)
    Luke and Melody both fell in love in their teens, but their families that had a feud that could rival Romeo and Juliet's family feud. Even though Luke and Melody had strong feelings for each other, they couldn't risk the wrath of their families which they felt a portion of when Luke's brother ends up killed in a accident and they are blamed. So Melody leaves Cupid, and heads to New York to pursue her dreams. So she leaves and focuses on her career. Now years have passed, and Melody has set up a life for herself, but when her boss fires her for being too honest, and her boyfriend dumps her all in one day, she thinks it can't get any worse, until Luke strolls into her life asking for her help to save Cupid. Cupid, even though a small town, she stills cares about the quaint town, and the people that live there. So feeling that she has no other option, she decides to join Luke in trying to save the town, it doesn't help matters when he starts seducing her again, and her walls around her around start to come falling down, when she begins to dream of having a future with the only cowboy that ever held her heart, but will they be able to face the fires of fury from their families when the truth comes out?Love With A Perfect Cowboy is a wonderful addition to the Cupid Texas Series by Lori Wilde. I do love romances with a twist, and this book has a big one. This story emulates Romeo and Juliet's family feud only, there is a HEA eventually. I really love the way this story was written. The Family Feud adds quite a bit intense conflict to the story. From the beginning in the story we see a connection between Luke and Melody, but Melody fears falling in love with him again, because their first time ended up in disaster. But she is determined to save her hometown at any cost.Luke is one sexy cowboy, confident, likes control, mayor of the town, and set on seducing his first love. What is more romantic right? Melody is independent and willful, and passionate. I enjoyed seeing these two come together, and how fun they can be together. Their connection is instantaneous but because of their families, they don't let themselves accept their feelings until they are ready to risky all for love. I love how emotional this story got. My only complaint is the inconsistency of the plot. It feel like at times I was fully into it, and then at other times I couldn't put it down. One of my favorite aspects of the story was the setup of the story. I do love a conflict that just pulls you instantly into the story. And let me tell you if you adore conflicts just as I do, this story is packed with conflict from beginning to end. And the ending is Magnifique and mind blowing!! A beautiful story about true love that conquers all even a feuding family, where Luke and Melody may be the key to bringing peace to the families. A story full of passion, zest, and a sweet love story to bring tears to your eyes!!
  • (5/5)
    Welcome back to Cupid, Texas for another wonderful, sexy and entertaining read by Lori Wilde.

    Melody Spencer had left Cupid long ago to work in the big city of New York. Luke Nielson, the now mayor of Cupid and Melody's first love, has come to New York to tempt her to return to Cupid help out the town. What happens next is a funny and sexy story that entertains and keeps the reader engaged to discover if Melody and Luke find their happily ever after.
  • (5/5)
    Contemporary, RomanceNew York City & Cupid, Texas Melody Spencer thought that when she wiped the dust off her shoes from Cupid, Texas, she was gone for good. She did everything she could to forget the strong arms and chiseled jaw of Luke Nielson. Their families were part of a very long standing feud but Melody never felt that way about Luke. He was her first love though in the end they both wanted different things.Now Luke has come striding back into her life reminding her of long, lazy evenings and hot, passionate kisses. He is now the mayor of Cupid and he has an ulterior motive for coming back into her life. Luke knows that Melody’s business savvy can help save their hometown. He might be able to get her back to Texas with his smooth talking but that doesn’t mean he will be able to get her into his bed. People say that love the second time around is so much better.This is a book that adds a great deal to a series that has proven to be already wonderful. Each book can be read as a standalone but are so much better when read as a series. The characters are such that they are what you would expect to find in any small town and prove to be very fun and interesting when the reader gets to learn more about each and every one. Reading how Melody and Luke find their way back to each other and how to deal with their family feud make for a read that is very hard to step away from. The reader gets sucked into the story line and won’t want to leave Cupid for any reason at all. This is proving to be a series that is a must read especially for readers that enjoy small town romances.
  • (2/5)
    This is one of those second-chance love stories that I thought I'd enjoy—I mean, cowboys? Texas? A forbidden relationship? What's not to love?—but there are so many issues I had with it. It's not a complete carwreck, I'll admit; it has a linear plot, characters easy to sympathize with, and the occasional witty line. But overall, I just didn't find it a very palatable novel.Melody Spencer traded the wide skies of Cupid, Texas for the bright lights of New York City fifteen years ago, and hasn't looked back since. When her first love—the one with whom things never worked out because of a family feud—shows up in the Big Apple at her weakest moment, begging for her help, she can't help but remind herself that—even though she left Cupid behind—it is where her roots are, and she needs to do her part to save the crumbling town.The aspect of a family feud keeping the two once-lovers apart attempts to create a modern-day Romeo and Juliet story, but it just didn't seem very complicated or tragic to me. I know the taboo aspect of the relationship is supposed to be sexy, but because Lori Wilde gave no depth to either character, it was hard to follow the romance.Melody and Luke's cheesy instalove is also a huge problem. The moment Melody lays her eyes on Luke—again—her knees weaken, she swoons, she realizes she still loves him, etc. etc. etc. Every other line in the book is Luke noticing Melody's beauty or intelligence or kindness, which isn't only irritating, but also detrimental to the story because it reduces Wilde's style to simplistic telling, not showing. The dialogue and superfluous descriptions are not only stilted, but they're also ridiculous; I was literally laughing at the writing.A few examples of the cringe-worthy dialogue and wording:"'You're a terrific catch. Looks like someone would have snared you by now.''Thanks for the compliment," he said. "But I could ask you the same thing.'...how romantic, how smoldering, how smooth!"A seductive purr hummed over her lips, and a heavy breath drove her exquisite tits straight up into his chest. Through flaring nostrils he inhaled her feminine aroma, the flirty flavor of spice, licorice, and kiwi perfume permeating his olfactory receptors, sailing into his brain, flitting between neurons and skimming over synapses, firing off a timeless male response.Exotic."...flaring nostrils? Olfactory receptors?? A timeless male response???? What the fuck!!"God, she was beautiful and sexy and irresistible. Luke genuinely liked her. She was quick-witted and professional, eager, goal-oriented, a real-go-getter. Beautiful and self-confident in maturity. Multifaceted."...why don't we just put the thesaurus down, Lori, and stop going on like this.."She wriggled beneath him and he was instantly hard enough to cut sheet metal with his dick."...well, at least it's original."'Do you have any idea how damn sexy you are?' he whispered.She laughed. (I would have laughed too.)Of course she did, the seductive wench."...seductive wench???/ ?? Is that normal??"Did she have any idea what she did to him? Wearing that little red dress held up by strips of material no thicker than a strand of linguini?"...beautiful and poetic, as you can see."He imagined chewing those straps right off her body, and licked his lips."...okay, this is where I lost it. As did Lori Wilde.Pros: An okay standalone novel, although it's the fourth (and last) in the series // Quick read; fast-pacedCons: Romance is hardly romantic // Even the plot outside the romance, regarding saving Cupid, isn't well done // Both characters are idiots—no character development or depth at all // Instalove... or re-instalove? // Everything, from the flirting, the backstory, and the sex, is stilted, rushed, and just hard to get into // Unrealistic // Annoyingly repetitiveVerdict: While the author hasn't committed any major crimes in Love with a Perfect Cowboy, it was a sore disappointment because of how shallow and lacking the characters, the romance, and the subplots were. The synopsis seemed intriguing, but the "forbidden relationship" isn't explored deeply and just comes off as outrageously ignorant, and the forced dialogue and laughable descriptions don't help its case either. Maybe diehard Lori Wilde fans will be able to enjoy this last installment in the Cupid, Texas series, but I sure don't recommend it.Rating: 4 out of 10 hearts (2 stars): So-so; reading this book may cause wrinkles (from frowning so much).Source: Complimentary copy provided by publisher via tour publicist in exchange for an honest and unbiased review (thank you, Harper Collins and Tasty Book Tours!).