Love Me Tender

Susan Fox
Love Me Tender
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Release Date
December 2014
Western Romance

Pay a visit to Caribou Crossing, the rustic, inviting Western town where broken hearts mend and new love takes root. . .

Dave Cousins, owner of the Wild Rose Inn, is known throughout Caribou Crossing as the nicest--and loneliest--guy in town. He's had his heart broken more than once, and he's determined not to let it happen again. So it's no wonder he's wary when a free-spirited drifter leaves him longing for more than just a steamy fling. . .

Like the wild goose tattooed on her shoulder, Cassidy Esperanza goes wherever the wind takes her. For her, a new day means a fresh start. And yet something about her days in Caribou Crossing--and nights with its handsome hotel owner--makes her think about staying a while. But when life takes an unexpected turn, her first instinct is to take flight once more. Is Dave strong enough to help them both face their fears, come to terms with the past, and believe that sometimes love truly can last a lifetime?

Book Review by Delta (reviewer)
Mar 28, 2015   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
105 people found the following review helpful
LOVE ME TENDER is a sweet and serious love story between two characters who swore they'd never fall in love.

The second that Wild Rose Inn owner Dave Cousins sets eyes on gypsy traveler Cassidy Esperanza, he's struck by a zing of attraction that has him in disbelief. After a sting of heartbreaking relationships, Dave was certain he'd never feel his libido roar to life again, much less by a woman who won't be sticking around Caribou Crossing for long. Dave is known as a "nice guy" by everyone in town, but Cassidy sees more, a lonely man who needs companionship even if he never admits it. As Cassidy grows closer to Dave and his daughter Robin, she slowly brings him out of his self imposed shell of grief and depression, but when life throws Cassidy a curveball, her first instinct is to flee. Can Dave convince this wandering spirit to settle down in Caribou Crossing...with him?

LOVE ME TENDER is book 3 in the Caribou Crossing series by Ms. Fox. I really tried to like this story, but unfortunately I thought it was a terribly boring piece of fluff that wound up taking me weeks to finish. I couldn't get into the storyline, couldn't connect with the characters and found the dialogue and monologue to be unnatural and forced. Even during the surprisingly erotic sex scenes, the verbiage felt awkward between Dave and Cassidy.

Dave was the typical "nice guy" who didn't have much of a personality under his boy next door looks and sweet demeanor. Cassidy was a free-spirited drifter who skipped her way around the world looking for the next adventure. They didn't click at all and I didn't think they had even a little bit of chemistry. The bright spot was Dave's daughter Robin, and her relationship with Cassidy. Those two had a bond that I felt was tangible and made this book palpable for me.
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