by Marina Adair
Published August 1st 2012 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
ISBN:160183019 (ISBN13: 9781601830197)
Sweet Plains, Texas, wasn’t so sweet to Cody, Noah, and Beau Tucker. But now the Tucker boys are men, ready to take on the questions that have haunted them since they left home…My Review:
Cody Tucker shook the dust of his two-bit hometown off his boots ten years ago—right about the time his college sweetheart, Shelby Lynn Harris, married his so-called best friend. But when his dad dies, Cody finds himself home again and knee deep in the past. Except now his rowdy beer buddy is the sheriff, his housekeeper is a blue-ribbon chili chef, and the family ranch is in the red. The only thing that hasn’t changed is Shelby Lynn…
Shelby Lynn has gone through a lot of heartache thanks to Cody. But that’s all over now. She just wants a chance to live the life she’s made for herself in peace. The trouble is, the Sweet Plains chili cook off is heating up, the Ladies of Sweet are as riled as hornets, and as soon as Cody gets near, she’s forgets all about peace. Cody is pure temptation—and she knows just how good it feels to give in..
My heart is lifted after reading this book. I'm always nervous about picking up a book by an author I have never read. In this case, I need not have worried. I think that is why this was sitting in my TBR pile for a few months, finally getting caught up on my other books, I decided it was time to give this one a try. You know when you read the first few chapters of a book if you are going to like it or not, it took me just a few pages and I knew I was in for a treat.
Tucker's Crossing is sexy, humorous, unexpectedly moving, and Adair is a heck of a good writer. This story had so much to offer, the lost childhood of what a family could have been had it not been for the loss of their mother at an early age. A fun loving family who crumpled after the devastating loss of their mother, his father turned to drinking unable to cope with losing the love of his life. Turning violent and abuse to his three young sons , running away from this violence was all these boys knew to do.
The secondary characters are quite interesting, yet none of them succeed in distracting attention from Shelby and Cody's hot, very troubled relationship. Although ten years have past, there is an instantaneous chemical reaction between Shelby and Cody, their relationship is so incendiary that they have to go back for seconds - and thirds.
"Do. You. Love. Her?"
"With everything that I am. "