Title: Can’t Stop Lovin’ You
Series: Maverick Junction #3
Author: Lynnette Austin
Release Date: 4th February, 2014
Publisher: Forever Yours
Brawley Odell left Maverick Junction after high school to attend college, but he was constantly back and forth to visit the girl he loved dearly, Maggie Sullivan… until one day it all changed. Brawley felt like he was holding Maggie back from achieving her dreams of becoming a famous designer and going to school out of state, see what else was out there, so he broke up with her on his last visit to his home town, which was rather unexpected and saddening because Maggie had been expecting a marriage proposal from Brawley when he called her to say that they needed to talk. She’d had the whole place decked out with dinner and the whole works. But what Brawley had to say only took less than ten minutes.
Now fast forward to ten years later, Brawley is back in Maverick Junction and wants to set things right with Maggie – the only girl he’s ever loved, the only girl he ever wants to love. But Maggie has been trying for the last ten years to move on with her life. She’s got this great little shop in town where she designs great clothes that people actually buy. Also, most recently, one of her latest designs was worn by one of her best friends who just happens to be an heiress, which meant that after everyone saw the dress they just had to know who the designer was. That essentially made Maggie a star overnight.
Maggie’s also moving to New York city in the next two weeks and has no interest in fixing things between her and heart-breaker Brawley.
But Brawley doesn’t back down from a challenge, and when he ends up being the last know in an entire town of busy-bodies that Maggie’s leaving town soon for good, he is less than pleased. He then makes it his mission to try and mend the rift between them at whatever costs. Plus, he’s still in love with her, even though what’s more on his mind right now is getting another taste at those gorgeous red lips of hers, along with a sniff of her flaming red hair. But the feisty woman is always on the defense whenever he comes around. Though there are times that even her walls crumble under this cowboy’s dark gaze and strong body. His kisses are inciting and weak knee inducing as they come. This southern man doesn’t play around and he’s got a lot of sweet talk in his mouth that I can’t help but find a little cheesy but also sweet and spicy.
These two characters don’t have it easy, there’s a lot of mistakes made on both their ends and a lot of healing to be done, but all in all it was a path that they both needed to take. And while the journey may not have been ideal it did get them to where they needed to go. I like the fighting spirit that both characters possessed and by quarter way through I was rooting for them to make it. I just knew it wasn’t going to be easy. I also didn’t expect it to take the turn it did at one point. Sometimes the heroine says that she’s doing something but by the time the hero comes onto the scene it’s as if she magically forgets what it was she was initially doing. I liked the Maggie stood by her plan and did what she had to do. And if you read this book you will know what I mean by that.
Overall, this book is as southern and down south as they come, and that’s saying something since I have this thing for southern-isms and southern accents. Just ask my co-blogger Meg. I like to hear her say my name. There’s sweet tea, and barbecue, and small towns with names like Maverick Junction and Love Tree. There’s diners called Cowboy Grill and Bubba’s. There’s that southern hospitality, there’s the family dynamics and the small town life all thrown in here that makes this one special down south country read. If you like hot cowboys and fiery, spirited women, good, solid writing then this would be the series for you.
I should also mention that I didn’t know that this was part of a series, but I had no trouble following along pretty easily. I will say that I figured out what the “big secret” was earlier on in the story, but I wasn’t deterred from finishing the story. I rather enjoyed it.