Author: Laurann Dohner
Source: Self Purchase
Genre: Contemporary/Erotic Romance
Publish Date: July 30, 2010
Trina Matthews lost her husband of sixteen years to a tragic accident. Starting her life over in the small town of Hailey Texas at the age of thirty-eight sounded like the perfect thing to do but she never counted on the loneliness she’d experience.
Navarro Raine is the hottest man she’s ever seen. He’s tall, with piercing blue eyes and Native American looks. He fills her nighttime fantasies and makes her wonder about all the things she missed. Vanilla is the only sex she’s ever had. Navarro has a reputation for being very good in bed.
She just heard that he’s about to lose his family ranch and she comes up with the perfect solution for both of them. Trina is willing to offer Navarro the money to save his ranch if he’ll give her the kind of sex she’s only read about. It might be the craziest thing she’s ever done but she’s made up her mind to proposition Navarro and find out just how hot he really is.
Sometimes you just feel like a good ole cheesy, predictable smut fest. That is this book. The plot is predictable, the concept is laughable (Trina gives Navarro money to save his ranch in exchange for great sex) but it was FANTASTIC!! I don't always want complicated plots, hidden secrets/agendas, overly alpha "I know what's best no matter what" type men and women who spend 80% of the book fighting their urges.
This was exactly what I was looking for. A simple love story between consenting adults. I loved how they agreed to complete honesty between them and don't try to overly complicate things or change each other. I also enjoyed the characters being older, especially the female. Trina and Navarro have both had thier share of tough times and are just looking for companionship, someone one who excepts them for who they are. I loved the banter between them and liked how they could make jokes and just be themselves.
As a widow myself (who also remarried), I was able to connect with Trina and understand why she felt the need to move, how hard it is to deal with family who are angry over not getting money, and friends who no longer know how to react to you other than with pity or distance.
I will definitely be looking for more titles by this author.