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With an ill mother in need of expensive surgery, Madeleine flies from NYC to the west Texas desert to take on the doomed Desert Oasis resort project in hopes of earning the bonus attached to finishing it on schedule. She soon finds there's only one thing hotter than the desert sun: Jake, the infuriating Texan whose dislike of the fast-paced city puts them at odds at everyt...more
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Published July 2nd 2011 by Smashwords (first published July 1st 2011)
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Nancy Steinle gummel
Maddy's Oasis by Lizzy Ford is another fine example of Ford's magic. She has a wonderful way of telling her stories. This one is no different. Maddy is sent to take over a job in Texas and bring it in on budget after the project manager, Alex disappeared. Jake is the construction manager for his uncle Javier. Maddy orders everyone around her followed by her personal assistant Erik. Jake and Maddie trade verbal umbrage. Jake just wants to work and avoid Maddie. They are under pressure to make a d...more
Nell
This was a strange book. For the first two thirds it appeared to have decided it was a suspense - except nothing happened. Then for the final third it decided it was a romance between two people who couldn't stand each other, and frankly as a reader I struggled to like them either. The whole book, much like the whatever it was that wasn't being built, was rambling and unfinished.
Linda
A contemporary romance from one of my favorite authors. Lizzy Ford has shown that she has the capacity to span genres. Although this isn't my favorite Lizzy book, I did enjoy this one just as much as I have her other stories. Many of the characters were extremely likeable, even when they could be just a tad irritating.

Maddy takes over a project that is severely behind schedule and, well frankly, outside of her realm of expertise. She is smart and organized, but knows nothing about construction....more
Beth Fred
OMG!!! I loved this book. I'm so excited. There hasn't been a book I really loved in a long while! But I loved this book! I didn't think I was going to at first. It's written in third person, and that's usually not my thing...and tends to annoy me. Also, it's hard for me to read books set in Texas, because they usually rely on stereotypes. But this one didn't.

This book got really good really fast and became impossible for me to put down. Before ELF was born, it was common place for me to stay u...more
a_tiffyfit
I really enjoyed the characters in this book, Maddy and Jake as well as Javier! Maddy seems so self-aware that she was handed this project to "fix" and that she was ultimately set up to fail. She's trying SO hard as she has mounting medical bills as her mom is fighting cancer and she really needs the six figure bonus dangled in front of her with this project.

Set out in the middle of "nowhere" Texas, Maddy, knowing nothing about construction, is out there to turn the project around on the buildi...more
Kelly
Oh, Lizzy Ford! You with your magical writing skills that make me care about people in a genre I don't normally care for. Seriously, this is not my type of book at all and yet I couldn't put it down. And I may have teared up once or twice. In theory. No actual tears fell, mind you, but there might have been a slight watery sheen to the words on the screen.

Maddy's been brought low by her responsibilities yet she's still determined to do the right thing. She's smart, desperate to untangle the mess...more
Julie
I didn't have high expectations when I first downloaded this because I had been on such a bad run on self-published books (and this appeared to be self-published; not sure if it really was or not). However, by the end, I was pleasantly surprised. The two main characters--Madeleine and Jake--struck me at first as stereotypes, but as the story went on, I found myself liking them more and more. Supporting characters are also stereotypical--particularly the "big city" characters the readers is suppo...more
Jenn
First let me say that this is not normally favorite type of book to read but I love Lizzy Ford's work so I had to read it.
Lizzy has proven to me by writing this book that she can do genre crossovers.
This story is much different from her other books such as Damian's Oracle, Katie's Hellion etc.
Maddy's Oasis focuses less on the action and more on the romance.
Lizzy still stays true to her character creations by making the story and the romance believable.
Her characters always have issues just like...more
Td
This was a surprising read compared to other Lizzy Ford books because it is a more traditional romance, I liked it a lot.
Maddy is a confident, honest, strong character with lots of integrity. She doesn't back down from a challenge that seems impossible, even when it becomes clear that she just cannot meet the deadlines her employer unrealistically insists upon.
Jake has the same good qualities as Maddy, he can't fully understand why Maddy would push so hard to finish the project in an unreasonabl...more
Donna
This was the first Lizzy Ford novel I have read. The story was well thought out and the characters were developed enough to keep you interested.
I will be looking to read some of her other novels.

With an ill mother in need of expensive surgery, Madeleine flies from NYC to the west Texas desert to take on the doomed Desert Oasis resort project in hopes of earning the bonus attached to finishing it on schedule. She soon finds there's only one thing hotter than the desert sun: Jake, the infuriating...more
Sarah
I'll admit it, I'm dubious of free ebooks, but this little romance was a gem. With a sick mother racking up medical bills, Madeleine is desperate to get the huge bonus from her boss for getting the Desert Sands Oasis built, but the project seems impossible to nearly everybody involved. Still her construction manager Jake is willing keep working even though Madeleine and her obsession with work reminds him of all the reasons he left the East Coast to return to his native Texas. As they begin to l...more
Lori Garside
Poor Maddy! Sent out to the middle of nowhere Texas to oversee the building of a hotel that is smack in the middle of competing drug cartels, has millions of dollars missing, and had been irreparably vandalized. She needs this job to pay for her ailing mother's cancer treatments. Enter Jake, the handsome contractor who finds her incredibly annoying and a reminder of everything he hated about 'city' people. Mix on one flatulent Rottweiler, a stinky trailer and cutthroat co-workers who are attempt...more
Katie
How to rate this? Normally I give everything Lizzy does 5 stars - four at least. This book is very different than her normal book - no paranormal in sight and it was a romance to top it off. I thought it was well written, it kept me engaged and I actually teared up at a couple of points (I am NOT a crier so that is strange for me). I thought that although this was a short book, she did a good job of developing the characters and growing the romance without being over the top. Yep, I'm going to g...more
Lori
Received this book (Wattpad) in return for a honest review.

I loved Maddy from the very beginning of this book. Her interactions with Jake were priceless and I really enjoyed how the story progresses. The story line was full of twists and turns and I really enjoyed it. I would love to see a sequel made to this book, because there is still a lot of story to be told.

Ginelle Blanch
This is one of my favorite of Ms. Ford's books!!!! Her only normal (not paranormal, lol!) romance! Even the dog was likeable. I really wish this wasn't a stand alone book, I'd LOVE more of Jake and Maddy's story TOGETHER!!!! And, there are some other really interesting characters that I'd love to hear more about. It was a really fun, fast, and (eventually) happy read!
Issa
(3.5 stars) Enjoyable romance with a great thriller thrown in. I felt like there was a little bit of explanation left out dealing with Maddy's boss and what his deal and involvement was. It would have been a solid 4 stars with some expansion of the plot lines there but I really enjoyed it.
Steph at  Starry Night Book Reviews
I loved this book! as with all of Lizzy's book they never disappoint. well written And I Overall loved this book! if you have not read any of Lizzy's books you better get on it! you don't know what you're missing!
Christine
I wasn't sure I would enjoy this one. The writing quickly drew me in, and I really liked this story. It was time well spent!

I look forward to reading more by the author.
Heather
Super cute book and characters. An easy read and fun romance. First time reading the author, but I would read her other books. Borrowed free from booklending.com.
Dee
Two-haiku review:

She must save project
Bosses head of building crew
With deep attraction

Family duty
Must supersede personal
Nicely done romance
Shannon
amazing.. now I normally dont read just romance books but this was a great book and Lizzy once again had me from the start of the book
Shh I'm reading!
Shorter than I expected, but a sweet story. My only complaint is that I felt the ending was rushed.
Jane Herring
Familiar story of the high-class business woman falling for the cowboy. Quick, easy read.
Liane
It took me a little bit to get into it but I ended up enjoying it. Glad I stuck through!
Shirley
Very nicely written book. Good for a rainy day. Enjoyable and entertaining.
Hannah Louthan
Not my favorite of Lizzy's books, but it was still a good read.
Jo Ann
Lizzy's attempt at a modern story. It was good but predictable.
Leah Hortin
Super cute chick lit.
Amy
Lovely love story. :-)
Martha
Oct 10, 2011 Martha marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Lizzy Ford is the author of over seventeen novels written for young adult and adult paranormal romance readers, to include the internationally bestselling Rhyn Trilogy, Witchling Trilogy and the War of Gods series. Considered a freak of nature by her peers for the ability to write and release a commercial quality novel in under a month, Lizzy has focused on keeping her readers happy by producing b...more
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