Want to meet a Cajun bad boy and have a little fun in the bayou? Lucky Douchet lives in the Louisiana swamp he loves as he tries to recover mentally f...moreWant to meet a Cajun bad boy and have a little fun in the bayou? Lucky Douchet lives in the Louisiana swamp he loves as he tries to recover mentally from his time as a captive in a South American jungle. He was captured while on a military mission and spent a year in captivity. He spends his time painting beautiful pictures of his swamp and chasing off poachers. When he was younger, he wanted to be an ecologist but he quit college to join the military after a bad relationship with Serena's twin sister Shelby.
Serena Sheridan is a psychologist in Charleston. She grew up in Louisiana on a plantation but she got away from home as soon as she could. She is terrified of the swamp because she was stuck in it one time when a big storm came up and was lost by herself for three days before she was found. Her twin sister is the one who got her stuck in the swamp because she is spoiled and selfish.
Serena meets Lucky when she needs a ride to her grandfather's place out in the swamp. Lucky dislikes her on sight because she looks just like Shelby, who hurt him pretty badly when they were in college. Serena's grandfather is hiding in his hunting cabin because Shelby is trying to get him to sell his land. Her grandfather makes her go home with Lucky and from then on the sparks fly.
The sexual tension and passion between Lucky and Serena is very hot. I love the setting, you can almost feel the heat of the bayou and see the cyprus trees. Lucky is one of the hottest male leads I have ever read about. On the outside he comes off as bad boy Cajun with a smart mouth but he is also nice enough to help his neighbors by running off poachers, feeds baby racoons and paints beautiful pictures. I highly recommend giving this story a shot if you like hot contemporary stories!(less)
This is my favorite contemporary romance! I love the Wolf and Mary's story, they are two great characters. Mary Elizabeth Potter is a transplanted sou...moreThis is my favorite contemporary romance! I love the Wolf and Mary's story, they are two great characters. Mary Elizabeth Potter is a transplanted southern teacher who is trying to find a more exciting life in Wyoming. Mary meets half-breed rancher Wolf when she goes to his house to find out why his son Joe quit school. Sparks fly between Wolf and Mary right away but Wolf pushes her away because he is resented in town after going to jail for a rape he didn't commit, so he does not want to risk her reputation and job. Mary goes after him anyway but Wolf can no longer resist his feelings after something traumatic happens. Wolf protects Mary while they spend a summer together while falling in love. This is a beautiful and wonderful love story, I highly recommend this book and the rest of the Mackenzie books which tell the stories of Wolf and Mary's children.(less)
**spoiler alert** Cullen took a little too long to get his act together for my taste. His inability to see and acknowledge how his actions hurt the he...more**spoiler alert** Cullen took a little too long to get his act together for my taste. His inability to see and acknowledge how his actions hurt the heroine until the bitter end made him seem selfish in my eyes. Yes the ending was good but I hate it when a woman has to go through a pregnancy without the love and caring of a man. It makes me want to remove the jerk's testicles with a spoon, but this might be left over anger from Sarah's Child by Linda Howard because that is what this scenario reminds me of.
I wish the couple would have had more moments in the book where they were actually together and happy. The hero pushed the heroine away every time she tried to get closer, to the point where I was tired of seeing her feeling hurt and unwanted. If the hero would have gotten his act together sooner, I would have liked it much better. So the story was okay but I wanted a hero who wasn't quite so screwed up emotionally but I guess in the end he was supposed to be magically better but I was disappointed that I didn't really see their relationship grow because he spent the entire book avoiding her. Some parts of the book were good, I liked the New Zealand setting and the interaction between Cullen and his men. (less)