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Gabe by Lori Foster
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Jun 23, 2012

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bookshelves: family, romance
Read in June, 2012

** spoiler alert ** Setting: family home on large acreage, lake on one side, lots of nature, near small town of Buckhorn, Kentucky with about 700 residents, large summer tourist traffic. 4 adult brothers (with 3 fathers, and 1 tremendous mother) plus 16 year old son of one, living together – and perfect specimens of manhood – in looks, in generosity, in consideration, in fun, in support, in values
Theme: love, innocence, self image, growing up

Gabe Kasper – the least ‘focused’ of the brothers. The baby – his father had an uphill battle getting mom to accept his courtship, and he shamelessly used the other 3 brothers to get on her good side – they’ve been married 24 years, and retired to Florida. The women love him, he loves all women – young and old… He loves the water… Story begins with him lounging on a dock over the lake, while 3 women giggle and swoon over him…. : ) He’s handy – and helps out wherever needed, but in a relaxed, unstructured way… He helped Morgan build his house, he mows lawns, he fixes the restaurant’s plumbing, he can tune up boats and cars.. etc. His income is close to his doctor brother’s.

Elizabeth ‘Lizzy’ Parks- at 12, she and her mother were run off the road by a truck, her mother trapped in the car while Lizzy thrown free… and she sat by the road side, not knowing what to do… and the news and the doctors made it out that the traumatized little girl let her mother die by doing nothing. Her father, though missed his wife, did his best by his daughter, but she never quite fit in with the others. She is red haired, freckled body… and thinks she’s ugly, and dresses in shapeless, formal clothing. For her master’s thesis she is studying what makes a hero… and comes across a news piece of Gabe, and how he rescued a mother and 2 children in the lake, with a boat without driver ‘circling’ them (boat’s driver drunk, and fell overboard)… She wants to figure out what makes some a hero and not others, and to help the nonheros.

Gabe doesn’t understand Lizzy… but she is persistent. He refuses to let her interview him, but when she starts talking to everyone else, he makes a deal with her… he thinks she needs to loosen up, so if she goes swimming in the lake with him, he’ll answer one question…

And her shyness, her lack of confidence, her innocence her gorgeous body in a swim suit, her turning him down but then bit by bit enjoying his touch, and he becomes overwhelmed with desire for her… He agrees to answer a question for a kiss… he takes her to a drive-in movie and teaches her about sexual 1st, 2nd, and 3rd base… and for the month she’s on vacation and finishing her thesis, they are together – she becomes embroiled in his family and in his life. She finds a sense of confidence… Gabe helps her to forgive her 12 year old self… She tells him he loves her, but he doesn’t answer it back… and she accepts with the intention of enjoying their time … but as her time to leave comes near, Gabe realizes he wants her… and Morgan and Sawyer encourage him to tell her how he completely feels… and to formalize his business… and he tells her he loves her, and wants her to come back to him… ahhhh just the words she wanted to hear…
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