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Bright Eyes

(Kendrick/Coulter/Harrigan #5)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  4,013 ratings  ·  141 reviews
Zeke Coulter has no intention of getting married --- until he buys a ranch next door to Natalie Patterson, a sexy divorcee with two kids, a zany extended family, and a philandering ex-husband involved in shady business dealings. When Natalie's twelve-year-old son vandalizes Zeke's property and she is unable to pay for the damages, Zeke offers to let the boy work off the de ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 419 pages
Published June 1st 2004 by Berkley Books (first published 2004)
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Nov 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of Contemporary Small-Town Romance; Beta Heroes
Reviewed for THC Reviews
For the second time in a row, I picked up a book by a somewhat neglected favorite author. I read one of Catherine Anderson's stand-alone novels last year, but it's been four years since I read the previous book in the Kendrick/Coulter/Harrigan Families series. For the second time in a row, I received the gift of a great read. Bright Eyes is filled with tender romance, family drama, and a light mystery that kept me fully engaged throughout. I loved all the characters and h
Jul 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Bright Eyes was a little different than the previous 4 books in the series with a little more suspense but I still found it quite enjoyable.

Zeke’s first intentions when seeing his vandalized property was to march next door to talk to the boys’ mother and teach him a lesson. When he meets Natalie, the sexy country singer, he almost forgets why he marched over there. He’s blown away with her beauty and the way her hips move in her sequin dress. They both decide that in order to pay off the damage
Miss Kim
Jun 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of the Kendrick/Coulter series
Shelves: 2008, contemporary
A wonderful story!! I was drawn into this one in the first few pages. Zeke is a confirmed bachelor. He comes home one day to find his property vandalized by the boy next door. This leads him to the boy’s mother, who he is instantly attracted, too. The woman just came out of a terrible marriage, and is wary of Zeke. They strike a deal that the boy will repay Zeke for the damages by working for him. I really like the relationships in this book. There is Natalie’s family that is hilarious, as well ...more
Tonya Lucas
May 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Bright Eye's Zeke and Natalie's story was exactly the type of book I was looking for when I happened on this book. I'd never heard of Catherine Anderson but after reading this book she took top honors as my favorite author. I was totally blown away at the synopsis, love, and drama incorporated in this book. Absolutely a book I'll keep close to my heart. Ms. Anderson just gave me a reason to believe in love.
Dec 26, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, pt, library
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Jan 23, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mae
A pontuação correcta seriam 2,5*.
Mais um romance que se lê bem, mas... ficou ali a faltar qualquer coisa.
Os personagens são giros, a filha então é um amorzinho, mas foi muito amor e muito de repente com nenhuma contrariedade e isso tornou-se aborrecido para mim.
É engraçado e aconselho a pessoas bem românticas ;)
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened, 2017
4 stars.

I'm a bit of a sucker for stories with precocious kids. 4 yo Rosie was a real charmer in this one. Also I like a hero who doesn't dither around once he sees someone he likes. Zeke is quite aware of the issues getting involved with a divorced woman with 2 kids but he has no problems with taking it all on.... a hero in every sense!
Author: Catherine Anderson
First published: 2004
Length: 414 pages, 5939 kindle locations
Setting: Contemporary. Crystal Falls, Oregon.
Sex: Explicit. Reasonably frequent.
Hero: Owns hardware store.
Heroine: Divorced with children. Owns a club. Singer/songwriter.
Cheating: Natalie’s ex cheated on her throughout the marriage.
Trigger: Natalie suffered emotional abuse throughout her marriage.
Includes: Excerpt from Back in My Heart (renamed Always in My Heart).

First up, a quote. There they are, busily gett
Jaime Atkins
May 07, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2010
This was my first time reading Catherine Anderson. The first half of the book was great and I thought the story had a lot of possibilities. The introduction of the murder mystery put a damper on the whole thing for me. First off, I am not a big fan of murder mystery books....It's just not what I like to read. Second, it completely took the focus off the love story and the developing relationship between Zeke and the kids. I think I would have enjoyed it more if Zeke and Nattalie had fought agai ...more
Jean Perry
Jul 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
I guess this would be called a "romance." It was in the fiction section of my library.I skipped dozens of pages of the first half which was all the typical stuff of man meets woman, woman can't stand man, man and woman have chemistry and fall in love. When the woman's ex is found dead it became more interesting. I liked her characters, they were all probable, except for the man who was, of course, handsome, rugged, self-emplyed, kind, caring about her children, capable of doing any "handy" job a ...more
I was definitely going to read this, I love Catherine Anderson, but I had some reservations. I saw a few reviews about how the book started strong then fizzled plus I am not normally a fan of romance books with older children involved. However, I am glad I read this book, it was fantastic! The romance was so touching and real, and the bond between the hero and the heroine's children was amazing to read about. As far as fizzling halfway through the book, it does shift from more of a focus on the ...more
Patricia Solla
Apr 09, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own, pbs
Didn't realize this book was part of a series until I went to write this review. The story does mention some background but was very much stand alone as far as I could determine. I really liked the little girl character in this story. We are introduced to a rather disfunctional family by way of a young boy lashing out his emotions on his neighbor's yard. This introduces the reader to the two main romantic characters. What's really interesting is there's a murder mystery in the storyline and the ...more
Trang Nguyen
Another great story from Anderson in the continuing saga of the Hot Coulter brothers. Bright Eyes was very different from her 1st four books. It almost seems Anderson tried to approach this book in a romance/ detective/ suspense writing style. Nonetheless, it was a great story between Zeke and Nattie.

I'm really starting to belive cowboys with boots, wranglers, Chambray shirts and stetsons are HOT!! I hope this series carries on as good as it has been.
Loved this book! Zeak is fun and a great example of patience as he meets his next door neighbors kids. You will love the relationship he builds with both of the children and wish it were yourself when he courts their mother Natalie. The way he looks at Natalie, a woman having had two children and a bad marriage is an inspiration. I loved it from beginning to end.
I love Catherine Anderson's books. This one was good but not my favorite. I loved the secondary characters and felt they really made this story.
Jeanne (love2cook)
Nov 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Enjoyed another Catherine Anderson story from the Coulter family series.
In this story Zeke Coulter meets his next door neighbor Natalie Patterson, after her son ruins his garden and the siding on his house by throwing tomatoes at it, breaking windows and breaking the door on his shed. Not off to a very good neighborly introduction. However, she's beautiful and he notices. As the story goes she has divorced her no good husband and has her hands full trying to earn a living, and raising her son Ch
Pearl Dorg
Jun 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Really great book. Mixture of family,love and friendship. I was so into the book that i used three days to read it. i am a great fan of romantic novels, and this book as compared to the others, i didnt want to stop reading. If only i could get free samples of books, i will be very happy. Such opportunities do not come by easy but i was fortunate a friend lent me her book to read and i loved that.
Aug 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Considering the cover this book had a lot more depth and more story line than I was expecting. It was sitting in my shelf and I didn't bother to read the back before reading the book so I was pleasantly surprised that it was more than just a cowboy meets pretty lady story. I've found this is a series and I'm not surprised to learn that but I don't feel like I was missing anything either.
Emma Maher
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have become a sucker for romances lately. This is another brilliant book In the Hendrick/Koulter/Harrigan series. This was another beautiful book which put a smile in my heart. What a lovely friendship, love, companionship, camaraderie between Zeek and Natalie. Definitely a book I'll read again and again over time!!
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An Old Fashion Love Story

I have read 6 of Catherine Anderson's books, both in the Kendrick/Coulter/Harriman series and the Mystic Creek series. I love how the stories introduce us to characters in future books and bring back members from previous books. The stories are well written and I keep looking for the next book in the series. Well done, Catherine Anderson!!
Heather Baxter
Jan 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ok Coulton brothers novel. Zeke and Natalie met when Natalie’s son Caleb vandalized zeke’s home. Natalie was trying to be father and mother and friend that her kids. Nothing particularly romantic or heartfelt about this book. It was okay read.
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Darlene Wilson
When a beautiful and talented but insecure woman moves next door to his ranch, confirmed bachelor Zeke Coulter thinks he may seduce her, but when her son vandalizes Zeke's property and works the ranch to pay off his debt, Zeke finds himself involved in the woman's life and dreams.
Diana Baptista
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a surprise, not always, but at some point, you want to read it all the time and know more and more about what is happening.
Its an enthusiastic book, for sure! And with a romance that make you believe in love :)

Love the story and the way the author told it. Highly recommended!
May 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
this is a beautiful story but the suspense is an easy guess, wish i read it slowly so that i can enjoy it more but don’t really have time. But indeed this is beautiful story
Mar 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nota Geral: 3.7/5
Escrita: 3
Cenário: 4
Originalidade: 3.5
Personagens: 3.5
Suspense: 3.5
Humor: 4.5
Romance: 4
Capa: 4
Aditivo: 4
Previsível: 3
Phyllis Halstead
Bright Eyes

A great story. Characters seem real, situations possible and so well written. Could not put it down. Would highly recommend this book. Phyllis
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“Love's not a decision, son. It hits a man betwixt the eyes, and there's no decidin' to it. Right or wrong, doubts or no doubts, he's standin' knee deep in cement that's about to set."

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