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Victoria Dahl

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Subjects
Genres
Love stories
Published
Don Mills, Ont. : Harlequin c2012.
Language
English
Physical Description
378 p. ; 17 cm
ISBN
9780373776887
0373776888
Main Author
Victoria Dahl (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Dahl moves from small-town Colorado (Talk Me Down, 2009) to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, in this sexy contemporary romp. After she runs away from her boyfriend, Hollywood makeup artist Grace Barrett accepts her great-aunt's offer of a place to stay in order to regroup. She lands across the hall from working cowboy Cole Rawlins, who is recuperating from a broken leg and shattered pelvis after a horse fell on him. Although Cole resists his attraction to purple-haired Grace, he's drawn to her just as she is to him. But when a Hollywood film crew invades the ranch where Cole works, he and Grace bump up against people in their pasts and realize that if they have any hope of ever getting together permanently, they'll have to shed memories and regrets before they can become whole again. Dahl masterfully juxtaposes the beauty and majesty of the Teton mountains with the Hollywood facade and movie make-believe to dig deeply into how hopes and dreams can either come true or turn to dust. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Grace Barrett is on the run from an angry ex-boyfriend in Los Angeles. The last thing she planned to do in Jackson Hole, Wyo., was make friends. The plan was to hide out for a bit with her great-aunt, who rents out rooms, before making her way to Vancouver, but living across the hall from sexy cowboy Cole Rawlins complicates everything. Grace is a survivor, a teenage runaway who fought to get herself off the streets. She is suspicious of the town's friendliness, mistrustful of Cole's attempts to uncover every detail about her, and defensive about letting down her guard. Cole isn't the only person trying to reach past Grace's defenses, as her irascible Aunt Rayleen, cheerful bartender Jenny, and new boss Eve all have a thing or two to teach her about trust. The journey to healing and learning to accept love is gradual, and every step forward is something to cheer for. Agent: Amy Moore-Benson, AMB Literary Management. (Sept.) [Page ]. Copyright 2012 PWxyz LLC

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Leaving her job as a Hollywood makeup artist behind, Grace Barrett arrives in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, to stay with her great aunt to figure out her life and finds herself distracted by Cole Rawlins, a rugged cowboy. Original. 74,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Leaving her job as a Hollywood makeup artist behind, Grace Barrett arrives in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, to stay with her great aunt to figure out her life and finds herself distracted by Cole Rawlins, a rugged cowboy.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

For makeup artist Grace Barrett, Hollywood isn't the land of golden opportunity. It's the land of difficult divas, cheating boyfriends and unemployment. So when her great-aunt offers her a free place to stay in Jackson Hole, Grace thinks she'll spend a little time in the sticks to figure out her life, and then move somewhere exciting to live out her dreams. But it turns out that there are a few more thrills in this small town than Grace was expecting….Cole Rawlins is a rugged Wyoming cowboy born and bred. Yet he can't help but be drawn to the fascinating big-city girl who moves in across from him. He wants to get close enough to Grace to see past her tough facade, but if he does, she might see the real Cole. The one with a Hollywood history gone bad. As they discover a sizzling attraction, it becomes harder for him to keep his demons at bay—and those fires from long ago may burn them both.They'll need more than scorching-hot passion to make this opposites-attract affair work. But if they can learn to trust one another enough to reveal their secrets, they just might have a chance at forever.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

For makeup artist Grace Barrett, Hollywood isn't the land of golden opportunity. It's the land of difficult divas, cheating boyfriends and unemployment. So when her great-aunt offers her a free place to stay in Jackson Hole, Grace thinks she'll spend a little time in the sticks to figure out her life, and then move somewhere exciting to live out her dreams. But it turns out that there are a few more thrills in this small town than Grace was expecting?.Cole Rawlins is a rugged Wyoming cowboy born and bred. Yet he can't help but be drawn to the fascinating big-city girl who moves in across from him. He wants to get close enough to Grace to see past her tough facade, but if he does, she might see the real Cole. The one with a Hollywood history gone bad. As they discover a sizzling attraction, it becomes harder for him to keep his demons at bay?and those fires from long ago may burn them both.They'll need more than scorching-hot passion to make this opposites-attract affair work. But if they can learn to trust one another enough to reveal their secrets, they just might have a chance at forever.