I am an avid Marie Force fan. I have read all of her series and generally love her books. This book, to me, was terrible. I live and work in Vermont. And Marie's description of a Vermont woman is so off base. Patrick, the billionaire, falls in love with a woman who is church going, does work in the soup kitchen and she, herself, lacks all kinds of any confidence. She just can't believe a billionaire would find her interesting....well, gee, they spent 80% of their time in bed...in positions unknown in Vermont, apparently. Really? This book is best for someone who is young and quite virginal -- and trust me, women in Vermont are really not THAT much different from women in NY or CA. I was very aggravated reading this book because the female character was such a throwback personality -- and not realistic at all. She had nothing in common with Patrick...except the desire to go to bed with him. I was very disappointed in the story line and the characterization of both Patrick and "sweet Mary from Vermont" (ick!)...Patrick, himself, saved himself for 30 years to find this dull, unattractive woman in Vermont....just so unrealistic and so insulting to women in general, and to Vermont women, in particular...
Mary Larkin never anticipated meeting a man like Patrick Murphy. Someone who is rich, powerful and is totally out of her league. But Mary is smitten and after months of long conversations about everything under the sun, it’s time for these two opposites to meet for a weekend away. What Mary doesn’t seem to get is Patrick is equally smitten with her as we she is with him. Sparks fly between these two as they keep their burgeoning relationship under wraps, Mary tries to figure out how a relationship with this man can work with him in NYC and her in tiny small town of Butler, VT. But Patrick is nothing if not determined to win Mary’s affections and her heart, even as he falls hard for the spunky woman who has stolen his heart.
Oh my what a great addition to the Green Mountain/Butler, VT series. I adored meeting Patrick Murphy in Cam’s story, All You Need is Love, and the handsome man just stole my heart in CAN’T BUY ME LOVE. His wooing of Mary is sweet and sexy as sin and those sexy scenes are so hot I had to go cool myself off in front of a fan before I dragged the honey off somewhere. Marie Force is a talented author who just brought Patrick and Mary to life in their story, CAN’T BUY ME LOVE and delivered a story that is at turns heartfelt, sexy and so sweet I was either laughing, smiling or blushing like mad. This is an author who knows how to steal her readers’ hearts within minutes of reading any of her books and she doesn’t stint in her second book in the Butler, VT. Series at all.
Patrick is suave, sexy and so determined to win his ‘sweet Mary’ that he’ll do anything she asks just to give her the time she needs to come to gripes that he is all in and has fallen in love with her. For Mary, Patrick is like a whirlwind in her staid, quiet life in Butler but she cannot help but be charmed by him each time she talks with him. I adore these two together. The sparks fly off the charts between them and I was fanning the face more times I could count while reading this latest addition to the Butler/Green Mountain Series. The scenes where Patrick is showing not just telling her how he feels about her is so sweet and stole my heart alongside Mary’s. Ms. Force is a talented author who manages to convey Mary’s hesitations and doubts in a lasting relationship with suave and wealthy Patrick so seamlessly that I was rooting for these two to find a way to be together after chapter one. The scenes with the rest of the Abbott clan and Patrick’s daughter, Cameron were wonderful and I loved seeing my favorite people as well as the town moose, Fred, who made an appearance later in the book to my utter delight.
CAN’T BUY ME LOVE is a wonderful, well written book that just charms you right from the start as it steals your heart. I loved going back to this wonderful little town filled with people I long to meet for coffee or chat with. Ms. Force does a superb job in her second book in the Butler series that I am anxiously awaiting the next one with bated breath. If you haven’t read this series you need to run-not walk- to grab the first book, All You Need is Love, and get ready for the ride of a lifetime as you meet and fall in love with the Abbott clan and the residents of Butler, Vermont. I look forward to seeing where Ms. Force goes with this series in the future.
This is an objective review and not an endorsement
I just finished my typical "second read" of all Marie Force novels! I enjoyed how sweet Mary of Vermont made the billionaire work for it without even realizing what she was doing. His patience with her when we all knew he isn't a patient man and is used to women falling at his feet was incredibly sweet! I laughed at how he didn't think a fling with the housekeeper was a big deal, but quickly realized how Mary felt and rectified the situation! I'm glad we got to know their entire story from the beginning and how the past was woven into their storyline! It was a beautiful story of a man who has it all except for the one thing he lost so long ago and never thought he'd find again and the woman who was content to live life by herself and was swept away by the power of love long after many have experienced it! Thanks Marie you always make it worth the wait! Marie Force does it again!
I was so excited to read Mary and Patrick's story. I like reading about more mature couples finding love. At the beginning of the book I thought I was really going to love this book. Sadly I found out this book is 90 percent sex. Mary and Patrick did not develop their relationship unless you count the mention of their phone calls they just had sex. Nothing wrong with sex except when that is what the book is made of. As someone who has years of healthcare experience I find it very difficult to believe the recovery rate of 54 year old male. That was truely fairytale.
I prefer reviews that don't recap the story - I want you to read that for yourself. So, why did I like this book - really, loved this book. Because it was about 2 mature adults forging a relationship - thinking about what they wanted and what they needed, and how this relationship might work for the two of them. I loved reading a book about a different generation. Every book in the series, regardless of the age of the main characters is worth reading. I read them because they are about a small town, with eccentric characters, family squabbles and people in love. Is it realistic? Who knows and who cares? SciFi isn't exactly believable - but it's still fun. So enter the small town world of Butler, VT. Take a seat outside the country store, meet the diverse family. Learn about their losses, their loves, their support systems. Find out how a wealthy man from NY meets a woman from a small town to see if they can find love.