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Daisy's Back in Town    by Rachel Gibson order for
Daisy's Back in Town
by Rachel Gibson
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Avon, 2004 (2004)
* *   Reviewed by Melissa Parcel

When Daisy Lee Brooks left Lovett, Texas, for Seattle, she thought she had left the past behind her - including her high school boyfriend Jackson Parrish. Immediately after graduation, Daisy shocked the entire town by marrying Steven Monroe rather than Jack. Now, thirteen years later, Steven has died from cancer and Daisy Lee is back to set some things straight once and for all.

Jackson never forgot Daisy or the way she left. He knows he was partially at fault; he broke things off with Daisy all those years ago because he was overwhelmed by his parents' death. Now she's back, and as gorgeous as ever. Jack can't ignore the stirrings of lust - or is it love, long dormant and re-awakened? And Daisy will stop at nothing to deliver some news to Jack, even though he goes to great lengths to avoid her. How will he react when the bombshell is finally delivered?

Rachel Gibson has created another hilarious winner. Readers will be able to relate to each endearing character on many different levels. Daisy is insecure in some ways, stubborn in others, and headstrong enough to accomplish her goals. Jack has always been her primary weakness, and years away haven't tempered her longings for him. Jack has problems learning how to forgive and move forward; his actions and reactions are extremely true-to-life. Daisy's mother and sister add comic relief to a situation that could be tense.

The interplay between Daisy and Jack leading up to Daisy's revelation gets a bit wearing. I found myself wanting to skip ahead and find out how much longer I had to wait. That first half, up to the point where everyone is on equal ground with what they know, drags a great deal. But the second half of the book flies by as the characters learn and grow, which makes waiting for the main event worthwhile.

Daisy's Back in Town is filled with steamy love scenes. Daisy and Jack still set each other on fire, even after thirteen years apart. Readers will root for the two to work out their differences and end up together. If you're a fan of Rachel Gibson's previous novels, this offering will not disappoint. And if you've never experienced Gibson's sassy, sexy adventures, this is a wonderful place to start.

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