Date published: May 28, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Book format: Paperback
Obtained via: Publisher
Reviewed by name and email address: Gina Ginalrmreviews@gmail.com
Welcome to Cupid, Texas, home of…Cupid and true love. Long ago the eldest daughter of the eldest daughter, that would be Millie Greenwood, found true love after asking Cupid for his help. Cupid lives in a cave outside of town and over the years soul mates seeking their other half have ventured to the statue in the cave and left letters asking for Cupid’s help. Rather than carved from human hands, the statue is wrought from nature itself, lending to the mystique of the town and what happens when a seeker finds his or her way to the town. As the eldest daughter of the eldest daughter of the eldest daughter, Natalie McCleary carries on the family tradition of answering the letters to Cupid. Along with an array of family and friends they meet weekly, divvy up the letters to Cupid and set about dispensing advice on true love. On her way to pick up the latest batch of letters Natalie rides her bike past perhaps the most stunning sight imaginable—a naked man.
Okay, he’s not really naked. Well not all the way naked. He’s tall, dark and gorgeous and is working on his Harley sans a shirt. And what a magnificent sight he is. So much so that hours and days later Natalie cannot stop thinking about him.
Dade Vega has come to Cupid for one reason and one reason only – his foster brother, Red, has sent him an urgent message: “come quickly and trust no one.” Red is more than a foster brother. As children he saved Dade’s life. And together they went on to become Navy SEALs. After leaving the Navy they went their separate ways with Red settling down in the peaceful town of Cupid while Dade continued his rambling ways. When Red calls for help Dade rushes to his side. What he finds in Cupid confuses and at the same time enthrals him. Well actually Natalie enthrals him. He cannot keep the image of the woman stepping soaking wet out of a pond from his mind. As he begins tracking down Red he finds himself becoming more and more involved with Natalie. Can he trust her with what happened to Red?
And more importantly, can he trust her with his heart?
LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT is the first Lori Wilde book I have read. It definitely will not be my last and I have since picked up pretty much her entire back list. She tells an entertaining story, full of love and romance that is realistic, palpable and leaves you believing in love at first sight.
LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT begins as a sweet contemporary romance and lulls you into thinking of a cool summer morning, lazing on a porch swing while reading about Dade and Natalie’s meeting. Like the turn of the day, from cool morning air to a warm summer afternoon, Dade and Natalie meet and begin to get to know each other. As the day warms so does their relationship with the intensity of their attraction growing step by step until it culminates and a passionate love scene. And as evening approaches though the story takes a deciding cool turn from a sweet romance to a solid, heart stopping, romantic suspense. The shift caught me so completely off guard and I couldn’t put the book down until I found out what happened to Natalie, Dade and Red.
Ms. Wilde’s characters are complex, entertaining and lifelike. Her aunts and other family members and some of their antics are a hoot. The town of Cupid is the kind of town you want to live in. It’s a place where people don’t lock their doors, where neighbours look out for neighbours and the townsfolk rally behind their friends and family.
I really liked Natalie. Despite her own life issues and fears she has no qualms about wading into a pond to save a struggling duck. She gives and gives to anyone in need without a thought for herself.
Dade is more than a cookie cutter hero. He is complex with his own issues that he puts aside for his friend. Both he and Natalie grow throughout the story, both within themselves and as a couple.
LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT is a fantastic read and I can’t wait for book two in this series.
This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.