|Maggie was devastated when the Tyler brothers left town five years ago. She hid her hurt and confusion well. No one would know how much she loved Eb and Jeremiah. Now her father has died and the men have come back to stake their claim. They left home to find a place where they could share Maggie without criticism or complaint. They built a home for her and were ready to take her back. But neither of them had
counted on the change in her. Maggie was no longer a biddable girl, but an independent woman. She would have to be reined in and tamed in order to keep her safe in rough, unsettled Oklahoma where they would settle. And they were just the men to do it.
This is a sort of prequel to the Desire, Oklahoma series. It tells the story of the founding of the town of Desire and the men who made it. I really enjoyed the contemporary series and have read them all. I was excited about this one but it has a very different feel from the first series. It's not the time period as I really like historical romance. I just never really warmed up to Eb and Jeremiah. They're very sexy and, clearly, very experienced but they lack sincerity. I loved Maggie and really think she deserved better. She loves the men and is confused by their demands. I liked the parts of the story that talk about the formation of Desire, the precepts on which was built and the laws that were made. Those are still part of the contemporary series, and it was interesting to see their origins. It was also delightful to 'meet' the past generations of the men from current day Desire. As would be expected from this author, there is plenty of steamy sex. But in this particular book, I just couldn't feel the love. At one point Maggie says that the brothers treat her like a whore - I wholeheartedly agree and that's a very big departure from the Desire series. The men in the contemporary series are very dominant and, yes, the women are "punished" if they break the rules. But there's a sense of affection and respect that's missing in this one. By the end of the story I was content, but I missed the emotional connection between the characters. It's not a bad story, just not my one of favorites. I will continue reading the series. Savannah's story looks fascinating and I already like her men.
Reviewer: Susan P.
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