Can’t Stop Lovin’ You is part of Lynnette Austin’s Maverick Junction series, set in the heart of Texas, chock full of some hot blooded cowboys. Maggie Sullivan has busted her back working to reach the stars. Now that she has almost made it, she doesn’t want anything holding her back. Not even the dishy guy she has loved and hankered for all her life. As the Big Apple beckons, will Maggi trade the glitter of Times Square for the starry nights of small town Texas?
Maverick Junction is a small town but its residents live a large life. This is the first book I read from the series. Apart from some references to other characters hinting at what might have come before,the story entirely belongs to Maggi and Brawley, which means that you can pick this one up without having read the others.
Maggi is a dress designer who has caught the eye of a big investor. She is soon to have her own show in New York city. She was in love with local boy Brawley Odell and dreamed of building a life with him, until he dumped her for the city lights. It has taken her eight years to forget him and she is all set to cut the apron strings. But Brawley turns up at her door, with the news that he is moving back to town. Talk about fate dealing a low blow.
Maggi and Brawley meet at almost every turn and fireworks erupt. Maggi refuses to accept that she still has feelings for him. Meanwhile, her grandfather gets married in a rush and is off on his honeymoon. Her two girl friends are enjoying wedded bliss, and the whole town expects her to make up with Brawley Odell.
Maggi leaves town with a strong determination but it will take some bad news for her to realize that her roots are firmly entrenched in Texan soil. Does Maggi finally acknowledge her old love, and what kind of future she chooses for herself is the main suspense in the book.
The story of Can’t Stop Lovin’ You is nothing new. In fact, I am sure it has been written many times. Even what appears as twists are completely expected for habitual readers. But the characters are endearing. Small town life where everybody is in each other’s business is accurately captured by the author. There is enough passion for those who like hot romances. And some tears for those who like the waterworks.
The book combines two disjoint themes, cowboys and chick lit, and the combination is irresistible.
Overall, Can’t Stop Lovin’ You is predictable but cute and a very good read. It is definitely a must for anyone who likes romances, cowboys, Texas and happy endings.