Bright Eyes Mass Market Paperback – Jun 1 2004
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From Publishers Weekly
Former rodeo star Zeke Coulter falls head-over-spurs in love with a talented single mom in Anderson's latest Coulter Family romance (following Blue Skies). The story starts out when Zeke discovers that his house has been vandalized. He chases Chad, the 11-year-old culprit, to a farmhouse where he spies the comely backside of his new neighbor, Natalie Patterson. Natalie, however, is Chad's mother, and the two get off on the wrong foot when Zeke insists that Chad work off the damage over the summer. An impoverished singer and songwriter, Natalie has more on her plate than just a difficult preteen; she also has a four-year-old daughter and a supper club that's on the verge of bankruptcy. Nevertheless, she and her kids pitch in to help Zeke repair his damaged house. Inevitably, love blossoms between the two, but their happily-ever-after seems less than assured when Natalie is accused of murdering her philandering ex-husband, a villain pulled straight from central casting. The bedroom scenes between the two strong-willed, slightly mistrusting protagonists are sweetly titillating, and Anderson's portrayal of Natalie's uncannily smart daughter is winning. Though conventional in plot and sketchy in setting, this is still a rewarding read.
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Zeke Coulter thought he liked living alone until he meets his sexy next-door neighbor, singer Natalie Patterson. He went over to talk to her about her young son, Chad, who had vandalized Zeke's vegetable garden and damaged his new home. Hoping to teach the boy to take responsibility for his actions, Zeke insists that Chad work off the damages, but along with her daughter, Rosie, Natalie convinces Zeke to let her help her son so that he can attend summer camp. Recently divorced and struggling to support her two children, Natalie knows Chad is going through a rough time, but it turns out that being with Zeke is exactly what Chad needs. The only problem is that Zeke now realizes just how lonely he is. Anderson, an author who excels at crafting emotionally powerful romances that celebrate the importance of family and love, gives readers another touching, sweetly passionate story of romance as she continues her exceptional contemporary series featuring the Coulters. John Charles
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The rugged Coulter family continues. BRIGHT EYES is Zeke's story. Zeke Coulter is the normal Anderson hunka-hunka burning love male -- gorgeous, sensitive men who ooze toughness. Zeke is a busy bachelor who is content with his life and his new acreage.
Fortuitously, Zeke's new property borders Natalie Patterson's land. Mrs. Patterson is a sexy mom with two children and a worthless ex-husband -- a jerk who continues to make life miserable for Natalie and his children. Natalie Patterson and the kids find Zeke Coulter equal to a knight in shining armor. A spectacular man who bolsters their confidence, builds their self-worth, and brings new hope to their bleak lives.
As usual, Catherine Anderson draws wonderful characters. Natalie falls from the pages as a normal woman, a woman who tugs at her summer shorts, frets over 10 pounds, while determined to lose 20. However, the true character prize is little Rosie Patterson, Natalie's young daughter. This four year old is adorably precocious and has enough charm to leap from Anderson's pages straight to the reader's heart. Oh how, I cherished the pages this child inhabited.
Yet, somewhere around page 200, the story became ordinary. A predictable crime soared to the foreground changing Zeke and Natalie into grisly sugar-coated lovers -- I love you -- I love you -- say you love me -- say it again --.
The beginning saved the rating, the ending - oh Ms. Anderson pull out that heart-rending pen! Save the syrupy-sweet for another author -- nobody does poignancy better than you.
Grace Atkinson, Ontario - Canada.
**** Bright Eyes has a bit more tension than some of Ms Anderson's books, but is still heartwarming and real. The pages ripple with gentle humor and love. I hope the Coulter clan has a few more siblings to meet in future novels. ****
Bright Eyes is Zeke Coulter's story. Confirmed bachelor Zeke Coulter finds himself in a tomato patch of a mess when his neighbor's son vandalizes his house, and he goes over to confront the boy's family. What he finds is Natalie Patterson, a temptation in a black dress and strappy black sandals. Zeke's bachelor existence is turned upside down when he convinces Natalie to let her son work off the damage to his property. From this point on, Zeke's life is completely changed.
Not only does he find himself falling under the spell of Natalie,he also becomes wrapped around the finger of her cute-as-can-be daughter Rosie. As much as Zeke tries to resist, he finds himself wishing less and less for bachelorhood and more and more for what Natalie and her children can offer.
Natalie is a divorced mother, who once had dreams of being a singer, but must now struggle to support her children because of her ex-husband's narcissicism. Natalie is very much attracted to Zeke but bitter experience has made her cautious.
Bright Eyes is an engaging story that leaves the reader with a warm and fuzzy feeling. After reading one of Catherine Anderson's story I am always left with a feeling of family. This book offers romance, suspence, heartache, and renewal-all essential elements for a great story. Throw in the family "pet" Chester (who is such a scene stealer), and you've got humor like you've never seen before. Chester's antics kept me laughing out loud several times during the night.
Overall, Bright Eyes is a well-paced read. Lucky for us, there are several more Coulter kin so we can revisit this family once again.
Zeke shows a sullen Chad how to use a saw and praises the lad for doing a fine job making Chad feel good as he is used to his father telling him he is clumsy. That night, Natalie's other child four year old Rosie cuts a deal with Zeke that allows Rosie and Natalie to help Chad pay off his debts. Over the next few days, Zeke falls in love with Natalie and her two children, but know he must go slow as the mom and the son have major relationship problems that become compounded when Natalie will face murder charges.
BRIGHT EYES is an engaging relational romantic suspense that readers will enjoy because of the intriguing interactions between the cast including Chester the gander and the strong attraction between the two lead protagonists. Though Chad overcomes his anger too easily and Robert is too self-indulged, fans will appreciate this fine contemporary even if the lead couple needs to stop chasing fast mice in her bedroom.
Most recent customer reviews
I love all of Catherine Anderson's books. Bright Eyes is no exception. Zeke and Natalie are a wonderful couple; and the secondary characters are so real and entertaining. Read morePublished on July 5 2004 by amy
I just received my copy of Bright Eyes and I am now on the last page. I have never enjoyed a book as much as I did this one and I could not put it down. Read morePublished on June 10 2004 by READER
I haven't had a Catherine Anderson book that I didn't like, so I was anticipating a great read when I stopped and picked Bright Eyes up at the bookstore. Read morePublished on June 7 2004 by Willow
I look forward to every Catherine Anderson novel that comes out. And I am never disppointed. She has created wonderful characters and stories with every book, and "Bright... Read morePublished on June 6 2004 by Bill Lee
Another job well done by Catherine!! Outstanding story with so much humor and with so much understanding and love. Read morePublished on June 5 2004