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À TOI POUR LA VIE (French) Mass Market Paperback – Dec 7 2011
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Delaney Shaw plans to get in and out of her hometown in the time it takes to attend her stepfather Henry's funeral, read the will, and refill the tank of her Miata. Even the pleas of her mother and the tension of an unfinished fling with Henry's bastard son, Nick Allegrezza, can't keep her in Truly, Idaho. But Henry had other plans in mind: Nick and Delaney's inheritance is contingent on her staying in Truly for a year, and him having no "sexual relationship" with Delaney. What's a girl to do? Delaney digs in, starts up a hair salon and prepares to grit her teeth for as long as it takes.
Small-town life is everything that Delaney fears it to be: high school rivalries and old rumors about Delaney and Nick resurrect themselves with predictable immediacy. Gossip nears the truth as the sexual sparks fly between Nick and Delaney. Nick's reputation as a ladies man hasn't changed, either, and Delaney reminds herself that he can love her and leave her just as brutally as he did 10 years ago. But when the two find themselves in close proximity, all their best intentions fly out the window and intense passion consumes them.
Truly Madly Yours has the same originality and sauciness that made Rachel Gibson's first work, Simply Irresistible, popular with readers. While each page brings a new take on the familiar "black sheep, old flame" plot, the main characters are at times a bit unappealing. Delaney's unqualified disgust for Truly becomes a tired mantra and no amount of biker jackets and muttered "wild things" can neutralize Nick's anachronistic womanizing. Gibson wisely focuses her attention on clever dialogue and original situations, and the overall result is a delightful and completely entertaining read. --Nancy R.E. O'Brien --This text refers to an alternate Mass Market Paperback edition.
'I must confess - wow!' Jayne Ann Krentz --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
I sympathized with Delaney. She had a lot of pressure on her to be the perfect daughter, which Gibson conveys quite well. And the relationship between hero and heroine has sufficient sizzle, striking a perfect balance between their adult attraction and their history. Their past creates the perfect amount of present tension. Unfortunately, Gibson chooses to sidestep rather than truly resolve their prior misunderstandings. Despite this oversight, however, I enjoyed the book and would recommend it to others.
Delaney Shaw left Truly, Idaho at 18 and never looked back. She's been a nomad moving from place to place and job to job until she's forced to return to attend her controlling stepfather's funeral. In a last power play, his will stipulates that in order to claim her inheritance of three million dollars, she must stay in Truly for a full year! There go her plans to leave ASAP. Now if she can just avoid her nemesis, Nick for the next twelve months . . . Nick, who was Henry Shaw's unacknowledged illegitimate son, also has a stipulation to his inheritance. He will lose the lucrative property Henry left him if he becomes sexually involved with Delaney within that same year! Shouldn't be a problem, right? He's not interested in Delaney - is he?
But avoiding each other in a small town like Truly, especially when Delaney's best friend Lisa is engaged to Nick's brother Louie, and when the hair salon she opens in town is just doors away from the offices of Allegrezza Construction proves quite difficult. And as they have more and more steamy encounters we learn more about their tangled, complicated past - especially their night at Angel Beach when they were caught by Henry in a compromising situation. The repercussions from that night drove Delaney to leave town and continue to haunt both of them.Read more ›
Delaney is a delightful young modern woman we can all relate to who happens to wear platforms instead of pumps and vinyl and spandex instead of cashmere. Nick is a gorgeous Levis wearing hunk who is head over heels in love with Delaney since they were kids but he believed Delaney was out of his reach because she was the mayor's stepdaughter and he was his illegitimate son. Delaney in turn thinks Nick hated her because she was raised in luxury by Nick's biological father who denied his real son everything she had.
Nick and Delaney are brought together after ten years apart by a bizarre stipulation in the late mayor's will. In such close proximity (Truly is a very small town) they are forced to face their feelings for each other and when they do the sparks will fly!
This is a well-written, funny, sometimes poignant love story that will leave a smile on your face. Highly recommended! :)
Ten years ago Nick Allegrezza was the town's bad boy. Nick had matured and opened his own construction company but he continues to attract attention riding his harley, wearing an earring and tying back his long hair. Nick also received an inheritance from Henry Shaw--he is Henry's illegimate son and only biological heir. At first, Henry denied him, but by the time Nick was five, he looked like a Shaw and Henry had to accept that Nick was his son. But it was too late. By the time Henry was ready to make amends, Nick had turned stubborn and refused to accept Henry's efforts. Nick's inheritance also came with a stipulation--he was to have no sexual relationship with Delaney. Unknown to anyone, Nick had always been attracted to Delaney and now that she opened her salon next door to his construction company, it was going to be difficult to treat her with indifference.
I've read and enjoyed all of Rachel Gibson's books and if I had to pick my favorite, "Truly, Madly Yours" would be it. I think this is her hottest story. Delaney is so likeable and Nick is so sexy and outrageous and Gibson's best hero to date. I look forward to her next novel due out in April, 2002.
Most recent customer reviews
It didn't take me long to get through this one. The chemistry between Delaney & Nick was pure sizzle! There were small twists & turns throughout. Read morePublished on June 1 2004 by Bertha U. Perry
I did not enjoy this book at all. The characters are people that I would seek to avoid had I known them.
Delaney is portrayed as small-minded, trashy, (... Read more
Truly, Madly Yours is the first book I've read by Rachel Gibson. I used to read a lot but lately hadn't found time. Read morePublished on Feb. 13 2004
Coming in a close second is See Jane Score...I love Rachel Gibson's writing. Her storylines are unique and her characters well defined. Read morePublished on Nov. 18 2003 by Isobel
I've got to say....i've read quite a few books in my 32 years...but NOBODY writes like Rachel Gibson!!!! This is by far my favorite book she's written. Read morePublished on Oct. 12 2003
Seriously. My favorite Rachel Gibson book thus far (I've read four of them - three more on the way from Amazon!). Read morePublished on Sept. 6 2003 by Star
'Truly Madly Yours' is my second favourite novel from Rachel Gibson (next to 'See Jane Score'). The chemistry between Nick and Delaney is great, and the characters are pretty... Read morePublished on Aug. 5 2003 by Samantha N.
Yep, this was definitely a good buy. This was the first Rachel Gibson book I ever read and it was wonderful. Read morePublished on June 12 2003 by J. Fly
I loved this book. The story was great, fast paced, heartwarming and romantic. One of the best story I've read.Published on May 21 2003