by LuAnn McLane

January 2008
ISBN: 978-0-451-22286-2
Reviewer Graphic Button Signet Books
Mass Market Paperback

Candie Montgomery is heading home to Pinewood, Kentucky, when she starts to realize something is funky with her homecoming. Pinewood is a small town where everyone is friendly to everyone, but yet, as Candie drives through town, she is most definitely getting the cold shoulder. Considering she has been gone for the past two years, living in Chicago, Candie has no idea why the townsfolk are behaving so rudely. Fortunately, her twin sister Sarah has an answer. Apparently, Candie is the reason for her sister's broken engagement.

Candie has to work fast to set the rumors to rest and the first thing she does is find a boyfriend, kind of. When cute Tommy Tucker volunteers for the position, Candie accepts. He is a sweet, sexy, and oh so fine man and she will definitely enjoy spending a little more time with him. Candie may have come home to Pinewood to resuscitate her father's faltering used-car business but she may decide that Pinewood could be home again, with Tommy by her side.

LuAnn McLane pens a sweet and spicy story with Trick My Truck But Don't Mess With My Heart. There are laughs, there are engaging characters, and the town of Pinewood is a hoot to visit. In many ways, this is a slower romance. The plot is rather slim, leaving it up to the characters to carry the story. Fortunately, Candie's first person narrative is convincing and interesting. It was great to read a story where the heroine was actually proud of her heritage. Yes, Candie's first choice may not have been to come back to Pinewood, but she is making it work. Add in complex family relationships, a burgeoning and most unexpected romance for Candie, and Trick My Truck But Don't Mess With My Heart sets out to win readers' hearts and it scores big.

For readers who enjoy stories about new beginnings, small towns, and featuring feisty but intelligent heroines, McLane's latest novel will definitely do the trick!

Reviewed in February 2008 by Sarah.

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