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Mary Lynn Baxter

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dull, Boring, Pure Fantasy 29 April 2002
By Lilly Rabalais - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have always found something to like in books I read; however, I cannot say that about this one. Rich lawyer, nominated for a federal judgeship, is driving to a family cabin when he encounters poor girl from the wrong side of the tracks walking in the rain. He stops, picks her up and finds she has been battered, takes her to the cabin and cares for her. Nothing happens. They go back to the city where rich guy is obsessed with girl and has an affair with her, being careful not to be seen with her. Finds out her step brother is in jail for an automobile accident in which rich guy's step brother lost the use of his legs. Seems the step brother of the girl was shanghied into jail by his sorry public defender who now works for the rich guy's father's firm. And so on and so forth. This is really a bad book. Nothing believeable or remotely believeable.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing... 29 Dec 2002
By A Customer - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book lacked character development sufficient to satisfy my need to relate to the main characters. From the beginning, the attraction between Collier and Brittany was supposed to be an intensely sexual one, but I didn't feel the sexual tension that I was apparently supposed to feel. And though the author attempted to show a progression to a deeper connection between the two, I never really felt that either.
I could have enjoyed this plot, if so many coincidences hadn't been required to entwine the lives of the characters. For example, Rupert assaults Brittany and shoves her out of his car. Collier drives by, spots a battered Brittany on the side of the road, and helps her. Up to this point, I am eager to read more. Then I find out that Rupert, coincidentally, is Collier's father's enemy and one of Collier's largest obstacles between his current position and the judgeship. Brittany's brother, coincidentally, is the guy behind bars for the accident which forever changed Collier's brother's life. Rupert, coincidentally, because of his obsession with Brittany, watches her trailer like a stalker and finds out about her late-night rendez-vous with Collier. While there's nothing wrong with the occasional coincidence, I was disappointed by this story's reliance upon them to pull the sub-plots together. The story was entirely predictable and unbelievable.
I wouldn't recommend that you waste money or time to read this book. There are so many better ones out there.
4.0 out of 5 stars Rich Guy and Poor Girl Love Story...Amazing.. :) 8 July 2003
By Tracy Talley - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A normally well used plotline, the star-crossed lovers from different worlds. One rich and one poor. They fall in love and one wants to make it work while the other feels like it will never work. Sounds typical, but this one was unique in the way it was written.
Ms. Baxter brought us into a world of greed and money and power and how some of those people use the powerless for their own pleasure and showed us that even though they may be powerless, they aren't weak.
Brittany was found wandering on a slick and cold road in the Tennesee mountains one night as Collier drove by. Stopping to see if she was okay, he found a beaten and confused young woman in need of help.
Collier is on his way to a remote cabin he has and the rain is so bad he can't turn around to take the woman to a hospital, not that it matters since she refuses to go. Instead he takes her to the cabin. Stranded for days he learns little things about her that make his blood run hot and cold.
Who is she? Who beat her up so bad? And why?
When the rain clears and he takes her home he finds himself more befuddled than ever. Attracted and sorry for her, Collier knows she isn't for him. She is from the wrong side of the tracks.
But he finds that the trailer she lives in and the two jobs she works to stay alive and not to mention the brother she has in prison can't keep him away.
He's going to ruin his chances for judgeship if he continues to try and see her, but he can't stop. She's everything he ever wanted in a woman and more and he can't have her. She on the other hand will not get involved with a lawyer who is about to become a judge that will probably use her and throw her away like trash. But Brittany can't stay away from him either.
Love at first sight.
Not only is there backgrounds too different, but there is a secret will tear them apart forever. Can love survive such a scandal?
Amazing, I loved this story. Full of heartfelt love and pain, it is emotional and fulfilling. Definately worth the read.
Tracy Talley~@
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars compassionate star-crossed love story 5 May 2002
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Three years ago in Tennessee, Jackson was the family fair-haired boy on his way to a judgeship until the car accident left him paralyzed. The driver of the other vehicle Tommy Banks resides in jail for driving drunk, but swears he was slipped a Mickey. Now Jackson's stepbrother Collier Smith is the family member one step away from a federal bench appointment.

Everything changes for Collier when he finds a dazed Brittany wandering the mountain road. Apparently, an enemy of his family accosted and beat her up before deserting her. Collier takes her to safety though she is Tommy's sister. As Collier falls in love with Brittany, he has decisions to make, as she is bad for his political career. Adding to his difficulty is pressure Tommy puts on him to help get him released from prison. Will Collier choose love or family loyalty and power for he cannot have both?

Though a star-crossed love story between a person from the wrong side of the tracks and an elitist has been told a zillion times in novels and movies, Mary Lynn Baxter provides a compassionate spin on the theme through a strong cast. The story line is character driven especially by Collier, torn between his love for Brittany and his familial obligations enhanced by the bitterness of Jackson and the machinations of Tommy. Fans will enjoy this tale, but feel that though Mary Lynn Baxter resolved the prime theme in an exemplary manner, the talented author left too many sub-plots dangling as if a sequel is planned.

Harriet Klausner
4.0 out of 5 stars A fast paced read... 19 May 2003
By iheartjackbauer - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Brittany Banks has worked hard the past three years. Working two jobs and going to school, all Brittany wants to do is prove that her brother, Tommy, wasn't drunk when he hit Jackson Williams and left him paralyzed, but drugged. Thinking Rupert Holt, the travel agency where she works most prestigous client is interested in helping her, she accepts his invitation to dinner. When she rebuffs his sexual advances, a menacing, evil side of him comes out. After hitting her, he shoves her out of the car. From there, she sets off walking, only to have a guardian angel swoop down and save her.
Collier Smith has worked his whole life to prove to his stepfather, Mason Williams, that even if he doesn't have his blood running through his veins, he can make him proud. With his stepbrother, Jackson, out of the running, Collier has been nominated for a federal judgeship. Then he meets Brittany Banks, not knowing how she is or how she could effect his life.
While the sexual tension is high between the two, they are intimate often which rids the tension between the two. It is basically a story about a trailer trash woman who isn't good enough for the man she loves. The man is torn between making his stepfather proud and the woman he has fallen in love with. While this isn't one of the better books I've read, I would recommend it on a rainy day.
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