Natalie McCleary is a descendent of on of the founders of Cupid, Texas, a town centered around love. Though she's never experienced love first hand, she's part of a committee that answers letters to Dear Cupid. As the novel starts, she is torn about how to answer one letter in particular because she's not sure whether love can truly be as strong as others say it is. The story's frame is based on her attempts to answer this letter.
Dade Vega is a former Navy SEAL who has come to town looking for his best friend and stepbrother, Red, who sent him a one-word text message that is a signal for help. He and Red had tough childhoods and have always looked out for each other. But Dade knows that not everyone else out there is trustworthy, so he doesn't want anyone to know his real purpose for being in Cupid.
When Dade first rolls into town, he stops to work on his motorcycle and Natalie rides by on her bicycle. They fall in love at first sight. Yes, at first SIGHT. They don't talk, they don't bump into each other, I don't even recall whether they actually make eye contact. They just suddenly both realize that they are as good as in love. But, a few pages later, they have each decided to fight off this supposed love (for no known reason since they knew of no actual reason to avoid each other).
I would like to say that the book was full of heavy sexual tension and the smoldering attraction between the two just burns up the pages. I'd like to, but I can't. Because other than saying they've fallen in love at first sight, the author does little else to show us why they've done it. In fact, about halfway through the novel, I just got tired of their story altogether and only bothered to read to the end so that I could find out what happened to Red. Even that turned out to be kind of disappointingly obvious (maybe not the exact details, but the gist of it).
This is the second book I've read by this author, and unfortunately, I've come to the conclusion that her style just isn't for me. I think she can write pretty well, but her heroines leave me more annoyed (they're rather needy) than anything else. And that's really too bad, because her heroes are pretty delicious.