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Friday, December 19, 2014

Review: Love Me Tender by Susan Fox / @TastyBookTours

Title: Caribou Crossing #4: Love Me Tender
Author: Susan Fox
Publisher: Zebra
Release Date: December 2, 2014
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
ARC Received From: NetGalley
Reviewed For: Tasty Book Tours

Pay a visit to Caribou Crossing, the rustic, inviting Western town where broken hearts mend and new love takes root…

Dave Cousins, owner of the Wild Rose Inn, is known throughout Caribou Crossing as the nicest—and loneliest—guy in town. He’s had his heart broken more than once, and he’s determined not to let it happen again. So it’s no wonder he’s wary when a free-spirited drifter leaves him longing for more than just a steamy fling…

Like the wild goose tattooed on her shoulder, Cassidy Esperanza goes wherever the wind takes her. For her, a new day means a fresh start. And yet something about her days in Caribou Crossing—and nights with its handsome hotel owner—makes her think about staying a while. But when life takes an unexpected turn, her first instinct is to take flight once more. Is Dave strong enough to help them both face their fears, come to terms with the past, and believe that sometimes love truly can last a lifetime?

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Fear. It's what kept Dave's heart closed for so long, and what kept Cassidy on the run. Amazing how one word, four letters, can do to a person.

Dave and Cassidy struggled with their individual fears for most of this story. Dave buried his heart with his fiancee three years ago. Cassidy refused to open hers because her parents were lousy examples of what it meant to love someone. Disillusioned but needing each other more than they needed air, this unlikely couple embarked on a casual relationship where emotions were not supposed to come into play.

But the heart has a way of knowing that the time to love again and to begin loving is right.

It was amusing to watch Cassidy work her magic on Dave, convince him with words and smiles to talk about his late-fiancee, to try to allow his broken heart to heal. In retrospect, she should have heeded her own advice. While I liked Cassidy's sunny disposition and carpe diem attitude about life, I kept hoping she'd hear what she was saying to Dave and put her own words into action. While she seemed to understand that parents are supposed to be examples for their children to follow, but she also seemed to forget that parents are not infallible. They will make mistakes, but the beautiful thing is that a child can learn from them and make conscience decisions to do differently.

The inclusion of multiple sclerosis was brilliant. Cassidy's reaction to her diagnosis wasn't a surprise. bit Dave's reaction was. I figured he would've let her go after she disappeared with a text saying goodbye. He didn't. His daughter's Facebook updates about Cassidy's whereabouts led to them reuniting and to her returning to Caribou Crossing for treatment with him as part of her support team. For the first time in a long time, Cassidy had what she'd been denied most of her life: support from others.

I really enjoyed this story. It's a nice, easy going read for a rainy day. It made me laugh, smile, frown, and think. It had me appreciating Dave and Cassidy's individual differences while hoping they made it to forever together. Characters from other books make appearances, adding to the richness of this small town romance between two people who needed to overcome their fears first before they could really, truly fall in love.

Award-winning, international best-selling author Susan Fox (who also writes as Savanna Fox and Susan Lyons) is a Pacific Northwester with homes in Victoria and Vancouver, British Columbia. She has degrees in law and psychology, and has had a variety of careers, including perennial student, computer consultant, and legal editor. Fiction writer is by far her favorite, giving her an outlet to demonstrate her belief in the power of love, friendship, and a sense of humor.


  1. Thank you for featuring my book, and thanks for the lovely review! I'm so glad you enjoyed the book. Happy holiday season to you and your readers.