With an ill mother in need of expensive surgery, Madeleine flies from NYC to the west Texas desert to take on the doomed Desert Oasis resort project in hopes of earning the bonus attached to finishing it on schedule. She soon finds there's only one thing hotter than the desert sun: Jake, the infuriating Texan whose dislike of the fast-paced city puts them at odds at everything from her high-heels to her to-do lists. When the Oasis reveals its dark secret, Maddy finds she must choose between money and those she cares about.My Thoughts: Oh, Lizzy Ford! You with your magical writing skills that make me care about people in a genre I don't normally care for. Seriously, this is not my type of book at all and yet I couldn't put it down. And I may have teared up once or twice. In theory. No actual tears fell, mind you, but there might have been a slight watery sheen to the words on the screen.
Maddy's been brought low by her responsibilities yet she's still determined to do the right thing. She's smart, desperate to untangle the mess she's been left with and honorable enough to try to do the best she can. She's also pretty clueless about the danger she's in. Good thing she has surly Jake looking out for her. Even though she annoys the pants off of him (not literally), he's wildly attracted to her.
Lizzy Ford's writing continues to impress. Her characters are flawed enough to be interesting without making me loathe them. Guys, this book was a contemporary, non paranormal book that was light on the sex (all the sex happens off-page, in fact) and I STILL liked it. Now, that's good writing.
More books by Lizzy Ford
Reading challenges: The E-book Challenge, The Show Me the Free Challenge
Maddy's Oasis was a free Smashwords download I picked up 08/07/11.