Can't Buy Me Love!

Today I'm super excited to welcome back Molly O'Keefe whose contemporary romance, Can't Buy Me Love releases today!!!!

I'm lucky to be Molly's critique partner, so I got to read this book, well, ages ago, but the first line/paragraph still sticks in my mind as one of the best I've ever read. And the rest of the book lives up to the promise of that great opening.


Molly O'Keefe is a RITA-Award winning author with 20 Harlequin novels in publication. She's won the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice award for Best Flipside in 2005 and Best Superromance in 2008.

Her first Bantam Contemporary Romances, Can't Buy Me Love will be released in June 2012 and it's follow up Can't Hurry Love in July 2012. She lives in Toronto, Canada with her family and the largest heap of dirty laundry in North America.

You can keep up with Molly here: 
Twitter:  @MollyOKWrites
Facebook:  MollyOKeefeBooks


Can't Buy Me Love

by Molly O'Keefe
June 26, 2012
ISBN 978-0440423072

In Molly O’Keefe’s captivating new contemporary romance, a woman with a past and a man without a future struggle to find a place where they belong. 

A girl from the wrong side of the tracks, Tara Jean Sweet knows that opportunity will never knock; she’ll have to seize it. Elderly Texas rancher Lyle Baker has a dying request: He will give Tara Jean a stake in his leather business in exchange for a little family subterfuge. All Tara Jean has to do is play the part of a gold-digging fiancée to lure Lyle’s estranged children home.

The mission is soon accomplished. Now Lyle’s gone—and his ridiculously handsome son, Luc, an ice hockey superstar sidelined by injuries, is the new owner of Crooked Creek ranch. He’s also Tara Jean’s boss. But being so close to sinfully sweet Tara Jean does crazy things to Luc’s priorities, like make him want to pry her deepest secrets from those irresistible lips. But when Tara Jean’s past demands a dirty showdown, will Luc stay and fight?


"Molly O'Keefe is a unique, not-to-be-missed voice in romantic fiction . . . an automatic Must Read!"
New York Times bestselling author Susan Andersen 

"a roller coaster ride of tragedy and comedy that is matched in power by believable and sympathetic characters that leap off the page."
--RT Magazine, 4.5 Stars Top Pick

"O'Keefe adds significantly to her reputation as an author worth watching!"
--Booklist, Starred Review


MAUREEN: What's your favorite kind of book to get lost in?
MOLLY:  I'm 37 years old and I've read a lot and I read a lot and the honest to god real answer to that question is romance.  I read everything, but the only books I really really get lost in, are romances. And usually historical ones. This bright new world of YA has had some pretty amazing reads in it, but to get truly lost?  I need some romance.
MAUREEN: What's the first book you remember reading?
MOLLY:  The first book I remember having read to me is The Little Match Girl. I had this big red book of children's stories (how The Little Match Girl is considered a children's story I'll never know) and I loved The Little Match Girl because it had this illustration of a little girl peering inside this beautiful house at  a beautiful family eating a beautiful meal. And according to the story my mom read me, they invited the little girl in and they all lived happily ever after. It wasn't until I was older and read the book myself that I realized my mother had made that up so I wouldn't wail myself to sleep.
MAUREEN: What's your favorite love word?
MOLLY:  Adore. Adore says it all to me in so many ways. It can be platonic. It can be about brownies. It can be about children. My husband. It just conjures up such intimacy for me. Such affection. And it's french, which is always classy.
MAUREEN: What's your favorite hobby? 
MOLLY:  I would kill for a hobby. I used to love cooking, but then I had a family and it got ruined by picky eaters and dinner time battles. I've never knit, or been a photographer. Does laundry count? Drinking? If drinking counts, I choose drinking. With Maureen.
MAUREEN: Do you believe in alien abductions? 
MOLLY:  No. I don't, really. I think  if aliens were casing our planet, they wouldn't take so many insane people. Even if that's their plan for staying under the radar, how much are they learning from the lunatic fringe? And if they aren't casing the planet and they just happen to keep picking up the conspiracy theorists - well, that's just bad aim.
MAUREEN: Salsa or guacamole? 
MOLLY:  Guacamole, all the time, any time.

MAUREEN: What was your favorite book when you were 12? 
MOLLY:  I loved the Laura Ingalls Wilder books and the Emily of New Moon books, but I think I was younger. Oh! All My Patients Live Under The Bed - a non-fiction book about a cat vet. I LOVED that book - if you have any young cat lovers in your life - that's the book for them. 

What was your favorite book when you were 12?

Molly will offer a copy of CAN'T HURRY LOVE to one lucky commenter!
Note: Offer void where prohibited. Prizes will be mailed to North America addresses only unless specifically mentioned in the post. Odds of winning vary due to the number of entrants. Winners of drawings are responsible for checking this site in a timely manner. If prizes are not claimed in a timely manner, the author may not have a prize available. Get Lost In A Story cannot be responsible for an author's failure to mail the listed prize. GLIAS does not automatically pass email addresses to guest authors unless the commenter publicly posts their email address.
The second book in the Crooked Creek series, CAN'T HURRY LOVE, comes out in just a month! I'm hoping we can lure Molly back to answer more questions then!


  1. Hi Molly,

    I love your books and your new book sound so great. Love the cover and I love hockey players! I am huge Los Angeles Kings fan and I was so thrilled they won the Stanley Cup this year.

    My favorite book when I was 12 was Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.

    1. Hey Tammy - that was an amazing win by the Kings - sadly, in Toronto, we don't know that feeling. I hope you enjoy the book!

  2. Welcome back to GLIAS, Molly!

    Love the titles of your books. They sound like a lot of fun.

  3. Congratulations, Molly!! I'm so excited!
    And when I was 12, I was reading Stephen King...

    1. Oh...I remember the Stephen King years - did you start with Pet Cemetery?

  4. Oh...forgot to mention that I remember reading the THREE MUSKETEERS about that time. I think Harlequins started the next year.


    1. you were a far more sophisticated 12 year old than I was...

  5. Molly :) congratulations on your release. I'm itching to go to the store and get it. I love, love, love your books. I can't tell you what book I was reading at 12 because unfortunately I was still leaving in my home country and living in a small village with less than 500 people, books were non existent :(. Thank god I moved to Canada and books just tumbled onto my lap : ).Thank you for sharing your talent with all of us :)

    1. oh Guida thank you and yes, it's a good thing you found your way to canada and all these books!!!

  6. Yee Haw on your new release, Molly! Love your covers. That's one of my favourite moment in a romance--the first time she sees him without a shirt. Sigh. When I was 12, I was into animal stories. "Sajo and her Beaver People" and "Frosty" are two titles I recall.

    1. Sajo and her beaver people? Tell me you're making that up...

    2. Since you asked, ;) I googled it and found http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grey_Owl. The book was written in 1935 and the author was an early conservationist. Huh. I was certainly surprised to discover all this about one of my childhood favourites.

  7. I do not need to be entered in the drawing. Just wanted to say I have read and loved Cant Buy Me Love. And I cannot wait for the next one.Good job, Molly!

  8. Congratulations on your release Molly! I was reading a book I shouldn't have got my hands on... Kojak, the story that couldn't be shown on tv *** I had a crush on Telly Savalas

  9. Happy Release Day, Molly. I read Can't Buy Me Love and I loved it. I'll admit I did not like Tory much in the beginning, but was happy to see a different side to her towards the end of the book and can't wait to read more about her and Eli. My favorite book at 12 was probably S.E. Hinton's The Outsiders.

  10. Congratulations on the book! I liked Pride and Prejudice.


  11. I believe when I was 12 I was hooked on Nancy Drew. She was such a great heroine: smart and always embarking on an adventure.

    Happy Book Birthday! Your book sounds fun and romantic and I'll be looking forward to it.


    1. Oh Those Nancy Drew case file books! I loved them!I hadn't thought of them in so long what a great reading experience that was!!

  12. I think when I was twelve my favorite series was Anne of Green Gables. Congratualtions on the new book!
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com