Some years ago, I discovered the Green Mountain books by Marie Force. Cameron, the daughter of one of the main figures in this new novel, was the main figure back then and I had a great time reading it. Well, this time I wasn´t as thrilled with this series, as I used to be. Something has changed.  The tone isn´t the same anymore, although the author hasn´t changed her writing style. 

Ein Traum Für Uns*
by Marie Force
Lost In Love-Die Green Mountain Serie #8
The Butler, Vermont Series #2
Translation Lena Kraus
Original Title Can´t Buy Me Love
Publisher Fischer TB on January 23, 2019
Genre Novel
Pages 277
Format Paperback
Source Publisher
Mary Larkin loves her job at the Abbott Green Mountain Country Store and her quiet, well-ordered life. However, it is over when the worldly Patrick Murphy appears on the scene. The attractive billionaire takes Mary´s heart by storm, and the two spend happy days full of emotion and passion. But can Mary trust Patrick´s vows of love? After all, he is known as a bon vivant who has never again had a real relationship since the death of his first wife … (personal translation of the German back text by ©Vi at Inkvotary).
Mary is happy with her life. She loves her job at the Green Mountain Store, the Abbott family runs and feels very satisfied with her daily routine and charity work she does every year. But one tiny moment at her boss´s wedding changes everything. Patrick Murphy is handsome, rich and doesn´t accept no as an answer. 

Why in God´s name had the author to use every five seconds the phrase “Sweet Mary”? It was kind of amusing the first time. But then it became annoying. I probably should have counted how many times I´ve read those words in this cheesy and sometimes fanciless novel. But on the other hand, I wasn´t really interested in the real number. My disappointment grew by the second. I definitely expect more from the author. And she can do much better than she did with this novel. No doubt, this book is a fast-paced one. You can read it within a few hours if you want or like. And the language the author uses is simple and easy to read. The style, Marie Force is famous for, shimmered through the pages from time to time. 

But what displeased me was a simple fact, that most of the book was sex-scenes. After reading this book I literally knew most of the positions Patrick was having fun with Mary. I soon found myself asking the question, is this an erotic novel or what? And with all the cheesy talk Patrick used to have with Mary, for heaven’s sake, Mrs. Force have mercy with your readers! 

The only thing that kept me from giving this novel a very low rating was the appearance of the Abbott family. And with that, the story got some of the wit, humor, and hilarious scenes and dialogues back, the series once had and was the reason why I became a fan. To see how they act with each other, how they fight, laugh, joke and enjoy each other’s company, and show by living it, what the love and comfort of a family truly mean, was simply everything. I loved every minute of it while reading. 

Mary is a woman, who loves her job, her life, and everything that is connected with the Abbotts. But her self-confidence is very low and frankly doesn´t exist at all when it comes to Patrick Murphy. 

If you like a novel, that is mainly showing you some hot scenes (very graphic!) and is only about two people who spend time together, this could be your book. As a Marie Force fan, I am slightly disappointed. Sure, it was nice, although not necessary for me, to read about Mary and how she found the love of her life. But I wasn´t really hooked by this story.

Happy reading

*Book was kindly provided to me by Fischer TB in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. Thank you. Therefore, the cover of the German edition is shown first in this review.

*This book was originally published Can´t Buy Me Love by HTJB on May 15, 2017. 

Marie Force
Marie Force ©Pamela Sarinha

Marie Force is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling, award-winning author of contemporary romance. She writes series as well as stand-alone novels. While her husband was in the U.S. Navy, Marie lived in Spain, Maryland, and Florida, and she is now settled in her home state of Rhode Island.  


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