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review 2016-07-02 02:38
Grown up
Head Over Heels for the Boss (Donovan Brothers) - Susan Meier

This is book # 3 in The Donovan Brother series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  For reader enjoyment and understanding, I recommend reading in order.

 

Isabelle has known Devon most of her life.  She has had a crush on him for at least a decade.  Can she work for the man who turned her down?

 

Devon wants to hire someone who has knowledge, and Izzy has an MBA.  He wants her to use it to help his family's fortune grow properly.  He has also noticed her as a woman.  She is all grown up!

 

Very sweet and yet hot story.  The sparks sizzle and fly off the page.  The humor is good too.  I like that the characters like to laugh together.  Was a good read.  I give this book a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This ARC copy was given by Netgalley and its publisher for an honest review only.

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review 2014-07-30 17:32
Her Summer with the Marine: A Donovan Brothers Novel - Susan Meier

In Her Summer with the Marine by Susan Meier, Ellie McDermott has just returned home to Harmony Hills to help her ill father. Ellie believed that everything was okay with her father, until she received a call to come home ASAP because he was found sitting naked in the park thinking he was at home watching television. Now she has to face some hard truths and decisions, beginning with the fact that her father has been suffering from Alzheimer’s for more than a year and she never knew. And the having to find a way to pay for an assisted living facility and the medical care her father needs.

 

Finn Donovan has worked hard to be where he is now, no thanks to his abusive father. He worked hard in the Marines to get his career and to make his own living, and now he has been back home opening a funeral home.Unfortunately the funeral home is in direct competition to McDermott’s funeral home, the only funeral home in Harmony Hills before he arrived. Read More...

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review 2014-05-03 20:04
Her Summer with the Marine by Susan Meirs Review
Her Summer with the Marine: A Donovan Brothers Novel (Entangled Bliss) - Susan Meier

Their competition has never been so irresistible

 

The last person Ellie McDermott wanted to run into after returning to her hometown is Finn Donovan, her high school nemesis and the guy she crossed the line from enemies to lovers with one night years ago. Now ex-military, tattooed, and still sexy as hell, Finn is a complication Ellie doesn’t need—she needs to concentrate on saving her family business.

Finn’s entire life, Ellie was there, going head-to-head with him in every class, bee, and test.

 

So it’s no surprise she’d show up just as he was about to take over her father's struggling business. It is a surprise, though, that his attraction to her is even more explosive than it had been. Acting on their attraction is one thing, but Finn has to turn a profit to save his own family, and nothing—not even love—will get in his way. 

 

 

 

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It took me a long time to like either of the leads in this romance. A long time. They were both hard headed an ungenerous toward each other. They had been this way their whole lives. They are both very competitive and they never talk about what needs to be talk about.

What saved this book is the characters did grow and the conflict the rivalry between two funeral parlor in a small town was both morbid and engaging.

 

I was given this book for my honest review. So, there you have it.

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review 2014-04-22 00:00
Her Summer with the Marine: A Donovan Brothers Novel
Her Summer with the Marine: A Donovan Brothers Novel - Susan Meier Finn Donovan returns from the military to his home town to take care of his mother and keep her out of the abusive hands of his father. Opening up a new funeral home in a small town where there is already an established home may not have been the smartest move, if he wasn't planning on buying out that business sooner then later. But when his high school enemy turned one-time lover, Ellie McDermott, returns to run her fathers failing business all of Finn's carefully laid out plans are derailed. Finn needs clients to support his new business and in turn take care of his mother, while Ellie made a promise to her ill father, who also has medical bills to pay for, to keep that business running. Tempers rise, an old passion flares, and the deep-rooted competition between these two emerges anew. But can Finn and Ellie separate business from pleasure, and keep their hearts out of it?

Her Summer with the Marine was a sweet story that follows the classic (fr)enemies turned lovers romantic trope. Finn and Ellie have a past rife with friendly competition but also new teenage attractions and romance, as well as misunderstandings and disappointments. The latter has caused Ellie to stay away from her hometown longer then she should have and it takes her fathers heart-breaking illness to make her return. Some aspects with definitely tug on your heartstrings but Her Summer with the Marine is also a humorous story with plenty of crazy antics you could imagine coming from a funeral home environment. If you were a childhood fan of Pretty Girl, you'll want to pick this book up. ☺ The healthy rivalry between Finn and Ellie for business is entertaining though the growing romance between them is very much a slow-building one which restrained my ability to connect with them as a couple as I would have liked.

All in all though, Her Summer with the Marine was a sweet and spicy story from author, Susan Meier that flowed well and I enjoyed. I look forward to more stories from the Donovan brothers!
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review 2014-03-17 00:00
Her Summer with the Marine: A Donovan Brothers Novel
Her Summer with the Marine: A Donovan Brothers Novel - Susan Meier Her Summer with the Marine was not like I was expecting. It ended up being just an OK read for me. It felt like it took a while to get going. Ellie is back in her home town because her father's Alzheimer's has gotten worse. She decides she needs to keep the family business running in order to pay for his nursing home fees. Finn runs the competition. He wants to buy her out in order to save his own business. They have been in competition with each other ever since grade school. The attraction between the two is probably the better part of the book. Although, it did feel a bit forced to me at times.

Normally, I probably wouldn't have had a problem with a little friendly competition. It can make for some great tension. But when I found out the businesses in question were funeral homes, I was a bit disturbed. The one up-man-ship that these two displayed when promoting their business was kind of creepy and distasteful. I didn't like that part at all. Who goes trolling for business at a funeral?

I also had to question some of the decisions that Ellie makes in the book. She knows nothing about running a funeral home or accounting. She has a full time job in advertising. Yet, she decides to keep the business open because it would mean spending more time with her father. A father who doesn't remember her half the time. Why not sell the business and move him to a facility closer to her apartment? She doesn't even like funerals or anything that goes along with them.
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