{Review} Her Summer with the Marine by Susan Meier

{Review} Her Summer with the Marine by Susan MeierHer Summer with the Marine by Susan Meier
Also by this author: The Sheriff's Secret, Chasing the Runaway Bride
Series: The Donovan Brothers #1
Published by Entangled: Bliss on March 10, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Enemies to Lovers, Forbidden Love, Second Chance Romance, Small Town Romance
Character(s): Businessmen/Lawyers/Entrepreneurs, Military Guys
Pages: 266
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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.

An emotional rollercoaster, Susan Meier’s Her Summer with the Marine is bound to pull at your heartstrings. Alzheimer’s, abuse, and a second chance at love make for quite a powerful mix in this first book of a new series, The Donovan Brothers. In this book we see our hero, Finn Donovan coming home after a tour in the military to be the one to take care of his mom and protect her from his abusive father. He’s older and wiser once he returns to Harmony Hills and it just so happens that the one business he needs to buy to ensure his mom’s safety and comfort is to purchase the other funeral home in town, which just so happens to be run by Ellie McDermott. These two have quite the history, seeing as how they competed against one another all through high school and it just so happens that Finn is the one who took Elli’s virginity. An act that the two have very conflicting remembrances of. He’s always viewed their time together as something special, an escape from the horror of his home life while she’s felt used and forgotten since then. Watching these two reconnect was hard at times and pretty emotional seeing as how they both have some heavy issues to contend with. That being said, this book was mostly lighthearted and sweet and once these two get together, it was steamy as well. I’m looking forward to seeing what comes next.

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Overall: 3.5

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