Friday, January 20, 2017

A Sure Thing (The Donnigans #1) by Marie Harte

Meet the Donnigans
With the eldest Donnigan brothers adjusting to civilian life, their younger sister constantly in trouble, and their little brother clueless about life in general, falling in love is the last thing on anyone's mind...

Can this Bossy Badass Marine...
The Marine Corps was everything Landon Donnigan ever wanted in life...until a bullet sent him home with a medical discharge. Teaching a self-defense class at the gym is old-hat for a marine, but when he meets sexy Ava Rosenthal, his combat skills are useless for protecting his heart.

Be her Mr. Right? 
Ava can take care of herself and likes quiet, bookish men-not muscular warriors who think women need to be coddled. But Landon is more than he seems, and when they come together, the results are explosive.

A Sure Thing is the first book in a new series that is a spin off of the McCauley Brothers series and also the Body Shop Bad Boys. Though you don't have to read those series in order to read this one. There are some mentions of a few of those characters in this story but enough information is given that you won't need to know the details from the other books to enjoy the scenes. I loved both of those series. Every single one of them were among my favorite romances. Sadly I did not enjoy A Sure Thing as much, like I thought I would.

 This book came so close to being more than okay for me, but never quite got there. I liked the story, the characters (mostly), and there was the fun banter and wit that I always enjoy in Harte's writing. She can always make me laugh out loud. However one thing that I did not like about A Sure Thing was the overdone love scenes. They mostly seemed rather crass and drawn out. Landon also got on my nerves for most of the story. I can't place my finger on it exactly, but I know it has something to do with the things he says. He just comes off as a bit ridiculous to me.

 I do think the writing makes up a bit for these things though and I do like the direction the stories are heading with the other characters. I would definitely want to give the next book in this series a try.  

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. April

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