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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks (April 5, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312992335
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312992330
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.9 x 5.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #650,000 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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PUBLIC DISPLAYS OF AFFECTION
"Goofy comedy, white-hot sex, and ticking-bomb pacing will keep readers glued to the pages...this is a surefire crowd pleaser."--Publishers Weekly

"A wonderful romance about second chances...you won't want to put [it] down."-Romantic Times

"Smart, sassy and sensual. Susan Donovan will steal your heart."--Christina Dodd, New York Times bestselling author

"Fresh, fun and oh, so, sexy! Susan Donovan is gonna be a star!"--Susan Andersen, New York Times bestselling author

"A perfect blend of humor, highly charged sexual tension, and emotional intensity. Susan Donovan is a must-read!"--Janelle Denison, USA Today bestselling author

TAKE A CHANCE ON ME
"Donovan has a real talent for painting hilarious word pictures that are pure gold. Take a Chance on Me is unquestionably one of the funniest, hottest books I've read this year."--The Oakland Press

"Comic sharpness...the humorous interactions among Thomas, Emma, and Emma's quirky family give the book a golden warmth as earthy as its rural Maryland setting. But there are also enough explicit erotic interludes to please readers who like their romances spicy."-Publishers Weekly

"Donovan blends humor and compassion in this opposites attract story. Sexy and masculine, Thomas fills the bill for the man of your dreams. Emma and Thomas deserve a chance at true love. Delightfully entertaining, Take a Chance on Me is a guaranteed good time."-Old Book Barn Gazette

"Full of humor, sensuality, and emotion with excellent protagonists and supporting characters...a wonderful tale. Don't be afraid to take a chance on this one. You'll love it."--Affaire de Coeur

"Impossible to put down...Susan Donovan is an absolute riot. You're reading a paragraph that is so sexually charged you can literally feel the air snapping with electricity and the next second one of the characters has a thought that is so absurd...that you are laughing out loud. Susan Donovan has a very unique, off-the-wall style that should keep her around for many books to come. Do NOT pass this one up."-Romance Junkie Review

"Susan Donovan has created a vastly entertaining romance in her latest book Take a Chance on Me. The book has an ideal cast of characters...a very amusing, pleasurable read...all the right ingredients are there, and Ms. Donovan has charmingly dished up an absolutely fast, fun, and sexy read!"
-Road to Romance

"Contemporary romances don't get much better than Take a Chance on Me...such wonderful characters! You want sexual tension? This book drips with it. How about a love scene that is everything that a love scene should be? There's humor, a touch of angst, and delightful dialogue...Take a Chance on Me is going to end up very, very high on my list of best romances for 2003."-All About Romance

"Combine one voluptuous, smart but insecure heroine with one drop-dead gorgeous, smart but insecure hero; add a disco-dancing hairless dog, a precocious preteen, a few sarcastic co-workers, some bad guys and a corpse; throw in a one dash each suspense and humor; and boil with sexual tension. That's the recipe for. . .Susan Donovan's Take a Chance on Me."---Hagerstoon Herald

KNOCK ME OFF MY FEET
"Fun, fast and sexy."-Lori Foster, New York Times bestselling author of Knock Me off My Feet

"Spicy debut...[A] surprise ending and lots of playfully erotic love scenes will keep readers entertained."-Publishers Weekly

"Donovan's blend of romance and mystery is thrilling."-Booklist

"Knock Me Off My Feet will knock you off your feet...Ms. Donovan crafts an excellent mixture to intrigue you and delight you. You'll sigh as you experience the growing love between Autumn and Quinn and giggle over their dialogue. And you'll be surprised as the story unfolds. I highly recommend this wonderfully entertaining story."-Old Book Barn Gazette

"From the beginning I was hooked by the author's fast-paced writing and funny situations...I highly recommend this debut book by Susan Donovan. You'll just have to ignore the ironing and vacuuming and order pizza for the family until you've finished being knocked off your feet by this saucy, sexy romp."
-A Romance Review

"Hilarious...full of sass and sizzle."-Julie Ortolon, USA Today bestselling author of Don't Tempt Me

"Knock Me Off My Feet is sexy, sizzling and downright funny. . .it's quite a potent package!"--Romantic Times (Top Pick)

From the Back Cover

WHEN A JUNK FOOD ADDICT WITH A HEART OF GOLD...
Marketing exec Lucy Cunningham is thrilled when her firm lands The Palm Club account. The campaign concept for Miami's hottest fitness club was Lucy's idea: take one fitness-challenged woman, put her in front of TV cameras, and into the hands of the club's top personal trainer, Theo Redmond. And there's a big cash reward for each pound shed. It seems like a brilliant idea-until Lucy gets picked to be the guinea pig. It's obvious she needs to drop the pounds, but the idea of letting it all hang out in front of some Malibu Ken jock has her choking on her Milk Duds before she even begins!

MEETS A FITNESS BUFF WITH BUNS OF STEEL...
After one meeting, Theo knows Lucy will be his toughest client and one of the most unforgettable women he'll ever meet. Smart-mouthed and stubborn, it's clear she isn't fond of marching to anyone's drumbeat but her own. But she shocks Theo by rising to the challenge like a pro. And he finds his heart in jeopardy long before Lucy starts to slim down and turn heads.

THEY FIND THE PERFECT RECIPE TO FALL IN LOVE!
As Lucy sweats her way into a whole new life, things start to heat up between her and Theo. But trust doesn't come easy for either of them. They've both been burned by romance in the past. Now Lucy and Theo are about to discover that appearances can be deceiving-and in the end, true love lies somewhere between pizza and Pilates...

"Sexy and sizzling fun with humor galore."
-Romantic Times on Take a Chance on Me

"Susan Donovan is gonna be a star!"
--Susan Andersen, New York Times bestselling author

More About the Author

New York Times bestselling author SUSAN DONOVAN's novels have won accolades for their humor, characterization, and sexual tension - "brain candy for smart women," as she calls it. Susan has written more than twenty novels and novellas that have been translated into dozens of languages. Her novel, TAKE A CHANCE ON ME, won Romantic Times Bookreviews Reviewer's Choice Award for Best Contemporary Romance in 2003, and THE KEPT WOMAN and NOT THAT KIND OF GIRL were RITA finalists. She is a former newspaper journalist with degrees from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. She lives in Maryland with her family and dogs.

Get to know Susan at:

facebook.com/susandonovanfanpage
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www.susandonovan.com

Customer Reviews

I loved how real the characters were.
Sonyalaw
The gimmick is that, with Theo's training, Lucy will lose up to 100 pounds.
BookWorm
There really wasn't that much conflict and it was boring.
Jackie4dot0

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

44 of 45 people found the following review helpful By K. A. Stevenson VINE VOICE on May 19, 2005
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I cannot ever remember enjoying a "romantic novel" more than "He Loves Lucy." (This is rather strange because although I thought "Public Displays of Affection," - also by Susan Donovan, was well-written, I loathed the entire premise of this earlier novel - although I'm far from being a conservative.) When I read the concept behind Donovan's new book, I decided to take a chance and ordered it from Amazon.

"He Loves Lucy" details Lucy Cunningham's year long weight program in the spotlight. Each month she weighs herself on television as part of an ad campaign for a local gym. Her goal is to lose up to 100 lbs. for which she and her personal trainer, Theo, will each receive $1000 for every pound she loses. This money will enable Lucy to start up her own advertising/public relations firm and it will allow Theo the means to return to medical school.

I LOVED everything about this book! Everything from Lucy's near- fatal ingestion of a Milk Dud upon meeting her hunky trainer, to the glimpses into her food diary and funny affirmations, to pizza man Luigi being in the second row during her weigh-in, to her "motivational tool" to lose the last of her weight.

I am sure that one of the reasons that I enjoyed this book so much is that I totally identified with Lucy as I was about 40 lbs. overweight at her age. I went on a strict diet and exercise program (although not on television!) and people were amazed at the transformation. My life truly changed. I especially thought it insightful that the nearly universal typecasting of overweight women as "fat, lazy, slobs" and beautiful women as "superficial, conceited, airheads" was included. Usually the truth can only be found on an individual basis.

As usual, Susan Donovan's characters are witty and often hilarious.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers on December 30, 2005
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Thirty-year-old marketing executive Lucy Cunningham has come up with a brilliant campaign for Palm Club, the hottest fitness club in Miami. Cashing in on the reality television craze, she arranges for an obese person to be assigned a personal trainer at Palm Club. For every pound this individual loses in the next year, they receive a thousand dollars and so does the trainer. The catch-the candidate and the trainers progress will be followed on Wake Up Miami, a popular morning television show.

Lucy's boss bullies her into being the candidate. Her boss is incompetent, oppressive, and verbally abusive, but the job market keeps his employees from quitting. At first she refuses, but upon further consideration realizes she could use the 100 grand (yep, she needs to lose a hundred pounds) to start her own firm. Now she is determined to succeed. When Lucy enters the club for the first time-surrounded by the beautiful, thin, famous people of Miami-she wants to drown herself in Milk Duds. In steps thirty-two-year-old Theo Redmond, trainer extraordinaire, who soon puts her at ease. As time passes, she learns he is much more than a pretty face and excellent kisser.

Three years ago, Theo Redmond's parents were killed in a boating accident, resulting in Theo dropping out of medical school to raise his little brother, a child who happens to have Down's Syndrome. With the money he can raise by helping Lucy lose the weight, he plans to return to medical school. He soon finds that Lucy's eating and exercise habits aren't the only things packing the weight on her. Lucy's fight, sense of humor, intelligence and, yes, beauty tie Theo in knots.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Tracy Vest VINE VOICE on September 19, 2005
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Susan Donovan is always a must-read author, and with her latest, "He Loves Lucy," she continues the string of excellent romances that keep her fans coming back for more.

Ad-exec Lucy Cunningham signs on as the guinea pig for a health club - she has to lose 100 pounds within a year with the help of a trainer. To give her more incentive, both she and the trainer will receive $1000 per lost pound. She could use the money to start her own agency; Theo Redmond, her trainer can use the money to return to medical school.

The first meeting is priceless - let's just say who thought that walking and eating Milk Duds could be a fatal act. As Lucy and Theo spend more time together working out and getting to know each other, they start to develop feelings for each other. As she starts to lose pounds, they both find they are losing their hearts. But both have been burned by love, and neither is sure if they are ready to enter the ring again.

Interspersed with funny food diary entries (and hysterical affirmations), the story is both humorous and endearing. While not nearly as steamy as Donovan's previous novels, the poignant relationship between the two keeps your attention glued.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Banker on April 7, 2005
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I loved this whole book and everything about it (except for one small thing, which we will get to)

This came out to be a feel good book probally because one of the main issues is Lucy's feelings about herself because of her weight and what some jerk did to her that propelled her into her lifestyle. Even though it changed her on the outside, she was still a sweetheart. She was strong, very courageous, down to earth but stands up for herself. She is confused about her worth at first, but works through it all.

Theo, of Theo. Can I have one of you too? I dont even know where to start on Theo here, but he is one of the good guys for sure.

My only problem with the book is the sex scenes or lack of. There is sexual tension, but then when its getting to the good stuff, the scene changes. Every single scene. What in the world is up with that? It bothered me, but not that much. I was able to get over it. Knowing that, I still could not put the book down. Most people who read it will be able to connect with it in one way or another. This book is real life. I just finished it not even an hour ago, and someone has already borrowed it. I highly recommend this book!!
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