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Her Summer with the Marine: A Donovan Brothers Novel [Kindle Edition]

Susan Meier
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Her Summer with the Marine by 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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 820 KB
  • Print Length: 274 pages
  • Publisher: Entangled: Bliss (March 10, 2014)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,510 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely loved this story! March 10, 2014
By Caz088
Format:Kindle Edition
A beautiful read well-written adored this book and story loved the comedy element and the chemistry between this couple,Ellie McDermott came back home to look after her father's funeral business has he is ill,The last person she wanted to see was an ex-love Finn Donovan an Ex-Military tattooed and still as handsome has ever,Both are very competitive both trying to save there family's interests,There attraction is as strong has ever but they can't or won't let it stand in the way of saving there family business so they think but love has other ideas! A book not to be missed from a great Author!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read! March 10, 2014
By Karen J
Format:Kindle Edition
When I first began reading Her Summer with the Marine, I thought, a funeral home? Ewww I bet I don't read much of this book. But ya know what? The author did an amazing job! I didn't even mind that the story centered around death and funeral homes! Once I started reading, I didn't want to stop!!! It was such a good book! I loved the chemistry between Ellie and Finn and there was just so much more to this book than a typical romance. We got to see into the lives of the couple more than just that they were hot for one another. (One little bit of info tho...Ellie's father does have Alzheimer's. My mother was diagnosed last year so some of the details were hard for me to read)
Her Summer with the Marine is an outstanding, emotional read that will make you laugh, cry and be sad when the book ends! LOVED it!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Her Summer with the Marine March 24, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
How many times have you said, “If only?” or wish, if only things could have happened differently. Or, if we could have a, “do over.” Would you? Or you thought things were one way but they weren’t? This story is that.
This is one deep book. OMG! You laugh and cry during it. Yet, it is so worth every tissue and tear it. This author really knows how to grip you in the depth of your emotions to feel the characters pain and joys.
Ellie McDermott is called home to Harmony Hills, Penn. By the Chief of Police. Her dear widowed father was found wandering in the park across the street naked. Ellie leaves her life as an ad agent in Pittsburg with not a thought to get to her father.
It turns out he has Alzheimer’s and will need long term care. Ellie has some major decisions to make, you see her dad owns McDermott’s Mortuary. Before the sun had really set that first day Finn Donovan comes a calling.
Who’s he you ask? Finn is only the man who was the boy who competed with Ellie for every quiz, contest, or award since grade school. He was also the guy who deflowered her. Now, he sees that the opportunity has opened up for him to make a move on her dad’s business and he does. Why? Why, would he want it and can’t she run it and will she need the steady income from it to help take care of her dad?
But, could she ever sell it to the man who stole the most prized gift a woman has? Especially, without ever looking back or talking to her again until now? Surprisingly it can be resolved and there is a HEA. But don’t expect it to be smooth sailing it is bumpy and there will be a lot of tears at least there were for me. Very good story that I gave 5 stars.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New Red Hot Bliss line off to a great start! March 10, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Her Summer with the Marine is a fun, sexy frenemies to lovers story. Ellie McDermott has to move home and take over the family funeral parlor because of her dad’s worsening Alzheimer’s. Finn Donovan, the guy she competed with all through school, and who she had one night with, has also returned to town and opened a funeral parlor.

And there isn’t enough business in this small town for both of them.

This story is so sweet and fun, I can’t even tell you. I LOVED the tension from the fact that both characters had a NEED for their business to succeed. And you want both of them to succeed, even though it’s not possible.

And then there’s the romance. They both have feelings for each other, or at least desires, but they are competing for their lives (or the lives of their parents, really). The tension this causes is spectacular, and when they give in to their desires, the scenes are HOT! Bliss readers who have been looking for a little more steam will be thoroughly satisfied. And readers who love a small town, enemies (or frenemies) to lovers story, will be in heaven.

4.5 stars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read April 14, 2014
By Ewat10
Format:Kindle Edition
This book was a little slow starting for me, but once it got the momentum, it was hard to put down!!! Ellie McDermott had to return to her home town because her father had been hiding an illness that came to light, and she needed to tie up some loose ends. She planned to come in and stay a few days, get the affairs in order, then return to her life in the big city as an ad executive. She had made a great life for herself in Pittsburg and had no plans of staying in Harmony Hills more than needed, and that was even too long.
After running into her high school rival Finn Donovan, she couldn't wait to get the heck out of that town. Everything they did was a competition, and they went to the extreme with it! After finding out her dad was going to need around the clock care and that would be a huge expense, she decided to run the family funeral home, just to find out that her only competition was the Finn Donovan! So she decides to stay and once again compete with him. She doesn't count on the old feelings to return with a vengeance and fall for Finn's charms yet again. I won't ruin the end for you, you'll have to read it yourself to find out, but I will say once I hit chapter 10, I couldn't put it down and finished it that night! I am now looking for any of the Donovan Brothers Books series to read. I absolutely loved this one and would love to read more from this author!! The romance she writes about is believable and you can picture yourself as the character. This book has it all, family, competition, rivalry, love, hate, gossip, loss, death, romance, heartache, but will it have a happy ending? You'll just have to read it to find out.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Her Summer with the Marine
Great book. Very well written. The plot was excellent and very interesting. I will read more books by this author.
Published 7 days ago by Frances Cavanaugh
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
Read the second book first but after the preview of this one I downloaded it. It was cute and frustrating. I wondered while reading it how on earth did these two end up married?
Published 7 days ago by KG
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent
It was an ok read. I was able to finish it without complaint. The storyline with the h's dad was a bit of a downer, so it wasn't quite the upbeat romance that I'm used to. Read more
Published 16 days ago by iHeart.cupcakes
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable and cute.
I thought this was a cute and enjoyable read though I will be honest, the fact that the Ellie and Finn worked in funeral homes kind of skeeved me out. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ramblings From This Chick Blog
3.0 out of 5 stars I thought this to be a sweet, sometimes steamy read about two people...
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Originally posted on confessionsfromromaholics dot com
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Ellie came back to town, to look after her... Read more
Published 4 months ago by ConfessionsFR
3.0 out of 5 stars a sweet and spicy story
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. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Crystal @RBtWBC
5.0 out of 5 stars HOT SUMMER READ!
Ellie McDermott returns to her hometown to care for her ailing father, and within 12 hours, her and frenemy Finn Donovan are doing what they do best… competing against one... Read more
Published 4 months ago by April Wood
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book. Very easy to read.
Nice to have a little different slant on the frequent stories about angst ridden heroes. Didn't get tiresome and it didn't go on and on. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Dianne
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommend
Susan Meier's books bring to life people you would like to have as your friends. As you finish the last page it is bittersweet like waving good-bye to a good friend, but so glad... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Vickie L Fisher
5.0 out of 5 stars I laughed, I cried, I loved it
Two finely drawn characters with clear motivations and real conflict. A bit sexier than Meier's usual fare, but I liked that too.
Published 5 months ago by Miz M
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More About the Author

Here we are tumbling into fall! It's a beautiful day here in Western Pennsylvania. I'm working on my 57th book. 57th! I'm very excited about that.

I've written some fun things ... those are the Silhouette Romance titles. I especially liked SNOWBOUND BABY which was book 3 of the Bryant Baby Bonanza series which also included BABY BEFORE BUSINESS and PRINCE BABY. But my favorites for Silhouette were the books of the Brewster Baby Boom series (THE BABY BEQUEST, BRINGING UP BABIES and OH, BABIES) where three bachelors inherit triplets. Those were fun to write. I go back every now and again and read them myself for a laugh!

And speaking of triplets, my May release A FATHER FOR HER TRIPLETS, has the most adorable 4-year-olds ever! My October release SINGLE DAD'S CHRISTMAS MIRACLE tells the story of the sister of the heroine in A FATHER FOR HER you'll see those crazy four-year-olds again! LOL

In October, I'm also in an anthology, THE BILLIONAIRE'S MATCHMAKER, four stories about a matchmaking Jack Russell Terrier, for Entangle Publishing's Indulgence line with friends Shirley Jump, Jackie Braun and Barbara Wallace. This story, THE SHERIFF'S SECRET, is a lot hotter than my fans may be accustomed to, but it's a great, funny story.

My Harlequin Romances are a little (sometimes a lot) more serious than my Silhouettes, but I always deliver a heartwarming story that reminds readers that family and love go hand in hand.

Sweet, funny, sad or sexy, my characters make some serious lemonade out of their lemons! :)

Because that's how I see life. I have three of whom has epilepsy. Raising him taught me (and my husband and our other two kids) that sometimes a situation that seems bad can have its blessings.

Also, being raised in a family of 11 kids (yes, 11) I learned a lot about sharing and how love encompasses more than just romance.

Having been with my husband for a long time, I still believe the best thing in life is romantic love. Being treasured, respected and wanted.

So pick up one of my books this week or weekend and see my sometimes wacky, sometimes heartrending vision of real love!

susan meier...Oh...Almost forgot...

THE TYCOON'S SECRET DAUGHTER was a finalist for RWA's national award, the Rita! And NANNY FOR THE MILLIONAIRE'S TWINS was a finalist for the National Reader's Choice Awards and the Book Buyer's Best award!

It's been a happy, fun year for me. :)

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