Her Summer with the Marine (The Donovan Brothers #1)
Publication date: March 10, 2014
Entangled Bliss, Kindle ARC, 266 pages
Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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.
This is another case that makes me wish I gave half stars. This book was more than a three, but not quite a four, for me. It was a sweet and sometimes sexy romance between two characters who have known each other most of their lives and have always been ultra-competitve.
Ellie returns home to her small-town to run the family’s funeral home after her dad is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Her former crush, the guy who crushed her and beat her as valedictorian, is back from the Marines and running his family’s funeral home as well. They’re competitors again after all this time. He wants to buy her out, but she’s not giving in. They forge a friendship and grow close again. They can’t deny their attraction to each other and come to an agreement to enjoy each other physically, with no strings or expectations, but inevitably, feelings get involved and things become complicated.
I really enjoyed both of these characters – as well as the supporting cast of B.B., Ashley and the others. Ellie and Finn had a ton of chemistry and you could cut the sexual tension with a knife. There are a couple steamy scenes in this book, too. It’s a great romance and has a good focus on family – as imperfect as it can be at times. There were a couple scenes that made me more than a little emotional, but the book ended on a note that left me smiling.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.