Books by Susan Donovan

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The Sweetest Summer

Two of my favorite contemporary romances – Knock Me Off My Feet and Take a Chance on Me were written over ten years ago by Susan Donovan. I’ve tried a number of Ms. Donovan’s more recent books but none have come close in my affection. The Sweetest Summer doesn’t match those either, but I fou ...

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The Sweetest Summer

Fans of Susan Donovan's Bayberry Island series will no doubt delight in returning to the tiny island with the weeklong festival celebrating its legend of the mermaid. Filled with quirky characters and situations, this book is part frivolity and part seriousness, with a love rekindled theme. ...

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Sea of Love

I have little patience for characters who needlessly deceive others. I understand that there are sometimes “extenuating circumstances,” and I’ll generally move past the deception if the excuses are good enough. However, Ashton Louis Wallace III’s excuses for lying to the people of Bayberry I ...

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A Courtesan's Guide to Getting Your Man

If ever there was an absolute necessity to ignore the title, this is it. I saw the title, and I thought, “Ooh, light, frothy, funny story by two humongously competent authors! Bring it on.” I scored 50% with that assumption: Ms. Bradley and Ms. Donovan work magic, but frothy this book is not. ...

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The Night She Got Lucky

Genevieve “Ginger” Garrison is a recent divorcee and the mother of twin fifteen year old boys. One drives most people crazy as he continues on his quest to be POTUS, and the other acts like a bad boy. Added to this, Ginger’s cheating ex-husband Larry has left her with body image issues and she ...

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Ain't Too Proud to Beg

For the most part, this one works. But be prepared for major clichés, a high degree of wackiness, and painfully obvious series set ups along the way.  San Francisco newspaper writer Josie Sheehan is 35 and a veteran of a string of failed relationships. In a miraculous three paragraphs, she lose ...

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The Girl Most Likely To...

The cover and title of Susan Donovan’s new book The Girl Most Like To... promise a light comedy. Although there are some light moments in the book, it is mostly an angst-filled story featuring parted lovers and a secret child. Kat Cavanaugh grew up in Persuasion, West Virginia, ...

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The Kept Woman

Okay, I’ll admit the premise is straight out of Harlequin Presents: A single mom struggling to support her three kids by working as hairstylist is hired to pose as the fiancé of a millionaire Senatorial candidate. Hackneyed, no? But in the hands of a talented author even the creakiest of premis ...

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He Loves Lucy

Advertising Executive Lucy Cunningham sells one of her accounts on the idea of doing a makeover of a hapless overweight woman in "real time." Little did she guess that the guinea pig would be her. When she shows up to meet her gorgeous trainer Theo Redmond looks like Malibu Ken and is training a sup ...

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He Loves Lucy

The reality TV show craze has passed me by, I have to admit, and so I opened this book warily. A woman with self-esteem issues wants to publish her body-fat index on the Internet? She wants to get weighed on live TV? But then the hero strolled in, and oh my, he melted more than pounds. For you, Theo ...