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Just the Thing

Book 2, The Donnigans

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Gavin Donnigan left the Marine Corps a shell of a man, hounded by guilt for deaths he couldn’t prevent. But teaching a self-defense class at the local gym brings some stability to his life—along with a gorgeous leggy blonde who won’t give him the time of day. 

Zoe York lost her twin sister to a freak car accident a few months ago. She’s been struggling to bury her grief, but it isn’t until she signs up for a self-defense class with its distractingly hot instructor that she begins to come out of her shell again. With the memory of her sister telling her to live a little, Zoe decides a fling with buns-of-steel Gavin Donnigan might be just the thing.

Soon they’re sparring both in and out of the gym. And for the first time in a long time, each is looking forward to tomorrow.

The Donnigans series:
A Sure Thing (Book 1)
Just the Thing (Book 2)
The Only Thing (Book 3—coming Fall 2017)

Praise for Marie Harte:
“A blazing hot, emotionally intense love story...from an author on the rise.”—Kirkus for A Sure Thing
“This is truly a must read!”—Night Owl Reviews, 5 Stars, Top Pick! for Roadside Assistance
“Readers will swoon at the romantic gestures… in this easy-to-read tale of self love, trust and taking chances.”—RT Book Reviews for Roadside Assistance

Customer Reviews

Good read, fun family, just had a bit of a hard time connecting with this one

I liked this one, but had a hard time really connecting with the characters at times. With two broken people I expected to get pulled into their connection, and although their issues were addressed, it was done more separate than together so I think this is where the disconnect happened for me.

Both Gavin and Zoe have experienced loss and both are trying to move their lives forward. Where Gavin tried to use alcohol and sex as his escape, Zoe threw herself into work and the gym…the gym where Gavin works. When Zoe finally gives in and decides to accept the offer of a date from Gavin it’s quickly apparent that their attraction and feelings are hot and hard. I loved that Gavin didn’t try to cover up how he felt with Zoe – he did make it clear that he didn’t know how much he had to give, but he was interested in more than a one night stand. Even though I felt their dialogue could sometimes be a bit repetitive – how many times do I need to hear Gavin extolling all his manly virtues – there was some real cute wordplay between these two.

There are lots of very serious issues addressed in this book and I enjoyed seeing the interactions between Gavin and his therapist. I think the author did an outstanding job of addressing his issues with the care they deserved.

The Donnagin family seems filled with an interesting if not a bit off-centered group of characters. Between the family prank wars to the fun sibling interactions, this is definitely a family that would be all sorts of fun to be friends with. I loved how close-knit they were and the roles they play in each other’s lives.

There were some fun moments, but overall I just never clicked with this one. It was good, there was nothing really wrong with the book, it read well and has a really great cover, but again, I just never really connected with the characters. That being said, this Donnagin family has definitely gotten me interested in the next story, so I will probably check that out when it comes out.

I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book I received from NetGalley.

Loved it!

I love the Donnigan family! They have a spirit about them that's addicting. They're fun, supportive and get on each other's last nerve - a real family.

This book is about second oldest sibling, Gavin, the medically retired Marine. His story of survivor's guilt, grief and self-worth is so heart wrenching. But, he hides his pain behind laughs and an above average ego. Zoe, a young woman that Gavin meets at the gym has her own issues dealing with the loss of her twin sister. She surmerges herself in work and gardening. This common bond of grief attracts them to each other and it becomes very passionate. Gavin and Zoe keep the relationship interesting with interesting dates and fulfulling their fantasies.

The story grabbed me and didn't let go. There is so much emotion between Gavin and Zoe that I needed them to make it. I laughed and I cried with them.

Ms. Harte's handling of PTSD, grief and mental health is gentle and respectful.

Great banter!

This was a very fun read. Great banter not only between the MC's, but the side characters as well. Gavin came off as an arrogant hottie, but I don't think he truly was arrogant. He had such a great sense of humor and played to that.

His 2 brothers, sister and even his parents made appearances throughout the book and added to the overall enjoyment of this story. They are a close-knit family that played pranks on each other. Immature? Maybe. Funny? Yes. If you have read the McCauley series, we get appearances from them as well.

There are some serious sides to this story, as well. Both Gavin and Zoe have suffered personal loss in their lives and we get to see them balance a new love while dealing with their grief. An opposites attraction that complimented each other very well. I am very interested in reading more into this series. The characters were very easy to fall in love with. ARC provided by NetGalley.

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Just the Thing
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  • $7.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Published: Jul 04, 2017
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc
  • Seller: Sourcebooks, Inc.
  • Print Length: 352 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 2, The Donnigans
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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