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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 book touched my soul as I too have a loved one stricken with Alzheimer’s and the way it robs you of the person you’ve loved all of your life. I appreciate the way it was handled and felt the heroine’s actions and feelings were very well written. I enjoyed this story despite the many tears I shed because if anything this disease teaches us it’s to live each day as it’s your last, let go of the past, and make memories now while you can. " - Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
Review posted at: Swept Away By Romance
Story Rating ~ 5 Stars
Hero Rating ~ 5 Stars
Heroine Rating ~ 5 Stars
Romance Rating ~ 4 Stars
Heat Level ~ 3.5 Stars
Ending ~ 5 Stars
Overall Rating ~ 5 Stars
This story was like no other that I’ve read before and the originality of the story line blew me away. Th... ...more
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 t... ...more
*WHEW* This was so emotional and EXTREMELY HAWT for an Entangled Bliss. ABSOLUTELY enjoyed it and cannot wait for the stories on the other 2 Donovan brothers!!!
*ARC courtesy of Netgalley and Entangled Publishing* ...more
Very good, very emotional book, with a setting I haven't encountered before - a pair of funeral homes. Ellie works for an ad agency in Pittsburgh and has just been awarded a big account when she gets an emergency call from the police in her hometown. Her father has been found wandering around tow... ...more
Slick‘s review posted on Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
Review copy provided for an honest review
This is one of those books that defies the old adage “you can’t go home again.” In Her Summer with the Marine, we see two high school rivals returning home for different reasons both after being... ...more
In the author's biography, it says that "her favorite stories are those that inspire laughter through tears." That is a good way to describe this story. Ellie comes back to town because her father was found in the park during an Alzheimer moment; even though he doesn't recognize her most of the t... ...more
Absolutely loved this book and Romance story and comedy element also the chemistry between this couple, Ellie McDermott who came back home to look after her father's funderal business has he is ill, The last person she wanted to see was an ex lover with a night many years ago Finn Donovan an Ex-m... ...more
Our first RED-HOT Bliss. Same great Bliss story, but with open door sex. ;) Don't miss it!! ...more
Aww! That was SO SWEET! There was lots of crying, but also some good laughs. :) And the chemistry? SCORCHING! I'll put up my full review once it goes live on my blog!
UPDATE: (from my blog ashleythebookjunkie.blogspot.com)
Who knew running a funeral home could be so sexy? (And no, there's nothing m... ...more
Former brief (meaning one-time) lovers, competitors all through school and they've been apart 10-years when they meet up during difficult circumstances. All of this make Ellie and Finn's story very, very interesting and Her Summer with the Marine an excellent book to read as spring approaches and... ...more
This was a very sweet romance. The non-stop competition between Elli and Finn that has lasted their entire lives remains as heated as ever when Ellie comes back to town to help save the funeral home business her father owns (even though she has no personal desire to own a funeral home herself) wh... ...more
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... ...more
When I figured out the setting were two funeral homes and the two main characters Ellie and Finn are dealing with heavy family issues and competing for customers, I was a bit shocked. But the saucy story line between the two high school rivals made me laugh and the writing was flirty and fun and... ...more
I've had the pleasure of working with Susan on two books - Billionaire's Matchmaker and A Fairytale Christmas. She's a wonderful storyteller. This was her first sexier romance - different from her Harlequin stories - and she makes the transition seamlessly. Fun and funny, the book still manages t... ...more
I don't know where I've heard it, I'm not even sure of the complete story, but I remember one day, decades ago when I was in high school, about a guy talking about his dead girlfriend with whom he'd been rivals at school. I remember him telling they competed in about every single subject, always... ...more
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 another.
Ellie's father runs a funeral business, and expects his daughter to take over it for him. Ellie works for an ad com... ...more
The past always has a way of catching up with you, and sometimes what you thought you knew becomes re-written when life brings you full-circle – and for Ellie that was face to face with Finn Donavan. Growing up, Ellie and Finn competed against each other in everything – who knew that when fate br... ...more
Okay, straight off...competing funeral home businesses...a bizarre choice for the author to use as the conflict, but other than that, I loved this book.
I liked the history between Ellie and Finn. They both came from unhappy homes, both were smart, and both very competitive. That compet... ...more
He reached her, smiled. "Ellie." How could the slight lift of a man's lips make her breathless?...more
It was one thing to torment her, to fight for business, even get a little smarmy in the way he kept himself in front of potential customers. It was another to make her feel...She squeezed her eyes shu...
This book is a fun, flirty read. I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to the next books in this series. This is the first for Bliss, it adds a little extra spice to the nice.
What's different and dare I say fun about is story is the fact that both the hero and heroine own/run funeral homes.... ...more
This was a great story. The characters are fantastic. Ellie and Finn are both strong characters; smart, determined, dedicated, and driven. Both have parents who need them, and that need is a driving force in their business decisions. They are easy to invest in and I couldn't put the b... ...more
This was a book that had moments where I wanted to slap sense in to both the hero and heroine but also one that made me laugh and cry. The sparks that fly between Ellie and Finn are palpable but what makes the story work is the hearts behind the heat.
I don't want to give away too much because the... ...more
Her Summer with the Marine is a fun, enemies to lovers romance with endearing characters, humour and some heartfelt touching moments.
Finn Donovan and Ellie McDermott spent most of their high school years competing against one another. The only time they didn’t was the time they ended up in his t... ...more
I bought this book and planned to read a chapter. But once I started, I couldn't stop reading it. I loved Ellie right from the start and the author made Finn a character that was easy to connect with as well. The fact that both of them were in the funeral business didn't bother me because of the... ...more
This was an enjoyable well written read. I loved the chemistry and banter between Ellie and Finn. The competitive spirit between them was fun to watch, and I loved that it never really got mean spirited. I’m not a huge fan of enemies (or frenemies) to lovers storyline but this was a pretty good o... ...more