Meet the Donnigans
With the eldest Donnigan brothers adjusting to civilian life, their younger sister constantly in trouble, and their little brother clueless about life in general, falling in love is the last thing on anyone’s mind…
Can this Bossy Badass Marine…
The Marine Corps was everything Landon Donnigan ever wanted in life…until a bullet sent him home with a medical discharge. Teaching a self-defense class at the gym is old-hat for a marine, but when he meets sexy Ava Rosenthal, his combat skills are useless for protecting his heart.
Be her Mr. Right?
Ava can take care of herself and likes quiet, bookish men-not muscular warriors who think women need to be coddled. But Landon is more than he seems, and when they come together, the results are explosive.
First in a new series (related to another–the Donnigans are cousins to the MacAuley brothers), A Sure Thing is Landon Donnigan and Ava Rosenthal’s story. Landon and Ava are a prime example of opposites attracting–or are they? One thing we find out as the story progresses is that these two have more in common than they think at first.
I really liked Landon. He’s brash, he’s ballsy, and OMG just so gosh-darn charming. When he crashes into Ava’s super-boring date before he even really knows her? An imposition, sure, and you can see how it might be annoying, but dang it, he’s right, and so–well, Landon-like–that it’s hard to really get annoyed. Ava tries her best, but even she can’t admit he’s really wrong in what he’s saying.
And that’s how a lot of the book goes–Landon throws something Ava’s way that should be a major “You did what?” moment, but it ends up being a positive in the end. Yeah, if he were my not-yet or brand-new boyfriend I’d be pretty annoyed with him, but it’s hard to deny that each event ends up well in the end. He’s just so…Landon. And the sex, when they have it? Watch. Out.
Ava can be a bit prickly at times–perfectly justified when Landon’s being a pain, but when she’s sticking to her “list” or running from her true feelings it’s easier to get aggravated with her. I really liked watching her interact with both her cousins (Sadie and Elliot) and Landon’s family, though–it was fun and genuine, especially when she jumped right in with his brothers and sister against their annoying eldest bro. I found myself smiling a lot in those parts.
There aren’t a lot of surprises in this one–overall, it’s pretty predictable–but it is an entertaining read and a great intro to the rest of the series. We see enough of Gavin, Hope, and Theo to really make me, at least, want to see where Ms. Harte is going to take these three en route to their own HEAs.
Rating: 3 1/2 stars / B
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book