Monday, July 10, 2017

Just the Thing by Marie Harte


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.

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Book 2
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Mary Jo☆☆☆
This book has a lot going on, both with the current and backstory. Gavin and Zoe are having trouble dealing with the past, the grief that it brings, and learning how to live with a piece of themselves missing.

They flirt and flit around each other, with Gavin taking the role of pursuer. Zoe likes Gavin, but doesn't know how to act in this new reality without her sister.

A good book, slow at times, but all in all, a nice read.

Avid Reader☆☆☆
M/F Romance
Triggers: Death

This is the first book in this series that I've read. Zoe is struggling in life. She has an aunt who adores her and she adores, but all in all, Zoe is on her own. With the sudden death of her twin, Zoe finds herself floundering. She was always the twin that followed the rules, stayed the course. Her twin was the wild child and flowed with the wind. Zoe signs up for a self-defense class and takes a leap with the instructor, Gavin.

Gavin is intrigued by the woman who keeps turning him down. He is a good looking man who normally doesn't need to work so hard for a date. However, he sees a kindred spirit in Zoe – someone who also knows loss. He simply wants to make her smile.

When Zoe finally agrees to go on a date with Gavin, he's kind of at a loss. What follows is a very sweet date, some rumbling on the mat at the gym, and a relationship blooms. While I enjoyed the story enough, it seemed that there was a lot of slow times too and I think that this story would have been just as compelling without some of the filler.

I do really hope that I get to see what happens in book three, as Hope is very intriguing.

It didn’t take very many pages in to this book for me to become completely obsessed. I read the entire book in one sitting, it’s fantastic! It’s also the first book in the series that I’ve read and fine to be read as a standalone.

Gavin Donnigan was discharged from the Marine Corps after his team was involved in an explosion in which he was the only survivor. It’s made adjusting to life as a civilian very difficult and though he’s trying to get help, the nightmares and panic attacks are still hindering his life. Then you have Zoe York who is dealing with a loss of her own; her twin sister was killed in a car accident and coping with the loss has been nearly impossible for her. Though it takes a while for Zoe to realize that Gavin is serious in his pursuit of her, once they get together things progress quickly and the two become inseparable.

I love how Zoe and Gavin heal one another from the pain of their losses, it makes for a great page turner! I also absolutely love the Donnigan prank wars that go down – they’re laugh-out-loud funny and I hope they continue throughout the series.

Also Available in The Donnigans Series

Book 1
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For reviews & more info, check out our A Sure Thing post.

Caffeine addict, boy referee, and romance aficionado, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Marie Harte has over 100 books published with more constantly on the way. She’s a confessed bibliophile and devotee of action movies. Whether hiking in Central Oregon, biking around town, or hanging at the local tea shop, she’s constantly plotting to give everyone a happily ever after. Visit Marie's website and fall in love.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Just the Thing (The Donnigans #2) by Marie Harte to read and review.

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