New Release Review: A Sure Thing by Marie Harte

a-sure-thingA Sure Thing by Marie Harte
Series: The Donnigans #1

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 1, 2016
ARC provided by Sourcebooks Casablanca via Netgalley

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.

D.G.’s Rating: 3 stars = B-

A Sure Thing was just…OK. Although I really liked the cocky hero and his family, the heroine left me cold with all her psychobabble. In general, I don’t have objections to main characters from particular professions but I think “therapist MC” will become a no-no for me.

Ava is in her 30s so according to her 5-year life plan or whatever, she should be getting married. She starts dating and has a very particular set of characteristics of the man she’s looking for, including size. You see, the guy has to be only slightly taller than her and no more (**rolls eyes**). She meets Landon at the gym and him being a very tall ex-Marine with muscles up to his eyebrows, he’s an obvious no even though they have a serious chemistry. Landon “steamroller” Donnigan doesn’t take no for an answer and soon enough they’re dating.

That’s her only objection to the relationship. “You’re too big and muscly!” Could you believe this woman? You would think that a therapist who loves to psychoanalyze everybody would understand that looks is not the most important thing in a person – I mean, would she advise a client not to date somebody who they really like because they don’t conform to the looks they thought they wanted?

The best part of the story was Landon and his family. They were so real! In romance, we tend to get extremes with regards to family: the horrible family or the perfect family. This was neither! Yes, they are very close but each of the parents get along better with some of their kids than others, there were pranks, trash-talking and best of all, the type A-hero is actually a mirror image of his mother! When was the last time you read that in romance?

Even though I wasn’t crazy about the romance here, I liked the family dynamics so much that I’ll give the next book in the series a chance.

Rating: 3 Stars

Thanks to Sourcebooks Casablanca and Netgalley for providing a review copy of this book.

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