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  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; Reprint edition (26 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380819171
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380819171
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.3 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 643,337 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Bright, smart, sexy, thoroughly entertaining.” (Jayne Ann Krentz)

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New York Times bestselling author Susan Andersen lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband of a really long time and their kitty boys, Boo and Mojo.


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THE WAIL OF COUNTRY MUSIC AND THE BAR'S SMOKY, beery smell hit Veronica Davis like a smack upside the head the moment she pushed through the Baker Street Honky Tonk's door. Read the first page
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Aug. 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Head Over Heels is an interesting change of pace from many romance stories because of its treatment of small town USA as seen by the working class. After escapng her hometown, and the tavern owned by her family, Veronica is forced to return to care for the daughter of her murdered sister. Andersen believably explores the ambiguous feelings of Veronica toward her past and her family. And the gritty dialogue between the characters is also believable, although a jolt from most of the books centering around the wealthy, powerful and glamourous. The plot is no worse than many, and the book is worth reading for the descriptions of small town society, especially for those ready for a change from CEO's, media stars, and aristocrats. Similar themes and characters are found in Crazy for You by Jennifer Crusie.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Feb. 2002
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Veronica Davis' sister has been murdered. Allegedly by Davis' brother-in-law. Veronica thus finds herself back in the hometown she swore she'd never return to, as surregate mother to her abandoned niece, running a bar with the gruff but unbelievably sexy 'Coop' Blackstock, in short living a life that brings back bad, bad memories.
This novel just doesn't get off the ground. It's weighed down with a seriously improbable plot, and for me, two extremely irritating central characters. I found Veronica's unbearable snobery and Cooper's utter destain of women, distastful in the extreme and although reasons and justifications are provided their illogical and immature behaviour was far from endearing. I had to keep skipping paragraphs to avoid becoming too irritated to finish the book. At one point, angered by the Cooper, Veronica immediately takes steps to uproot her bewildered and traumatised niece which translates, given the circumstances as both impulsive and selfish. Andersen does create endearing child characters and maybe if we'd have seen a little more of them, we would have forgiven the adult's childish behaviour.
The theme of the man that's been burnt and won't let himself love again and the woman that will do anything to protect her child, was done well in Andersen's "Exposure" and even better by Jennifer Crusie in "Welcome to Temptation". Read either of those or Ms Andersen's "Obsession" that has similar themes examined in a much more skillful way. There is still Ms Andersen's characteristic hot sex but that is not enough to make this anything more than an average read.
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By Lena platt on 18 July 2013
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i have read several Susan Andersen books and in general have enjoyed them.this book is what i would term an 'easy read'.the plot is not too complex as to be one of those books you have to immerse yourself into to follow what is going on.if your looking for a complex suspense romance that is action packed,then i don't think this would be for you.however,if your looking for an easy read,with a good sound plot and likable characters,then i recommend you give this a go.its not necessarily the authors best book,but it does make for an enjoyable read.
this book is the first in Andersen's 'Marine' series, the following book being 'getting lucky' (Zach's story-who we have briefly meet in this book).
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By Sian Louise VINE VOICE on 13 Jun. 2007
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This was my first Susan Andersen book and I quite enjoyed it.

It was fast paced and got into it fairly quickly.

I liked the characters of both Coop and Veronica and their insecurities etc were very well written because most a lot of ppl can probably relate to them.

I will definately be keeping this book on my bookcase.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
Enjoyable Beginning of a Trilogy 13 Jan. 2002
By Mayfayre - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
An enjoyable introduction to what looks to be a welcome trilogy about three former Marine buddies. This one takes place in Fossil Washington, and concerns the murder of Crystal Davis, the owner of the Baker Street Honky Tonk, her late father's tavern. The whodunnit itself wasn't that complex, since the reader is quickly able to eliminate most of the possible suspects, but it serves to provide the framework for the meeting between Crystal's sister, Veronica Davis who is a restoration specialist, and Cooper Blackstock, an ex-Marine of mysterious means and also the man hired to run the tavern. Their working relationship and developing romance is the main focus of the story.
Veronica and Cooper are both running from their past, yet both wind up in the town where they've been hurt the most. Each has unresolved issues with their deceased parents, issues which molded both of them and which also serve as a stumbling block to their growing attraction to one another. There is also the complication of Crystal's young daughter Lizzy - she's now motherless, her father has been charged with the murder, and now he's jumped bail. Adding to all that is the fact that Veronica now has to deal with settling Crystal's affairs, providing a stable homelife for her niece, and temporarily help out waitressing at the tavern (putting her in close proximity to Cooper, but also bringing back unpleasant memories of her teenage years). To make matters worse, Lizzy's father, Eddie Chapman, is also Cooper's half-brother, a fact which he has omitted telling Veronica. There is also a nicely done secondary romance between Veronica's best friend Marissa, a widowed mother of three, and a local businessman named Kody, who is afraid to commit.
This story was a bit more serious in tone than some of Ms. Andersen's other books due to the issues raised, but it still contains her excellent dialogue, amusing scenes, and fine character development. Unlike some authors, all of her main characters seem real, their behaviors true. They don't make the reader cringe in disbelief. The children in the story are real children, not discardable plot devices, but kids you could easily take to your heart. The relationship between Veronica and Coop flashed nicely, both in language and deed. Needless to say, both are good looking, smart and sexy, with strong independent streaks. I'd say this book is a keeper.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
First in the 'Men of the Marines' Series! 4 1/2 Stars!!!! 19 Sept. 2002
By Tracy Talley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Head over heels for this book is almost what sums this up! I loved it! Lots of funny scenes to keep you laughing and Ms. Andersen's trademark wit.
Veronica Davis is from Fossil, Washington, but you wouldn't know it by what she says and how she acts. She owns a nice condo in Seattle and has a thriving business that takes her around the world, for example, to Scotland for a year.
Being forced to go home again, Fossil, not Seattle; Veronica is miserable and dreading it. She worked so hard over the years to forget the small town that drove her nuts in her adolecent years when she was forced to be a waitress at her father's saloon. Now however extenuating circumstances has made her come back to tie up loose ends and sell the dreadful saloon. Once the deed was done, she'd flee the town once and for all...what she doesn't expect is to find it being run by ex-Special forces Marine Cooper Blackstock...a little too sexy and hotblooded for her at the moment, but Cooper had ideas about defrosting her blood to match his!
Cooper is undercover and is pretending to be a bartender. Hard to swallow? Not in this case. He looks the part and acts the part, so much so that Veronica really thinks he is a drifter/bartender with no goals, great, just what she needs to complicate her life right?
Things get hairy between these two as a murder investigation makes it rounds and who-dun-it becomes commonplace in a town with one main road and alot of nosey people. Death threats ensue along with too many dangerous secrets the bartender is keeping. Good thing Cooper is there to catch her if she falls...head over heels that is...Veronica just might find Fossil interesting afterall.
This is the first in her new series and was wonderful!!! I am looking forward to her newest installment or ANYTHING by her!!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
READ IT AND DECIDE FOR YOURSELF! 17 Jan. 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Judith, Judith, Judith. . .HEAD OVER HEELS is not the worst book SA has written. OBSESSED is the worst book she's ever written. HEAD OVER HEELS is great. You have our hero - who granted is a little different from her former heroes - but not nearly as bad as Judith's review indicates. Of course we have to have him resisting his attraction to our heroine (and she got in her verbal licks, too!), that's what makes the sexual tension heat up. This is a smart, sexy story. A good mystery which is not in your face obvious, and best of all - no psycho/rapist/serial killer!!! Let's face it! There are a lot of books out there with that plot and authors who keep reusing it. At least SA varies her plots and the characteristics and personalities of her main characters. If you want the same old thing time after time, read Jayne Ann Krentz (no, that's not a compliment). For another GREAT, SEXY read - try LONE RIDER by LAUREN BACH. I recommend this book in just about all my reviews, but it's a KEEPER and you'll thank me for the recommendation. HEAD OVER HEELS is a keeper, too. Can't wait for SA's next book.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Entertaining! 23 Feb. 2006
By S. E. Hanson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
I enjoyed this novel. The interaction between the characters was believeable and humorous. The murder sub-plot was interesting, too. I had no idea who killed Crystal until the end. I look forward to reading more Susan Andersen books.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
One of the Best Books of 2002! 27 Dec. 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Susan Andersen has an incredible talent for creating multi-dimensional, likable characters, a skill beautifully showcased in Head Over Heels. Even secondary characters have a richness to them that draws a reader deeper into the story.
Ronnie and Coop have pasts that reverberate in their behavior now. Each of them is forced to deal with their issues and work toward overcoming them as the story progresses and their relationship moves forward. Their actions and reactions are always true to who they are and always believable.
I've read all of Andersen's books now and I'd have to say this is definitely among her best. If you like a story with characters that feel real, Head Over Heels is a good choice.
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