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Not That Kind of Girl Mass Market Paperback – 3 Jan 2011

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1 edition (3 Jan. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031236606X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312366063
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.4 x 17.1 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 794,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A cute, funny, and sexy tale from beginning to end, THE NIGHT SHE GOT LUCKY is one I highly recommend. The characters are engaging and the dialogue snappy." --"Romance Reviews Today" on "The Night She Got Lucky""" "Donovan whips up a fine frappe of romantic comedy and suspense."--"Publishers Weekly" on "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" "A delightful new series."--"RT BOOKreviews "on "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" "This is a terrific book and one that fans of Ms. Donovan, and new readers of first-class romantic comedies, don't want to miss."--"RTR Reviews" on "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" """"

About the Author

Susan Donovan's novels are witty, sexy, and entertaining--"brain candy for smart women," as she puts it. Her books include "The Night She Got Lucky" and "Ain't Too Proud to Beg." Susan is a former newspaper journalist with degrees from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and has worked as a reporter in Chicago, Albuquerque, and Indianapolis. Her other jobs have included fine arts fundraiser, freelance journalist, painted furniture artist, horse stall mucker, proposal writer, and aide to a U.S. Senator. Susan lives in rural Maryland with her family and dogs.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Time for a stand alone novel by Donovan 16 Dec. 2010
By Tracy Vest - Published on
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Roxie Bloom is the mistress if a website dedicated to the hatred of men. When her ex bursts in on her and her already skittish dogs attacks him, she suddenly has to defend herself in a vicious dog trial. Making matters worse, her ex, Raymond is an attorney used to getting is way and he wants Lillith put down permanently. Enter Eli Gallagher, known as the "Dog Whisperer." He has a reputation for being able to train any dog into submission as their pack leader. He is in the SF Bay Area to locate his birth father and reunite with old friends (featured in the pervious novels "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" and "The Night She Got Lucky"). Roxie is skittish and her nervousness rubs off on Lillith with negative results. As Roxie lets her guard down and learns how to relax and be a better pack leader, she falls for the charms of Eli, particularly after they spend quality time together on his ranch in Utah. There is even a romance for jaded Bea.

This marks the end of a trilogy by Donovan featuring a foursome of former writers from a folding newspaper who've given up on romance. I thought that this novel started out strong - I loved the tension and build up between Eli and Roxie. But it seemed like once they headed to Utah, the story changed and became too sappy. And the haiku drama that unfolds at the end is pretty predictable. Although somewhat enjoyable, it just does not compare to her earlier stand alone works. Series romances can be entertaining, but when they are separated by such a long publish date, it is difficult to keep up with the revolving door of characters, and the author's choice to summarize the previous novels for readers who may not have read the first two, just makes the storyline all the more clunky. I am definitely looking for Donovan's next stand alone novel.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
charming canine contemporary 4 Dec. 2010
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In San Francisco Roxanne Bloom vows no more men in her life after her latest failed relationship. Her pit-bull-Boxer Lilith agrees with her assessment of the male of either of their species and has no problem displaying her canine rage at human men especially. This time Lilith attacks Roxanne's former boyfriend so the dog is in danger of being put down.

Meanwhile matchmaking Mrs. Needleman believes that Roxie and dog trainer Eli Gallagher belongs together as they both cherish canines. Eli who plans to go home to Utah is in town temporarily as he searches for his biological father. He persuades Roxie and Lilith to come with him to Utah where he will work on the behavior of the latter and hopes to heal the human female misanthrope. As the pair fall in love, they return to the Bay, but soon secrets surface that could end their relationship that has just begun to gel.

The latest doggy romance (see The Night She Got Lucky, Ain't Too Proud to Beg and Take a Chance On Me) is a charming canine contemporary romance. The prime story line is fast-paced and zany though a bit over the top of Nob Hill as the lead "triangle" (don't tell Lilith anything otherwise) confront a vile villain. Although a secondary subplot seems too quickly resolved, fans will enjoy Susan Donavan's wonderful Not That Kind of Girl as we wonder if the title refers to Lilith or Roxie (or both).

Harriet Klausner
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Not What I Expected 10 Oct. 2011
By Cybercliper - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This was my first reading experience with Susan Donovan. The blurb made the book sound like a woman, after having been repeatedly hurt, was regaining control and moving forward with her life. What I got was a person who accepted no responsibility for her own happiness and fell for the next guy that came along. Lucky for her he turned out to be our hero.

Heroine Roxanne Bloom is angry and distrusting. She has "daddy" issues and SHE has made poor choices in boy friends right down to her latest father figure lover, 30 year her senior ex - Raymond Sandberg. The whole character tone indicated she was a strong, intelligent woman that required "a strong man to handle that (Eli's words)" but her internal dialogue and actions show a 29 year old self-centered, vindictive teenager. She does nothing substantive to indicate otherwise. She's snarly, insulting, and how does she make a living? - creates a mean-spirited blog that demeans men including the sale of products that do the same.

Hero Eli Gallagher is a canine behavioral consult or Dog Whisperer with "daddy" issues of his own. Upon the death of his father, Eli discovers he was adopted. After confronting his mother he finds out her college experience at Berkley was spent on drugs, booze, and her back - she doesn't know who his father is. Thus starts Eli's quest to find his biological father. Eli is calm and cool in his professional and personal life. The previous women in his life leave because they couldn't handle his intensity when he "lets go" emotionally or in the bedroom. Really! There was nothing to back this up. Donovan made it sound like cuffs and whips were on the way but the bedroom scenes were tame. All we get is Eli shouting repeatedly into Roxanne's ear "YOU"RE MINE". Maybe the previous women were just trying to preserve their hearing.

Romance - Eli uses his Dog Whispering behavior modifiers on Roxanne and she rolls like any sycophant and goes on a road trip with a man she admittedly doesn't know and tumbles into his bed. She finally smartens up enough to realize he was using his training on HER and her dog acting as their "pack alpha". She says she should be angry but she's not. Her response - "I feel happy. I feel strong. I feel more powerful now than ever." You can all but hear the echo of "because a man has taken control of me and my life." OMG!!

Plot - The whole story built upon Roxanne's dog Lilith attacking and injuring her ex - Raymond whose been ticked off by her blog and wants to get even. The villainous Raymond is painted as a powerful, aging letch just shy of rapist. A hearing is scheduled to decide Lilith's fate and during this get together with all the players in place, Eli gains new information on his parentage which set off my "ick" reflex and sends Roxanne into a panic.

The ending was predictable with Lilith's freedom, Roxanne turning away from Eli, his chasing after her, undying love proclaimed with the cry of newly born babies serving as background music, and a wedding featuring dogs wearing black tie.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Bizarre twist at the end ruined it for me 15 Mar. 2011
By Bobgirl - Published on
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While I mostly very much enjoyed this story (and the whole series), the weird twist at the very end was so shocking and distasteful that I cringed through the rest of the book. The only reason I can think that the author threw in such a plot point is to create the most challenging circumstances for the two lovers to overcome. Was this really necessary? I think not.

I do, however, admire Ms. Donovan's style, which is to write true and wonderful men, without an ulterior motive or nefarious background. They are who they say they are are we fall in love with them along with the ladies.

This could have been a great book; however, it falls far short because of the unbelievable (literally and figuratively) ending. Boo.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Simply The Best 17 Jan. 2011
By Judy - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Susan Donovan pens another delightful story in Not That Kind Of Girl.

Roxanne Bloom has had enough of the male species. Her last break up shook her to her very core and caused her to devote every spare moment to her man hating website and blog. Roxie's anger towards all things male has even spilled over to her beloved dog Lilith. When Roxie is attached in her own home, Lilith comes to her rescue but its Lilith whose life becomes in danger. Roxie turns to Eli Gallagher a well know dog whisperer to help save Lilith.

Eli Gallagher knew Roxie and her man hating dog would be his biggest challenge to date. He is not sure which of the two is going to be harder to crack. Eli has always felt a special pull towards Roxie ever since their first meeting. He tried to keep his distance but when Roxie needs his help he drops everything to be by her side.

The more these two get to know each other the more they realize they may have something special. Its going to take all the whispering in Eli's heart to break down the wall surrounding Roxie's heart.

Not That Kind Of Girl is funny, sexy and a gem from page one. You will fall in love with these two characters and want them to get their happy ever after. Revisiting past friends in this series is an added sweet treat. You will hate to put this book down once you start. Susan Donovan writes such funny and sexy stories.
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