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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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).
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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