Monday, November 17, 2014

ARC REVIEW: Chasing the Runaway Bride (The Donovan Brothers #2) by Susan Meier

Title/Series: Chasing the Runaway Bride | The Donovan Brothers #2
Author: Susan Meier
Publisher: Entangled Bliss
Published: November 17th 2014
Format: eARC | Pages: 265
Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Source: Entangled Publishing
★★★ (3/5) Stars!

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From cold feet to hot-blooded… 

Former Marine and current rancher Cade Donovan left his hometown looking for a fresh start. But then Cade inherits the grocery store that his grandfather won from the O’Riley family in a poker game more than thirty years ago. The same store that caused a bitter feud between the two families. And worse still, Cade has to return home to confront his past—and share his inheritance with the enemy…the all-grown-up and sinfully tempting Piper O’Riley.

After ditching two fiancés at the altar, Piper has a reputation for being the town’s runaway bride. The irony is, Piper is woefully inexperienced when it comes to real, true physical attraction. And working with Cade is torture. The kind that can keep a girl up all night imagining naughty, delicious things. Things that Cade is more than happy to show her…

It’s all fun and sexy games…until the truth of why Cade left town comes out.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. In no way did this sway either my review or my rating!

This book had all the right ingredients for a really fun read. You have a small town, a decades old rivalry between two families that's divided the previously mentioned small town, a girl who's run off from her previous two fiancés before even finishing her walk down the aisle, and a cowboy who has a history of running of his own. Yep this book has fun written all over it! Did I mention the cowboy thing? Just checking...

I love watching two people who can't stand each other fall head over heels in love. All of the bickering and eventually trying to fight off the realization that they're attracted to one another. The denials, the eventual heated kisses, the "what are we thinking?! This can't happen!" Ahh it's so much fun. In this case it's got so much more to it because entire families and even the whole town basically have a line drawn and taken sides for the past 30 years.

There was a lot of humor in Chasing the Runaway Bride and I found myself grinning and giggling on more than one occasion. There was also quite a bit of frustration as well. When you have a rift that's hanging over all those heads for more than 30 years there's bound to be some very opinionated people and in a small town where secrets are hard to keep and rumors spread like wildfire, some of the people really had me ticked off with how hurtful they could be.

The characters were very likable. Piper was sweet, determined and logical. She was so endearingly innocent, for lack of a better word. And man oh man, does she fight her attraction to Cade with a vengeance. As if she stood a chance. Did I mention that Cade is a cowboy? With the Stetson and the darlin's to back it up too. Having not read the first book in this series yet, learning Cade's family history was quite sad. He has a lot to work through that becomes a secondary obstacle to their happily ever after but he's definitely swoon worthy and he can darlin' me any day of the week!

So overall I enjoyed this book and I will more than likely, hopefully sooner rather than later, be getting the first book and read Finn's story. He was pretty funny from what I could tell so it should be entertaining! And eventually even Devon's story who seemed more on the serious side. These Donovan boys definitely have me intrigued!

Thanks Entangled for giving me a copy of this book to read and review!

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