About the book:
Their competition has never been so irresistible
The last person Ellie McDermott wanted to run into after returning to her hometown is Finn Donovan, her high school nemesis and the guy she crossed the line from enemies to lovers with one night years ago. Now ex-military, tattooed, and still sexy as hell, Finn is a complication Ellie doesn’t need—she needs to concentrate on saving her family business.
Finn’s entire life, Ellie was there, going head-to-head with him in every class, bee, and test. So it’s no surprise she’d show up just as he was about to take over her father’s struggling business. It is a surprise, though, that his attraction to her is even more explosive than it had been. Acting on their attraction is one thing, but Finn has to turn a profit to save his own family, and nothing—not even love—will get in his way.
My Review: 5 stars
What a fabulous book Susan wrote. I loved that Finn and his brothers were all ex-Marines. Something about a guy who's willing to die for his country that's sexy as hell. Doesn't hurt that he's easy on the eyes too. Ellie has spent the last 9 years trying to forget Finn and not quite succeeding. Ellie is back in town to take care of her dad and run the family business, which just happens to be in Finn's competitor. So not only were they in competition back in the day, but now they're in competition for business, and there's only room for one to succeed in their small town. Along the way, something happens between the two of them. They realize they can't keep their hands off each other, their attraction is magnetizing. They just feel better when the other is around. They complete each other, in the best way. The only problem is that it is only supposed to be for fun, no serious feelings. But what happens when one realizes they're in love with the other? There are many things that happen almost all in a row, and it's a bit overwhelming. Made me cry and sad. I will say that I loved the way this book ended. Susan definitely gets credit for creativity in this book. I loved the characters - all of them, well, except for Finn's dad. He was an ass. Everyone else was great. The story line moves along nicely and there is always something going on.
A one-time legal secretary and director of a charitable foundation, Susan Meier found her own personal ‘bliss’ when she became a full-time novelist. She’s visited ski lodges and candy factories for “research” and works in her pajamas.
But the real joy of her job is creating stories about women for women. In her sixty published novels, she’s tackled issues like infertility, losing a child and becoming widowed. Her favorite stories are those that inspire laughter through tears.
Susan lives in western Pennsylvania with her own hero, their son and two fabulous felines, Sophia Maria Lolita Conchita Chiquita Banana and Fluffy.