Friday, September 8, 2017

Just the Thing (The Donnigans #2) by Marie Harte


Gavin Donnigan left the Marine Corps a shell of a man, hounded by guilt for deaths he couldn't prevent. But teaching a self-defense class at the local gym brings some stability to his life―along with a gorgeous leggy woman who won't give him the time of day.

Zoe York lost her twin sister to a freak car accident a few months ago. She's been struggling to bury her grief, but it isn't until she signs up for a self-defense class with its distractingly hot instructor that she begins to come out of her shell again. With the memory of her sister telling her to live a little, Zoe decides a fling with buns-of-steel Gavin Donnigan might be just the thing.

Soon they're sparring both in and out of the gym. And for the first time in a long time, each is looking forward to tomorrow.

 Just The Thing is the second book in The Donnigan's Series. If you have previously read Marie Harte's The McCauley Brothers Series, then you will recognize the name as the McCauley's cousins with which they often compete. This book focuses on Gavin Donnigan, which I was really excited about. He's always able to make me smile with his goofiness and charm. He is definitely more than meets the eyes though. Behind those muscles and fun-loving humor, Gavin has some very serious things he's dealing with after being medically discharged from the military. 

In the previous book that focused more on his brother Landon, we saw Gavin falling apart a bit and I was glad that he took Ava's advice and was now seeing a Dr. to help him deal with his PTSD and survivor's guilt. His work at the gym also seems to help him deal with these things. When he is flirting with the feisty girl at the gym and trying to snag a date I couldn't help but smile. I was happy though that Zoe finally came around to giving him a chance. 

They definitely have great chemistry and I liked that they were able to understand each other's grief and help each other to heal. They also have similar a sense of humor, which I thought was wonderful. When Gavin got Zoe involved in the family prank wars... HILARIOUS! That balance of the fun banter and budding romance, with the emotions and heartbreak of the characters loss, made this book a realistic and captivating read. Harte's writing is so genuine and satisfying.

 I can't wait to read the next one! I'm not yet sure if I am hoping it is about Theo (the youngest brother) or Hope (the sister). This book can be read as a standalone if you so wish. 

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. April

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