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Take a Chance on Me [Mass Market Paperback]

Susan Donovan
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Book Description

Aug. 18 2003
They've Got Nothing In Common...
For animal behaviorist Emma Jenkins, romance has been at the bottom of her daily "to do" list since making it through a messy divorce. But everything changes the day six-feet-of-gorgeous Thomas Tobin walks into her office with a quivering Chinese Crested named Hairy, a canine that looks more like an underfed rodent than a dog. Sure Thomas is sending her mixed signals-but that charming smile just sent Emma's dormant sex drive through the roof...

But Animal Attraction-
Thomas isn't looking for a fling. In fact, he wants nothing to do with women. He just wants to know if Hairy witnessed his owner's murder. But something tells him that asking Emma to help him with the case will spell nothing but trouble-trouble in the form of serious temptation.

And the Willingness To Take A Chance On Love
Thomas knows that relying on Emma's expertise-and her soft touch with a weird dog that has somehow become his-may be a crazy way to track a killer. Especially when Emma's down-home warmth makes him want to believe that anything is possible-even true love.

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Donovan (Knock Me Off My Feet, etc.) returns with a frisky caper centered around a tiny hairless dog known as a Chinese Crested. Thomas Tobin-an undercover investigator of paid "hits"-discovers little Hairy trembling near the body of a key informant. Feeling responsible for the man's death, the usually cynical Thomas takes Hairy home, then consults animal behaviorist Emma Jenkins to help fix the dog's decidedly weird behavior. Emma responds immediately to Thomas's blinding sex appeal, but her recent divorce and her adoption of her best friend's orphaned daughter leave her with little energy for romance. Despite painful baggage of his own, Thomas is less ambivalent. The discovery that Hairy may hold a clue to the murder gives him an excuse to hire Emma again. Meanwhile, Emma's shady ex-husband Aaron-the murderer Thomas is seeking-re-enters their lives in a dramatic way. The early revelation of Aaron's guilt undercuts the suspense, but the book's comic sharpness picks up the slack. The humorous interactions among Thomas, Emma and Emma's quirky family give the book a golden warmth as earthy as its rural Maryland setting. But there are also enough explicit erotic interludes to please readers who like their romances spicy.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Review

"Donovan's blend of romance and mystery is thrilling." --Booklist

"Hilarious...full of sass and sizzle." -Julie Ortolon, USA Today bestselling author

"Fun, fast and sexy."--Lori Foster, USA Today bestselling author on Knock Me Off My Feet

"If ever there was a hysterically funny pairing, Thomas and Hairy are it. As in her previous book, author Susan Donovan laces sexy and sizzling fun with humor. A real treat!" ---RT Bookclub magazine (4 1/2 stars)

"Susan Donovan is an absolute riot. . .[The characters] literally pull your emotions into the story. . .Do NOT pass this one up." ---Romance Junkie Review

"Ms. Donovan blends humor and compassion in this opposites attract story. . .Delightfully entertaining, TAKE A CHANCE ON ME is a guaranteed good time." ---Old Book Barn Gazette

"Susan Donovan has created a vastly entertaining romance in her latest book. . .All the right ingredients are there, and Ms. Donovan has charmingly dished up an absolutely fast, fun and sexy read!" --- The Road to Romance


"If ever there was a hysterically funny pairing, Thomas and Hairy are it....Donovan laces sexy and sizzling fun with humor." (RT Bookclub magazine (4 1/2 stars))

"Donovan's blend of romance and mystery is thrilling." (Booklist)

"Hilarious...full of sass and sizzle." (Julie Ortolon, bestselling author USA Today)

"Fun, fast and sexy." (Lori Foster, bestselling author on Knock Me Off My Feet USA Today)

"Susan Donovan is an absolute riot. . .[The characters] literally pull your emotions into the story. . .Do NOT pass this one up." (Romance Junkie Review)

"Donovan blends humor and compassion in this opposites attract story. . .Delightfully entertaining, TAKE A CHANCE is a guaranteed good time." (Old Book Barn Gazette)

"...Donovan has created a vastly entertaining romance...All the right ingredients...absolutely fast, fun and sexy read!" (The Road to Romance)

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4.0 out of 5 stars had my doubts, but... June 17 2004
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
i really enjoyed this one! yes there were a few too many cliches in the way things and people were described at times, but the sexy, fast paced style really made up for it. this was a lot of fun, especially the stuff with hairy the chinese crested. part of this might be that i'm a dog lover and i have three little cute dogs myself :) i definitely recommend this book, not for a thought-provoking read but definitely for a lighthearted sexy fun one!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I Think Donovan Will Only Get Better.... May 15 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"Take a Chance on Me" by Susan Donovan is actually the story of three individuals and one dog who open their hearts and find the courage to risk falling in love again. It primarily features Emma Jenkins - an animal behavorist, and Thomas Tobin - (a.k.a. "RobotBoy")an attorney with the Baltimore County task force. Emma has divorced her husband, who is also an animal behaviorist - after his grambling and womanizing have gone on too long. Thomas has been in an emotional vacuum since finding out that he is sterile and getting dumped.
When a bookie, who is one of Thomas's main informants, is bashed in with a blender, Thomas adopts his murdered snitch's dog "Hairy." He is a Chinese Crested (thank goodness they show his picture on the back cover!) and he is terrified. And yes, Hairy DOES steal the show in this book!
Likewise, Emma has adopted her best friend's daughter - LeeLee since her mother died in a car accident the previous year. LeeLee and Hairy are brilliant and in many ways - this is their story as well. For LeeLee and Hairy must learn to let go of their past lives and trust others enough to love them too.
Although I agree that it would have been wiser to not reveal the murderer so soon; this was still a very good book. There were perhaps a few too many steamy scenes and "RobotBoy" started to get on my nerves toward the end - but the ending really was pretty neat...especially the last sentence.
I truly believe that Susan Donovan will only get better....
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WOW! WOW! WOW! This is one of the BEST books I've ever read. I am simply speechless, I don't know what to say.
Take one veterinarian, one murder for hire detective, one orphan, and one ugly smart unbelievable dog, and you will get the read of a lifetime.
I simply can't express the enjoyment I got from this book. The story and the characters are marvelous, the plot was humerous, inspired, and delightful.
This is the kind of book you keep to read over and over. Emma, Thomas, LeeLee, and Hairy are unforgettable. I didn't want it to end. These people are real. YOu can really care about them.
From the first page to the last pure fun!!! Don't take my word, read some more reviews, then HURRY OUT TO GET THIS BOOK!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Starring a Six-Pound Chinese Crested April 22 2004
By HeyJudy
Format:Mass Market Paperback
No question but that the star of TAKE A CHANCE ON ME is "Hairy" the dog, a six-pound Chinese crested. The purported thoughts that author Susan Donovan puts into this tiny animal's head are hilarious.
The rest of the book is kind of strange, but it makes for easy reading. There are too many coincidences--no, it wouldn't be fair to give them away in a review--and the whole romance is too quick and too facile, even for a fairytale.
Still, Ms. Donovan writes well. The background detail that she provides on her hero and heroine is nicely done. The heroine is an animal behaviorist and the hero is an...well, mentioning his career would reveal too much, too soon, and doing this might spoil the story for other readers. It is obvious, however, that Ms. Donovan has done her homework on the two rather unique careers into which she's placed her main characters.
From the plot, it is equally obvious that Susan Donovan has a fertile imagination. Again, the Hairy subplot is fresh, funny and, yes, weird.
The sex scenes sizzle as well, putting this author in the same category as many better-known romance writers.
Ms. Donovan is an author to be watched.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I laughed, I Cried! April 21 2004
By Katrina
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the first book I've read from this author, and I have to say I found it to be a mixed bag. I really enjoyed Thomas and especially Hairy (who I think, stole the show). But sometimes the action left a bit to be believed. I think the author shouldn't have let on who the killer was so early, but I did thoroughly enjoy the story, and really liked the intense scenes between Thomas and Emma. I look forward to reading more of this author's work.
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2.0 out of 5 stars I can't believe I actually finished this April 8 2004
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I read an awful lot of romance novels and I can't believe I actually finished this one. Granted, it didn't take very long. Most of it was SO unrealistic (not even a hint of reality) that I found myself skipping whole pages/sections. Nothing new or exciting here.
I did enjoy Hairy - but that's about it. Perhaps the author has promise and I will try reading her again, but if this is the best she has to offer ...
There are dozens of other authors I would prefer.
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2.0 out of 5 stars NOT Worth The Chance!! March 6 2004
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I'm an avid reader of romance novels and I wasn't impressed with this one.
On the positive side, it looks like Ms. Donovan is a new author and I do see potential for improvement in future works. Hairy the dog, a 6 1/2 pound, hairless, Chinese Crested was quite funny. Plus, she did a good job of giving him "a voice" periodically. My actual rating would be 2 1/2 stars if this were possible, because of Hairy.
Despite the funny moments surrounding Hairy, the remainder of the book was way too unrealistic and events too coincidental. I don't expect a whole lot of realism in a romance novel, but this romance was just too cheesy. I found myself groaning aloud at phrases like "...great arcs of heat lightning shooting from the guy right into her ovaries", "He wanted to open her up like a new Wal-mart", and the term "whoop-ass" which is used more than once! Ugh!! By halfway through, I had to force myself to finish it. By the last few pages, I could care less what happened. I cannot recommend this book. Instead, for a great contemporary read, try Rachel Gibson, Jennifer Crusie or Susan Elizabeth Phillips.
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