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Take a Chance on Me Mass Market Paperback – Aug 18 2003

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks (Aug. 18 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312983751
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312983758
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.4 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,068,976 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
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“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

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I just don't understand what all the hoopla is about this novel. I'm an avid romance novel reader, and I could barely get through this one (in fact, I didn't finish it). I like a romance novel that at least gives us a SEMBLANCE of reality (even if we know it's not real). In this novel, a great looking, sexy, nice guy falls in love almost instantly with an all-American woman. The hero's reactions to the heroine upon their initial meetings are more like a teenager's than a grown man who has had his share of women. It just makes no sense. Besides this, every touch between these two was overly dramatized. She'd brush her hand against his by accident, and the author would wax poetic about it for a paragraph or two. After a while, this became annoying and just plain silly.
Another reviewer compared this novelist to Jennifer Crusie. I would strongly DISagree. Jennifer Crusie's novels are original and witty; she really makes you believe in the relationship she's writing about. This novel was corny, sappy, and unrealistic. I wouldn't recommend it.
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I tend to stay away from books where a pet is featured as a main character (or even worse, a co-detective!) but I had read Susan Donovan's earlier book on a whim and loved it, so I decided to "take a chance" on this one. A wise decision on my part. This was just such a fun and romantic book, it has definitely made Susan Donovan one of my favorite authors. A previous reviewer made a comparison to Jennifer Crusie, and I would say that if you like Crusie's work (which I do) you'll enjoy this book.
Once again, Ms. Donovan has managed to create well-rounded primary and secondary characters who are really interesting and who have real-life concerns and problems. The push-pull of the relationship between the hero and heroine seemed both realistic and romantic, the subplot concerning her "daughter" was well done, and she has a deft hand with comedy. The murder mystery, while no suprise to the reader, was a neat way of tying various plot threads together. And I even wound up liking the dog in the story, since the author gave us insights to his thoughts and made him a character in his own right (how can you not like a tiny dog who refers to his owner as "Big Alpha"?).
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Last year I read Donovan's "Knock Me Off My Feet," and really enjoyed it a great deal. I didn't learn that it was her first book until afterwards, and then I was even more impressed! So it was with great anticipation that I greeted the arrival of "Take a Chance on Me" at the bookstore. And whoah, was my anticipation justified! "Take" is a great contemporary romance, with wonderful secondary characters, a dog you just want to take home yourself, and a well-paced romance between characters you can really love.
I must admit it took me a few minutes to get into "Take," but once I did, I enjoyed it thoroughly. That's not to say that it's a perfect book... Donovan still does a much better job with characters and relationship development than she does with the whole "suspense/mystery" element. Some of the book's "coincidences" are a bit too much to be believed, and the romantic development was so well-crafted that sometimes the whole suspense plot seemed tacked-on. Not only that, but Donovan moves between Thomas' and Emma's voices a great deal, which can be confusing. I wish the people laying out the book had put a bit of whitespace in whenever she switched, because it took my brain awhile to catch on.
Still, if you're into contemporary romances, especially ones with a sense of humor, you'll definitely want to "Take a Chance on Me." (Bad pun, but I couldn't resist!)
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Susan Dononvan has offically been added to my must read list!!!! This author without a doubt writes fast paced, funny, sexy stories.
In this off beat romance you have two people that have experienced pain by their significant other and as a result, Emma and Thomas are not prepared for the electrical connection that they both feel at their first meeting. Try as the might they just can't fight off their attraction and when they finally get together it is beyond explosive!!!
The characterization is great. Thomas is big, bad, and blonde and has become the owner of what he considers the to be a mutant of a dog (he's a Chinese Crested) and on top of that his new pet has a bladder problem and has to wear a sports sock with a maxi pad! As if this is not enough Thomas trusts no one. He works as an undercover hitman and he has seen the worst that humanity has to offer. No one is good at heart, at least that's what he thinks until he meets Emma. Emma's Hairy's behavioral vet and seems to be the only bright side of the whole mess!
Emma on the other hand knows trouble when it walks in the door and trouble with a capital T has just walked into her office. There is no way that this guy could be not only eye candy, but a good person to boot. He looks to hard and unmoving and he has a thing for Rugby that she just dosen't understand. That is until she sees him in action. But can she trust him with her heart...
This was a great book with wonderful'll love Hairy and you will find yourself not being able to put this book down. Ms. Donovan is a great talent and I now buy books simply because her name is on the cover! You really need to add this book to your must read list if you like romance, laughs and fast paced story telling!
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