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Head Over Heels (Marine #1)

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  2,525 ratings  ·  87 reviews
Who said, "you can't go home again"?

In Veronica Davis's case, who'd want to—especially when you hail from Fossil, Washington? But now she's back among the kooks and crazies, the small-time losers and the jerks who think she's fair game just because she's in a waitress uniform.

The truth is, Veronica's the boss—at least until she can sell the family saloon and skip town agai...more
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Published September 25th 2012 by Avon (first published January 1st 2002)
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Coop and Ronnie are so yummy together. Each stepping out of their comfort zones just for each other, so good.

When Veronica's sister is murdered, she comes back home to take care of her niece. Upon arriving she meets the new bartender at her family bar. Sparks fly, she dismisses them, and tries her hardest to stay the hell away from him. But, when the attraction becomes to much, she takes it on herself to satisfy the need and move on, or can she.

Coop comes back to clear his brother. Not letting...more
I was a little skeptical of this book. I love Susan Andersen and I thought the syopsis sounded promising, but after the first chapter, I was wary. Veronica Davis is someone who ran away from her life and her sister, only to return after her sister's death to take care of her niece. With her niece's father on the run--accused of murder--she is determined to tie up loose ends and get out of dodge ... again. But part of those loose ends include her family bar, bad memories, and the new bar manager...more
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Jane Stewart
2.5 stars. Overall the story didn’t grab me. I also had trouble with the heroine Ronnie.

I didn’t like her enough. She got mad at Coop too easily and too frequently. I didn’t care for the fight that separated them, described below. I enjoyed Coop, even though he was a little over-alpha. Because of the ways their parents treated them, both Ronnie and Coop had issues with trust and acceptance, which was the undercurrent for their conflicts. I’d recommend borrowing this rather than buying it.

STORY B...more
I think this book is a good example of how my taste had changed over the years. Head Over Heels is one of the first romances I remember reading after high school (when, honestly, I only read for the sex scenes and don't remember what I read). I thought this book was great and read it several times. When I found it at a UBS, I was pretty excited.

The novel held up okay. Not great, but okay. I still think the writing is fun, but I don't like it when the hero and heroine look at a character and thin...more
Feb 08, 2010 Amanda rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Amanda by: the last two in the series

I really enjoyed this book, I have actually read the 3rd and 4th already so its nice to see the beginning. I loved Coop he was sweet and him and Ronnie had the greatest I hate you no I love you banter. There were times it got a little hard to get through, not really sure what to point out but sometimes I really annoyed with Coop actually. I also enjoyed that Rissa and Kody got a HEA. The story gave a great break from Coop and Ronnie and made you love them all more cause you missed them while you...more
I really should create a "wtf-was-i-thinking" shelf for books that I constantly want to DNF, but don't. I disliked almost everything about this book, but I didn't stop reading it - I don't know why. I considered DNFing it every few pages.

Veronica is not an endearing character. She cares for her niece and is supposedly good at her job, a decent friend... and those are the only positive things I can say about her. Well, she has some witty banter moments, but that's not really a personality trait....more
I liked it, but it could have been something more.
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Veronica Davis sister Crystal has been murdered. She returns to Fossil, Washington to settle up Crystal assets, her house and bar The Tonk. She is also taking care of her niece Lizzy, Crystal's daughter. Lizzy's father Eddie Chapman has been accused of the murder. Before he could be arrested he did a runner.
Cooper Blackstock is manager of Tonk. He is Eddie's half brother. He is in Fossil to clear his brother. He is ex-Special Forces Marine. He is also best seller writer under name of James Lee C...more
Good book. I liked both Veronica and Cooper. Veronica has come back after her sister's murder to take care of her niece and take her back to Seattle with her. First she has to sell the bar and house. When she arrives, she meets Cooper who is working as the bartender. There is an immediate attraction between them, but there are other issues that are keeping them apart. Veronica left Fossil, swearing never to return and put up with the misery of working in the bar. But she has to fill in when a wa...more
This is the first book by this author that I've ever read, and I'm sorry to say that I wasn't impressed. I didn't really like her writing style. The humor was tasteless at times and the overall feel of the dialogue seemed rude and vulgar.

I really never bought in to the couple featured in this book. Veronica was a woman that I wanted to like, but just couldn't. I can't even put my finger on it exactly, but I just never got in to this story enough to care who killed her sister, whether or not the...more
Sara ♥
3.5 stars

I really liked Coop and Ronnie. They were pretty great. I thought their argument near the end of the book was kinda silly. (view spoiler)...more
Veronica Davis returns back to Fossil, Washington to raise her niece whose mother has been murdered. Veronica had never wanted to return and the last place she certainly wanted to be is the Tonk tavern she now fully owns. When she meets Cooper Blackstock, the bartender, she immediatly bristles from the dominating man who insists on calling her princess.

Cooper is prepared to dislike Veronica on the spot, knowing how her sister was he has no reason to give her the benefit of the doubt. Cooper is s...more
Veronica Davis is home to sale the family saloon as fast as she can. She is also in Fossil Washington after the murder of her sister to take care of her niece.
It looks like the ex-Special Forces Marine Cooper Blackstock who has taken over managing the saloon since her sister's death is doing a great job but he is also living in the attic which she could do without. The man makes her blood boil.
What she doesn't realize is Coop is investigating the murder of her sister in order to clear his broth...more
This was a light, easy read. The biggest annoyance I had with the book is Andersen kept referring to Coop as a soldier - and even had him referring to himself as one. Having married a Marine, I learned early on Marines don't really care to be referred to as soldiers. Soldier is the go-to generic word many use to talk about those who serve in our armed forces. That being said, you will never meet a Marine who refers to himself/herself as a soldier. In my opinion, if authors are going to have serv...more
This book was great. I've been reading several of her books lately and this one was up to par. I also liked Shadow Dance, Exposure, and Obsessed. The only negative I can come up with is that there seems to be a common theme in all her books I've read...The male character ALWAYS seems to have negative preconceived ideas about the female and is rude and nasty in the beginning of the book. Which of course leads to them having that love/hate relationship with a lot of unwanted attraction and tension...more
1.5 stars. Like other books by Susan Andersen, the plot was far-fetched, the villain one-dimensional, and the secondary romance overly intrusive. Normally I can ignore those flaws as long as the hero and heroine are engaging. Sadly that was not the case with this book. I never warmed up to Veronica or understood what made her tick. The hero Cooper was too alpha and his physical description brought to mind Guy Fiereti from The Food Network. Not appealing to me at all. They certainly had physical...more
Veronica is a character who really grows throughout the book. Veronica has a lot of bad memories of her home town but through the course of the book she gains a clearer perspective on the past, which was great.

But the reason she is home is that her trifling sister is murdered and she's left to care for her niece while trying to sell the bar that her sister ran. Then enter Cooper who is working the bar undercover to solve the murder of Veronica's sister because he knows the accused is innocent....more
Took me forever to get through. So far, Andersen's batting average with me is not very good, because although I started Bending the Rules, it just did not interest me and I ended up returning it to the library unread. I did really love the sequel to that though, Cutting Loose, which I gave 4.5 stars. I'll be checking out more books by her and I'm hoping to find more like Cutting Loose in her repertoire and less like this one . . .
Veronica Davis is back where she swore that she would never be. Only her niece, Lizzy, could bring her back to her home town of Fossil, Washington. After a month in Scotland, she finds out that her sister, Crystal has been murdered and the prime suspect is Eddie, Lizzy's dad. While in Fossil, Veronica plans of helping Lizzy cope with the craziness and selling the Crystal's bar, for Lizzy's inheritance. The only snag is her plan is turning out to be Cooper Blackstock, ex-Special Forces Marine and...more
jackie frye
Veronica (Ronnie) Davis returned to her home town when her sister, Crystal, was murdered. Ronnie was going to stay in town long enough to sale the family home and bar and put the proceeds in a trust account for her six year old niece, Lizzie. Then she was taking Lizzie Seattle with her. She did not plan to meet Cop the ex-marine who was tending bar and renting the attic at her house. Cop was in town to prove his half brother, Eddie, was not guilty of murdering his wife – Crystal. This book has s...more
Anita Fleming
I LOVE IT!! If I could have given it 10 stars, I would have. Ronnie and Cooper have both left Fossil, WA for good reasons. Now, they are both back because Ronnie's sister has been murdered and Coop's brother is the prime suspect. Oh, by the way, Coop doesn't tell Ronnie that he is Eddie's brother. Ronnie and Coop each have good reasons for staying away from each other. Yeah, like that is gonna happen. Both Ronnie and Coop have some baggage, but the book does not beat you over the head with it. T...more
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It was just pretty ho-hum until the very last chapter when the pace picked up. The murder mystery is very weak and wraps up at the final chapter with hardly a whimper. Coop annoyed me with his insistence on letting Veronica think he was a bum even after they declared their love and he proposed. Even though he came to his senses later, it left an uneasy and unpleasant feeling that the hero's going to be lugging that baggage with him into the marriage and left me unconvinced of an HEA.
Cooper and Veronica

Book was just ok. Some good scenes between H/h (if you know what I mean) but the overall plot was kind of dull. I found it incredibly annoying that Coop wouldn't just tell Veronica what he did for a living instead of making her take him how he was. That is just ridiculous. Nobody wants to hook up with a deadbeat and it had nothing to do with his mom never thinking he was good enough. That was just bunk.
Apr 03, 2008 Jessica rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: romance readers!
I really enjoyed this book. I related to the heroine, I lusted after the hero, and I was hooked in 'till the very end. Who could ask for anything more!?:)
Good romantic scenes and sexual tension.
Would have liked to have seen some explanation of the heroine's past experiences working in the family bar to the hero (rather than just the heroine's inner monologue vague comments). Thats my only complaint though.
Feb 24, 2008 Kathrynn rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Modern Romance
Nice, well-written, modern romance with characters that develop throughout. This book deals with...going home. Veronica left the town she grew up, the family-owned bar where she worked, and had her own successful career. Then she is forced to return. The two main characters bring sparks and sizzle to the storyline. This is no heroine that can't take care of herself!

My book has a bright yellow cover...
A fun tale about two people connected by their niece and a raw attraction, who find themselves falling for each other in spite of the fact that his brother is accused of killing her sister, and the neither one are interested in commitment. Oh, and they both have some serious hang-ups about their partner's expectations thanks to difficult childhood experiences. Of course, love conquers all.
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