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Head Over Heels (Marine #1)

3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  3,263 Ratings  ·  102 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
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Published September 25th 2012 by Avon (first published January 1st 1999)
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I needed something light and fluffy on my ride and stuck this in the CD player. What I didn’t need was something that would annoy me or make me sad. I figured I was safe with this one. Somewhere deep within my brain were echoes of old reviews telling me how funny, how sexy and how fabulous this author’s books were. Everybody loved them or so my questionable memory reminded me . . .

I think I chose the wrong one or my brain is completely fried (could be) because, of the three discs I finished, th
Feb 08, 2010 Nikki rated it really liked it
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
Nov 24, 2014 Mancho283 rated it really liked it
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For me this romance has everything, it is charming and fast paced. The hero is sexy and the heroine is no push over. Each lead has a fully developed backstory that makes an impact on their current actions.

I love rereading this book I still laugh each time. I still root for the couple. A lovely read that I am happy to keep a place for on my keeper shelf.
Mar 17, 2014 Whitney rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013-challenge
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
Nov 07, 2012 Margaret rated it really liked it
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Jane Stewart
Sep 25, 2010 Jane Stewart rated it liked it
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.

Nov 27, 2012 Susan rated it it was amazing
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
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
Juliana Philippa
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 . . .
May 07, 2012 Jennifer rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
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
Jul 04, 2016 Amanda rated it really liked it
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
jackie frye
Apr 23, 2012 jackie frye rated it really liked it
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
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
Aug 16, 2014 Lyndi rated it it was ok
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.
Sep 26, 2011 Jen rated it liked it
Shelves: andersen
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.
Jul 14, 2015 Bunga rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary
Setelah baca novel Susan Andersen yang sebelum2nya berbau tema detektif-detektifan, kali ini lebih dominan dramanya. Ya drama romance. Ya drama familynya. Ceritanya tentang Veronica yang pulang kampung buat ngurusin bar warisan dari ayahnya, yang setelah kakaknya Veronica tewas terbunuh, bar tsb jadi milik Lizzy-keponakannya Veronica. Kabarnya sih kakaknya Veronica ini dibunuh suaminya sendiri-Eddie, tapi Veronica gak percaya. Di saat yang bersamaan James Cooper atau Coop, kakak tirinya Eddie, m ...more
Jan 02, 2014 Yona rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked it, but it could have been something more.
Jan 06, 2012 Melanie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-books
This was such a great book! Drama, suspense, romance, and humor. Definitely a must read.
Jun 18, 2015 Edie rated it it was ok
1.5 stars. I've been wanting to read some contemporary romance, but with nothing new that has caught my interest lately, I thought I'd re-read the piles of CR books I read a million years ago and had largely forgotten about. What I've discovered from my first re-read was that romance is actually much more grossly chauvinistic than I'd previously realized in my youth, when I was just mindlessly reading everything without really analyzing what it meant. Really goes to show the ingrained sexism bui ...more
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Sep 25, 2009 Sylvia rated it really liked it
May 17, 2010 Crista rated it it was ok
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
Sara ♥
Oct 20, 2013 Sara ♥ rated it really liked it
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)
May 26, 2008 July rated it it was amazing
Shelves: home-library
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
Trina Knittle
Dec 18, 2014 Trina Knittle rated it liked it
This book was okay just not great. The plot was kind of dull but there were some nice scenes in this book. I will admit there were some things that were quite annoying about Coop. The other characters were okay and a little interesting. It was a quick read. I don't see myself ever reading this book again.
Apr 06, 2013 Susan rated it liked it
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
Aug 30, 2015 Pandora rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice, strong characters - good twisting plot

Whether Susan's work is a romance or a mystery, she loves to send her readers twisting through her pages and through the characters. I love that her words always have a strong voice.
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
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