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Danny Sherwood grew up in a home where alcohol and people were sometimes abused, a background that trained him as a protector. Perhaps that’s why he is now a trooper with the Arizona Highway Patrol. When he is called upon to stop a dangerous speeder, he has no idea how the moment may change his life. Manon DuPre spent her childhood with negligent parents and her past year ...more
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Published April 21st 2014 by Susan Aylworth
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Faith
***I received a free copy of this book from "Ebooks for Review" in exchange for my review***

I battled over what to rate this book. I enjoyed it...quite a bit. But there were things in it that I didn't agree with. Through most of the book I was thinking 3 stars...maybe even 3.5. But something that happened at the end changed my mind. Don't get me wrong, the excitement of the end was good in my opinion, but there was something that I didn't think was necessary. (Honestly, I thought tha
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Susan
Dec 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Manon is on the run. The man she is running from is her abusive boyfriend, Ingo. While speeding away from him she is stopped by an Arizona State Trooper. Danny Sherwood listens to Manon's story and right away, he wants to help her. His life is about to change in more ways than he could have ever imagined.


DANNY'S GIRL is going to keep you on the edge of your seat. You are going to be instantly caught up in all the drama in Manon's life all the while, waiting for the other shoe t
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Brigitte
Sep 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Some things i liked about this story: Manon was able to find a safe community to be in while she was being stalked by her abusive boyfriend. I loved how they all looked out for her and "had her back". It gave me reason to wonder if I would of would be just as helpful to a stranger. Another thing is the introspection both Manon and Danny needed to go through to decide if either one of them were worthy to be with the other. It did feel a bit drawn out yet it did go to show that it is important to ...more
Kristina Applegate
Feb 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
When Officer Danny Sherwood got the call that there was an individual traveling at dangerous high speeds, he didn’t realize that when he pulled the suspect over that he would be meeting a woman that would change his life. Manon DuPre is taking no chances and driving as fast as she can to get away from the monster that controls her life and leaves bruises and broken bones in his fury. Afraid for her life, she begs the officer to hide her; afraid her ex-boyfriend would show up any minute and follo ...more
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
I have mixed feelings about this book. There were things I really enjoyed and things I didn't like. Let's start with the positives :)

What I liked:
1) I love how the town rallied around Manon. Small towns can be great and a lot of times in books the focus is more on the negatives than on the positives. In this case, the protectiveness might have been a touch unrealistic, but hey - it's fiction for a reason.
2) Characters. I liked Danny (of course) and I very much enjoyed several of the secondary
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Alisa
Jan 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Danny Sherwood is a patrol officer and a natural protector, and so when he catches Manon DuPre speeding and realizes she is trying to outrun an abusive boyfriend, he immediately helps her. Running from the abusive relationship, Manon doesn't trust easily but the more time she spends with Danny, the more she realizes what a great guy he is. But Manon feels like she can't move on until things with her abusive ex are resolved; she KNOWS he will come after her!

I really liked Danny and Ma
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Shash
Dec 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Manon DuPre is running for her life. When she gets pulled over by Officer Danny Sherwood, circumstances force her to stay put for a while. Danny hears her story and immediately feels protective of her. As Manon quickly becomes a part of this small community, the danger is never far away.

Manon grew so much throughout the book. She began to see herself in the way others did. She began to find confidence and worth. There were great lessons for all of us. She and Danny were just cute tog
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Corinne Rodrigues
I read Roman's Holiday, the book that follows this one first, and somehow, Danny's Girl doesn't compare so well.

While, I empathized with Manon's very real fears about her ex, I thought her dependence was a bit too much. I would have been happier if she found her peace and then went into a relationship with Danny. I would never have advised someone to get into a relationship so early! Also, I found the ending slightly too contrived.

I loved how the Rainbow Rock community ra
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Ellen T. Barrett
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another wonderful book by Susan Aylworth

Every book I have read of this author makes me wish for more. This book deals with an abusive relationship and finding help to move on. I laughed , I cried and I want to read more about the wonderful characters of Rainbow Rock.
Jenny Brightman Harris
Feb 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received this book as an ARC for an honest review.

In this book we meet Trooper Danny Sherwood and Manon DuPre. Manon is on the run from her violent ex-boyfriend she was sure if she didn't get away from him right away. So while going down the highway at speeds over 100 miles per hour she is sure when she is pulled over by Danny that he will find her and kill her. Little did Manon know that she got pulled over in just the right town. If she will allow herself the chance she might find love agai
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Karon
Feb 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
Danny’s Girl is part of the Rainbow Rock Romance series. Warning: domestic violence triggers. Manon DuPre grew up in the best private schools with an uncaring family. Although she is well educated, she makes a tragic mistake of falling in love with the wrong person. Ingor takes control of Manon’s life slowly, so slowly she doesn’t even realize he’s done it until it is too late. She manages to escape the abusive relationship with the help of
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Kathy
Jan 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
This wonderful romance is the 8th book in the Rainbow Rock Series. Manon finally escapes the clutches of her controlling, abusive boyfriend, buys an old clunker car, and literally speeds across the country, trying to get as far away from Ingo and San Francisco as possible. As Manon speeds along I-40 going East, Danny Sherwood, highway patrolman, gets a call about a speeding car. When Manon enters Danny’s jurisdiction, he flips on his lights and pulls her over. When he gets to the car in front of ...more
Krista Hochstetler
Feb 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
This is the first book that I've read in the Rainbow Rock Series and the first book I've read by Susan Aylworth. I have to say it won't be the last. I really enjoyed this book. Although it didn't make my absolute favorite list, I still thoughrly enjoyed this read and will definitely be reading the rest of the books in this series.
"Manon DuPre is running for her life and officer Sherwood stands in her way". Danny Sherwood is a troo
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Abby
Feb 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviews
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Danny’s Girl is the second book in the Rainbow Rock Romances Series that I have read, though this one happens before the one I have read. For the record, reading the series out of order was not a problem in the slightest. I didn’t feel confused or like I was missing something at all. It was just getting another chance to see characters that featured more prominently in other books. Part of why this works so well is that even though
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Anita
I'm a little conflicted with the rating of this book. It was well written and the story flowed (albeit a bit longer that I would have liked), but there were elements that jolted me out of the story and made it less desirable.
What I liked: I loved the town folk. This is my first read in this series of eight novels and the author did a nice job making this a stand-alone yet I guessing continuing the "whole story". Although it was predictable for the most part, I felt the story-line flowed ni
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Laura
Jan 15, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
This is the second book I have read, but it comes before the other story....which meant I know how the story ends up. That said, I enjoyed this story anyway! If you are looking for a clean romance set in a beautifully described corner of the southwest, this is one for you. Rainbow Rock is a small town off the old Route 66. The characters are reminiscent of those from Mayberry or Walnut Grove. Small towns where everyone knows each other and they watch out for them like family.
Danny is a cop
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Shauna
Jan 26, 2016 rated it liked it
I read the book after this not realizing I would have enjoyed it more if I’d read it in order. Manon gets pulled over for speeding and pleads with the officer for help. He’s skeptical about what kind of help she needs, but offers it anyway. She is desperate to escape her crazy abusive boyfriend and finds herself hiding in Rainbow Rock until she can come up with a new plan. I really liked Danny, who sweeps in to save the day and encourages the town to do the same. Manon is likeable, and slowly cr ...more
Sarah
Feb 13, 2016 rated it liked it
This was a lovely clean romance that takes place in a small town.This is the 8th novel in this series but I hadn't read any of the others. This was a pretty good stand alone but I assume if I had read the other books first some of the side characters would have meant more to me. The two main characters are a bit wooden and less three dimensional than I would have liked. Manon was the scared girl that needs to be protected and helped. Danny was the protector. Everyone seemed to have their one emo ...more
Rachel DeVaughn
Feb 15, 2016 rated it liked it
This is book 8 of the Rainbow Rock Romance series. I haven't read any of the others so I'm not sure if I would have gotten more character development from reading the other books or not. I liked the town, townspeople, and the atmosphere it portrayed.

I really liked the state trooper character named Danny. He was strong, compassionate and seemed like a great leader and friend. He falls in love with a woman named Manon after he rescues her from an abusive boyfriend.

The story had a good steady plo
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Gayle
Dec 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. I recently read "Roman's Holiday" and didn't realize at first that this book occurs right before that one, so I wished at times I had read this one first. But I did enjoy this book a little more than "Roman's Holiday" -- it didn't feel so much like a travel guide.
This story focuses on a young woman who is trying to escape an abusive boyfriend and finds shelter and help in a little Arizona desert town. I liked learning a little about the psychology of abusive relationships and th
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Melissa Nichols
Dec 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
I loved reading Danny’s Girl because it shows us how the world could be. It shows us how a community can come together to protect a stranger and to take other in no questions asked. Manon is running for her life from an abusive and controlling boyfriend. She gets pulled over in a small community in Arizona and is forced to stay because her car dies. The community shows Manon that she can trust people again. They band together to protect her when the ex comes looking for her. Manon also has many ...more
Donna May
Feb 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Love happens where and when and with who you least expect. When coming out of an abusive relationship, the last thing you need is an authority figure. But that is exactly who Manon runs into – Deputy Danny Sherwood. She has no idea who she can trust or where she can turn. She has little faith left in society, and especially in men. Can they resolve their differences enough to see if their electric chemistry will go anywhere?

This novel brought a lot of important issue to light. You never know wh
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Nicki
Jan 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Danny is awesome! He is handsome, has a town of friends, and a loving family. He has a major protective gene. It is that protective gene that has him originally take Manon under his wing. Manon has a boat load of issues due to abusive relationships with her folks and a past relationship. The book looks at abuse and counseling. But it also has a nice romance. I have been reading this series but not in order. So I knew some of the characters already. I like that the book is set in a small town tha ...more
Marybeth
Jan 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Danny’s girl was a fun story to read. It follows Danny (a state trooper) and Manon (didn’t really care for this name) – a girl on the run from an obsessed and controlling boyfriend. I really liked the growth of Manon throughout the story. Her working out her issues and learning about herself and her worth was good. Danny is the super sweet protective type that never wants anything bad to happen to anyone. I have never been in an obsessive abusive relationship before, but I would hope that Manon’ ...more
Penny
Dec 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was given a copy of this book free for an honest review. This is the first book in the series I've read so far but I'm sure it wont be the last now that I've had a sample.

I enjoyed the story and the plot was a good one. It was a quick read for me. It keeps you wanting to read till the end.

The charters are all friendly and kind to a stranger in need of help. The kind of folks ya wanna get to know yourself to have as a friend. The book is clean as far as descriptions of rape and bea
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Diana
Dec 20, 2015 rated it liked it
If you like hero’s you’ll love this book. It reads in some ways like a murder mystery or thriller, in other ways it is purely a love story. The circumstances of the lead character or heroine are slowly revealed. As aspects of her circumstances become apparent, the reader’s view of her slowly changes. In matters of domestic violence, there is often a level of misunderstanding. People who do horrific things can seem perfectly normal and reasonable at times. Even those suffering abuse may think the ...more
Nari
Jan 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is the 8th book in a series about people in Rainbow Rock,Arizona. The book can be a stand alone. I have not read the other books in this series before this book. I was easily able to follow the story line. Danny is a peace officer and events in his life has made him a natural protector. Manon is running from an abusive boyfriend and ends up in Rainbow Rock. Danny helps her find a job and a place to live. There is instant attraction between the two that turns to love as they get to know ...more
Brooke
Jan 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
I've read books like this before, where the girl is fleeing from a psychotic abusive boyfriend and finds love in the arms of the person who saves her and I've thought "yeah, ok. Any woman who is fleeing a psycho isn't going to trust any man any time soon." But I didn't feel that way about this one. The author gives the girl time to trust again, and to warm up to the idea of love again. It didn't feel forced like it has in other books. Manon is a girl just driving as far and as fast as she can to ...more
Amy Leibenguth
Feb 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

This was a very sweet romance. Set in a small town in Arizona, Danny is a cop who pulls Manon over when she is escaping from an abusive boyfriend. Danny was a good character, very noble and honorable. He led a very simple life in the small town as a state trooper. He was a family man who hoped some day he would find love with someone who could live with his career. Manon is a strong woman who flees a bad situation. She wa
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Bethany Swafford
Feb 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
When Manon flees from her abusive boyfriend, she meets Danny right when she needs him the most.

What I liked about this book is that although it is the 8th book in a series, it can be read as a stand alone book. So, when a reader like me comes along, who HASN'T read the previous books, I don't feel completely out of the loop. I also enjoyed the serious tones that were addressed: coming from an abusive relationship, dealing with negligent parents, etc. Each of these is handled respectf
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Susan Aylworth loves books, poems, plays, words in almost all polite forms, and good raspberry jam. Her first book, started when she was nine, "was a rip-off of Black Beauty. I wrote eight whole pages." For her fifth grade career day, she stated her ambition to become "a rich and famous author." Decades later, she is pleased to have achieved the 'author' part of that goal.

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