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Danger, Sweetheart

(Danger #1)

3.35  ·  Rating details ·  253 ratings  ·  80 reviews

This city boy's about to get a taste of country life . . .

Blake Tarbell has a town to save. Rich, carefree, and used to the Vegas party lifestyle, Blake is thrown for a curve when his former cocktail-waitress mother pleads he go back to her roots to save the town she grew up in. Blake's used to using money to solve his problems, but when he arrives in Sweetheart, North

Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published May 10th 2016 by Piatkus
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Mar 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Honestly after reading this book I don't even know where to begin. This is my first book by Ms. Davidson and after reading the blurb I figured why not let's give this go and see what happens.

The book starts off in the past with how Blake's mom got pregnant ( yes you are reading that right) and then jumps almost to 30 years in the future where Blake ends up in to help his mother bring her town back alive. While Blake is in North Dakota he is cut off from his trust fund and has to work on the ran
Paula  Phillips
May 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
If you are a fan of the quirky and the books that make you LOL and chuckle as you read the pages, books that make you shake your head with their ridiculousness . Then you need to pick up a copy of Danger, Sweetheart by MaryJanice Davidson. From the very first page when Shannah was talking about awkward sex places e.g a wax museum to meeting her twins Blake and Rake to their family dialogue. I knew this book was going to be quite a humourous read and that it definitely did turn out to be. I foun ...more
Ivy Deluca
I love Ms. Davidson’s humor and the idea of sending up romantic tropes is right up my alley, but the plot wanders more than a kid with ADD on pixie sticks. There’s plenty of hysterical moments, and if you can keep the thread of the story and not lose it in the insane amount of stream of consciousness comments by the narrator, then you may enjoy this.

**ARC provided by publisher via netgalley for review**

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Apr 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
Not your typical romance!

MarJanice Davidson pays homage to standard romance tropes in Danger, Sweetheart, i.e. twin brothers named Blake (good twin) and Rake (bad twin). As a result, the narrative is a bit over the top (as it's meant to be). This is a quick, entertaining read filled with humor, and of course, romance!

I received this book from GoodReads in exchange for an honest review.
Romance Readers Retreat
Where do I start with this review? I tried I really did, to get into this book, but I found it to be just far too wordy and with too many grammatical errors, it just became a very difficult book to read indeed.

I started to have concerns with this book as early as the Prologue. There was no mention as to when this particular event took place. So for the first chapter I had no clue what was going on or who the characters were, because it turns out the Prologue was about Blake and his twin brother
Apr 05, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I truly wanted to like this book. I have read many books by MJD and enjoyed quite a few. Her Fred and Betsy series are great and fun reads. Did I mention I wanted to like this book? It was a rambling, chaotic read. While the inner monologues of the lead character were humorous, I never could take him or his family seriously. And yes, I know this is a comedy, but, wow.

All I can say is I wanted more, and did not get it. There was no connection for me, and no way to relate to these characters.

Lyndi W.
May 23, 2016 marked it as not-going-there  ·  review of another edition
It's nothing but overused tropes. The author thought it would be cute: a romance story using old tropes, but the reader is in on it this time. Uh, what? When are we not in on it? We know when tropes are being used. This doesn't sound appealing at all. Especially after skimming the "here are all the tropes I used in order" page and seeing a dozen or more tropes I strongly dislike.
The book was ok. Well, better than ok. Maybe good, i just felt at times the author was trying too hard and the authors note at the begining felt a bit much. The fact that i want to read the second book means the author has done something right, but i don't know what
Ang -PNR Book Lover Reviews
honestly i got to 38% and DNF
I could not connect with the characters, or the story. I had really high hopes.

honestly, tho these things happen. I will come back and finish what i started.

arc received from Netgalley for an honest review.
Sandra "Jeanz"
Apr 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
It's been a while since I have read anything by this author. I loved both her Vampire & mermaid book series. I am looking forward to this one as MaryJanice Davidson is so witty in her writing so am looking forward to reading this book and it making me snicker, smirk and laugh!

Not as an amusing read as I had initially expected. Though to be totally fair this book is classed as contemporary romance and doesn't really mention comedy/humour. I'm definitely
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A literary trope is the use of figurative language – via word, phrase, or even an image – for artistic effect such as using a figure of speech. The word trope has also come to be used for describing commonly recurring literary and rhetorical devices, motifs or clichés in creative works.

We love them. We hate them. Literary tropes have been a point of debate among readers and reviewers alike over the years. Some see them as lazy writing and some simply ador
Received an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

2.5 for storyline but kicked up to 3 for how often it made me laugh.

You should read the Author's Note which explains the concept behind this book. In short, it's an homage to romantic tropes. And there are a LOT of tropes covered.

It's been awhile (few years?) since I read a MJD book...I can't remember why I tapered off in any specifics but I think I was just tired of Betsy's series' just going on and on and on. I ran across this on N
Sharon Tyler
Danger Sweetheart by MaryJanice Davidson is a parody that takes jabs at every romance trope out there. I highly suggest reading the author’s note before diving into the “story” because it describes how this book came to be and what exactly it is all about.

Blake Tarbell has a town to save. Rich, carefree, and used to the Vegas party lifestyle, Blake is thrown for a curve when his former cocktail-waitress mother pleads he go back to her roots to save the town she grew up in. Blake's used to using
Cardyn Brooks
Danger, Sweetheart is a romance tropes mash-up as charming homage to many of the most popular themes in the genre. (Be sure to read the Author's Note and the Romance Trope List.) Natalie and Blake's story is so much fun, with many laugh aloud passages. It reminded me of all the reasons why MJ.D. earned my loyalty after reading one of her early mayhem-as-courtship, non-supernatural stories (from a Wicked Women Who... anthology?).

[proofing oversights: chapter 12, 4th paragraph - refers to Rake an
Cyndi Delia
Mar 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest Review

I have a confession-way back - oh say at least ten years ago, when I read the very first Betsy book by MJD I fell in love with the all snark and heart and crazy goodness. Sadly for me, around 2010 MJD changed the way she wrote. So much of what I loved was...different. Shame on me, but I quit reading (but not buying-I still have a shelf filled with her books that now, after reading Danger, Sweetheart I'll be revisiting ASAP).

When I saw DS up on N
I wasn't sure what to expect when I read that MaryJanice Davidson had written a romance novel. More famous for her Undead supernatural and paranormal series about vampires this was a fairly new departure for Davidson.

It has been over 24 hours since I finished the book - not always a given that I would - and I'm not quite sure how to categorise it. In a nutshell it is Twin Peaks meets Dallas. Think money and privilege and ranches and stubborn ponies and baby piglets and sports cars and... Confus
Booklover, Indianapolis
(Oct) 3.5* I love MJD. I have read much of what she's published, and enjoyed most of it (some of her Betsy books fell short as did other books and short stories here and there). I think she writes the best "Forwards" of anyone - you must read them before diving into her books. Here she warns readers that she is writing not a parody as much as an homage to romance books. I love romance and like all dedicated romance readers, there are some tropes I love and others I can't stand (hello secret baby ...more
Peggye O'Neil
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
MaryJanice Davidson romance using all the romance tropes she can think and then listing them at the end of the book. Danger, Sweetheart has all the off-the-wall humor that you expect of an MJD novel. Blake Tarbell, a Vegas millionaire, thinks he is using his money to help his mother out of situation instigated by her family when they leave her several bankrupt farms. Wrong, mom takes away access to his money and forces him to work the family farm and make it succeed. Hidden identities, accidents ...more
Literary George (For Your Literary Pleasure Blog)
The interrupting quotes mid sentence drove me crazy. The novel was paced quite quickly but some of the nonsense while amusing at times was also confusing. While the hero has the necessary revelation it felt slightly rushed and not supported, he didn't have many connections to the area or love for the farm by the time he had a eureka moment. Love at first sight worked but it didn't get too deep. It was a light read with a typical storyline and it did kind of poke fun at itself. A few solid laugh ...more
May 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-releases, 2016

Oh my word, guys, THIS book! I honestly have no idea where to start, maybe with saying that I have never before read a book that annoyed the hell out of me and made me laugh so much at the same time. After reading the blurb I thought, why not, let's see what's going to happen but I wasn't prepared for this chaos - but chaos in a positive sense, as it turned out at the end.

I've never read MaryJanice Davidson before, even though the list of her titles at the beginning of the book is really impress
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: underwhelmed
I really tried, and I get how Ms. Davidson used many many witty tropes, but the leads were SO unlikeable, it felt like it was soooo long and not satisfying at all
Jessica Saggio
Jul 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'll be honest, I really didn't think I'd like this book. When I started reading it I was uncertain but I persevered and I really enjoyed it. 10/10 I would definitely recommend a refreshing read
Aug 14, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf-books
I read about 2 or 3 chapters of this book and I was just like NO. It just seemed REALLy cheesy. Not like how she normally writes.

Very disappointed.
Dec 31, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't care for this book very much. It took me forever to read and I just couldn't get into it.
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Cheesy romance but hella funny writing. Easy brain holiday.
Mar 04, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
The magic has been gone for a long time with a lot of Ms Davidson's books, (Undead ended up being a disaster ). So for some strange reason, I found myself picking up this book at the library.
Wrong idea. Messy writing. Nothing made sense.
Kendall {Book Crazy}
May 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: blog-tours, arc
3.5/4 stars!

I was contacted by the UK publisher about this book and being on the UK Blog Tour for it, but I wasn't sure whether this book was my normal kind of read! I've read a few country books though and enjoyed them, so I decided to review this book for the UK Blog Tour! Plus, I really like the cover and the synopsis really intrigued me to want to read it! After reading this book, I can say that I liked it, but I didn't love it as much as I was expecting too! It took me quite a few chapters
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Title: Danger, Sweetheart
Series: Sweetheart bk 1
Author: MaryJanice Davidson
Genre: Romantic Comedy, Contemporary

Blake Tarbell has a town to save. Rich, carefree, and used to the Vegas party lifestyle, Blake is thrown for a curve when his former cocktail-waitress mother pleads he go back to her roots to save the town she grew up in. Blake's used to using money to solve his problems, but when he arrives in Sweetheart, North Dakota, this city boy has to trade in his high-priced shoes for a pair of c
This is a very fun, lighthearted book. True, it needs some heavy editing, but as an ARC I actually found myself enjoying the roughness of the copy I read because I could see how much fun the author was having writing this piece. Reading the author’s note is important to the experience of this book because it sets up the lighthearted tone. If I hadn’t read the note at the beginning I probably would have come away with a feeling of being less than satisfied.

Davidson desperately needs a guiding han
Sonya Alford
I was sent a copy of this book by the publisher in return for an honest review.

Blake Tarbell doesn’t realise it but he’s about to get a taste of country life. Rich, carefree and used to the Vegas party lifestyle, Blake is thrown for a curve when his former cocktail-waitress mother pleads that he goes back to her roots to save the town she grew up in. Arriving in Sweetheart, North Dakota, Blake finds himself staying and working at Heartbreak Farm. Life there is very different. For a start off he
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MaryJanice Davidson is an American author and motivational speaker who writes mostly paranormal romance, but also young adult and non-fiction. She is the creator of the popular Undead series and is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. She writes a bi-weekly column for USA Today ("A Writer's Life") and lives in St. Paul with her family. You can reach her on Facebook and follow her on ...more

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