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Just the Thing

(The Donnigans #2)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  1,243 ratings  ·  153 reviews
Gavin Donnigan left the Marine Corps a shell of a man, hounded by guilt for deaths he couldn't prevent. But teaching a self-defense class at the local gym brings some stability to his life―along with a gorgeous leggy woman who won't give him the time of day.

Zoe York lost her twin sister to a freak car accident a few months ago. She's been
Mass Market Paperback, 349 pages
Published July 4th 2017 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
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Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
4.5 Sexy Charming Gavin Stars

Let me start this review by saying that cover is so much yummy eye candy! Thumbs up to whoever picked this cover it's the best lol! Just sayin'! I loved Gavin back when I read his big brother, Landon's book, A Sure Thing. Gavin was just so goofy and playful that I was drawn to him. So when I seen his book on Netgalley I was so excited for him to get his HEA. Gavin was everything I had hoped for. I smiled a lot while reading this book. Gavin was so funny, charmin

As soon as JUST THE THING hit my Kindle, I was all over this baby. This second book in the Donnigans series is one of my highly anticipated reads of this year and it didn’t let me down one bit. In fact, I was even more impressed by Marie Harte and her writing in this one.

You can definitely read this book as a standalone, but just as a warning, I have a feeling that you’re going to want to check out the other books in the series after because this book is just so good.

This book is Gavin’s bo
Apr 03, 2017 rated it did not like it
I just can’t finish this one.
Between the not so witty dialogue and the wrong kind of sex scene, Just the Thing can be pretty annoying. First of all, the relationship between the main characters, Zoe and Gavin, is not believable. Yes, Gavin is extraordinarily muscled and good looking, “hung like a moose”, but he’s thirty two and acts like he’s ten years younger. I think his one-liners are supposed to be goofy and endearing, but they just remind me of juvenile guys I dated in my twenties. They me
May 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
My 1st book by this author. I finished it just because I don't like to give up. The story just had no plot or point to opinion. I was in a crappy mood so mindless fluff with lots of steamy sex took my mind off of things. Not trying to be cruel. I would have rather it had some decent storyline to it. ...more
Simply Love Book Reviews
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Here’s the deal, I’ve been reading author Marie Harte a very long time. The first book I read by her, Enjoying the Show, I’ve probably read fifteen times that’s how much I love it and that series along with her other contemporary series are all favorites of mine. There is something so real about the characters she writes that I want to climb inside her series and have them as my friends. I appreciate that a lot of her characters are blue collar workers (not all, but many), but most of all I love
Mindy Lou's Book Review
This was a very fun read. Great banter not only between the MC's, but the side characters as well. Gavin came off as an arrogant hottie, but I don't think he truly was arrogant. He had such a great sense of humor and played to that.

His 2 brothers, sister and even his parents made appearances throughout the book and added to the overall enjoyment of this story. They are a close-knit family that played pranks on each other. Immature? Maybe. Funny? Yes. If you have read the McCauley series, we get
Under the Covers Book Blog
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As soon as JUST THE THING hit my Kindle, I was all over this baby. This second book in the Donnigans series is one of my highly anticipated reads of this year and it didn’t let me down one bit. In fact, I was even more impressed by Marie Harte and her writing in this one.

You can definitely read this book as a standalone, but just as a warning, I have a feeling that you’re going to want to check out the other books in the series after because this book is just so good.

This book is Gavin’s boo
Blodeuedd Finland
I have read about heroes with issues but Gavin sure suffered. He had PTSD and he cried. He cried! Those issues guys have a chip on their shoulders but they never cry. This felt real. He felt broken. He had spent 14 years in the marines and now he worked as a trainer. He tried to keep a smile on his face, but the guy was yes, broken.

Zoe is broken too. But not near as much. She is dealing with the loss of her sister. And this thing does bring them together. They both lost loved ones. They both gri
Jackie Lane
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
The second book in The Donnigan series what definitely a treat.

This was Gavin and Zoe's book.

After having been medically discharged Gavin is still "gun shy". He is dealing with his PTSD and after returning home, he takes the easy way out and turns to books and women. He works at Jameson's Gym and teaches a self-defense class. All the woman want his muscled physique. Zoe is the woman he notices and he continues to ask her out. She has no intention of dating and continues to turn him down. She i
Pelusa Rivera
Jun 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Received an advanced copy for my fair review from author... Oh Gavin he broke my heart... This book had it all. We were happy to be reunited again with the Donnigan's, they were at it again with the Prank Wars, it was good to read about Ava and Landon and that they were still in love and going strong. But this was about Gavin, we knew that he was suffering from PTSD, and man to read everything he went thru, and how he tried to tough it out, it puts you to think about our military, and knowing ot ...more
patrick Lorelli
Jul 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance-sports
Zoe York lost her twin sister to a car accident and she decides to work out and also take a self-defense class at her gym that is being offered. One of the instructors is Gavin Donnigan who has been trying for weeks to get a date with her and she has been turning him down. Gavin suffers from PTSD and is going to therapy but still struggles at times with it. After a visit from her Aunt Zoe decides to go out on a date with Gavin and it puts him in shock, it also makes him have to step up his game ...more
Rated 3.5 Stars

Just The Thing was funny, sexy and enjoyable. However I felt it wasn't evenly paced, there were parts of the story that were really slow and it ended quite abruptly which left me a bit confused. That said I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

ARC provided by author in exchange for a honest review
Christina T
So, I have a confession to make. I requested this book from the publisher based purely on the cover. I'm happy to say that it totally worked out for me because I've now found a new to me author I can happily binge read.

The Good: Both the main characters in this book are broken. Gavin, by his PTSD and survivor's guilt after 3 of his good friends are killed in action over seas while he was in the medical unit healing from a previous mission. Zoe is also suffering a tragedy and dealing with her own

I went into this book with a good bit of trepidation, as I didn't really care for the previous book in the series. Thankfully, this book was a bit better than that first one!

Gavin and Zoe are both tortured by deaths that they couldn't cont
Gavin was a bit of a dark horse in the last book, there but not really. I really liked how he pursued Zoe and how she shot him down for a good portion at the start. But with that being said, when Zoe did finally say yes to Gavin they were cute together. The unconventional dates Gavin planned were perfect, they allowed them to get to know each other. I really liked how honest both were about their past, Zoe with her sister and Gavin with the women he'd been with after coming home. Sure he was hid ...more
Jul 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Just the Thing
The Donnigans #2
Marie Harte
4 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Such an emotional read. Make sure you grab some tissues for this one. It has such a great storyline.
Ex-marine with PTSD meets girl at his gym. After hitting on her for months she finally gives in and goes on a safe with him.
Their relationship evolves from there and Zoe has to figure out if Gavin is worth the trouble.
I really enjoyed this one. It took me a bit to finish just because work and life kept getting in the way. But I'm so glad I had
Giulia China
Sep 10, 2017 rated it did not like it
After the first 100 pages, I lost all my interest in finishing the book. 1.5/5 stars
Sandy S
Jul 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars--

About the book: Release Date July 4, 2017

Gavin Donnigan left the Marine Corps a shell of a man, hounded by guilt for deaths he couldn't prevent. But teaching a self-defense class at the local gym brings some stability to his life--along with a gorgeous leggy, black haired woman who won't give him the time of day.

Zoe York lost her twin sister to a freak car accident a few months ago. She's been struggling to bury her grief, but it isn't until she sign
Review written: June 23, 2017
Star Rating: ★★★½☆
Heat Rating: ☀☀☀☀☀

An Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of this book was received free via Netgalley for an honest review.

After struggling through older brother Landon's book, I was nervous about starting Just the Thing. It didn't help that I got some spoilers from a related series that I had not yet finished. And while Gavin's book started out rough, by the end I really liked it.

Gavin (and the rest of the Donnigans) are youthful. The prank wars, the
April Symes
Just The Thing by Marie Harte was just what I needed. This book had it all. Ex-marine with PTSD meets girl at his gym. After trying everything he knew to get a date she finally gives in and goes on a date with him. Gavin himself warns Zoe that he is unstable. He has several flashbacks which occur during the day, including one that happens at a wedding. Gavin knows he has some issues but he does seek help, which Ava really pushes for him to do. Some of those sessions were shown in this book. I wi ...more
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
It didn’t take very many pages in to this book for me to become completely obsessed, I read the entire book in one sitting, it’s fantastic! It’s also the first book in the series that I’ve read and fine to be read as a stand-alone.

Gavin Donnigan was discharged from the Marine Corps after his team was involved in an explosion in which he was the only survivor. It’s made adjusting to life as a civilian very difficult and though he’s trying to get help the nightmares and panic attacks are still hin
Crazy for Books (Stephanie)
Gavin Donnigan has struggled since being back from his time in the Marines. Once his family had an intervention, he's been more on the straight and narrow. Being clear headed he's noticed Zoe York. The pink-yoga-pant wearing treadmill stealer, who seems to be the only woman at the gym who doesn't fall at his feet.

Zoe York has been struggling since she lost her sister. Going to the gym is one of the few things she does that keeps her settled. So when Gavin asks her out again, she decides to do so
Zoe York knows loss. Her twin died and left her feeling like half a person. Now she focuses her life on her work as a software trainer for medical types and on staying sane through regular workouts. She's also been going to the Donnigan's self-defense classes at the gym. Yes, part of it is for the handsome trainer, Gavin. But he's slept with, like, half the women in that class so Zoe's not very impressed when he asks her out.
Gavin's had a rough go of it since he got out of the Marines. First he
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary, romance

Gavin has just got out of the Marine Corps and he's not the same man he was before joined, his experiences and loss of friends in the corps have left him a troubled man.
Teaching self-defence at the local gym has given him a cause he enjoys and its put him into contact with a feisty beauty called Zoe. She also, like Gaven, is struggling to come to terms with a loss....the loss of her twin sister.
And it seems the distraction of self-defence, and a smoking hot teacher is a great tonic and for Gavin
Avid Reader
Jul 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Just the Thing (The Donnigans #2) by Marie Harte
3 stars
M/F Romance
Triggers: Death
I was given this book for an honest review by Wicked Reads.

This is the first book in this series that I've read. Zoe is struggling in life. She has an aunt who adores her and she adores, but all in all, Zoe is on her own. With the sudden death of her twin, Zoe finds herself floundering. She was always the twin that followed the rules, stayed the course. Her twin was the wild child and flowed with the wind. Zoe signs
3.5 Stars

This is a very nice, fast paced romantic comedy that actually deals with the side effects of grief as well as PTSD and survivor’s guilt. I enjoyed both Gavin and Zoe although Gavin’s behavior was a little juvenile at times for a thirty-two year old man. His family’s prank war was hilarious and entertaining but I felt like there were moments that it overtook the story. However, my heart hurt for Gavin when he had to face his past and make a decision on how to deal with it. Zoe’s characte
Jul 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: for-review, 2017, kindle
I enjoyed this one a bit more than the first one. Gavin and Zoe both had a lot of stuff to work through, but they were good for each other. I loved their banter and watching them fall for each other was a treat. The thing that I loved the most about this story was the realistic way Gavin's PTSD was portrayed. Even at the end, he wasn't "cured" and still had a long way to go.

As in the previous book, the prank wars are still going on. That is always good for a laugh or two. The one that Gavin and
Paige Turner
like the author and thought the story line was interesting but this book didn't work for me at all. I had a hard time getting into the story. I found that I had to re-read several chapters to understand where the author was going. I also thought it had a sadness that surrounded both characters. I'm not opposed to sad stories but this left me feeling a bit depressed at times.

I received an ARC for an honest review.
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fabulous story. I didn't know it was part of a series until I had already started, but I don't think it was necessary to read the first book as everything gets explained. Great characters, although I would have liked a little more time of them getting to know each other. Look forward to the next book. ...more
I really liked this one. Even when it was hard to listen to, I still enjoyed it. Gavin broke my heart sometimes, but I was so glad that he was willing to work on himself to be better.

I really hope we get to see more of them in later book because their story still seems a bit unfinished to me.
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Caffeine addict, boy referee, and romance aficionado, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Marie Harte has over 100 books published with more constantly on the way. She’s a confessed bibliophile and devotee of action movies. Whether hiking in Central Oregon, biking around town

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