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An Unlikely Setup (Welcome to Otter Tail Book 1)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  291 ratings  ·  34 reviews
Maddie's teenage crush humiliated her fifteen years ago. Now Quinn runs the Otter Tail pub that Maddie inherited and needs to sell. Too bad Maddie's high school crush on Quinn is still alive and kicking.

Quinn wants to buy the pub, but can’t afford Maddie’s price, so he plays dirty. His smile, bright blue eyes, and broad shoulders are just his initial bid. As they get rea
Kindle Edition, 200 pages
Published September 12th 2018 by Dragonfly Press (first published December 15th 2009)
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Jun 15, 2019 marked it as to-read
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Cathy Geha
Oct 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
An Unlikely Setup by Margaret Watson
Otter Tail #1

Maddie needs money – LOTS of money! And, an inheritance from her godfather just might see her able to pay back the huge loans weighing heavily on her shoulders. Sure, she made unwise choices investing but with the income from a pub and house she should be fine, right?

Little did she realize that returning to Otter Tail would bring back so many memories, put her face to face with someone she once had a crush on and make her start weighing up what s
Karen Shortridge
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When Maddie returns to Otter Tail she only wants to take care of business and get back to Chicago again to sort all her debts out. There are no good memories of the town or its citizens only of her godfather David who has left her his properties in his will. She gets a surprise when she finds Quinn “Mad Dog” Murray running her godfather’s refurbished bar. The sparks fly between them instantly but Maddie has a history with Quinn that she's struggled to get past, Quinn is dealing with his own demo ...more
Mar 05, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Margaret Watson wrote her first book in 1991 and in a very good way, it shows. Her writing is solid, fresh and effortless to read. She understands the slow build up that comes with a belivable romance novel and she spends most of her word count exploring the characters by delving into their souls. She doesn’t race to see how fast she can get them into bed, she lets them take their own sweet time and come into themselves as people before heading into the romance full force.

All of the characters i
From my review: Sometimes, a romance is like a souffle. It’s all delicate and airy: there’s some fat and egg white for structure, and it’s sweet and light, and it can be satisfying, if not the most rib-sticking, satisfying thing you’ve ever eaten. But sometimes, because it’s a souffle, one little thing will break it, and the whole puffy thing that until that moment was fun and simple and pleasing will collapse while you stare in horror because there is NO WAY THAT JUST HAPPENED.

My review at SB-T
Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Maddie has returned to Otter Tail after leaving 15 years earlier. When her beloved godfather passed away from leukemia, he left her a house and a pub. Otter Trail has no good memories for her and Maddie plans on leaving as soon as the pub and house are sold. But she is forced to face those memories when she learns that Quinn is managing the pub. Quinn is the reason she never returned to Otter Trail. Quinn and Maddie are soon at odds over what will happen to the pub. Can Maddie and Quinn get over ...more
Sharon Grow
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Maddie Johnson reluctantly leaves Chicago and returns to Otter Tail, Wisconsin. Her godfather, David, has left her his pub and house and she needs to sell them. Unfortunately, Maddie owes a great deal of money for a house flipping deal that went bad and needs money as soon as possible to pay off her debts. Although she has some fond memories of her time in Otter Tail, there are other memories that still cause her embarrassment. When Maddie arrives at the pub, she encounters Quinn Murphy, aka “Ma ...more
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When Maddie returns to Otter Tail she’s expecting only to get in, take care of business, and get out again. She doesn’t have good memories of the town or its citizens. She’s surprised to see Quinn “Mad Dog” Murray running her godfather’s refurbished bar, but not more surprised than Quinn when he finds out Maddie’s the new owner of his pub. From the start the sparks fly between the two. Maddie has history with Quinn that she has trouble getting past. Quinn has his own baggage which he uses to kee ...more
Sep 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
After a failed business decision, Maddie returns to Otter Tail to deal with the pub and house her godfather had left her in his will. She just wants to sell the pub to pay her friend back, but what she doesn't count on is Quinn, who can't understand why David left the pub to Maddie when he had promised it to him.

Other than the time spent with her godfather, Maddie doesn't have fond memories of Otter Tail...including a failed attempt to get Quinn to notice her. But as the pair works together, she
Jennifer Hines
Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
*I received this book free from the author.*

The last thing Maddie wanted to do was return to Otter Tail. She used to spend the summers with her godfather, but after a humiliating one she never came back. That is until he passed away and left her everything from his house to the bar he'd owned.

"There's a lot to be said for instant gratification."

Quinn was supposed to buy the bar, but everything changed once the owner passed away. Now he had to convince the new owner to sell it to him for the amou
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
An Unlikely Setup revolves around Maddie Johnson and her return to Otter Tail, Wisconsin, a place that holds both good and bad memories for her. Returning after fifteen years, to the town where she felt like an outsider, she finds a lot has changed except for her attraction to her teenage crush, Quinn Murphy. The big difference is that now he's noticing her and liking what he sees. The complicated relationship between Maddie and Quinn makes for a lot of tension between these two characters but j ...more
Deb Diem
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An Unlikely Setup by Margaret Watson is a fantastic romantic suspense. Ms. Watson has delivered a book that is well-written and loaded with phenomenal characters. Maddie spent her last summer in Otter Tail with her godfather 15 years ago and never went back. Now that he's gone she has to go back and dispose of the property he left her. Quinn doesn't remember how he embarrassed Maddie the last time she was in town. He's trying to find a way to buy the bar from Maddie and is disappointed that Davi ...more
Steve Bender
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great romance with a fantastic female protagonist who refuses to be taken advantage of. She comes back to the town she spent summers in during her high school days. It had been a miserable experience as a fat teenager. Her finances are in a mess and she has inherited property on the death of her godfather. Couple of hot scenes Highly recommended.
Aug 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Nice, easy read

A fast and enjoyable read. The male character is not so we'll developed in my opinion, and the ending is a bit abrupt but I did enjoy it. So much so that I wanted to buy the rest of the books of this series but I was expecting to see Laura's and Paul's story somewhere...was I mistaken to assume there was something there between those 2????
Melanie R
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Quick enjoyable read

This was a light and interesting small town romance. Quinn and Maddie were acquaintances when she was visited her godfather in the summer and he embarrassed her her last summer there. Her godfather died and she inherited his house and business so she had to go back to deal with things throwing them together.
Rosemary Hughes
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A very full on story, of a young woman coming into a small town with one idea of what to do with property she had inherited, only to find a whole different reception and attitude to what she felt she would encounter. A hot male in the picture made it a bit of a warmer story still.
A very good read!
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
This has potential but then just kind of collapsed on itself.

Honestly, I was just expecting MORE from this past that Maddie just couldn't seem to let go of. And the character motivations just seemed too contrived.

Both VERY adult characters spoke like angsty teenagers. It was most irksome.
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Maddie and Quinn

Set up by their dead friend, Maggie and Quinn didn't stand a chance. All the other details just got in the way and nearly broke their hearts before they discovered that love was stronger than any hurt from the past.
Hazel Worden
Sep 11, 2019 rated it did not like it
Fault annoyed with Amazon kindle

Read the free sample I was enjoying it decided to buy the book but Amazon no matter how many times I tried would not down load full content. Never had this before this is definitely Amazon's clock up..
Gail Dew
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An Unlikely Setup

This was a fun beach book and a fast read. It had a little action, mystery, romanace, etc to keep u interea

This was a good beach book. It had a little action, mystery, romance, etc. To keep it moving.

Evonne Hutton
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A romantic small town story that ticks all the boxes!
Well written with characters that stand out.
Pete Woollven
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Great book well written great characters hooked from the start couldn't put it down will read more from this author
Valerie R.
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was ok

I'm getting really tired of stories where the main characters are so completely stupid, and then they see the light at the end.
Jul 01, 2019 rated it liked it
David wanted them together.
Aug 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: appeal-emotions
When Maddie Johnson is laid-off from her position as a Chicago Herald, she decides to join the real estate market until she can find another writing job. Maddie quickly learns that flipping houses in Chicago isn't as easy as she thought. Now she owes the bank, credit card companies, and most distressingly, her best friend Hollis. With the death of her godfather, the once shy, homely teenager is forced to return to the scene of her greatest embarrassment. But the ugly duckling has unknowingly bec ...more
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These weren't the nicest characters this author could come up with trust me I have read enough of her books, but unfortunately they are what they are. She ran from the only person who ever valued her and someone she loved and respected, as a silly child. He ran from a past that haunted him and kept everyone at a distance except for her. It isn't a pretty story but this author makes it one worth reading. They aren't a sweet all american couple so don't expect that. But you can expect a little dis ...more
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the very first book from this author I have ever read and rest assured it won’t be my last. This is a very endearing story filled with old memories for Maddie. When Maddie returned to Otter Tail 15 years after she left she never expected to see it completely modernized rather than the old sleepy town she left. Her only goal was to sell the business and home her godfather left to her in his will so she could pay off her debts and then get out. But this author has other plans for the chara ...more
Darlene Torday
Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good falling love story for two people determined to not allow anyone too close because of being hurt in the past.. A must read if you enjoy real romance stories
June Shaw
Aug 23, 2011 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful book that will steal your heart!
Susan Saltos
Short and could have used more about the two MC's relationship, but an enjoyable read.
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USA Today bestselling author Margaret Watson is a two-time RITA Finalist with thirty books in print for Harlequin and Silhouette and many other award-winning romantic suspense novels.

When not writing, Margaret practices veterinary medicine in the Chicago area.