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An Unlikely Setup

3.41  ·  Rating details ·  44 ratings  ·  11 reviews
It all seemed so simple before Maddie Johnson landed back in Otter Tail. Sell her godfather's pub, pay off her debt, return to Chicago and start over. Quinn Murphy, however, is not part of that plan. Maddie hasn't seen Quinn since a certain humiliating night fifteen years ago. Now her former crush is running the bar she's inherited, and he's going to fight her for it. And ...more
Paperback, 245 pages
Published January 1st 2010 by Harlequin Special Releases (first published December 15th 2009)
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Mar 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
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.

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Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
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
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Short and could have used more about the two MC's relationship, but an enjoyable read.
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Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 25, 2010 rated it it was ok
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.

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May 12, 2012 rated it liked it
J'ai pas mal apprécié cette lecture qui n'est pas au "pays des petits oiseaux". Maddie a des problèmes d'argent et elle retourne dans la ville où elle passait ses étés pour vendre l'héritage qu'elle a de son oncle. Sauf que c'est compliqué car très fort émotionnellement et surtout elle retrouve un homme sur lequel elle avait flashé adolescente.

C'est l'ambiance d'une petite ville des Etats Unis avec sa communauté, ses combats pour garder les petits commerces et c'est également les fantômes du pas
Une grosse déception. Ça avait plutôt bien commencé, y'avait une réel alchimie entre nos 2 héros, mais c'est très vite tombé dans le pathos et la niaiserie au détriment de l'histoire. C'est dommage parce que ça aurait pu être plutôt sympa.
Mar 09, 2011 rated it liked it
Sweet story
June Shaw
Aug 23, 2011 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful book that will steal your heart!
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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
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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.