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Doing the Right Thing (Mansell Brothers #1)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  461 Ratings  ·  42 Reviews
Addie Winter is single—just one more reason for disappointment in her permanently disapproving mother’s eyes. There’s nothing she wants more than to be loved but when her own mother can’t bring herself to love her, she wonders if anyone can. What she needs is a man—real would be ideal, but she’ll settle for pretend. Anything to shut her mother up.

Will Mansell chokes on his
ebook, 434 pages
Published January 6th 2010 by Ellora's Cave (first published September 24th 2009)
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Dec 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemp, e-book
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This book did not feel like a romance. The actual hero had very little page time, which made the ending feel insignificant and anticlamatic. Very disappointing read.

That should be the title of this book. I was so frustated with the "hero" and annoyed with the heroine. Won't say much about the story line because it would spoil everything. It's that kind of book which better be read without knowing what to expect.

However, it would be a 4-5 star story if the relationship and emotions were explored further. With the ending as it is, I'm dissapointed. Not dissapointed of how it turned out because I agree with the choice. I AM dissapointed of the journey, there w
Dec 13, 2013 rated it did not like it
This book will suck the life out of you. The first book I had read by Barbara Elsborg was Susie's Choice, and that was alright. I thought this one would be in the genre erotica. It wasn't; it was in the genre misery. It's hundreds of pages of everybody walking all over the main character and her letting them. The first 80 pages alone were just her having about ten mishaps per page. Then it got pretty dark real fast and the rest of the book is basically just abuse with abuse on top. Just as you'r ...more
May 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Gosh, I don't even know how to explain this book. Basically hero and heroine meet, have an affair, find out he's her boss and that he's married. Hero falls in love with her and she with him but heroes wife comes back and he takes off from the heroine, treating her horribly. Well the "hero" turns out not to be the hero at all, his brother actually is and he falls in love with the heroine too. So in the end she had to pick and she picked hero number two, which was the first heroes brother. Complic ...more
Sarah Wolfe
Nov 09, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, erotica
The heroine got on my nerves after a while. But she had nothing on the "hero" of this novel. I literally wanted to stab him.

While being an all around ditz, there were a few likable qualities about Addie. She was funny at times and there were even moments I could relate to her. I hate that she forgave Will nearly every time he was an asshole, and there were many, many times. I also hate that she was everyone's puppy to kick around. It seemed almost everyone in this novel went out of their way to
I like my drama in my books not in my life, and this book ensured that I won't have any real life drama for at least... 2 days. Guaranteed

Drama drama drama drama. Holy crap. Our heroine here is in this impossible situations and I'm not even sure how she navigated her way out of it. I was a little stressed for her while I was reading. I'm probably going to have to read this book again to see how it all developed. I feel kind of like I did the first time I watched Fight Club.

The author uses the '
Amazing...Amazing...Amazing. This book is just...Amazing (yeah, I said it again.) Ms. Elsborg is just awesome. I loved this book with all my heart. Addie was freaking hilarious, someone I could see myself befriending. Ed...Oh, Ed. How I wish my future husband will be like him. I thought Will (as many I think also think) was a supremely weak man. I loved him at first but then I grew to tire of him and his running back to that vile Vee. This is one author who knows her stuff. I'm infatuated, thank ...more
Celia Fernandez
Apr 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the books i have ever cried so much......Usually i cry for death scenes but was so emotional(For me i think).....But i got to say this...Addie mother was a real pain in the a**....(Whatever the mother's "SECRET" was..) No child has to go through childhood the way Addie was bought up....i really wished she was adopted....

As for Will, he had too much on his plate and i know he should have ditched the "EX" and i also know he could be a real jerk at times.....but still it
May 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book...Im speechless.
I felt for the heroine throughout the story and every little heartbreak she endured made me love her even more, because she got up again and didnt let it break her. Yes there was a lot of drama ,but it all fit and in the end it was perfect and I love Barbara Elsborg for ending it so beautifully. The end was truly amazing and exactly like I wanted it. Especially in the romance/erotica genre its really rare to find this kind of quality in the writing and story.
Wicked Nyx
Dec 13, 2012 rated it it was ok
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Heather in FL
I'm so torn on this one!! It was good and unexpected. I like to find books on my Kindle where I don't quite remember the blurb, lol. Then it's a total surprise! I started to remember the blurb in the middle of this one, but wasn't sure which way it was going to go. It was surprising, angsty, heart-breaking, witty, cute, and ultimately satisfying.

My heart broke for all three characters at different times in the story. Mostly for Addie, who feels like she's unlovable. She's a virgin, never been o
Amanda Sheila
Jan 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Just finished and oh my god. Barbara Elsborg knows how to play with emotions. I can't believe.. Oh my god.

Basically, this book tells about a girl with imaginary boyfriend because her mom was a freakin' bitch and harassed her all the time. So she starts looking for a guy who's willing to be paid to be his "one day" boyfriend and he met one. The complication occured when the brother of the guy fall for her too.

So many angst in this book, just the way I liked it. The ending's not what I expected,
Jan 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-f
I can't believe it ended the way it does. I don't really considered it, because I didn't read the sypnosis of the second book. (view spoiler) The last few chapters is really an emotional roller-coaster for me, from being happy, to practically pissed off and se ...more
Sep 27, 2011 rated it liked it
I love ms Elborg's books, but this one kind of put me on the fence. It made me more sad then anything else. Will is just such a damaged man, but you want to root for him and hope that he can do better. But he proves time and again he cant, and that was just so dissapointing, I kept waiting for some redeeming characteristics. Which then frustrated me with Addie and her reaction towards him despite this. I dont know, I am far from unhappy with her writing, but this is one of hers that I will not b ...more
Jan 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Awesome read!
Brutally Honest
Mar 16, 2016 rated it it was ok
Football analogy coming up.

You'll be pleased to know (if you've read my status updates) that the football game turned out ridiculously fine. Actually, I think this whole book ran exactly in parallel with this football game.

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Narita Wijaya
Sep 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Feb 11, 2016 rated it did not like it
I actually feel stupid after reading this book. What the fuck did I just read??!! Not only was the hero, not the hero, but the non-hero (who is probably one of the worst heroes I've read in a while...and I've read some really shit books lately!) was a complete dick who treated the downtrodden heroine like shit. The guy who ended up being the hero wasn't even in it all that much and the storyline was just stupid. And seriously? The non-hero guy gets his own book?? Definitely not something I am ev ...more
Dec 21, 2012 rated it liked it
Young woman with no self-esteem, lets men do what they want with her so she feels noticed or loved. Young men (brothers) who have no notion of how to be men mess with this girl over and over. In the end she picks one of them and it's HEA.
That's if I take a negative perspective.
Funny, quirky, socially awkward young woman painfully figures out how to tell the difference between a man who pursues her for his selfish gratification and a man who can pursue no other.
Ummm... was this a love
Aug 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Leah Knott
May 22, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: love-triangle
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Dayle (the literary llama)
This book was just ok...I liked it but I didn't love it. Elsborg is fantastic at creating complex situations with deep characters. The book started out great but by halfway there were several times that the main characters started to get on your nerves. You just wanted to slap sense into them. You could see where it was going and because of this you wanted more time to be spent inside Ed's head and with him, unfortunately that was my biggest disappointment.
Oct 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
made me so damn sad!! but damn i am glad she ended up with the right guy!! Finally a heroine that grows a freaking back bone and knows when to move on stop taking 2nd best

I downgraded it as yes it was a really good book, the amazing part was finally a heroine that kicked the asshat to the curb and didn't stay in a damaged relationship
Apr 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book was pretty good. I was a bit surprised with how clumsy the character Addie was, but then again speaking personally, who am i to complain. I'm glad that Addie went for ed, even though he was a blondy(at the beginning she preferred dark haired dudes). And Will is just a doormat and an Ass!!
Aug 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Reading this book was like watching a soap opera but actually caring what happens. Ultimately I was satisfied with the way it ended; the only thing that's stopping me from giving it 5 stars is that I was expecting a lighthearted romance and my heartstrings got tugged way more than I had prepared myself for - though I guess the title should have warned me that it would be angsty!
Dec 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Love love loved it!! Very well written and just a great story. Lots of conflict and tension. And I am so glad Addie ended up with the right one:) (those who have read the book will know what i am talking about!)
Jan 13, 2016 rated it it was ok
Feb 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
amazing book
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