Author: Susan Donovan

SUSAN DONOVAN's novels have won accolades for their humor, characterization, and sexual tension - "brain candy for smart women," as she calls it. Susan has written more than twenty novels and novellas that have been translated into dozens of languages. Her novel, TAKE A CHANCE ON ME, won Romantic Times Bookreviews Reviewer's Choice Award for Best Contemporary Romance in 2003, and THE KEPT WOMAN and NOT THAT KIND OF GIRL were RITA finalists. She is a former newspaper journalist with degrees from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. She lives in New Mexico with her family and Labradoodle.

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Breathless

Breathless
  • Number: B0783R5JL6
  • Release: 2018-06-12
  • Authors: Celeste Bradley, Susan Donovan
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Contemporary, * Romance: Historical
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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In a fantastic collaboration between New York Times bestselling historical romance author Celeste Bradley and contemporary romance author Susan Donovan, a beautiful story that spans continents and centuries is born. BREATHLESS is a rich tale that will sweep readers from past to present and indulge them in a saga of intertwined love, art and culture that transcends time and space.

She was “the Swan”— London’s premiere courtesan. Men wanted to be with her. Women loathed her success and yet admired her beauty, her riches, her independence. But when the jealous wife of her lover banishes the Swan from her home on the high seas, she winds up crashed against Spain’s rocky coast with no shoes, no clothes—and no name. Taken in by a tortured, sensuous man known as The Artist, the Swan comes to know the woman she wants to be—her artist’s siren.

When Art Professor Brenna Anderson is in danger of losing her post at Harvard, the rule-following, prim professor is at a loss for how to salvage the shreds of her life. But when a new painting in the mysterious Siren collection is discovered in a dusty old house in France, Brenna does the unthinkable—hops on a plane to uncover the identity of the beautiful, enigmatic woman in the paintings.

There’s just one hitch—the frustrating, irritating, bold and beautiful art hunter Fitch Wilder is also looking for the Siren. He’s been a thorn in Brenna’s professional side for years, but when their individual quests lead them to work together despite being enemies, a whole new sumptuous world of art and culture opens up for the two of them. And with it, they enter a realm of passion and love…


Stealing Taffy - Bigler, North Carolina Series, #2

Stealing Taffy
  • Number: 9781250008053
  • Release: 2016-08-30
  • Author: Susan Donovan
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Contemporary
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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LOVE IS PRICELESS in Stealing Taffy by New York Times bestselling author Susan Donovan.

Ten weeks in a swanky Arizona rehab center and Tanyalee Newberry, aka Taffy, is ready to give up everything that isn’t good for her?her forgery habit, taking (i.e., stealing) things that don’t belong to her, and, of course, men. But when her flight home gets rerouted, she finds herself in a hotel room with her smoking-hot travel companion. One night together is all it should have been. But passion is oh-so sweet…

Special Agent Dante Cabrera has been duped at his own love-’em-and-leave-’em game by this so-called Taffy. To forget she ever existed, Dante buries himself in his work…until a case leads him to North Carolina and, impossibly, right back to her. He has no business messing around with this felonious femme fatale, especially one who could be in more danger than she thinks. But Dante also knows there’s more to her than great looks and hot nights?a soul-searching woman who wants amend her past sins. Is he ready to take their desire to the next level…and steal Taffy’s heart?


Moondance Beach - A Bayberry Island Novel, #3

Moondance Beach
  • Stars
  • Number: 9780451419309
  • Release: 2015-09-01
  • Author: Susan Donovan
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Contemporary
  • Publisher: Signet
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In the latest Bayberry Island romance from by New York Times bestselling author of The Sweetest Summer, it might take more than a magical mermaid statue to bring together a hard-headed Navy SEAL and the mysterious artist who’s loved him from afar...

Duncan Flynn long ago said goodbye to his hometown of Bayberry Island, Massachusetts, where a mermaid statue allegedly grants true love to the pure at heart. So when the injured Navy SEAL gets sent home—just in time to help his family prepare for the annual Mermaid Festival—he’s not in the mood to celebrate. Nor fall in love.  But during a night run on the beach, a magnificently naked woman emerges from the surf who bears an uncanny resemblance to the mermaid in Fountain Square.

Adelena Silva’s otherworldly mermaid paintings have made her famous and wealthy, but Lena herself is a recluse—at least until Duncan Flynn comes home. She’s secretly loved him her whole life, and is determined not to let him get away again. But will revealing her truth win his heart, or cause Lena to lose him?


The Sweetest Summer - A Bayberry Island Novel, #2

The Sweetest Summer
  • 4 Stars
  • Number: 9780451419293
  • Release: 2014-08-05
  • Author: Susan Donovan
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Contemporary
  • Publisher: Signet
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A mermaid statue could be the cause of heartbreak or everlasting romance for a practical-minded police chief and his first love?in the second of the delicious Bayberry Island trilogy by New York Times bestselling author Susan Donovan....

Every instinct told Police Chief Clancy Flynn that his island’s claim to fame was nothing but a silly tourist attraction. But now and then, he couldn’t help but wonder if his lifetime of bad romances?starting with the pretty tourist who broke his fourteen-year-old heart?could be traced back to a childhood prank involving that very statue....

Then one day the pretty tourist comes barreling back into Bayberry?all grown-up and on the run with her niece. Though Evelyn McGuinness is wanted for kidnapping, she tries to persuade Clancy that there’s more to the story. Now the by-the-book police chief must make the toughest decision of his life: to take Evelyn into custody?or into his arms....


Sea of Love - A Bayberry Island Novel

Sea of Love
  • Stars
  • Number: 9780451419286
  • Release: 2013-12-03
  • Author: Susan Donovan
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Contemporary
  • Publisher: Signet
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New York Times bestselling author Susan Donovan welcomes you to Bayberry Island, a special place between Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket where a bronze mermaid statue promises to grant true love to anyone who asks with an open heart?

For years Rowan Flynn distanced herself from Bayberry Island and its infamous mermaid legend. But after her investor fiancé lost what was left of her family’s fortune, Rowan reluctantly agreed to run the Safe Haven Bed-and-Breakfast, determined never again to fall for the ridiculous fantasy of the mermaid matchmaker.

Now Rowan is just biding her time until she can return to her ?real” life in New York, fixing up the B and B and avoiding neighbors who are angry that the Flynns won’t sell their land to a developer set on turning the island into a glitzy vacation destination.

But when a handsome stranger arrives at the B and B the night before the annual Mermaid Festival, Rowan’s life takes a turn for the interesting. Could it be the divine hand of the town’s patroness? Or is Rowan being set up for another disappointment?


Christmas on Main Street

Christmas on Main Street
  • 5 Stars
  • Number: 9780451419538
  • Release: 2013-11-05
  • Authors: Alexis Morgan, LuAnn McLane, Susan Donovan, JoAnn Ross
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: Collections & Anthologies, Seasonal / Holiday
  • Publisher: Signet
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?Tis the season to fall in love in these four small towns.

In ?Christmas in Shelter Bay,” New York Times bestselling author JoAnn Ross returns to Shelter Bay, where Kelli has long tried to keep her feelings for her friend Cole a secret. But when the local matchmakers conspire to send them to a secluded lakeside cabin, the two friends soon discover that a little love will keep them warm.

TV producer Nathaniel Ravelle knows the Bayberry Island mermaid legend is a joke? how could a statue grant a wish for true love? But when a Christmas Nor’easter lands him in close quarters with local Annie Parker, they see magic at work in matters of the heart in New York Times bestselling author Susan Donovan’s ?A Seaside Christmas.”

In LuAnn McLane’s ?Mistletoe on Main Street,” Clint isn’t sure how to rekindle his romance with high school sweetheart Ava?until his father bows out of playing Santa at the annual Cricket Creek holiday parade and Clint gets the chance to make this Christmas one to remember.

And in Alexis Morgan’s ?The Christmas Gift”, business is booming at Bridey Roke’s pastry shop. Everyone in town stops in to sample her holiday treats.  But in her spare moments, she’s perfecting a special recipe to charm the handsome new neighbor?who has his own surprise gift for her come Christmas Eve!


Unbound

Unbound
  • 5 Stars
  • Number: 9781250032645
  • Release: 2011-05-24
  • Authors: Celeste Bradley, Susan Donovan
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Romance: Historical, Collections & Anthologies
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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Regency London’s most celebrated courtesan, The Blackbird, was a woman before her time—uninhibited, financially independent, and free to live by her own rules. Schooled in the sensual arts by the one man she loved the most, she recorded every wicked detail in her diaries…

When Boston museum curator Piper Chase-Pierpont unearths The Blackbird’s steamy memoirs, she’s aroused and challenged by what she finds. Could the courtesan’s diaries  be used as a modern girl’s guide to finding love and empowerment? One curious curator—and one very lucky man—are about to find out…

Newly Titled as Unbound. Originally Titled as A Courtesan's Guide to Getting Your Man


I Want Candy - Bigler, North Carolina Series, #1

I Want Candy
  • Stars
  • Number: 9780312536220
  • Release: 2012-02-28
  • Author: Susan Donovan
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Contemporary
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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Candace Carmichael was just getting used to the lavish life when everything went sour. Now the down-on-her-luck real estate agent is back in Bigler, North Carolina, jobless and illegally rooming with her her mother in a swank retirement community. All this makes her wonder why she ever considered her BFF Cheri's invitation to move back home. Life in this small mountain town may not be as glamorous as the one she had in Tampa, but she knows a girl can't be too choosy in this market. Besides, everyone's happy to welcome Candy back-especially one handsome widower named Turner.

Turner has grown up to be one fine-looking piece of man candy-and looks even tastier in his sheriff's uniform. Maybe that's why she couldn't resist kissing him when he pulled her over for a traffic violation. Even if a relationship was part of Candy's business plan,ÿ Turner would be off limits-he still wears his wedding ring, four years after his wife died. If falling in love too fast is a crime, Candy is soon guilty as charged and ready to be fingerprinted. But is she ready to lock away her dreams and hand Turner the keys to her heart?


Cheri on Top

Cheri on Top
  • Stars
  • Number: 9780312536213
  • Release: 2011-08-30
  • Author: Susan Donovan
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Contemporary, Romantic Elements
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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Sun-drenched beaches, designer-label clothes, drop-dead-gorgeous boy-toys…all paid for with a series of high-risk real estate deals. That’s the lifestyle Cherise Newberry and her BFF Candy enjoy after leaving rural North Carolina for Tampa—until the market tanks and they lose everything. Cheri is surviving on Ramen Noodles and temp jobs when she gets a call from home to come back and run the family’s small-town newspaper. Just one catch: She’ll become the boss of her high school crush—and former  brother-in-law—who might have the power to crush her all over again…

But Cheri is surprised to see how “bad boy” J.J. DeCourcy has grown into the hard-working and principled managing editor of The Bigler Bugle. Still, according to Cheri’s bitter sister, he’s not to be trusted. If Cheri’s going to co-exist at the with this sexier-than-ever man from her past, she needs to stay professional—and keep her distance —even though he sets her on fire. When they’re handed the biggest news story in the town’s history, Cheri must trust J.J., even it means putting her life in danger.…and her heart on the line.


The Guy Next Door

The Guy Next Door
  • Stars
  • Number: 9780373775569
  • Release: Out Now
  • Authors: Lori Foster, Victoria Dahl, Susan Donovan
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Contemporary, Collections & Anthologies, Romantic Elements
  • Publisher: HQN Books
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Ready, Set, Jett by Lori Foster

A vacation from her no-strings romance with her sexy next-door neighbor. That’s what Natalie Alexander needs to get her head— and heart—together. But her solo trip south turns into a disaster when gorgeous Jett Sutter turns up with another challenge.

Gail’s Gone Wild by Susan Donovan

Single mom Gail Chapman insists on chaperoning her teenage daughter’s spring-break trip to Key West. But she never expects to face temptation—in the hunky form of Jesse Batista, the mysterious man in the cottage next door.

Just One Taste by Victoria Dahl

All-work-and-no-play businessman Eric Donovan won’t be distracted by a “businesswoman” who’s all wrong for him. Beth Cantrell owns a woman’s erotica shop! And she has a juicy little secret. Can she tempt him to put pleasure before business for once?


Not That Kind of Girl

Not That Kind of Girl
  • 5 Stars
  • Number: 9780312366063
  • Release: 2010-11-30
  • Author: Susan Donovan
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Contemporary
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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Roxanne Bloom is through with love. Fresh on the heels of a bad break-up, she’s decided to devote all her time to her man-slamming website—and her man-hating dog, Lilith. But this pit-bull-Boxer is so good at unleashing her fury (and her owner’s) that the male victims keep piling up…and now it’s time to get some sensitivity training. Enter Eli Gallagher, one of the best—and hottest—canine experts in town.

 

The more Eli gets to know Roxie, the more he senses that she’s been hurt by men in the past—just like her dog. With a little gentle prodding, and a whole lot of patience, Eli hopes to gain Roxie’s trust and soothe her broken heart. Eli can see that Roxie’s bark is way worse than her bite. But she’s not putting her guard down just yet—even if she is falling deeply, madly, doggedly in love with him...

 


The Night She Got Lucky

The Night She Got Lucky
  • 5 Stars
  • Number: 9780312366056
  • Release: 2010-05-25
  • Author: Susan Donovan
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Contemporary, Romantic Elements
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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Members of a dog-walking group vow to find happiness without men in their lives-who needs a reckless man when you have the love of a loyal dog? But when Giner Hanson meets a sexy photographer, all bets are off!


Ain't Too Proud to Beg

Ain't Too Proud to Beg
  • 4 Stars
  • Number: 9780312366049
  • Release: November 03, 2009
  • Author: Susan Donovan
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Contemporary
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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Josie Sheehan collects failed relationships the way some women collect designer handbags. Now, at thirty-five, she has exactly one male in her life: her Labradoodle, Genghis. In fact Josie, along with the three very single women in her dog-walking group, has recently sworn off men, resigning herself to long walks in the park with her devoted, four-legged friend.

All bets are off, however, when she meets Rick Rousseau, a pet-company CEO who is smart, sexy, and, best of all, head-over-heels for Josie. Even Genghis, an excellent judge of character, seems to know that Rick is the real deal. But just when Josie starts to think that she has found something more enduring than puppy love, she discovers that Rick has a complicated past—and a secret that could put the woman he loves in serious danger...


The Girl Most Likely To .

The Girl Most Likely To .
  • 4 Stars
  • Number: 9780312939519
  • Release: 12/30/2008
  • Author: Susan Donovan
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Contemporary
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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Kat Cavanaugh was sixteen when she hitchhiked out of Persuasion, West Virginia and vowed never to return. Who could blame her? She’d just stumbled upon her father’s adulterous affair, found out she was pregnant, got dumped by her boyfriend, and kicked out of her house and school  . . . all in a single afternoon.  Twenty years have gone by and Kat’s back—gorgeous, rich, and looking for an apology from everyone who’d turned their backs on her. First on that list is Riley Bohland, the boy who broke her heart before she could tell him about the baby.

But Kat didn’t count on Riley having his own axe to grind, or that he’d be just as delicious as he was at sixteen.  She also didn’t count on her heart opening at the sight of him. When their anger ignites a passion intense enough to burn through two decades of secrets and lies, Kat must question everything she thought she knew about her past.  And what about her future? The only place to find the answers may be in Riley’s arms…