FALLING FOR A DONOVAN - A. C. Arthur
REVIEWER: Janet Caldwell| RATING: A
REVIEW: Arthur’s latest, FALLING FOR A DONOVAN, in her trademark Donovan saga continues with the paternity scandal involving Roslyn Ausby’s son, Dane, in the forefront. Dane’s father was revealed in, book thirteen, IN THE ARMS OF A DONOVAN, but the backlash spills over into this suspense-filled romance novel.
This story opens in the midst of a botched kidnapping rescue. Free-spirited Bailey Donovan is kidnapped under orders from Roslyn. Her irrational scheme involves snagging her cousin Brynne also, but she is MIA. Bailey’s self-appointed protector, Devlin Bonner, fires a single shot leaving Roslyn’s mini-me daughter, Jaydon’s life-less body sprawled on the floor.
Bailey is a private investigator for D&D Investigations in Greenwich, Connecticut with play cousin Sam Desdune. Bailey’s mother died in a car accident which is suspected to be the handiwork of Roslyn. She is independent and headstrong and on the rebound from a relationship with a “bad boy with a chip on his shoulder”, so a relationship, particularly with this type, is the last thing on her mind.
Devlin is a gruff “bad boy with a chip on his shoulder”. He and Bailey acted on their mutual attraction in the infamous closet scene after Savian and Jenise’s wedding in WRAPPED IN A DONOVAN. The former Navy Seal, best friend and business partner to cousin Trent, is a trained killer with a dark brooding persona. He and Bailey have been casually “hooking up” since the wedding with no mention of attachment or permanence. Devlin doesn’t do relationships. He pays females for companionship. He is a complex person that is shaped by his fractured childhood, military career and profession. Under the guise of protecting her, Devlin takes Bailey with him on the journey to find Roslyn because he can’t tolerate the idea of leaving her behind.
Bailey and Devlin are total opposites. She comes from wealth and is family-oriented while he is a loner who feels she deserves a man from her social class that meets her family’s approval. The kidnapping erases these perceptions and affirms the importance of family and lifetime commitments. In addition to our main characters, numerous Donovan’s are sprinkled throughout this story, including Roslyn’s son, Dane and daughter Jaydon, an ex-Donovan. Other notable characters include, family friends the Desdunes and Devlin’s ex-Navy Seals cohorts.
I rode a rollercoaster of emotions while Bailey and Devlin searched for Roslyn Ausby and defined their relationship. They quickly mastered the physical, but needed to define the emotional. Devlin Bonner is an intriguing romance hero with an erotic edge. His mantra is “I don’t do flowers and romance,” but he can’t stop falling for this Donovan. One more installment remains in this series. This is a stand-alone, but read HEART OF A DONOVAN, EMBRACED BY A DONOVAN, WRAPPED IN A DONOVAN, IN THE ARMS OF A DONOVAN and THE DONOVANS UNCOVERED to fully appreciate this captivating plot.
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