Quinn's Woman (Hometown Heartbreakers, #11)by Published 01 Aug 2003
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Self-defense instructor D.J. Monroe would do anything to be the best. Even if it meant asking super-sexy military expert Quinn Reynolds to demonstrate some of his finest moves...on and off the mat! Normally, D.J. didn't date, didn't trust, didn't let anyone in. But when she found herself falling for Quinn, could she let go of her past and embrace a future with him?
"Quinn's Woman (Hometown Heartbreakers, #11)" Reviews
Quinn's Woman (Susan Mallery):
Another fabulous addition to the Haynes unfolding family tree series.
Family made up of blood and by choice, all held together by love.
Two damaged souls come meet in unusual but suitable circumstances, spark but fight off the attraction despite the wanting for more.
Home for the Holidays (Sarah Mayberry)
My first Sarah Mayberry novel and I couldn't put it down.
Loved the backstory, character evolvement and conjoining of the principle characters.
Another in the Haynes' brothers series but about their half-brother Quinn, who is a special forces guy, and D. J. Monroe, who rescues kidnapped children and teaches self-defense and who had a troubled childhood. It was a bit deeper than most of the others and resonated in places on a level I did not expect. I discovered Susan Mallery last February when I was desperate for new authors to read and am now catching up with her earlier stuff that I have bought used. Some have been good, others not so good, as you would expect. This is one of the better ones.
It was diamond find that I wasn't looking for and didn't know it existed ! I loved this book from the beginnning to the end. This was an amazing story: Personal struggles of two people' with voids in their lives and haunting issues they were hiding ! They had friends and family encouraging and there for them, but really not know what their issues were. I will come back later to fill in a little more about D.J.and Quinn.... but just read this and enjoying this love story. thanks Susan Mallery for this great book.
I didn't want to give anything away.... Just read the book everyone. !
I just noticed it is an updated book of two stories written by Susan Mallery. I should have paid more attention to that also.
Some interesting ideas but really spoiled by the old-school mindset. The heroine suffered childhood trauma and has reacted by becoming super tough, but the size and expression of the chip on her shoulder just seems... unrealistic. The hero is very much an alpha hero and that doesn't really work with this heroine, I think. The book is very heroine-focused - she needs to learn to let go and fall in love - but the way that's expressed is often very uncomfortable, e.g. she has to dress "sexy" and get her hair and nails done. It's explicitly requested/demanded by the hero, and the overall impression one is left with is that D.J. would like to be a girly girl sometimes but is prevented by Her Trauma and that will be Healed By True Love. There are a billion and one other characters around - clearly this is part of an ongoing series - and all of them have very, very traditional relationships. The heroine's best friend used to run an orphanage but now only does it part-time because after all she has her own babies to take care of now; D.J. spends a lot of time being jealous of this friend and her femininity. It's all very discomfiting, because while D.J. is allowed by the narrative to be tough (and the hero explicitly likes her toughness), her toughness is a direct response to earlier trauma and, similarly, her clothes, her way of life, her everything, is ascribed to this trauma and needs to be "healed." I feel like this might have been exciting fifteen years ago - finally a Harlequin category heroine who is genuinely tough as nails! - but the stereotypes D.J. embodies are really uncomfortable in this day and age. Part of it, I think, is that she's coded aggressively tomboy (tough, aggressive, stern with men but secretly terrified of them, dresses mannishly) but is healed from all that by the love of a good man, which is bonkers and pretty insulting. Yes, she keeps being tough and has all her black belts, but deep down she wants to wear pretty dresses and learn to submit to a man who is strong enough to make her... but none of this is explicitly written in, the way it would be nowadays.
Secrets from her past compel DJ Monroe to excel and be the best at everything. When her path crosses with Quinn Reynolds she has finally met her match. DJ will do anything to have Quinn teach her what he knows,anything but relinquish her heart and control.
I Thought the characters of Quinn and DJ were well written. Quinn is the tough military professional struggling his own internal demons. DJ's past is a big influence into the person she is today. I am not very familiar with heroins as tough and closed off as DJ and found her character very intriquing. I really enjoyed the War Games scene when Quinn and DJ meet. The found the interaction between the two characters during the war games exciting. It left me wanting and curious to see how their relationship would work out. I enjoyed reading Quinn's Woman and found it to a great story of personal reflection and emotional healing.