He Loves Lucy [NOOK Book]

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Marketing exec Lucy Cunningham is thrilled when her firm lands The Palm Club account. The campaign concept for Miami's hottest fitness club was Lucy's idea: take one fitness-challenged woman, put her in front of TV cameras, and into the hands of the club's top personal trainer, Theo Redmond. And there's a big cash reward for each pound shed. It seems like a brilliant idea-until Lucy gets picked to be the guinea pig. It's obvious she needs to drop the pounds, but the idea of letting it all hang out in front of ...
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Marketing exec Lucy Cunningham is thrilled when her firm lands The Palm Club account. The campaign concept for Miami's hottest fitness club was Lucy's idea: take one fitness-challenged woman, put her in front of TV cameras, and into the hands of the club's top personal trainer, Theo Redmond. And there's a big cash reward for each pound shed. It seems like a brilliant idea-until Lucy gets picked to be the guinea pig. It's obvious she needs to drop the pounds, but the idea of letting it all hang out in front of some Malibu Ken jock has her choking on her Milk Duds before she even begins!

After one meeting, Theo knows Lucy will be his toughest client and one of the most unforgettable women he'll ever meet. Smart-mouthed and stubborn, it's clear she isn't fond of marching to anyone's drumbeat but her own. But she shocks Theo by rising to the challenge like a pro. And he finds his heart in jeopardy long before Lucy starts to slim down and turn heads.

As Lucy sweats her way into a whole new life, things start to heat up between her and Theo. But trust doesn't come easy for either of them. They've both been burned by romance in the past. Now Lucy and Theo are about to discover that appearances can be deceiving-and in the end, true love lies somewhere between pizza and Pilates...

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PUBLIC DISPLAYS OF AFFECTION
"Goofy comedy, white-hot sex, and ticking-bomb pacing will keep readers glued to the pages...this is a surefire crowd pleaser."--Publishers Weekly

"A wonderful romance about second chances...you won't want to put [it] down."-Romantic Times

"Smart, sassy and sensual. Susan Donovan will steal your heart."--Christina Dodd, New York Times bestselling author

"Fresh, fun and oh, so, sexy! Susan Donovan is gonna be a star!"--Susan Andersen, New York Times bestselling author

"A perfect blend of humor, highly charged sexual tension, and emotional intensity. Susan Donovan is a must-read!"--Janelle Denison, USA Today bestselling author

TAKE A CHANCE ON ME
"Donovan has a real talent for painting hilarious word pictures that are pure gold. Take a Chance on Me is unquestionably one of the funniest, hottest books I've read this year."--The Oakland Press

"Comic sharpness...the humorous interactions among Thomas, Emma, and Emma's quirky family give the book a golden warmth as earthy as its rural Maryland setting. But there are also enough explicit erotic interludes to please readers who like their romances spicy."-Publishers Weekly

"Donovan blends humor and compassion in this opposites attract story. Sexy and masculine, Thomas fills the bill for the man of your dreams. Emma and Thomas deserve a chance at true love. Delightfully entertaining, Take a Chance on Me is a guaranteed good time."-Old Book Barn Gazette

"Full of humor, sensuality, and emotion with excellent protagonists and supporting characters...a wonderful tale. Don't be afraid to take a chance on this one. You'll love it."--Affaire de Coeur

"Impossible to put down...Susan Donovan is an absolute riot. You're reading a paragraph that is so sexually charged you can literally feel the air snapping with electricity and the next second one of the characters has a thought that is so absurd...that you are laughing out loud. Susan Donovan has a very unique, off-the-wall style that should keep her around for many books to come. Do NOT pass this one up."-Romance Junkie Review

"Susan Donovan has created a vastly entertaining romance in her latest book Take a Chance on Me. The book has an ideal cast of characters...a very amusing, pleasurable read...all the right ingredients are there, and Ms. Donovan has charmingly dished up an absolutely fast, fun, and sexy read!"
-Road to Romance

"Contemporary romances don't get much better than Take a Chance on Me...such wonderful characters! You want sexual tension? This book drips with it. How about a love scene that is everything that a love scene should be? There's humor, a touch of angst, and delightful dialogue...Take a Chance on Me is going to end up very, very high on my list of best romances for 2003."-All About Romance

"Combine one voluptuous, smart but insecure heroine with one drop-dead gorgeous, smart but insecure hero; add a disco-dancing hairless dog, a precocious preteen, a few sarcastic co-workers, some bad guys and a corpse; throw in a one dash each suspense and humor; and boil with sexual tension. That's the recipe for. . .Susan Donovan's Take a Chance on Me."---Hagerstoon Herald

KNOCK ME OFF MY FEET
"Fun, fast and sexy."-Lori Foster, New York Times bestselling author of Knock Me off My Feet

"Spicy debut...[A] surprise ending and lots of playfully erotic love scenes will keep readers entertained."-Publishers Weekly

"Donovan's blend of romance and mystery is thrilling."-Booklist

"Knock Me Off My Feet will knock you off your feet...Ms. Donovan crafts an excellent mixture to intrigue you and delight you. You'll sigh as you experience the growing love between Autumn and Quinn and giggle over their dialogue. And you'll be surprised as the story unfolds. I highly recommend this wonderfully entertaining story."-Old Book Barn Gazette

"From the beginning I was hooked by the author's fast-paced writing and funny situations...I highly recommend this debut book by Susan Donovan. You'll just have to ignore the ironing and vacuuming and order pizza for the family until you've finished being knocked off your feet by this saucy, sexy romp."
-A Romance Review

"Hilarious...full of sass and sizzle."-Julie Ortolon, USA Today bestselling author of Don't Tempt Me

"Knock Me Off My Feet is sexy, sizzling and downright funny. . .it's quite a potent package!"--Romantic Times (Top Pick)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429903776
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2007
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 75,969
  • File size: 317 KB

Meet the Author



Susan Donovan's novels are witty, sexy, and entertaining—“brain candy for smart women,” as she puts it. Her books include Not That Kind of GirlThe Night She Got Lucky and Ain’t Too Proud to Beg. Susan is a former newspaper journalist with degrees from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and has worked as a reporter in Chicago, Albuquerque, and Indianapolis. Her other jobs have included fine arts fundraiser, freelance journalist, painted furniture artist, horse stall mucker, proposal writer, and aide to a U.S. Senator. Susan lives in rural Maryland with her family and dogs.
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1
December“Nice to see you again, Lucy.”
She heaved herself up from the low white leather couch in the Palm Club’s lobby and stood before Trainer Ken in all his glory, wondering how the man had managed to become better-looking in the last four days.
“I’m baaack,” Lucy said.
Theo laughed, and she scanned his crisp uniform of navy blue athletic shorts and white Palm Club polo shirt, then looked at those perfect bright teeth framed in those perfect man lips and thought if it weren’t for the mouth-to-mouth-induced nirvana she’d experienced in his presence, she’d need to poke Theo to make sure he was real flesh and blood. The guy was way too perky for first thing in the morning.
“So how are you, Lucy?”
“I’m breathing on my own today. At least I got that going for me.”
“And I can assume you’re not armed and dangerous?”
Lucy wasn’t sure she’d heard right, and frowned.
“I’m asking if you’re packin’ any Milk Duds this morning, Miss Cunningham.”
Lucy’s jaw fell open. It seemed that Buff Body Theo’s sense of humor was a little edgier than she’d assumed. Maybe she’d been too preoccupied with her own mortification and near-death experience four days ago to appreciate it.
“No ammo today,” she said, letting go with a nervous laugh. Then, as if on cue, she patted her sweatpants pocket in search of the comfort of a Milk Dud. She looked up in horror to see Theo smiling softly.
“It takes about six weeks to establish a habit or to break one,” he said, his voice kind.
“So I hear.”
“The good news is we’ve got fifty-one weeks left.” He reached for her hand, squeezing her fingers in a gentle grip. “How about we start over? I’m Theo Redmond, your trainer for the next year.”
Lucy steadied herself with a deep breath, aware that passing out was passé. “And I’m Lucy Cunningham, your worst nightmare.”
“Let’s think positive, shall we, Miss Cunningham?”
She pulled her hand away and huffed. “Call me Lucy. I’m not that much older than you, and when you call me ‘Miss Cunningham’ I feel like your spinster piano teacher or something.”
“I’m thirty-two.”
“I’m only twenty-nine.”
“I know.” He tapped his thigh with his clipboard and scowled a little, like he was thinking hard. “This is where I usually ask my new clients to fill out a bunch of forms, but I don’t feel like filling out forms this morning. How about you?”
“So we’re going out for doughnuts instead?”
Theo tossed his clipboard on the reception counter and cupped Lucy’s elbow, turning her toward the elevators as he chuckled. “How about coffee and a sunrise? We can get to know each other a little, see what approach we’re going to take, while we watch the sun come up.”
As they walked down the three flights of stairs to the lobby on Washington Avenue, Lucy checked out her trainer from the corner of her eye and, as she always did, wondered how much more she weighed than the person next to her. She knew it only made things worse, but she couldn’t seem to stop her brain from doing the calculations. Maybe it was another one of those habits she could break with Theo’s help.
“Are you originally from Miami, Lucy?” The elevator doors opened and they headed for the street and into the pleasant, saltwater-scented city air.
“Pittsburgh. I moved here about a year ago to be closer to my parents. They retired to Fort Lauderdale.”
“Are you enjoying it?”
Lucy smiled to herself as they turned east along Fourth Street, heading toward the strip. The truth was that moving to Miami had made her feel like a foreign exchange student plopped down in an alien land. But her appreciation for the sun and heat and colorful array of humankind was slowly beginning to chip away at the culture shock. “It’s growing on me,” she said.
Theo gestured toward the front patio of the News Café on Ocean and motioned for her to go up the steps in front of him. He pulled out a wrought-iron chair for her, then sat down across the table under the market umbrella.
“I already know what approach I’d like to take to this whole business,” Lucy said.
Theo grinned. “Oh? What approach is that?”
“I’d like to stroll through one of those magic chambers and come out a hundred pounds lighter, a hundred grand richer, and drop-dead gorgeous.”
Theo leaned back in his chair to leisurely study his newest client. Her brown hair was yanked into a tight and shiny ponytail. She had a sweet face, with smooth and clear skin, nicely shaped full lips, and adorable cheeks. Theo briefly scanned the rest of her. At about five-seven, she was a big woman but evenly proportioned. She carried herself well. It dawned on him that Lucy Cunningham might be the real deal if she lost the weight. No. When she lost it, he reminded himself.
It was true that Lucy had ended up in the ER before she’d even laced up her sneakers, but he still saw this yearlong project as doable. He’d help the marketing executive lose up to one hundred pounds, documented in monthly TV appearances, magazine columns, and nonstop advertising, and they’d each make a thousand dollars each for every pound she shed.
At the end of the year, Lucy would be thin and rich and he could afford to get his butt back to med school. Everybody wins.
Theo took note of the hefty-chick camouflage Lucy wore that morning—navy blue leggings that ended just below her knees and a large T-shirt that hit midthigh, an attempt to hide what couldn’t be hidden. He returned his gaze to her face and encountered a set of big gray-blue eyes that were lit up with anger and defiance. Her pretty smile had transformed into a smirk.
The waitress appeared and Theo ordered decaf. Lucy followed suit. “I’m assuming you know where we can find one of those magic chambers?” he asked.
“I was hoping you did.”
“There isn’t one. So that leaves Plan B.” Theo waited for her to respond, but her gray eyes bored into his, unblinking. “Aren’t you curious what Plan B is, Lucy?”
The coffees came and Lucy swore she could smell cologne over the scent of java. She hoped it was only shampoo or soap, because she didn’t trust jocks who wore cologne. Like most of her issues surrounding men, that little quirk could be traced right back to Brad Zirkle and the Taco Bowl incident. But for this thing to work with Theo, she was going to have to at least try to trust him, cologne or no.
“Plan B? Bring it on,” she said.
Lucy watched Theo hide a smile by sipping his coffee. Then his eyes wandered over her head toward the street. She followed his gaze to a beautiful redhead strolling confidently up the sidewalk, who waved and called out, “Catch you Thursday, Theo-dorable!”
“Thursday it is!” Theo returned his gaze to Lucy, not missing a beat, and as he chatted about unrefined grains and positive thinking, Lucy wondered just how much of a ladies’ man her trainer was. With those looks and lip-locking skills, he had to be an A-lister among the single females of South Beach.
But Theo-dorable? Puh-leeze.
“Plan B is whatever works for you. We find it and we do it every day until it becomes a part of who you are.” Theo leaned across the small café table, lowered his chin, and looked directly into Lucy’s eyes. She realized the most disarming thing about the guy was that he was masculine and exquisite at the same time. His face was perfectly balanced—a strong and straight nose, widely spaced and intelligent blue eyes, smooth lips, defined cheeks, ending in a slightly squared and cleanly shaven chin.
And his body was . . . well, Theo’s body was solid and graceful and sun-kissed. He wasn’t some bulging, muscle-bound hulk. The man simply flowed.
Lucy wiped perspiration from her forehead as her heart thudded, wondering if the redhead on the sidewalk or Theo’s other girlfriends ever grew immune to his looks. Did they break out into a sweat just listening to him talk? She wondered if Gia Altamonte was one of those girlfriends and how many more of Miami’s supermodels belonged to that club.
“And you’ll follow Plan B until you can’t imagine life without it. Until you feel balanced and healthy, look fabulous, and have more energy than you ever thought possible. How does that sound?”
Lucy scrunched up her nose. “I still want the magic chamber.”
Just then, a pretty blonde sat down a few tables away, chatting on her cell phone while she smiled at Theo. Hey, you, she mouthed silently. Theo nodded his head in the woman’s direction and Lucy began to wonder if he was a trainer and a gigolo.
Theo described how he wanted her to keep a daily journal of her food, her feelings, and her goals. “We’ll tackle all the hard stuff tomorrow, after the TV studio, OK?”
“Yep.” Lucy eyed the blonde who eyed Theo.
“I’ll have a detailed questionnaire for you about your fitness and health history, your current food choices and lifestyle. The more thorough your answers, the faster we can hit on exactly what will work. Sound good?”
Lucy froze, slowly understanding the implications of his last comment. She had to put in writing what she’d been eating lately? Was nothing sacred? “Make sure to have extra sheets of paper handy,” Lucy said.
Theo lowered his voice. “You’ll need to bring your swimsuit tomorrow, too, OK?”
No, that wasn’t OK! She’d rather die than let him see her in a bathing suit. “Are we going snorkeling?”
Theo shook his head gently, knowing this part was going to be rough on Lucy. “It’s for the hydrostatic tank—”
“The whaaa—?”
“We’ll immerse you in water and get an accurate measure of your percentage of body fat.”
Lucy’s eyes went huge.
“We have to know where we’re starting. That’s all it is—a place to start.”
“But do we have to start there?”
“I thought you agreed to a fitness evaluation.”
Lucy gulped. She blinked. She looked away for something to focus on while she got hold of herself. Her eyes landed on the blonde again, now crossing her zero-body-fat legs and batting her eyelashes at Theo.
“Couldn’t we just make a guesstimate on my body fat? Like, say, ninety-eight percent, and go from there?”
Theo tried not to laugh. He watched Lucy Cunningham swallow hard and keep her eyes on anything but him. The embarrassment pulsed off her body in waves. He felt for her, he really did, but they couldn’t start until he was sure she was a willing participant.
“Did you agree to this, Lucy? Are you aware that what we find out tomorrow and everything else we glean from lab tests, strength and cardiovascular evaluations—everything—is going to be made public?”
“I’m doing this for the cash; let’s get that straight right from the start.” Lucy took a deep breath. “I know I could stand to lose weight, but I plan to use the money to start my own company. And I do not plan to fail. It’s just that getting started sounds so . . .” Lucy looked down at her hands. “Hard.”
Theo pondered the slope of her neck and shoulders, how she overfilled the small café chair. Clearly, they’d be doing lots of cardio, adding machine and freestyle exercises over time. He was thinking Pilates for core strength. Yoga for flexibility.
He watched Lucy’s jaw clench with frustration and figured she’d benefit from a few sessions where she could beat the living shit out of a kickboxing dummy. He made a mental note of it.
But as he continued to watch her, Theo was struck with the urge to hug this woman, tell her everything would be all right. That had never happened with a client before. Yes, it was about money for him, too, but he liked Lucy Cunningham. He wanted her to be happy. And there was something about her—maybe the mix of brave girl and smart-assed woman—that tugged at him.
“I know it takes a lot of courage to do what you’re doing.” She didn’t respond, and he watched as she hid her face in her hands. Theo worried she’d choked again. “Lucy?”
“I need a minute, please.” She jumped from the chair, laced her way through the tables, and ran out onto the sidewalk. Theo watched her go—she had decent running form and seemed pretty agile—then he saw that she was crying.
He sighed, threw a ten down on the table, and went after her. Lucy had stopped at the corner. She was red-faced and out of breath as she waited for a chance to cross at the curb.
“How long’s it been since you took a nice run?” Theo stood at her side, following Lucy’s blank stare toward the entrance to Eighth Street Beach and the rising sun beyond.
“What year is this again?” The light turned and Lucy walked across Ocean Boulevard, still breathing hard.
“That long, huh?”
“I used to run. I gained fifty pounds during college, but before then I used to play softball and racquetball. I rode horses, skied, and hiked, too.” She turned to him in direct challenge.
Theo couldn’t prevent the surprise from showing on his face. He was sorry Lucy saw it, because she looked away, embarrassed. “So why did you stop?”
Lucy whipped her head around so fast her ponytail brushed his shoulder. She looked up at him with what he could only describe as dread. “No reason.”
Theo didn’t push it. He knew that tomorrow she’d cover all the details in her client questionnaire. Today was for getting her to relax. Getting her psyched up for the long haul ahead. And so far, he’d failed miserably.
The timing couldn’t be worse, but Theo saw a curvy little woman heading toward them who had once dated his best friend, Tyson. Theo couldn’t remember the woman’s name and was relieved when she strolled by with only a smile. Then he saw Lucy’s openmouthed stare.
“Do you run an escort service on the side, Theo?”
He laughed. “Naw. I just know a lot of people on South Beach.”
“A lot of female people.”
“And now I know you.” He smiled at her.
Lucy was not often tongue-tied, but she was a little rusty at engaging in small talk with gorgeous hunks. The truth was, she felt just plain defenseless against Theo Redmond and his enchanting smile.
“Where are we going, Lucy?”
She’d apparently been staring at him in a trance, walking aimlessly. It was a wonder she hadn’t flattened a few pedestrians.
“Wherever you take me,” she said, flinching at the lovesick eighth grader she’d become, worrying she’d just officially blown her second chance at a first impression.
But Theo only laughed. He put his arm around her shoulder and gave her a squeeze. “You’re in good hands, Lucy Cunningham.”
Office of Doris Lehman, MSW, PhD
“Help. I have the hots for my trainer.”
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  • Posted October 31, 2008

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    Can a romance book get any better than Susan Donovan's HE LOVES LUCY? I think not! From true-to-life characters, deep emotion, witty dialogue, and red-hot sexual tension, this book has the one thing that contemporary romances should have-everything! <BR/><BR/>Lucy Cunningham is a marketing executive for the advertising firm of Sherrod & Thoms. And she's hit upon the absolutely perfect idea for a gimmick for the Palm Club of Miami Beach, Florida-bring in an overweight woman, throw her into the capable hands of a personal trainer, vow to lose one hundred pounds in a year, and let the television show WakeUp Miami detail each achievement and setback. It was an excellent idea, until the powers-that-be decided that Lucy-and her two hundred and thirty some pounds-be the human guinea pig in this marketing campaign. <BR/><BR/>Threatened by the fact that she'll have to give up Milk Duds, extra-cheese pizza, and butter brickle ice cream, Lucy is overwhelmed by the task ahead of her. Sure, ever since the debacle of being the slump buster for Pitt State's football team, she's been eating herself into oblivion, and something obviously needs to change. But working with a Ken look-a-like named Theodore Redmond was never part of the deal! <BR/><BR/>From the first time Theo is forced to perform CPR on a candy-choking, overweight loudmouth by the name of Lucy, he's smitten by her courageous attitude and brave strength in the face of adversity. As for Lucy, being in the presence of Theo's male perfection is taking a toll on her already fragile hormones. <BR/><BR/>As Stephan Sherrod, her boss, comes close to having a mental breakdown over Lucy's sudden stardom and weight loss; as Theo's rebuffed coworker Lola DiPaolo attempts to bring down the Palm Club; as Lucy's brother, Dan, falls in lust with her new model friend, Gia Altamonte; as Lucy's sister, Mary Fran, goes through a marital crisis, you just know that HE LOVES LUCY is heading toward one heck of an ending! <BR/><BR/>Susan Donovan has taken a premise that might have failed, and turned it into a funny, poignant, truly romantic story. I love romance books that feature real-sized characters, and Lucy is definitely that. I have to admit that I was at first worried about Theo's feelings for Lucy-was he only going to fall head-over-heels once Lucy was a stick-thin version of her former self? As I learned, there was nothing to fear! At the end of the story, Lucy is still not a beanpole, and Theo shows that behind his gorgeous exterior lies a heart of gold. <BR/><BR/>Theo is the kind of hero I love the best, a mix of alpha male. Theo dropped out of medical school to care for his brother Buddy. Sixteen years old and born with Downs Syndrome, Buddy, is the kind of brother anyone would want. An athlete in the Special Olympics, his antics and no-holds-barred advice to his older brother are not to be missed. <BR/><BR/>The supporting cast of characters only adds to the charm of Lucy and Theo's story. An excellent book by an excellent author, HE LOVES LUCY goes onto my keeper shelf, in the to-be-read-again category.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2008

    LOVED IT!!!

    This was just a fabulous book all the way around. Well written, cute, funny and heartwarming! I don't usually read romance much but my friend gave it to me to read and I could not put it down. Very likeable and well rounded characters, highly recommend!!!

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Very enjoyable

    Pittsburgh transplant Lucy Cunningham came up with the marketing campaign for her new client Miami¿s Palm Club. An overweight woman would receive personal health nutrition, and fitness training from a professional. For every pound she loses up to 100 pounds, she pockets 1K, the trainer gets matching funds. The pair potentially could make 100K each................... Her boss Stephan Sherrod at Sherrod and Thoms selects Lucy to serve as the guinea pig whose success or failure will be aired monthly on local TV; Steve chose Lucy because he believes she will fail and he owes the Palm Club rival Goldstein a debt.. The Palm Club chooses their most popular trainer hunk Theo Redmond, though the owner knows when he succeeds he will leave to complete law school. Lucy is attracted to Theo from the start, but figures someone as frumpy as her has no chance. Her choking at first sight further makes her feel like a dud. Theo in turn finds his student dedicated and refreshingly humorous and honest. He begins falling in love with her, but as the weight comes off in spite of her well meaning parents, he knows she will not believe him unless he can register his proof..................... This is an enjoyable contemporary romance that stars a wisecracking female protagonist and ¿Theo-dorable¿ who falls in love with her even when she is overweight. Lucy is a humorous delight whether she reflects on herself, her hunk, her family or her psychiatrist. Though the infidelity by her boss seems unnecessary and foolish as this would hurt his firm even if Lucy takes the hit, fans will enjoy this fine look at one year of hard work to find love................... Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2013

    Eh

    Just eh.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2013

    Beautiful story.

    Adorable story and wonderful characters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2012

    Cute very cute!

    I enjoyed this romance, but I thought the sex could have been steamier.

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  • Posted May 21, 2012

    Enjoyable Read

    I enjoyed reading this book. Nicely developed characters, interesting premise and story line, and a lovely happy ending.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2012

    Oh Wow!!

    This book made me a litte emotional. It hits on the fact that a lot of overweight women are attracted to a guy who they deem way out of their league because of their weight. I really enjoyed this book. Highly recommend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2012

    Highly Recommeded- a must read

    Highly entertaining: funny and sexy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2011

    Wish zero stars was a choice!

    I couldn't even finish this book. It was touted as funny, not true! I wouldn't even consider it a romance because she had to completely transform herself for him to "love Lucy."
    I bought this one because it was compared to "Bet Me." It was not even in the same league.

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  • Posted June 30, 2011

    Geat story

    I loved this book. It had back stories too all the characters, it made me feel like i knew them

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2011

    It was okay

    I am not a fun of " I love you" word. They have only been together officially under a year. How could you possibly love someone so quick. Well, anyway, it was okay for me.

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  • Posted November 5, 2010

    A Must Read

    This has got to be one of the best books i have read in a very long time! I absolutely love Susan Donovan's book. It is truly a must read. I really felt connected with the main character Lucy. I think any women who has ever dieted or tired to lose wait will agree with me! All over i give this book 5 Stars!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2010

    Fun!

    Susan Donovan's books are a light, fun read. If I'm in the mood for a humorous contemporary story, I look her way. The gist in this book is "don't judge a book by it's cover". Lucy, an overweight marketing executive, assumes her gorgeous trainer is a shallow pretty boy. He thinks she's lazy junk food addict. As the story proceeds, they figure out that each has much more depth than first thought. They have to work their way through several misunderstandings and personal insecurities to reach out for love.

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  • Posted September 15, 2009

    Best Read & Book Ever

    I absolutely loved this book! Susuan Donovan is by far my favorite author. She's imaginative with tons of humor inserted at every turn. The character's are so well written, I wish I knew them in real life! It is a fun book and a fun read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2009

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    A Good Read

    This is not one of Susan Donovan's best works but she captivates you with pudgy Lucy and Handsome Theo. Anyone who has dieted understands Lucy's heartbreak and struggle along the way to lose 100 lbs in a year.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2007

    A reviewer

    Can a romance book get any better than Susan Donovan's HE LOVES LUCY? I think not! From true-to-life characters, deep emotion, witty dialogue, and red-hot sexual tension, this book has the one thing that contemporary romances should have-everything! Lucy Cunningham is a marketing executive for the advertising firm of Sherrod & Thoms. And she's hit upon the absolutely perfect idea for a gimmick for the Palm Club of Miami Beach, Florida-bring in an overweight woman, throw her into the capable hands of a personal trainer, vow to lose one hundred pounds in a year, and let the television show WakeUp Miami detail each achievement and setback. It was an excellent idea, until the powers-that-be decided that Lucy-and her two hundred and thirty some pounds-be the human guinea pig in this marketing campaign. Threatened by the fact that she'll have to give up Milk Duds, extra-cheese pizza, and butter brickle ice cream, Lucy is overwhelmed by the task ahead of her. Sure, ever since the debacle of being the slump buster for Pitt State's football team, she's been eating herself into oblivion, and something obviously needs to change. But working with a Ken look-a-like named Theodore Redmond was never part of the deal! From the first time Theo is forced to perform CPR on a candy-choking, overweight loudmouth by the name of Lucy, he's smitten by her courageous attitude and brave strength in the face of adversity. As for Lucy, being in the presence of Theo's male perfection is taking a toll on her already fragile hormones. As Stephan Sherrod, her boss, comes close to having a mental breakdown over Lucy's sudden stardom and weight loss as Theo's rebuffed coworker Lola DiPaolo attempts to bring down the Palm Club as Lucy's brother, Dan, falls in lust with her new model friend, Gia Altamonte as Lucy's sister, Mary Fran, goes through a marital crisis, you just know that HE LOVES LUCY is heading toward one heck of an ending! Susan Donovan has taken a premise that might have failed, and turned it into a funny, poignant, truly romantic story. I love romance books that feature real-sized characters, and Lucy is definitely that. I have to admit that I was at first worried about Theo's feelings for Lucy-was he only going to fall head-over-heels once Lucy was a stick-thin version of her former self? As I learned, there was nothing to fear! At the end of the story, Lucy is still not a beanpole, and Theo shows that behind his gorgeous exterior lies a heart of gold. Theo is the kind of hero I love the best, a mix of alpha male. Theo dropped out of medical school to care for his brother Buddy. Sixteen years old and born with Downs Syndrome, Buddy, is the kind of brother anyone would want. An athlete in the Special Olympics, his antics and no-holds-barred advice to his older brother are not to be missed. The supporting cast of characters only adds to the charm of Lucy and Theo's story. An excellent book by an excellent author, HE LOVES LUCY goes onto my keeper shelf, in the to-be-read-again category.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2007

    There's Hope For all of Us

    Almost a modern day 'Romeo and Juliet' love story, these lovers don't battle with their family's, but with society as a whole. When Lucy sets out to lose a much needed 100 hundred pounds in a year for a company publicity stunt, she has no idea what she's in store for and neither does her bronzed skin hottie trainer, Theo, either. Will she and her hunk of a trainer give in to their surroundings and break away from each other, or let there unending love for each other break free? Susan Donovan does an extrodinary job in this New York Times best seller. Lucy and Theo will have you at the edge of your reading chair in pure excitement.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2006

    This was just really good!

    By page 4 I was laughing so hard I thought I¿d wake the house. The book was funny, sweet, inspiring, romantic and had just enough drama to keep it from being fluffy. Theo, personal trainer, appeared to have everything. He was handsome, with a great body and personality, and so hot that women were constantly after him. But Theo was a man who had shut himself off from loving a woman after he¿d been badly burned. He spent his energy studying to reapply to med school, raising his Down Syndrome brother, coaching Special Olympics, working part time as a bouncer and had no room for anything else. Enter Lucy Cunningham. Lucy is an ad exec whose ¿makeover¿ campaign for Palm Club Gym somehow results in her being the ¿makeover¿ guinea pig. Lucy has had some personal trauma that has also shut her off from loving a man. She agrees to the year long, very public campaign because she and Theo each get $1000 per pound of weight loss, and Lucy wants to use the money to start her own ad agency. How refreshing it was to have a woman who wanted to get healthy and lose weight but didn¿t aspire to be the ¿stick figures¿ that have become so prominent in our society. And how unique to have Lucy & Theo¿s relationship evolve in a long period, not overnight. The secondary characters were wonderful and the end resolution satisfying. This is my first Susan Donovan book and I¿ve already ordered another!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2006

    Delightful and Truthful

    I'm a big fan of Susan Donovan - and even more so now. This book was so sweet and funny and true! I could definitely relate to Lucy and her emotional and physical struggles. This story is heartwarming and a fun read.

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