February 15, 2011
Favorite Quote: “Really loved her, like the forever kind. Like marriage, kids, picket fences and all that fanfare.”
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.
This book started off very unique for me. A school teacher, Natalie, and her sexy neighbor, Jett, have a sexy fling going. They have known each other for awhile, previous to us meeting them, and they have been enjoying hours upon hours of steamy sex. Yet they both seem to be falling for each other. Natalie decides a vacation is in order to get her head on straight just to find that spoiled when Jett decides he should go with her. The two also come across an abandon dog that they take under their wing deciding to split the responsibility of the dogs care. Natalie also becomes very worried for her sister when she has not heard from her in several days…
I thought this was all very fun because, unlike most romances I’ve read, the characters actually have some form of relationship prior to the start of the book. I enjoyed how comfortable both Jett and Natalie were with each other in the sex department. I had very high hopes when I started reading this story. I loved the already formed relationship (I know I’ve already said that, but it’s the truth) between them. I felt that the prior relationship would help shape a wonderful short story. When the dog enters the picture I thought it was adorable how they both react to the stray animal but a few parts were a bit corny. Corny being Natalie’s odd reactions to Jett’s tenderness that he shows towards the dog…it’s just a bit over board (I felt). Then the whole part about Natalie’s sister not calling her back and her feeling worried about her. I mean, here Natalie is heading off to the middle of nowhere with Jett while she is worried that something terrible has happened to her sister! I’m sorry, if I felt something was really wrong with a family member, I wouldn’t be running off to seclusion…
Yes the book ends with them finally admitting they love each other and whatnot, but then after the book ends there is a plug saying something like “If you want to find out what happens to Natalie’s sister read Lori Fosters new books…” I just felt like this book was just a way to get you to buy her other novels instead of being a light fun spring break novella.
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.
I loved and I mean LOVED this story! I was very apprehensive to start reading this one after the first one but I had to remind myself that it was a different author and hope that this wasn’t a plug for another novel. It was far from that!
The characters of Jesse, the hunky guy next door, and Gail, the sexy college professor were written extremely well! I enjoyed how they both came in with some personality and since they were older characters (Jesse being in his early 40’s and Gail being in her late 30’s) they brought along a lot of experience and no bull shit! It was awesome at how Gail let herself go to just have an awesome vacation (finally after 6 years of no vacations) and let loose to have a good time! Jesse was so romantic and it felt good that they just enjoyed each other. I don’t even know how to describe it…there was no high school, new love drama! Most characters that I read are younger and not as experienced in life, they are new to this whole love thing while Jesse and Gail were not!
There was a wonderful beginning, a sexy and wonderful romance, a little struggle and a fantastic ending (even with an epilogue!)…I would def suggest this as a short wonderful Novella read!!!
Favorite Quote: “And when she met her own eyes in the mirror, she saw a sexual goddess on the prowl. Wow. Where had she come from?”
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 women’s erotica shop! And she has a juicy little secret. Can she tempt him to put pleasure before business for once?
The story started out well about a brewery owned up a family that has an older brother, Eric, who is always having to be responsible and follow the rules. He sees a beautiful and conservative looking woman and can’t seem to take his eyes off of her….then he finds out she works at a sexy shop in town. That doesn’t keep him from being curious about her.
Beth has also noticed Eric from across the business expo floor and can’t take her eyes off of him. She is the manager of the sex shop yet not as exotic as her co-workers. She decides she needs to change that a bit.
Eric’s younger brother has a reputation with all of the ladies and Beth believes that Eric is actually his brother and decides that he would be perfect to have a little fling with no strings attached. Eric never corrects her from calling him Jamie since he decides that it really would be a fast fling…
The way this book stops is also giving us a plug for Dahl’s up-in-coming trilogy! Yep, that’s right, it leaves you hanging so that you want to go pick up her next novel so that you know what the heck happens!
OVER ALL: I was a little disappointed in this anthology. I really thought that anthologies were supposed to be novellas that are just short, well rounded stories that weren’t advertising more work for the author. I guess I figured if an author could write a short story that you loved, that would be enough of an advertisement for you to go pick up more of their work. I never thought a novella was supposed to LITERALLY be an advertisement for more of the authors work.
I LOVED Susan Donovan’s book! It was fabulous and NEVER mentioned ANYTHING about more work by her. I will be going out to search through the other things she has written to see which one will be next on my list!
QUESTION: Do a lot of anthologies do this?? Do the short stories/novellas really just act as a plug for you to go out and buy their novel to get the full story??