*** NOTE: This rating is for Erin McCarthy's BLUE CRUSH only!
It would be too much to ask for great stories in my sex book. I'll do a short paraphrase of one of the stories so you get the idea. 30-50% of each story is actually them having sex. If I were rating it strictly on the stories, this would be a one or two star read. Were I rating strictly on sex quantity or even quality this very well may be a strong four star read.
Reviewed for THC Reviews *newest review for this anthology "4.5 stars overall Some Like It Hot by Lori Foster - Some Like It Hot is the second story in Lori Foster's Dean Brothers & Friend novella series. I also loved that Cary went for the shy, plain girl even though she's not his usual type and Axel thinks he's a bit strange for it, and that he thought she was so sexy, he lost control in a way he never had before. Cary and Nora's relationship is sweet and romantic, just the way I like it, while their love scene is super-hot and emotional. (Fans self.;-)) For such a short novella (43 pages), it was packed with some of the most delicious, smoldering hot love scenes Ive ever read, and theyre just barely this side of erotic. Alex sure knows how to please a woman and persuade her to take a chance on a forever love with him. Having the hero and heroine already in a well-established relationship when it begins definitely helped to make the short length pack a huge punch and be totally satisfying. Its my favorite story Ive read by Janelle Denison so far, which makes me look forward to the rest of the series. Star Rating: ***** Blue Crush by Erin McCarthy - Blue Crush is a super-steamy little novelette that is the first story in Erin McCarthy's Florida Doctors series. Normally, these things would be a downside for me, but somehow the story and characters really clicked for me, making it a fun, enjoyable read. Sara is a busy pediatrician who's been caught up in work for far too long and feels like she's forgotten how to be woman. Usually a heroine who is looking for sex only would be a turn-off for me, but in this case, Sara showed just the right amount of sweetness and vulnerability to make me really like her. What I really loved about him is that he's not a one-night stand kind of guy and he genuinely wants to do the right thing. He's very attracted to Sara and wants to ask her out on a real date and get to know her first before making love to her. I really liked Kyle and thought he was a great match for Sara. Even with the HFN ending, I felt like there was enough of a connection to make me believe these two had a great chance at a long-term committed relationship. I hope to see more of Kyle and Sara in the next book of the series, Houston, We Have a Problem, which features Sara's friend, Josie, as the heroine. Star Rating: ***** My Thief by MaryJanice Davidson - My Thief is the second novella Ive read by MaryJanice Davidson that didnt really do much for me. Thankfully John and Robin make no unrealistic declarations of love, only a tacit agreement that they want things to continue between them, which wasnt entirely satisfying since I didnt feel much of an emotional connection. I think there are two reasons why I liked this novella a little better than the other one by Ms. Davidson that I read. The first is that, while I still didnt find the heroine to be particularly relatable, I did like her a bit better, because she isnt quite as abrasive. Of course, not knowing all that going into reading this novella, I had no idea what to expect, but it turned out to be a very good read. I have to admit that I was a little concerned in the beginning of the story, because their rash actions didnt entirely make sense to me. I loved that both Trey and Jenna have remained faithful to their marriage vows for the entire two years, and neither has sought out a relationship with anyone else, even though Trey, as a bartender, has been propositioned by women who come into his establishment. I also like that they both still love each other to distraction, and Trey is willing to do almost anything to get Jenna to give him another chance. With a little help from Jeannas best friend, who has always thought they were soul mates, Trey pulls out all the stops to romance Jenna and remind her of their wedding night. Now that Trey and Jenna had all their concerns out in the open, I was totally convinced that their reconciliation was going to be a success and that theyre definitely getting their happy ending this time around. As I discovered, it appears shes only published a handful of novellas in anthologies like this, so that would probably account for me not knowing her. The writing itself is reasonably strong and the story has some other positives going for it, which Ill get to in a moment, but I had a hard time fully liking the heroine.
Some Like It Hot---** I guess I'm just not a Lori Foster fan. One Wilde Weekend---** I was pretty lost when this story started. Blue Crush---*** I liked this story. Murphy's Law---*** This was pretty good.
Alas, I've lost my original review, but here are a few notes on each of the novellas for you erotic romance enthusiasts: Some Like It Hot by Lori Foster Heroines name: Nora Chilton Heroines profession: (Axel Deans) Nurse; young widow Heros name: Cary Rupert Heros profession: General practitioner Conflict: He wants her but shes a shy widow whos never had an orgasm. Notes: New York Times best-selling author One Wilde Weekend by Janelle Denison Heroines name: Dana Reed Heroines profession: Works for an imaging firm; 35-year-old career woman Heros name: Alex Wilde Place: Ritz Carlton beach resort on Amelia Island in Northeastern Florida Conflict: Shes afraid of commitment, afraid to become dependent on a man like her mother; he proposes and gives her the weekend to think about it. Secondary characters: Subplot: Criticism: Not bad, 3+ stars Notes: USA Today best-selling author Blue Crush by Erin McCarthy Heroines name: Dr. Sara Davis Heroines profession: shy bespectacled pediatrician Heros name:Kyle Vanderhoff Heros profession: Lifeguard Place: A beach Main plot: She decides to walk up and down the beach in a little red glam-slam bikini and pick up a surfer for her first sex in two years. Instead, her bikini top comes off in a big wave, and guess who rescues her Explicit sex?: Yep, in the lifeguard station in a storm (!) My Thief by MaryJanice Davidson Heroines name: Robin Filkins Heroines profession: Heros name: John Crusher Main plot: Hes coming back to his hotel room and gets grabbed by a sexy redhead who orders him to strip, takes off her own clothes and climbs into bed with him just before hotel security arrives looking for whoever cracked that safe deposit box downstairs. Main plot: They got married in Key West 2-1/2 years ago, and after 5 months had a fight after which Jenna considered her marriage over and left for Buffalo, NY. 1 star Notes: Essence best-selling author Murphys Law by Morgan Leigh Heroines name: Kat Murphy Heroines profession: Heros name: Sam Parrish, Kats former boss at the law offices of McCauley, Parrish and Hawke.
He finally eavesdrops on a conversation that explains why - she wants a relationship with the potential of marriage and kids and she knows that hes been a manwhore and isnt interested in those things (though why she couldnt have just said that when she was turning him down, I dont understand...but if she had, then theres no story). Wilde Weekend - Janelle Denison - 3 /5 - Alex Wilde is going on a beach vacation with his long-time sort of girlfriend, Dana, that hes in love with. Its not easy going, as Dana certainly resists, but shes pretty turned on by the take-control Alex and begins to see things his way. John is intrigued by the mysterious woman, Robin, and helps her, but also wants to get to know her better. And she finds herself manipulated - forced into spending time with a man she loves, but is trying to get over. He doesnt want the marriage to be over and hell stop at nothing to show her hes a changed man. He keeps trying to tell her hes a changed man, but he doesnt seem to understand that Jenna is going to have trouble trusting him with this and may actually need time to see that. What would have been amazing, was if Trey was willing to take time (not just 1 day) away from the bar he loves so much, go back to New York with Jenna and woo her like a man in love would do, giving her the time to really see how hed changed Murphys Law - Morgan Leigh - 3 /5 - This is one of the stronger stories in this anthology. She also doesnt know that hes in love with her and determined to make her his wife. He walks in knowing that shes in love with him, but then doesnt tell her until after theyve had sex...when shes asleep. I almost thought that Kat was somewhat immature and unable to understand Sams situation - she kept wanting Sam to love only her...she didnt seem satisfied with the idea that Sam could still love his wife and still love Kat. So while it was a good story and had some strengths, it did still have some things that I struggled with.
I WANT MURPHY'S LAW! Kat Murphy is in love with her lawyer boss, Sam Parrish, but the handsome widower's heart may never heal. But what Nora wants is someone who will love her forever, and Cary's ready to show her that he's definitely the man for the job... In a last-ditch attempt to prove he's the right man for her, Alex kidnaps Dana and whisks her away to a private beach house where he's prepared to use every forbidden desire to make her his... But once she sees Trey's sexy bedroom smile again, things get a lot more complicated...and very, very hot...
I read the short novella "One Wilde Week-end" which is #6 in Janelle Denison's Wilde Series.
Since first publishing in January 1996, Lori Foster has become a USA Today, Publishers Weekly and New York Times bestselling author. You can see the benefit romance books here: http://lorifoster.com/benefit-books/ Career Highlights In 2001, Lori received the prestigious Romantic Times Career Achievement Award for Series Romantic Fantasy. In 2004, Lori Foster was a clue in the New York Times crossword puzzle.