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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

The Guy Next Door by Lori Foster, Susan Donovan and Victoria Dahl

The Guy Next Door by Lori Foster, Susan Donovan and Victoria Dahl
Publisher: Harlequin
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (378 pgs)
Heat Level: spicy
Rating: 4 books
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

Ready, Set, Jett by Lori Foster
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.

Gail's Gone Wild by Susan Donovan
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.

Just One Taste by Victoria Dahl
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?

Where can I find a guy like these?

When I got the opportunity to review the latest by Lori Foster, Susan Donovan, and Victoria Dahl, yeah, I was really excited. I wasn’t let down. If you’re like me and have been waiting for alpha heroes that really sizzle, this book delivers. I read it in one sitting and went back a couple times for more.

I’d heard Lori Foster was writing new work for HQN and I’m glad I kept my eyes out for Ready, Set, Jett. Whew! Jett is one hero I’d like to have hanging in my closet. He is breath taking—literally. I liked Natalie, even though I didn’t agree with the friends with benefits idea. But with Jett as the benefit, who could blame her? There’s plenty of heat and heart in Ms. Foster’s work. I loved the chemistry between Jett and Natalie even when he went a bit too alpha—still it’s enticing. The action works well in this story and it’s a great lead-in to Ms. Foster’s new HQN series. Definitely check this book out.

This series of stories appeals to a broad range of readers, as proved in Susan Donovan’s story, Gail’s Gone Wild. Gail isn’t a happy-clappy twenty-something. She’s a little older and a little wiser. I liked that she wasn’t a stereotype because it made her more relatable. She wants to keep her daughter out of trouble. Too bad it finds Gail instead. Actually, it’s not bad. It’s yummy good. Jesse is a bit of a conundrum, but he’s supposed to be. Although I liked that the story had a sense of open-ness, it also feels a little unfinished. Things happen fast and the ending is a little stiff. But with Jesse as the hero, you can’t help but want things to work out right.

The final story in the group, Just One Taste by Victoria Dahl is meant to do just that—give the reader a taste of a new series. It’s an interesting concept and I rather liked it because it served better than a large prologue, but I felt a little let down because I didn’t want to let Eric and Beth go! There’s spice, action, and steamy love making. There isn’t much information on Beth—maybe to whet the reader’s whistle for the first story in the new series. It’s a bit jarring, but if you’re looking for a taste of Ms. Dahl’s writing, then this is the story to start with. Her writing flowed well and drew me in right away.

If you want a great book for a lazy afternoon, then this is the book for you. I give The Guy Next Door 4 books! Great job!

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