- Kensington Books
- Release Date
- June 2013
Contemporary Romance, Western Romance
Linda Lael Miller
Batteries Not Required
Contrary to popular opinion, Gayle Hayes's love life is out of service. But when she returns to her small Montana hometown, rodeo bad boy Tristan McCullough gives her a whole new lesson in power surge. . .
James Scott warned his investigator ex-wife Ella to be more careful. Now he finds the irate woman nearly naked and handcuffed to the towel rack in his Mexican vacation condo. He should release her. Then again. . .
Everybody always wants Tabby Payton's beautiful sister. But not sexy English spy Calder Maxwell. He wants Tabby, body and soul, and he's willing to take seduction to new levels to prove it. . .
No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service
Violet Cates is done with surfing beach bums. She's ready for a new wave, someone with more ambition than a grain of sand. Like Brad Davis. He looks like a beach bum, but looks can be so deceiving. . .
Fish Out of Water
Carla Henricks is a cowgirl through and through, but her lasso has never met an English professor like Mark Ross. It's true opposites attract. Staying together is the juicy part. . .
Aug 12, 2013 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
95 people found the following review helpful
A perfect beach read, this new anthology features some terrifically sweet, sexy contemporary reads that offer a little something for everyone. Full of sultry summer days and even steamier nights, this book will keep vacationers and adventurers alike entertained.
From Linda Lael Miller comes "No Batteries Required", which follows Gayle Hayes as she returns to the tiny Montana town that was not only the setting of her fondest childhood memories, but her most painful heartbreak. She tells herself that she is going to facilitate a property sale for her mother and get out as soon as possible, but when her old flame, rodeo star Tristan McCullogh appears on the scene, Gayle realizes that her feelings for him may not be as faded as she hoped—and that Tristan's feelings towards her are as hot as ever…
Jill Shalvis' "Captivated" features Ella Scott, a fearless insurance investigator who may finally have taken on a case too big for her own good. When several thugs handcuff her to the towel rail in the bathroom of her Mexican vacation home with nothing but a towel to wear, Ella is fairly sure her day can't get any worse. But when her ex-husband James appears, hoping for a few days' respite to find Ella in the all-together, she realizes that things get indeed get much worse—or at least much more interesting.
In "Seducing Tabby", Lucy Monroe's heroine has spent her life fielding questions about her beautiful sister and assisting the many admirers who flock to win her attention. But when sexy spy Calder Maxwell arrives in town for a holiday, it's Tabby he sees, and Tabby he wants. And there is no length he won't go to prove his devotion.
Violet Cates, the heroine of Kate Angell's "No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service", has worked at Molly Malone's diner since she was a teenager, though the place holds some of her favorite memories, including her first romance with Brad Davis, who left town promising to make a life for them. Now Brad is back, and nothing about him appears to have changed that much—including the desire that flares hot and fast between them. But will their childhood dreams hold up now that they are adults?
Cat Johnson's "Fish Out of Water" tells the story of Mark Ross, a quiet and unassuming English professor who is dragged on a faculty camping trip, only to come face-to-face with Carla Hendricks, rodeo instructor and dyed-in-the-wool cowgirl. The two have nothing in common, except an explosive chemistry and a connection that promises so much more. But can two people from such different worlds find a way to fit together when they return to reality?
As is the case with all anthologies, there were some stories I preferred over others. But for any issues I had with some of the stories—a lack of tension or brevity in the plot or characterization—the fun and steamy sensuality of each story made this an over-all win for me. The summertime settings and breezy tone of each story made each story fit very well as part of the whole.
I loved the second chance at love that Linda Lael Miller presented, and the beautifully quirky setting made this a stand-out story that set the perfect tone for the anthology as a whole. Jill Shalvis' sizzling battle-of-the-exes was a sizzling treat that packed a good deal of emotionality in with some delightfully steamy fun. Lucy Monroe's story featured two very strong characters, but the tension between her characters was lacking. Their connection was thoroughly enjoyable, but there was never a real threat to their happiness.
Kate Angell's story of childhood romance and promises kept was truly touching. I would have liked a little more complexity, especially in the story's climax, but nevertheless felt satisfied by the way the plot unraveled. Cat Johnson is one of my favorite authors and lived up to all my expectations with her wonderfully mismatched couple and a charmingly surprising plot.
Taken as a whole, this book is a delightful summer companion, giving readers the chance to indulge in some steamy, satisfying reads in single-serving sizes. With a wealth of different settings and characters for all different tastes, there's quite a lot to savor and some new authors to discover as well. I, for one, will definitely be searching out several of the authors featured in this collection to explore further and hoping the summertime fun never ends!
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