Saturday, May 06, 2006

Undressed by Vicki Lewis Thompson, Suzanne Forster, and Alison Kent

Undressed: Illicit Dreams/ Unfinished Business/ The Sweetest Taboo

Reality can be even better than fantasy in New York Times bestseller Vicki Lewis Thompson's scorching tale...
Lindsay Scott can't help but overhear Hunter Jordan's nightly activities though her thin apartment walls. But she finally decides to do something about her crush when she discovers a naughty book full of ideas guaranteed to make Hunter her sex slave...

New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Forster proves that with sexual revenge, everybody wins...
Two years after waking up married to her one-night stand, writer Melissa Sanders has created a sensation with her new book based on sex tricks she uses on her "husband," Tony-the erotic stranger she hasn't seen since she fled the scene. But when he suddenly shows up on her book tour, it's clear the honeymoon is far from over...

Steamy, sexy, satisfying. Bestselling author Alison Kent explores that sweet taboo: the bad boy ...
Erin Fletcher sees no reason why she can't hook up with the wrong kind of guy until Mr. Right comes along. So what if her mysterious neighbor is a recluse, maybe even a bit dangerous? He's consumed her thoughts for so long, it's time to see what Sebastian Gallo is like for real...

Illicit Dreams

The shortest of the three stories but a very good story.

Lindsay is in the middle of helping her best friend plan her wedding. Every time they go to the Devine Events to make more wedding plans she is drawn to the red leather book full of sexual fantasies. The book is there to be used, to tear out a page and fulfill a fantasy. But all Lindsay can think of is her neighbor Hunter. And she won't be having any sex with him. Just listening to him having world class sex with his model type girlfriend through their paperthin walls. Oh and their Saturday morning hang outs while they both wash their clothes.

Hunter cannot get Lindsay out of his head. He has a perfect looking girlfriend that he likes a lot and they have great sex, but his mind keeps wandering over to his neighbor Linsay. So feeling guilty about having fantasies about one woman while with another he breaks up with his girlfriend.

Want a hot hot story? Read this...and just wait and see if Hunter and Lindsay act out his fantasy of doing it in the laundry room on top of a cycling washer! And all the other inventive things they can think up and the helpful hints they get from the 'Red Book'. Straight and to the point we see some unsure feelings, a little misunderstanding, and a very hot sex.

Grade: B

Unfinished Buisness

Melissa and her girlfriends take a trip once a year and had decided on cancun this year. One night with all of them drunk Melissa ends up getting proposed to and married, not to mention the best sex of her life. But when she wakes up in a hotel room and realizes what she's done she flees. Not even sure if the marriage is legal she doesn't wait to find out. Two years later, she has used that one incredible night and her many fantasies about her 'husband' to write a how to book on Sex. 101 Ways... It is a smash hit and next thing she knows she is wanted on a book tour and talk shows. Only one problem, they want her and her husband! The one that she dedicated her book to, the one that she only meet and was with for one night. What to do now!

Antonio has no idea what possessed him to get down on one knee and propose to Melissa only that is was right. She was right for him. So they got married, had the best sex ever....then she was gone. Her name on the marriage certificate is unreadable so he has no way of tracking her down, heart in pieces he tries to move on. Two years later, he is more than shocked to be contacted by Melissa's publicists and given an offer he cannot refuse. Pose as Melissa's husband, get a quick annulment when it's done, and just maybe a little revenge for her walking out on him. But he needs to keep one big secret from her till the end of the book tour.

Full of a lot of sexual tension. I felt it drug along a little but made up for it with all the good parts. A nice shock at the end, makes your heart ache and maybe cry a little. But of course has the happily ever after we all want in a good romance.

Grade: B-

The Sweetest Taboo

Erin is up to her eyeballs in work with the planning of her anniversary party for her pub. One year and counting. She has no time for a relationship which is good since the last few were so bad. But she cannot stop dreaming about her neighbor upstairs. Hot, dangerous, what would sex be like with the wrong guy, with no strings. Just until Mr. Right comes along?

Sebastian knows Erin watches him, he watches her too. He has never let anyone into his world. His world is his and his alone, no room for friends no room for romance. He is to messed up with a painful past and a lonely future.

But when both of them find themselves at the end of their rope (sexually) they can't resist. And what they tell themselves is only physically turns out to be so much more.

A little dark, a lot hot, and some powerful writing this is a must read too. A nice sub plot with another couple is a nice addition even if it didn't compare to the intensity to the main plot. I couldn't stop reading it.

Grade: B

Monday, May 01, 2006

Baby Don't Go by Susan Andersen

Rule One: Don't Let Him In

When photographer Nick Coltrane saunters into Daisy Parker's office, all she sees is the man who broke her heart nine years ago. Never mind that he wants to hire her as his bodyguard—ah, security specialist — or that her fledgling company desperately needs the cash flow. She'd once broken her own rules, only to watch his sexy self go running for the door. Providing round-the-clock protection for him now is out of the question ... right?

Rule Two: Always Be Able To Walk Away

Nick needs Daisy around to keep the hired thugs that are out for his blood from actually getting it. If he can make amends for the way he screwed up nine years ago in the process, then so much the better. Except time has done nothing to dull the memory of how Daisy once rocked his world off its axis and her cocky attitude and mouthwatering curves still have the power to turn his brain to mush. Well, that doesn't mean Nick can't handle living hand-in-glove with the one woman he's been obsessed with for years. Yeah. Sure he can.

Some Rules Were Made To be Broken

In the city by the bay, two people who once were friends and used to be lovers will discover if love and trust can come from a passion that breaks every rule.

While I've had four or five books by Susan Andersen for about a year this is the first time I picked one up. Mostly because I never knew if any of them were connected, they all have "Baby" in the title, so one would assume they were connected. And even after Holly assured me they were stand alones I still had the need to hear it directly from SA. So I emailed her and now I can tell you all, they are not connected. lol.

So picking up Baby Don't go I was hoping to be in for a real treat. I won't say I was let down but it was not what I expected. I think I thought she'd be a more experienced writer, and honestly I don't know how long she's been writing, but I felt it was a bit amateur.

As a young child Daisy watched her mother go from one marriage to another always looking for the man to complete her, in watching her mother she realizes one thing. She too believed there was a man out there for her but instead of bouncing from one man to another she was going to save herself for that one special man.

So why if she promised herself this did she find herself so easily wooed and in bed with Nick? After one night of dancing and flirting at a wedding she had given him her virginity and her heart. Only to have him walk out on her after telling her the words he spoke to her during sex, 'I love you', were only talk.

Nick asked himself why he acted like such an ass to Daisy over and over maybe it had been because after watching his father marry some many women and mess up all of their lives he knew he wouldn't be cut out for marriage. And everything about Daisy made him want turn against what he knew was the truth. He wasn't cut out for marriage. So he walked away and tried to forget that one night...tried to forget Daisy.

Nine years later...

Daisy had been a cop and although she was good at it she didn't like playing the politics game. So deciding to do it her way she retired from the force and opened her own security business. Struggling yes, but she was determined to make it work, and she was the best at what she did.

Nick was never without his camera, known for catching the perfect moments on film he was wanted by all. In the top of his profession he was heading up...until his sister called needing his help. Never before had Nick even considered selling any of his pictures to the tabloids. But when Mo called he knew it was the only fast way to get the money she needed. But when he starts a biding war with the tabloids he becomes the target of a rising politician that will stop at nothing to keep his reputation clean.

Nick needed a bodyguard and he needed affordable, and no matter how hard he looked one name kept coming at him....Daisy. She was the best and since she was just getting started she was what he could afford. Expecting only to help Daisy out with some cash flow at the same time get the protection he needed he seeks her out. Never did he expect how hurt she'd be...still. Or how much he would still want her. Was it to late to make amends for what he did nine years ago?

The last thing Daisy wants is to work for the man that taught her how tough and hurtful love is. The man that broke her heart. But she cannot turn down the job, she needs the money. Surely she can be professional. But the more time spent protecting Nick the more and more she needs to protect her heart, it seems the effect he had on her nine years ago has not worn off.

This book had a really great storyline I think. And I think it could have been very good. Instead it hit me as only okay. There was to big a jump between who Daisy and Nick were as teenagers and who they became. You never saw Daisy and being violent at all, she always seemed like a soft girl. So to jump from that to badass bodyguard threw me a just a little bit. And Nick? He seemed the jock type. Not the artistic photographer. The guy who goes the extra mile for all his clients.

If not for these unrealistic jumps I would have loved the book. There was a good amount of suspense in the plot of the story, and of course a lot of sexual tension then hot sex. Also had you laughing a few times the transvestite and gay best friends having to help Daisy every time she needed to look girly. Loved the ending, which made up for some of my mixed feelings.....but you'll just have to go out and get the book to see what how it all came together.

Grade: C-