Monday, March 7, 2011
The Guy Next Door (Anthology)
Authors: Lori Foster, Susan Donovan, Victoria Dahl
Publisher: HQN Books
Three sexy new spring-fling novellas from three of today's hottest contemporary romance authors!
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?
As an anthology, this was pretty good. I liked the first 2 stories the best:
Ready, Set, Jett is the prequel to a new trilogy coming out in April by Lori Foster; the first being When you Dare. Jett and Natalie are great characters. I enjoyed their relationship. I was also intrigued by Jett's sisters and I hope that they show up more in the trilogy. While it did end with a cliffhanger, there was still a HEA feel to it.
Ms. Donavon's Gail's Gone Wild was a cute story. I liked the characters and the HEA. The story was engaging from the start. Definitely worth reading.
The last story, Just One Taste is also a prequel to a new trilogy coming out this summer by Ms. Dahl. I didn't care so much for this one. I'm not sure I liked the mistaken identity premise. The story ended with a huge cliffhanger and no HEA. When I read an anthology, I like to have resolution in the end. Apparently, the 2 characters don't get together again until the 3rd book in the trilogy; which doesn't come out until November. I found this very frustrating.
Overall, I recommend the series if you are a fan of any of the authors. If you can look past the issues with the last story, I think you will enjoy it!
* note: I read an advanced review copy of The Guy Next Door supplied courtesy of the HQN Books. I was not compensated in anyway for this review. By receiving a complimentary copy, I am in no way obligated to write a good or bad review. I am an honest reviewer and my reviews are based on my own opinion and only written by me.*